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February 6, 2014  Copy to Calendar

Academic Programs in Disability Studies

This is a listing of Disability Studies programs in North American Academic Institutions. The title "Disability Studies" has become popular and is sometimes used to refer to programs in clinical or instructional fields. This listing does not include research or training centers that do not offer formal academic programs.

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The National Autism Data Center: Building Gauges to Measure National Progress on Transition Outcomes

August 31, 2016  Copy to Calendar

The National Autism Data Center: Building Gauges to Measure National Progress on Transition Outcomes

Location: Webinar
There is a high rate of unemployment and underemployment among individuals on the autism spectrum. Paul Shattuck, founder of the National Autism Data Center, will describe the Center's activities with special emphasis on national indicators related to transition. Participants will learn about the range of information products available through Dr. Shattuck's center and plans for additional transition research projects. Shattuck's team reports that young adults on the autism spectrum often have worse employment outcomes in the first few years after high school than do peers who have other types of disabilities. Ms. Laura Ivanova Smith, UW LEND Advocate Faculty, will describe the support she received from her mother while transitioning out of high school and into college.

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The Use of Social Media to Enhance Communication and Dissemination

August 31, 2016  Copy to Calendar

The Use of Social Media to Enhance Communication and Dissemination

Location: Webinar
In today's technological driven society, the use of social media continues to increase and impact the disability world. Social media has certainly become a means to communicate and disseminate information. This webinar will feature a panel of AUCD and Developmental Disabilities Network Partners and will discuss some innovative statewide and national collaborations.

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September 7, 2016  Copy to Calendar

Early Childhood Workforce Development

Location: Webinar
The early childhood workforce plays a critical role in successfully including children with disabilities in early childhood programs. However, as noted in the Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs released by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS), there is large variability in the training, education, and expertise of the early childhood workforce to effectively support inclusion. Presenters will discuss current issues related to workforce development and highlight training programs at University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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UCEDD Grants Management Series: Maximizing Return on Indirects and Other University Support

September 12, 2016  Copy to Calendar

UCEDD Grants Management Series: Maximizing Return on Indirects and Other University Support

Location: Facilitated Discusion
One commonality centers share is funding; centers all have their core funding and are required to leverage funds. The question is, how do you allocate those funds and maximize relationships with funders to effectively support your center's infrastructure, activities, and development? This discussion forum on "Maximizing Return on Indirects and Other University Support," will provide an opportunity for UCEDD Directors and business managers to engage in open dialogue to inform and support their efforts at their respective UCEDDs.

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Adults with IDD and Their Family Caregivers

September 22, 2016  Copy to Calendar

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Adults with IDD and Their Family Caregivers

Location: Webinar
The majority of adults with IDD live at home with their families, and this is particularly true for adults with IDD from diverse backgrounds. Some research suggests that adults with IDD who live in the community face many health challenges compared to those in residential settings. In this webinar Dr. Magana will present research on health outcomes of African American and Latino parental caregivers, and on racial and ethnic disparities on health outcomes among adults with IDD. She will discuss policy and community based interventions to address these disparities with a focus on how agencies serving IDD can address the health of families of persons with IDD.

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2016 Joint Training Meeting:

October 5, 2016  Copy to Calendar

2016 Joint Training Meeting: "From Intention to Action: Responding to Diversity through a Change Lens"

Location: Online
This annual meeting is an opportunity for Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) grantees to come together around topics of mutual relevance and increase their knowledge of innovative training methods. It is hosted by AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC).

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2016 Southwest Conference on Disability

October 5, 2016  Copy to Calendar

2016 Southwest Conference on Disability

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Join us in Albuquerque for the 2016 Southwest Conference on Disability, October 4 - 7, 2016 during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The conference theme for 2016 is: Reducing Disparities For People With Disabilities Through Systems Change.

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16th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities and Technology

October 6, 2016  Copy to Calendar

16th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities and Technology

Location: Broomfield, CO
On October 6, 2016, the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities will proudly host its 16th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities and Technology in Broomfield, CO. Join innovators engaged in working with Cognitive Disabilities and Technology in a Conference designed to inform about recent advances in the field and stimulate conversations about future developments.

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DECs 32nd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families

October 18, 2016  Copy to Calendar

DECs 32nd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families

Location: Louisville, KY
The 32nd Annual International DEC Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. This year's conference theme, "A Winning Trifecta: Knowledge, Implementation, and Evaluation of DEC Recommended Practices," features leading experts from around the world in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Our conference program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of those who work with or on behalf of young children with special needs and their families.

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Promoting Collaboration Between Hospice and Palliative Care Providers and Adult Day Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

October 20, 2016  Copy to Calendar

Promoting Collaboration Between Hospice and Palliative Care Providers and Adult Day Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Location: Webinar
While end-of-life issues are increasingly gaining more attention, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) continue to receive significantly less consideration in research, education, and clinical practice compared with the general population. This is a growing concern especially since the sheer number of persons aging with IDD is expected to double between 2000 and 2030. Furthermore, as policies continue shifting to reflect a preference for home and community-based services as an alternative to institutionalization, adult day services (ADS) have the potential of becoming ideal settings for receipt of end-of-life care, especially for individuals with IDD. However, end-of-life care and advance planning most commonly occur in long-term care settings, for the general population, and have historically been less of a priority in ADS and residential services for people with IDD. This presentation discusses findings from a study around the attitudes of, and collaboration between, ADS and end-of-life providers for aging adults including persons with IDD. We will also explore how ADS may be a great pathway for delivering end-of-life care to the IDD population and provide guiding recommendations.

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17th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care

October 27, 2016  Copy to Calendar

17th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care

Location: Virtually, or in person at Baylor University
Hosted by Baylor College of Medicine and available nationwide through an AUCD-sponsored live broadcast, this year's conference will be a valuable resource for the entire network.

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AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together

December 4, 2016  Copy to Calendar

AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together

Location: Washington, DC
The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.

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Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability

December 19, 2016  Copy to Calendar

Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability

Location: Webinar
Everyone desires to love and be loved. The myths and misconceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) often lead to rules and restrictions that make healthy relationships difficult to obtain. This webinar will explore the facts and myths around relationships and sexuality for people with IDD. We will discuss the importance of laying the foundation for healthy relations early on through social skills and sexuality education. Resources and strategies for teaching healthy sexuality will be presented. In addition, we will discuss the role of healthy sexuality education as a primary prevention tool for sexual abuse and other strategies to promote sexual abuse prevention.

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Aging and Dementia Care for people with Intellectual Disabilities

February 16, 2017  Copy to Calendar

Aging and Dementia Care for people with Intellectual Disabilities

Location: Webinar
Many organizations are seeing the aging of their clientele and their numbers increase, and concerns are growing about how to deal with age-associated effects evidenced with aging. One such age-associated condition, Alzheimer's disease (and related dementias), affects a significant number of adults with Down syndrome (about 65% of adults age more than 60) and a proportional number of adults with other causes of intellectual disability (about 6% of adults age more than 60). Many at-risk adults live on their own or with friends, and many affected adults live in small community group homes or with their families. How to provide sound and responsive community care is becoming a challenge for agencies faced with an increasing number of such affected adults. This webinar covers key elements of dementia and how it affects adults with intellectual disabilities, provides a brief overview of screening and assessment strategies and methods, and examines ways that organizations can employ to adapt their current services to make them dementia capable. Specifically covered are the elements and types of dementia, as well its onset, duration and effect, and techniques for adapting environments, aiding with staff interactions and communication, as well as challenges to active and supportive programming. Models for supports depending on the stage of dementia are also discussed, as are training foci areas and community care models that provide for "dementia capable" supports and services. Special attention is given to the use of group homes as a viable community care model.

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