AUCD Promotes Disability Employment





New Report: Effective Solutions to South Carolina's Juvenile Justice Crisis

The report provides a blueprint to build a model juvenile justice system in SC--one that reduces repeat criminal activity by rehabilitating child offenders in smaller facilities, keeping children and juvenile justice staff safe, providing mental health services to children in the juvenile justice system, and more efficiently spending tax dollars.



Nominate a Colleague for an AUCD Award

Deadline: June 30

We know the depth, breadth, and expertise of our trainees, advocates, professionals, and partners is extraordinary and deserving of recognition. In preparation for this year's conference, we invite you to Lift Your Voice and nominate someone who truly inspires you.



Accessibility for all Aggies (TX UCEDD)

Students weigh in on lack of accessibility

For the majority of college students getting to their classes is a feasible everyday routine. However, some members of the Aggie family who are physically disabled face a larger challenge. Jordan Cox, environmental design and Spanish senior who has a disability, said after her disability progressed freshman year she began receiving services but did not necessarily feel comfortable using her wheelchair on campus.



AUCD Welcomes Jessica Drennan as Senior Program Manager

Jessica Drennan is a Senior Program Manager at AUCD, primarily focusing on work with the UCEDDs. Prior to coming to AUCD, Jessica was the Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Director for South Carolina. As the Title V Director, she served on several legislative and interagency coordinating committees and worked to increase access and coordinated care for children with complex medical needs and their families. She was successful in beginning an initiative around sickle cell disease surveillance and care coordination, the creation of multidisciplinary craniofacial clinics within major hospital systems, and using Block Grant funds to increase health insurance coverage for those with rare diseases.


Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, April 27, 2017

AUCD Trainee End of the Year Webinar  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar


Public Policy


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress is back from recess; Centers for Disease Control funding; Steve Gleason Act; Social Security hearing; and more


FY 2018 Letter to Appropriators

CDC Coalition
pdf File FY2018 CDCCoaltion.pdf [download]

Tuesdays with Liz: Why Medicaid is Important

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Evan Nodvin about why Medicaid is important in his life. In case you missed it last week, Liz interviewed Timotheus Gordon, LEND fellow in Illinois, about the development of an online study that he developed about people with Autism and who are also people with color.



The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes

The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the ABLE National Resource Center, will be holding a webinar focused on how individuals with disabilities, and their families, can use ABLE Accounts to increase their financial stability and produce more positive employment outcomes. The webinar will take place on April 27th at 3:00-4:30 pm EST and aims to demonstrate how provisions in the ABLE Act can enable people with disabilities to achieve competitive integrated employment, begin to save more than $2,000 without fear of loss of SSI and Medicaid eligibility and set longer term goals for financial stability and self-determined and self-directed lives. The presentation will review the basic elements of these new ABLE account programs, now open in 19 states, and will include the perspective of a current ABLE account owner.

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Pathways to Employment for Transition Aged Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Pathways to Employment for Transition Aged Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, May 18, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

One of the most difficult times for youth and young adults with ASD is the transition from school to adulthood. In fact, young adults with ASD typically experience low rates of employment, independent living, and connection to community. This session will review the research regarding employment outcomes for youth with ASD as well as review 3 important pathways to employment. These pathways are internships, supported employment and customized employment. Additionally, the presenters will provide specific examples regarding the supports youth and adults with ASD used to acquire and maintain employment in community-based integrated environments.

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2017 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability

2017 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability  Copy to Calendar

Monday, June 5, 2017 - Thursday, June 8, 2017
Location: Azusa, California

The 2017 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability will be held in Azusa, California, June 5-8, 2017 at Azusa Pacific University. The Institute brings together academics, theologians and others to explore the inclusive intersections of faith and disabilities.

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