AUCD Welcomes Jalyn Marks as Administrative Assistant

Jalyn Marks is the Administrative Assistant at AUCD. She provides a variety of supports for the office, as well as for specific departments, including the Operations and Development, Web Services, Finance & Grants, Marketing & Public Engagement, and Public Health & Leadership teams.



WI UCEDD Hosts National SOFT Conference

The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted part of the 31st annual Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders (SOFT) conference. SOFT provides "support and understanding to families...surrounding the diagnosis and care in trisomy 18, 13 and other related chromosomal disorders." SOFT conferences include educational workshops, access to specialty health care providers, and an opportunity for parents and families of children diagnosed with these genetic conditions to engage in a variety of social activities.



Research Connections in Japan (MT UCEDD)

Dr. Sumi Kato, a Professor from Aomori Chuo Gakuin University and the Research Center for Child Mental Development at the Hirosaki University School of Medicine, visited the Montana and Idaho UCEDDs in September. She is seeking U.S. research partnerships to investigate the similarities and differences of linguistic behavior in autistic children and adults.

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Unifying the TA System for Maine's Early Childhood Workforce (ME UCEDD)

Seventy technical assistance (TA) professionals from a wide range of disciplines who support Maine's diverse early childhood workforce recently gathered in Hallowell, ME for the rollout of Technical Assistance Competencies for Maine's Early Childhood Workforce: The Process, the Product and the Plan. A technical assistance professional is an individual who provides targeted and customized supports to recipients of TA services through specific strategies or approaches, such as mentoring, coaching, consultation and peer-to-peer networks. These TA professionals adhere to varying regulations and standards and work within multiple settings with early childhood practitioners throughout Maine.


AUCD Webinars

Mental Health Diagnosis in IDD: Bio-psycho-social Approach

Mental Health Diagnosis in IDD: Bio-psycho-social Approach  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

People with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) experience the full range of mental health conditions as the general population. Yet, they are often underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed due to lack of understanding of the factors that influence effective assessment and treatment. The underlying deficits in IDD can create misunderstanding of signs and symptoms. This presentation will focus on some of the most common challenges associated with assessing and diagnosing mental health conditions for individuals with ID including the role of biopsychosocial factors.

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Social Communication Interventions for Preverbal and Minimally Verbal Children with ASD

Social Communication Interventions for Preverbal and Minimally Verbal Children with ASD  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Behavioral interventions have been critical for improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Notable achievements include the improved numbers of children with optimal outcomes, and the larger number of children accessing the regular curriculum. Despite these gains, standard behavioral methods have had the least success in social communication outcomes. We continue to find nearly half of all children entering school without fluent, socially related communication skills. This talk will focus on the core social communication impairment in children with ASD, evaluations of this core domain and recently developed, effective interventions.

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Public Policy


Stories Needed on the Impact of Potential Medicaid Cuts

Tell Congress your story

Personal stories have great power. They help to create a shared understanding of who we are and how we live our lives. They help us celebrate our successes and document our challenges. Stories bring policies to life.
Medicaid and health care for people with disabilities is currently under threat. AUCD is collecting stories from you to share with policy makers. Help us put a face on the issue and tell lawmakers about the devastating implications if Medicaid funding is cut or capped.


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPresident Trump signs Executive Order affecting health care; Senate is back and ready to take up its budget; RAISE Family Caregiver Act gaining momentum; highlights of public policy at AUCD conference


Tuesdays with Liz - Liz King

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Liz King (Senior Policy Analyst and Director of Education policy at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights). They discussed race and disability.



The Role of UCEDDs and LENDs in Workforce Development: Cross Disciplinary Competencies & Personnel Standards

The Role of UCEDDs and LENDs in Workforce Development: Cross Disciplinary Competencies & Personnel Standards  Copy to Calendar

Saturday, November 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: DC Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Early Childhood/Intervention Special Interest Group (EC SIG) of AUCD have joined with The National Early Childhood Personnel Technical Assistance Center (ECPC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (OSEP), to host the Second Annual Summit on Early Childhood Personnel at AUCD's 2017 Conference.

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2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit

2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit  Copy to Calendar

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Monday, November 20, 2017
Location: Boston, MA

The Summit will bring together 1,000 people from a variety of sectors including: tech, policy, human services, fashion, education, social justice, business, housing, advocacy and more to network and share best practices. Our goal is to inspire, motivate, and arm attendees with the know how to keep up the work of advancing full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of life. These two days will be packed with over 15 panels and plenaries!

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