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9/18/2017

New Release - #RDSJ Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies

We are excited to announce the publication of Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Discover diverse voices in this issue ranging from Self Advocates, Rehabilitation Counselors, Creative Writers, Influential Bloggers, and Education Experts.

 
 

9/18/2017

Nick Nucci Appointed Assistant Director for Administration at The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND)

Nick Nucci recently joined The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers University as Assistant Director for Administration, directing financial and administrative operations. Mr. Nucci has over thirty years of experience in state government with the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

 
 

9/15/2017

Order Your "Lift Your Voice" AUCD T-Shirt

Deadline: October 12

Order your AUCD t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, or hoodie today and pick it up at the 2017 Conference, or have a conference attendee bring it home for you. Hand-designed by Jessica Irwin, Psychology Fellow at the University of Rochester Strong Center, this shirt is one you'll be proud to wear again and again.

 
 

9/14/2017

Black Girls Viewed as Lass Innocent Than White Girls, Research Finds: Dr. Jamilia Blake (TX UCEDD)

Biases revealed in a new report may shed new light on why black girls are disciplined more harshly than their white peers. The report, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood, focuses on adult perceptions of black girls and finds adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers.

 
 

9/12/2017

Kessler Foundation to Release First Survey Soliciting Perspectives of Supervisors of Employees with Disabilities

According to the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey to examine the workplace experiences of Americans with disabilities, nearly 69% of American adults with disabilities are "striving to work." Respondents were found taking at least one of the following actions: working, seeking a better position or more hours, actively job-hunting, networking with family and friends, or getting the necessary rehabilitation, education, and/or job training to prepare for employment.

 
 

9/12/2017

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) UCEDD Co-Director Leads Study on Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Using a Telehealth Intervention

By Jan Rosemergy

A telehealth intervention has been developed and is being tested that is aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness in young adults with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). This Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) pilot study is the first to address a major risk factor in health and mental health problems experienced by persons with PWS.

 
 
 

AUCD Webinars

Emerging Populations: Challenges for the Early Childhood System

Emerging Populations: Challenges for the Early Childhood System  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As a result of the opioid epidemic impacting many states, the early childhood system will be challenged to appropriately identify and serve very young children who have been exposed to prenatal substance use. Part C and preschool special education programs will have new and different issues in meeting child and family needs. Understanding and meeting the needs of the eligible population will require partnering with other early childhood programs as well as providing training and support for the professionals who will serve the family.

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Research to Policy Brief: Obesity and Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Research to Policy Brief: Obesity and Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will highlight the current state of obesity research related to individuals with IDD, provide resources for behavioral weight management for individuals with IDD, and provide policy recommendations for future weight management and individual

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Lifting Your Voice Through Leadership and Advocacy: Building Community Capacity Through Training and Education

Lifting Your Voice Through Leadership and Advocacy: Building Community Capacity Through Training and Education  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 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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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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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.

 
 

Tuesdays with Liz - Conchita Hernandez

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Conchita Hern�ndez, the chair of METAS - Mentoring Engaging and Teaching all Students. Liz and Conchita spoke about METAS and what blindness skills means

 
 

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse is on recess while the Senate continues; Graham-Cassidy repeal bill; Healthcare hearing by the Homeland Security & governmental Affairs Committee; RAISE Family Caregivers Act; and much more

 
 
 

Events

18th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Friday, October 6, 2017
Location: Online Broadcast

AUCD is proud to support the online broadcast of the Baylor College of Medicine's: 18th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care. All MCH Training Programs and UCEDDs are invited and encouraged to participate remotely. Host a live stream of this conference for trainees, faculty, staff, families, and others at your center or program. Eligible broadcast sites include MCH training programs, UCEDDs, and Title V programs.

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2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference

2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Friday, October 13, 2017
Location: Huntsville, AL

The theme for the conference, Take Off with Respite, is not only a nod to the incredible history of the space industry in Huntsville, AL, also known as Rocket City USA, but also reflects the mission of respite care services. To take off is to move forward quickly, rise to meet challenges, heighten awareness, and push innovation. This phrase can also mean to take a break, relax and rejuvenate. The conference will create the "space", inspiration and momentum needed in order to prepare our organizations to take flight in the mission to support the nation's family caregivers.

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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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