National Voter Registration Campaign, 2016, #PWDreg2vote






Oregon Health & Science University Join the Nation's Largest Autism Study (OR UCEDD)

The Simons Foundation recently launched a landmark autism research project in the U.S with the goal of creating a new research cohort of 50,000 individuals with autism and their families. The project is called SPARK, which stands for 'Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge.' Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is one of the 21 project sites selected to be involved in this effort. Specifically, over the next three years, OHSU will recruit 2,600 individuals with a professional diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and when possible, their biological parents.



The Bazelon Center Releases Updated Voting Rights Guide

The guide, "VOTE. It's Your Right: A Guide to the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities" lists key legal principles and focuses on four areas of concern: 1) voter-competence requirements, 2) state photo-ID laws, 3) voter challenges and 4) providing help to voters with disabilities. The guide also includes an updated chart listing each state's laws affecting the voting rights of people with mental disabilities.



Home Accessibility May Impact Community Participation (MT UCEDD)

New research from the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) at UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Community Living, presents the state of inaccessible housing for people with mobility disabilities. The data reveal most homes lack critical accessibility features, not meeting individual needs, and potentially impacting broader community engagement and participation.



WV UCEDD Diversity & Disability Fellow Tackles Stigma

Louma Sebaihi is a Diversity & Disability Fellow at the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVU CED). Louma's upbringing in the Arab/American culture led her to be interested in reaching out to that community to help reduce the stigma associated with disabilities. As a part of her capstone project, Louma presented two sessions (one in English and one in Arabic) at the Islamic Center of Morgantown on the "Learn the Signs, Act Early" initiative to introduce the participants to developmental milestones that children should be achieving.


Upcoming Webinars

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Power of the Network: Building our Future Together  Copy to Calendar
Friday, September 30, 2016
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Policy to Practice: HealthMatters for People with IDD: Building Communities of Practice for Health  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Inclusion Works: For Business, Opportunity, Innovation, and Health  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Public Policy


AUCD Applauds the Passage of Legislation to Fight the ZIKA Virus

AUCD is thrilled to report that President Obama signed into law a continuing resolution (CR) that includes $1.1 billion emergency funding to address Zika.


Tuesdays with Liz - Michelle Bishop

During this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Michelle Bishop about the importance of voting. In case you missed last week's edition, Liz interviewed Joe Caldwell about the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayNegotiations continue on a continuing resolution; Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing; Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing; and more



2016 Joint Training Meeting:

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
1:00pm ET - 4:00pm ET
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

2016 Southwest Conference on Disability  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - Friday, October 7, 2016
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

16th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities and Technology  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 6, 2016
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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