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2016 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program (MD UCEDD/LEND)

Brian Paxton, a rising third-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, was accepted into the 2016 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program, to work 300 hours with Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.



Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Kara Ayers

This week on Tuesdays with Liz, Kara Ayers discusses the rights of parents with disabilities and discriminatory state laws that interfere with these rights, while also exploring why parents with disabilities face discrimination. Kara is the Associate Director at the UCEDD at the Cincinnati University and Co-Founder of the Disabled Parenting Project.



Expert Autism Reviewers Needed

The National Clearinghouse for Autism Evidence & Practice, NCAEP) are launching the update to the 2011 systematic review on evidence-based practices for children and youth on the autism spectrum. Please consider serving as a reviewer as well as passing this email and flyer along to your colleagues and graduate students.



Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates - Arkansas

Nutrition is for Everyone (NIFE) in Arkansas (AR) hosted their second large-scale train-the-trainers course in Jonesboro. During this course, NIFE AR educated disability facility employees on how to host and teach a 6-week adapted Cooking Matters class series. Each employee plans to begin offering a class in the new year, this will reach over 30 disability facilities in the North-East portion of the state.

NIFE LA's nutrition education class


Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates - Louisiana

The Nutrition is for Everyone Louisiana ( NIFE LA) welcomes Jenry Schorling, LDN, RD, as a Deputy Nutrition Ambassador. Jenry will help with the development of accurate and appropriate nutrition education materials disseminated through the project. She will also consult with the NIFE LA team on nutrition education curriculum being developed in partnership with Special Olympics Louisiana which is piloting an 8-week nutrition and physical activity curriculum starting later this month.



Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates - Mississippi

Nutrition is for Everyone Mississippi (NIFE MS) has scheduled its first recruitment event and nutrition training for January, where the first events will be held in Hattiesburg. The recruitment event will be held in mid-January where interested local participants can stop by to receive information. Individuals with disabilities and their family members can sample trail mix snacks and take home the recipe, watch a demo video of the preparation, and sign up for upcoming trainings.



Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates - Oklahoma

The Nutrition Ambassador for Nutrition is for Everyone Oklahoma (NIFE OK) attended the annual Oklahoma Autism Conference and provided resources to participants. Over 200 people attended and were provided with healthy recipes and ideas for incorporating healthy foods for children with texture aversions. This deputy ambassadors will be providing training on the Healthy Living module at an upcoming Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network (OKSAN) retreat and will also be teaching a cooking class in Shawnee, OK for people with disabilities and their families and friends.

Dipped Turkish Apricots


Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates - Tennessee

Healthy eating over the holiday is always a challenge, so with help from the students, the Nutrition Ambassador from Nutrition is for Everyone Tennessee (NIFE TN) put together a guide, "Easy Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen", with instructions for fruit and vegetable related treats and meals.



AUCD Welcomes Rylin Rodgers as Director of Public Policy

Both as a parent and as a professional, Rylin has extensive expertise on topics including maternal and child health, special education, public and private health care financing and family/professional partnerships. Her personal and professional experiences combine to provide a unique perspective on the impact of policy and of systems issues on the "end users."



Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Judy Huemann

This week on 'Tuesdays with Liz,' Liz sits down with Judy Heumann, a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation and a long-time disability advocate. She talks about her early educational experiences as someone with a disability, and the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Denise Prehay


Lifting My Voice: An Advocate Reflects on MLK Day

By Denise Prehay, Mailman Center LEND Trainee

Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement have taught us in the Disability Rights Movement to advocate. As a self-advocate trainee at the University of Miami's Mailman Center for Child Development's LEND program, I am lifting my voice, not only for myself, but for others.



Disability Rights and Sexual Health

By Tanisha Clarke, MPH

Sexual and reproductive health are important parts of overall health; however, people with disabilities are not always given the resources they need to achieve it. For many, this topic is addressed in schools, at home, in doctors' offices, or in the care of other human service professionals. Are people with disabilities asked about their sexual needs, or does society assume that they cannot or do not have sex?



Former Trainee: Dianey Leal, Bush School of Government an Public Service (TX UCEDD)

Dianey Leal served as a 2016 Diversity Fellow with the Center of Disability and Development at Texas A&M University, where she researched policies on disability-related issues. Dianey graduated from St. Edward's University in 2015 with a double major in political science and English writing and rhetoric. She graduated from The Bush School of Government and Public Service in May with an M.A. in Public Service and Administration. During the summer, she worked as a program aide compiling data for the Bush School's annual diversity accountability report, and also helped Dr. Frank Ashley create a syllabus for his course on Diversity in the Workplace.



MCDD's (MD UCEDD) Associate Director Joins a National Advisory Committee for COPAA

Maureen van Stone, the associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute was selected to be on a national advisory committee for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA). COPAA was awarded a grant from the National Council on Disability (NCD) to write a Report on Charter Schools, Choice, & Vouchers - Implications for Students with Disabilities. COPAA has partnered with Center for Law and Education (CLE) to do the research, focus groups and drafting. COPAA invited a cross section of stakeholders, including Ms. van Stone, to participate on the national advisory panel.



New Videos Focus on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disability (MA UCEDD/LEND)

A new video series highlights the growing success across the country of postsecondary education programs that include students with intellectual disability.

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