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Harkin International Disability Employment Summit 2016

Inaugural event deemed a success, 2017 event planning underway

The inaugural Harkin International Disability Employment Summit was held in Washington, DC, on December 8 and 9 of 2016. Over 180 participants from 31 countries gathered to identify strategies for increasing competitive integrated employment around the world. Sponsored by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement and spearheaded by Sen. Tom Harkin (retired) of Iowa, the Summit was attended by international business leaders, philanthropists, disability advocates, and government representatives.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLetter regarding sequestration cuts; New appointments; both 21st Century Cures Act and Special Needs Trust Fairness Act signed into law; New FAQ regarding unsafe wandering; Last day to enroll for healthcare insurance; and more



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress has returned for its Lame Duck session; Tom Price nominated for HHS; Passage of 21st Century Cure; ESSA Guidance; AUCD Conference; and more



AUCD Launches International Fellowship Program on Inclusive Education

This new exchange program, a partnership between AUCD, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will promote the growth of future leaders in inclusive education in countries and communities across the globe. 20 mid-career disability and education professionals from Brazil, Peru, Kenya and Tanzania will be placed at partner host sites across the United States, including UCEDDs and LENDs. During their time in the U.S., Fellows will learn about policies and practices that have influenced inclusive education in the U.S. and will plan a project upon their return home. The program honors the work of former Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin in the field of disability rights and inclusive education.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayContinuing Resolution signed; Zika funding package approved; 21st Century Cures Act stalled; two new actions to further support working Americans; movement with the ABLE package; Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act intrdocued; and more



Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Newly Accredited Higher Education Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice

The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID) is delighted to announce that our new 2 year certificate course in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice has recently been accredited by the University Council of Trinity College Dublin. The TCPID, in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin aims to promote true inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities and encourage students to realize their full potential through higher education. The newly accredited programs means that students will now, for the first time, receive a formal qualification upon graduation from university.



UCLA PEERS Clinic Conducts Certified Training Seminars in Australia

In August 2016, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Director of Training at the Tarjan Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UCLA, conducted a symposium on "Parent-assisted social skills training for preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): The UCLA PEERS for Preschoolers Program" at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 15th World Congress in Melbourne, Australia.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayEmergency funding to combat Zika soon to run out; HCBS comment periods; House Judiciary Committee approved ADA Education and Reform Act; New guidance for OSERS; and more



VCU Professor and Va-LEND Faculty Member Selected to Collaborate on International Team on CP

By Jennifer M. Drummond

Stacey Dusing, PhD, PT, PCS, was among three distinguished individuals from the United States invited to participate in a workshop to develop an International Early Intervention Research Collaborative. The workshop was held just prior to the 2016 International Conference in Stockholm on Cerebral Palsy (CP).



MN UCEDD Co-hosts Education Summit in India

Over 250 education leaders from seven nations attended the first International Summit on Inclusion and Response to Intervention on June 8-10, a milestone gathering organized by the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) and Avinashilingam University for Women in Coimbatore, India.



ICI (MA UCEDD/LEND) Director Joins Official US Delgation to China

This official US delegation from the Department of State traveled to China to discuss and share ideas and thoughts about disability rights, employment and inclusive education for children and adults with disabilities. The director of the Institute for Community Inclusion, Dr William Kiernan, was honored to join other prominent leaders in the disability field.



Disability Policy News In Brief

Zika funding, health equity, civil rights in education, Perkins Act hearing, CRPD news, new Tuesdays with Liz published and more.AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHHS announces funds for the construction, renovation and expansion of 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released its fiscal year 2015 annual report; Department of Justice announced a new Accessible Technology Section; and more



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse and Senate out for a week-long recess; negotiated rule-making committee has completed its work on how to implement some sections of the ESSA; $5 million to support public health efforts aimed at countering the spread of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico; New Medicaid Guidance: Transitioning from Incarceration to Communities; Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month; and more



Disability Policy News In Brief

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President Obama submitted his budget request for the Fiscal Year 2017; AUCD signed onto a letter in support of President Obama's $1.8 billion emergency funding request to address the Zika virus; States are currently in the process of releasing their states plans for implementation of WIOA; President Obama signed H.R. 3033, the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act; and more

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