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6/3/2017

Jennifer's Story (NE UCEDD/LEND)

This story was written by Janet Miller, a respite care associate at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

My daughter, Jennifer, is a lovely 40-year-old woman with Down syndrome. For many years, she excelled in both school and employment. She was fortunate to have had many opportunities to participate in regular education classes. Additionally, she began her work career at age 17 at a Wendy's restaurant - her job choice was due in part for her interest in Dave Thomas and adoption.

 
 
Justice Ender speaking

6/2/2017

Justice Ender: College Graduate, Taxpayer, Medicaid Beneficiary

"I currently pay far more in taxes than I use in Medicaid each year, but if my Medicaid assistance is taken away, I will have to quit working because the supports it provides are essential to my daily life."

 
 

6/2/2017

Meet the 2017 ADA International Fellows

AUCD, in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, implements the ADA International Fellowship Program to support mid-career professionals from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania to learn inclusive education policies, strategies, and resources. The ADA Fellows each identified a project to implement in their home countries, and have spent the last month at an AUCD network center or partner to develop their action plans. The first cohort of 10 ADA Fellows is just finishing their fellowship, and developed this video of their experiences with AUCD's network members and partners.

 
 

6/1/2017

Distance Learning Technology Resources: Tools for Interdisciplinary Training Programs

New AUCD Resource Helps Programs Leverage Technology to Support Training

Technology can be a powerful tool for training healthcare professionals across multiple locations, enabling the exchange of ideas and practices that can benefit communities - including those that have been traditionally underserved. This new package of resources supports the increased use and effectiveness of distance learning technologies across AUCD network training programs and in the healthcare field more broadly. Included are a series of tables that break down the types of distance learning tools programs/centers are (or could potentially be) using across the spectrum of training activities. Users can access information about the software, tools, platforms, etc. which support specific functionalities, such as: ease of use, typical costs, reported use by programs, and accessibility features.

 
 

6/1/2017

Financial Empowerment: Focus on People with Disabilities (MS UCEDD)

The University Of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies' (IDS) (IDS) housing staff member, Heather Steele, was invited to Washington, D.C. on May 8 - 9, to collaborate with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The CFPB and FDIC were convening to provide the opportunity for individuals from and serving the disability community to meet in person to learn about and share ideas for using the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit and the supplemental Focus on People with Disabilities Guide, as well as theFDIC's MoneySmart Program to empower people and communities in how they get, plan for and use their money.

 
 

5/31/2017

AUCD Seeks Program Manager for Public Health Team

Come join an awesome office in a job that makes a difference! AUCD is seeking a dynamic individual to provide technical assistance to AUCD's Inclusive Health Program and work with the Inclusive Health Learning Community to develop content, facilitate meetings, develop webinars and other communication tools, evaluate programs, and disseminate information. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in human services, project management or provision of technical assistance. MPH, MS or MA in public health, disability, clinical or human services related field.

 
 

5/31/2017

No Cuts, No Caps to Medicaid!

Press & Photos from June 6th

The new American Health Care Act (AHCA) cuts over $800 billion from Medicaid. The proposed per capita caps and cuts will have devastating and deadly consequences for people w/disabilities & seniors.

 
 

5/30/2017

California Speech Language Hearing Association's (CSHA) 2017 Diversity Award Recipient (CA UCEDD/LEND)

This past March, Sonia Konialian Aller, Ph.D., CCC, was honored by the California Speech Language and Hearing Association (CSHA) with its Diversity award at its annual convention held in Pasadena, California. The award recognized her broad-ranging career contributions and excellence in service, teaching, mentoring, research, and community outreach. Dr. Aller holds a Ph.D. (Indiana U.) in psycholinguistics and is a licensed, multilingual, speech-language pathologist. She has served as the Communication Disorders discipline Director over the past 25 years at the California LEND (CA-LEND) at the University of Southern California (USC) UCEDD at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

 
 
 Dr. Trina Spencer, Research Director and Diana del Cid

5/30/2017

Fellow from the IHD/NAU Wins Student Poster Presentation

Diana Del Cid, a first year graduate student in the School Psychology, Educational Specialist program became the Institute for Human Development's first trainee to be offered a Diversity Fellowship. The Fellowship program recruits and prepare scholars from underrepresented groups to the field of developmental disabilities. The goal of the fellowship is to engage the fellow in experiences designed to teach them skills to become leaders in their chosen discipline for the benefit of individuals with developmental disabilities.

 
 
 Dr. Trina Spencer, Research Director and Diana del Cid

5/30/2017

Fellow from the IHD/NAU Wins Student Poster Presentation (AZ UCEDD)

Diana Del Cid, a first year graduate student in the School Psychology, Educational Specialist program became the Institute for Human Development's first trainee to be offered a Diversity Fellowship. The Fellowship program recruits and prepare scholars from underrepresented groups to the field of developmental disabilities. The goal of the fellowship is to engage the fellow in experiences designed to teach them skills to become leaders in their chosen discipline for the benefit of individuals with developmental disabilities.

 
 

5/30/2017

Presidents Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Summary Related to Programs for People with Disabilities

AUCD Analysis

President Trump transmitted his first federal budget request to Congress last week on May 23. The entire budget can be found on the Office of Management and Budget homepage. AUCD has provided a preliminary summary and selected highlights from AUCD policy staff. As staff continues to analyze the budget request, this summary will be updated on the AUCD website.

 
 

5/30/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Medicaid Toolkit for Self Advocates

This week on Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interviewed Julia Bascom, Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, about a new toolkit to help self-advocates, particularly self advocates with intellectual disabilities, better understand Medicaid.

 
 

5/29/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPreliminary summary of Presidents budget; materials for state advocates and info on upcoming Medicaid rally; Social Security Caregiver Credit Act; Secretary Betsy DeVos testimony defending presidents budget; and more

 
 

5/28/2017

AUCD Statement on Release of President's Budget Request

Current federal investments do not meet the needs of a growing and aging population of Americans with disabilities. Instead of investing to address this gap, the President's proposed budget represents an aggressive retreat from a decades-long, bipartisan commitment to supporting the health and independence of people with disabilities.

 
 

5/26/2017

Melissa Mandrell named New Hampshire Social Worker of the Year (NH UCEDD/LEND)

The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire congratulates Melissa Mandrell, MSS, MLSP on her selection as the Social Worker of the Year by the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

 
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