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7/28/2017

Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance Holds Third Annual Capacity Building Institute at Vanderbilt University (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND)

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) and Next Steps at Vanderbilt hosted the third annual Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) Capacity Building Institute on June 26-27, 2017. The annual event was created to collaborate around the support, creation and expansion of inclusive postsecondary education programs (IPSE). IPSE is a national movement to support students with intellectual disabilities in attending college.

 
 

7/28/2017

We did it! Thank you! Update on Health Care Vote

For any health reform proposal to be successful, especially one attempting to dramatically change nearly one-fifth of the nation's economy, it must include people with disabilities in the process. Members on both sides of the aisle have suggested a return to a more open and deliberative conversation to address parts of the Affordable Care Act. AUCD strongly supports this, and has consistently advocated for a more transparent and consultative approach.

 
 

7/27/2017

Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (MT UCEDD)

Dr. Rosemary Hughes was invited to serve as faculty at the 2017 Montana Victim Advocate Academy. It was the first time in the Academy's history that the topic of victims with disabilities has been a stand-alone session. The 40-hour academy provides training to dozens of law enforcement officers, attorneys and victim advocates from across Montana and neighboring western states.

 
 

7/26/2017

27th Anniversary Commemoration of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights legislation expressing the nation's commitment to end discrimination against people with disabilities. At an event on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reflected on the increased opportunities for people with disabilities made possible by the ADA. They also voiced concerns over the ongoing healthcare debate in the US Senate. In Sen. Hassan's words, the proposed cuts to existing programs like Medicaid "could take us back to the status quo before the ADA."

 
 

7/26/2017

Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2017 marks the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

 
 

7/25/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: 27th Anniversary of the ADA

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the ADA, in this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Mark Johnson, one of the leaders of ADAPT, about the history and the future of the ADA and the potential cuts to Medicaid.

 
 

7/24/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondaySenate plans to take up bills to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act; lots of action taking place to defend our health and long term care; this is all ironically happening in the same week as the Anniversary of the ADA; Funding bills continue to move through the House.

 
 

7/24/2017

Diversity Fellowship Capstone Project (ND UCEDD)

By Bailee Laducer, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University

My name is Bailee Laducer and I have spent the last six months as the diversity fellow at NDCPD. I am an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (TMBCI) and am from the reservation located in Belcourt, North Dakota. As the diversity fellow, I identified one of the biggest needs we have is encouraging young people from my community to get training to work in disability related fields. The Director of the Native American Cultural Center at Minot State University (MSU) and I came up with the idea of hosting a Spring Bridges event where we invited 9th through 12th graders from the Turtle Mountain Community High School to visit the MSU campus for an entire day with the purpose of learning about disability studies and human service degree programs. We wanted to expose students to a field they probably would not otherwise consider, meet various faculty members, tour the small campus, and introduce them to the supportive environment of the Native American Cultural Center.

 
 

7/19/2017

Kickoff of the PEERS for Young Adults Certified Training Seminars (CA UCEDD)

Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, recently held the first 3-day PEERS for Young Adults Certified Training Seminar at the University of Maryland on June 14th - 16th, 2017. Over 65 mental health professionals and educators attended the training seminar sponsored by The University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium (UMARC) and the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

 
 

7/19/2017

Southern Miss IDS Community Education Director Elected to Regional Board (MS UCEDD)

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, community education director at The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).

 
 

7/18/2017

New Learning Module! Communicating the Value of Developmental Screening

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has released a new learning module focused on communicating the value of developmental screening. This easy-to-use learning module incorporates evidence-based practices with perspectives from physicians, parents, and the director of a Title V program for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).

 
 

7/18/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Why LEND Matters

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Wanda Felty, family faculty at the Oklahoma's LEND, about why family support and LEND programs are so important and how they relate to Medicaid.

 
 

7/17/2017

AUCD signed a Letter in Support of the Improving Access to Higher Education Act of 2017

AUCD signed a letter in support of the Improving Access to Higher Education Act of 2017, which strengthens postsecondary education resources for students with disabilities, including Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSIDs).

 
 
 Pictured here are Fellows Chevonne (left) and Ann Marie (right) with Connecticut State Senator Joe Markley.

7/17/2017

CT-LEND and UCEDD Celebrate the success of their first Diversity Fellows!

The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and LEND program were thrilled with the participation of the Human Services and Family Studies Diversity Fellows from partner Goodwin College this past year. Goodwin participants enthusiastically engaged in weekly seminars, special presentations, observations, and legislative and advocacy events.

 
 

7/17/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse Budget Committee is scheduled to release 2018 budget resolution; Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Vote Delay; hearing on Every Student Succeeds Act; and more

 
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