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Dr. Dianne McBrien Named LEND Director of Iowa's UCEDD

On July 1, Dianne McBrien, MD assumed the directorship of the University of Iowa's LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) training program. She succeeds Lenore Holte, PhD, who directed the interdisciplinary program for the past 10 years.



AUCD Welcomes Vanita Gupta to Speak at AUCD 2017 Conference

Vanita Gupta is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She has been working to advance civil rights her entire career. Before joining The Leadership Conference in June 2017, Gupta served as Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.



Bruce Keisling and #AUCD2017 Featured on #Policy4All

Dr. Bruce Keisling, AUCD2017 Conference Chair, AUCD President-Elect, and Director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities in Memphis, TN, was interviewed this week on 'Tuesdays with Liz, Disability Policy for All.' Watch the 8 minute interview to learn more about what to expect at the upcoming conference, why everyone will find something to enjoy when they attend, and Dr. Keisling's vision for AUCD during his upcoming year as President of the AUCD Board of Directors.



Conference Hotel is Sold Out

The block of rooms under AUCD's contract with the hotel is currently SOLD OUT.
A list of hotels within walking distance of the Renaissance is available on the AUCD conference website. (Note that AUCD has not negotiated room rates with any of these hotels.)



Tuesdays with Liz - AUCD2017

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Bruce Keisling, Director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and chair of this year's AUCD conference. Liz and Bruce talked about what to expect at the upcoming conference.



Speak Up Speak Out: An Inclusive Speech Event Making a Difference (MS UCEDD)

By: Dr. Jerry R. Alliston

Speak Up Speak Out was an inclusive self-advocacy program for youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Each morning we began with a few icebreakers allowing each participant to become more comfortable sharing about themselves with the group. Then we moved on to tongue twisters which were a crowd favorite! Everyone got the opportunity to try out the tongue twisters individually which led to a lot of laughs and an easy-going atmosphere. Next, we would go outside for warm ups, which are just short activities to get everyone moving and loosened up. Afterwards, we returned indoors and then split into two groups to develop skits. Each skit was completely original and came from the ideas of everyone in the group. We had a lot of fun creating our scripts and both groups selected the theme of superheroes and using your self-advocacy powers. Everyone enjoyed developing their names for their heroes, and of course, we had to have villains, too. The rest of day one and two focused on finalizing, refining and learning the skits. On the third and final day, we performed the skits for a full house of peers and IDS staff. When the performances were finished, each participant was given a certificate for participating in the Speak Up Speak Out event. All agreed that this experience was a hit!



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Investigator Develops Initiative to Focus on Empowering Young Adults with Autism

by Tom Wilemon

A new initiative, developed by Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development; professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator, aims to improve the lives of young adults with autism spectrum disorders who often end up socially isolated once they leave school.



Tuesdays with Liz - Conchita Hernandez

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Conchita Hern�ndez, the chair of METAS - Mentoring Engaging and Teaching all Students. Liz and Conchita spoke about METAS and what blindness skills means



Derrick Willis named Associate Director of Iowa's UCEDD

On August 1, Derrick Willis, MPA, became the Associate Director of Iowa�s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at The Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) at University of Iowa Health Care. For the past twelve years, Derrick was a Research Associate and directed urban mission work for the Institute for Human Development, Missouri�s UCEDD, working under the leadership of Dr. Carl Calkins, who has directed Missouri�s UCEDD since its beginning.



New Release - #RDSJ Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies

We are excited to announce the publication of Volume 13 Issue 3 of Review of Disability Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal. Discover diverse voices in this issue ranging from Self Advocates, Rehabilitation Counselors, Creative Writers, Influential Bloggers, and Education Experts.



Nick Nucci Appointed Assistant Director for Administration at The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND)

Nick Nucci recently joined The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers University as Assistant Director for Administration, directing financial and administrative operations. Mr. Nucci has over thirty years of experience in state government with the New Jersey Department of Human Services.



Order Your "Lift Your Voice" AUCD T-Shirt

Deadline: October 12

Order your AUCD t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, or hoodie today and pick it up at the 2017 Conference, or have a conference attendee bring it home for you. Hand-designed by Jessica Irwin, Psychology Fellow at the University of Rochester Strong Center, this shirt is one you'll be proud to wear again and again.



Black Girls Viewed as Less Innocent Than White Girls, Research Finds: Dr. Jamilia Blake (TX UCEDD)

Biases revealed in a new report may shed new light on why black girls are disciplined more harshly than their white peers. The report, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood, focuses on adult perceptions of black girls and finds adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers.



Tuesdays with Liz - Meg Grigal

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Meg Grigal, Co-Director of Think College, about the importance of educational opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities - specifically post-secondary education. In case you missed last week, Liz interviewed Jerry Alliston (Community Education Director at the Mississippi UCEDD) about his experience and lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as the importance of emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) UCEDD Co-Director Leads Study on Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Using a Telehealth Intervention

By Jan Rosemergy

A telehealth intervention has been developed and is being tested that is aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness in young adults with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). This Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) pilot study is the first to address a major risk factor in health and mental health problems experienced by persons with PWS.

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