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What if he can't work and neither can I?

I am worried about my son's services being reduced below their already minimal levels. I am worried about services beyond medical... Community based services are less expensive and preferable to all. I am worried about my son's future and his ability to work and pay taxes, if there are no supports available for him.



Nutrition for Everyone - June 2017



Embedding Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for UCEDD Curricula and Training Activities

A new project and website from the UCEDDs at Georgetown, Georgia State, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and in collaboration with AUCD

This project and website is designed to research, develop, and disseminate a set or resources for the national network of UCEDDs to embed cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence in their curricula and training activities.



ICI Partners with AUCD to Host ADA International Fellows from Tanzania and Kenya (MA UCEDD/LEND)

AUCD partnered with ICI-UMass Boston to host the ADA International Fellowship Program on Inclusive Education, which is sponsored by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to host Fellows from Tanzania and Kenya. Heike Boeltzig-Brown and Miwa Tanabe worked with AUCD to identify and recruit 20 mid-career professionals from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania, who have come to the US for 5 weeks and are working with faculty and staff at UCED's around the states. The Fellows learned about best practices in inclusive education in the U.S. and then will apply what they learned in an individualized inclusive education project or initiative that they will implement upon return to their home countries.



I Thought Medicaid Was for Other People. Then We Had Joe.

" ...If the wait for a Medicaid waiver is already this long and stressful, we can't imagine what it will be if the federal funding is cut. We have friends in their 20s and 30s who are still waiting, cared for by aging parents fueled only by love and hope."



Stories Needed on the Impact of Potential Medicaid Cuts

Tell Congress your story

Personal stories have great power. They help to create a shared understanding of who we are and how we live our lives. They help us celebrate our successes and document our challenges. Stories bring policies to life.
Medicaid and health care for people with disabilities is currently under threat. AUCD is collecting stories from you to share with policy makers. Help us put a face on the issue and tell lawmakers about the devastating implications if Medicaid funding is cut or capped.



2017 AUCD Board Elections: Nominations Requested

Nominations due August 15
My kids


Cindy Cook: Mother of Three

"My son has Medicaid as a secondary insurance. Only because of Medicaid can we afford all the therapy and medical care he needs. He currently excels in school and is on his way to becoming a productive member of society who can contribute back into the system as an adult. Unfortunately my daughter, who needs the same therapies and medications, does not currently qualify. Without Medicaid to help pay for medications and therapies, her quality of life will be drastically different from that of her brother."



Conference Sponsorship, Exhibit, and Advertising Opportunities Available

Share your project or product at AUCD 2017! Committment Deadline: September 1

Sponsors and exhibitors of the conference will have direct access to AUCD's $650 million national network of directors, researchers, practitioners, and advanced-level Fellows representing university based programs from every state and territory. Best of all, you'll join an increasingly dynamic conversation focused on the support, inclusion, and well-being of people with disabilities, and demonstrate your organization's commitment to this population.

NM LEND Self-Advocacy fellow Laurel Deans with binder from Advocate Leadership Academy


Diversity Fellows Grant Project Leads to Leadership Opportunity for Self Advocates (NM LEND)

As a New Mexico LEND Self-Advocacy trainee, Daniel Ekman worked with faculty mentor Phyllis Shingle to create a document with leadership competencies, objectives and activities for people with disabilities. The idea was to develop a document that organizations could use and adapt as part of their own leadership curriculum for individuals with disabilities.



Health and Long Term Services are Threatened ACTION NEEDED NOW

pdf File Action Alert ACHA June 13 2017.pdf [download]


The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of the Inaugural 2016-2017 NJLEND Cohort

The inaugural cohort of fellows graduated from The Boggs Center's New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program. The NJLEND Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium was held at Children's Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick, and featured a keynote address from Sue Swenson, MBA, Vice President, Inclusion International and former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education.



Tuesdays with Liz: Deaf Culture & the Workplace

Today on 'Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All,' Liz interviews Christine Liao, a program specialist at AUCD and a deaf woman. In this interview, they discuss Christine's experience growing up and entering the workforce as a deaf professional, deaf culture, and some of the accommodations deaf people might need to fully participate in the community and workplace.



Armenian Delegations Visit MN UCEDD

Two delegations from Armenia visited the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) in April as part of a project funded by UNICEF Armenia focusing on inclusive education. The collaborative project between ICI and Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) is titled, Enhancing the Inclusion of Children and Youth with Disabilities in Armenia: University of Minnesota/Armenian State Pedagogical University Partnership. The nine visitors spent two weeks in Minnesota, meeting with Renata Ticha and Brian Abery, who are ICI's co-directors on the project, and visiting other sites related to inclusive education. "Self-advocacy and advocacy for people with disabilities were two important concepts the delegations wanted to learn about and to explore with ICI colleagues and with self-advocates," says Ticha. The delegations included Karine Harutyunyan, the Deputy Minister of Education of Armenia; Mher Melik-Bakhshyan, the Pro-rector of Special Education at Armenian State Pedagogical University; as well as additional ASPU faculty and several education officers from UNICEF Armenia.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayLEND funding; Update on AHCA; RISE Act; ESSA; New Appointments; and more

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