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Self-Determination Inventory System (SDIS) Data Dashboard (KA UCEDD)

The Self-Determination Student Inventory System (SDIS) is comprised of two new validated measures created by researchers Karrie A. Shogren and Michael L. Wehmeyer at the University of Kansas: the Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report (SDI:SR) and the Self-Determination Inventory: Parent/Teacher Report (SDI:PTR). The SDI:SR asks students questions about how they feel about their ability to be self-determined; that is to make choices, set and go after goals, and make decisions. The SDI:PTR measures a teacher's or parent/family member's perception of a young person's self-determination.



The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (TN UCEDD) Welcomes Its First Child Neurologist

Dr. Gipson is a child neurologist and neurodevelopmental disabilities specialist. She completed her LEND training/residency in child neurology/neurodevelopmental disabilities at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute. After joining the faculty there, she founded the first TSC Center of Excellence at Kennedy Krieger Institute and established an interdisciplinary model of care for children and adults with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex-associated neuropsychiatric disorders.



Va-LEND Welcomes New Co-Training Directors

Jacqueline Robinson Brock and Meera R. Mehtaji have joined Va-LEND as the new Training Co-Directors for the program. They will be bringing their complementary skills into the Training Director position which they will share. Va-LEND is in the process of implementing its revised curriculum that incorporates increased universal design and student engaged learning with a more diverse group of trainees.



Women Investing in Nebraska invest in Munroe-Meyer Institute (UCEDD/LEND)

An $85,000 grant from Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) will boost efforts to help infants who spent time in a neonatal intensive care unit get needed medical assessment and treatment through the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI).



Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WY UCEDD) Launches ECHO Network for Families of Children with Autism

For Wyoming families that have a child with autism, large geographic distances and a shortage of resources limit the availability of providers, care, and support. UW ECHO for Families: Autism is bridging the gap. The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) recently launched a new ECHO network to support families of children with autism. This virtual community was built by and for families of children with autism and meets weekly using videoconferencing technology.



Tell Us Your Thoughts About #AUCD2017

Conference Survey due 11/20

Let us know your favorite moments, things you'd change, and ideas for future AUCD Conferences by completing our online survey, or through the link in your conference app. Your responses are vital as we begin planning for AUCD2018.



Thank You for a Great AUCD2017!

It was truly wonderful to see all of you who came to Washington, DC, this past week! The AUCD Family was in full effect as together we lifted our voices in solidarity for inclusion and equality. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your passion, expertise, and enthusiasm in the important work you do every day.



US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta at #AUCD2017

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The Secretary joined us to talk about the importance of meaningful work for all Americans, how work is tied to dignity, and described ways we can work together to increase disability employment in the US.



Opening Plenary with Galludet President Bobbi Cordano

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Roberta "Bobbi" J. Cordano, JD., is President of Gallaudet University. She joined the AUCD Conference to discuss how we can use our leadership positions in academia to achieve better outcomes and greater equity moving forward.



AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules

The AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules will help Trainees become more familiar with AUCD: who we are as an organization, our network's history and membership, how trainees can make the most out of their experience, and most importantly: how Trainees "fit" in the network and why their contributions are so important.



Tuesdays with Liz - Emily Ladau

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Emily Ladau (author of the blog Words I Wheel By) about dating and people with disabilities. Please also see Emily's piece in the New York Times titled Playing the Online Dating Game, in a Wheelchair.



The Autism CARES Partnership Network ​Our Journey Toward Collaboration

By bringing together organizations that all care deeply about improving outcomes for individuals with autism and their families across the lifespan, this Partnership Network hopes to be an example of collaboration and alignment at many different levels.



Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Partners with Cincinnati LEND Program to Improve Access and Inclusion for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (CZBG), in partnership with the Cincinnati Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program, was recently awarded a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to advance its goal of becoming one of the nation's most welcoming, accessible, and inclusive zoos for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Anchor for Access and Inclusion project was one of 132 projects selected from 558 grant applications nationally.



Graduate Highlight: Sandy Smith (TX UCEDD)

Sandy Smith has been in education for over 20 years and has had the pleasure of being involved with teaching behavior management at the elementary, secondary, and adult level. Currently she is pursuing her doctorate in Special Education (Academic and Behavioral Supports) at Texas A&M.



Stephen Gilson Awarded University of Maine Trustee Professorship (ME UCEDD)

Stephen F. Gilson, Ph.D., Coordinator and Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Professor of Social Work, has been awarded a University of Maine Trustee Professorship for 2017-2018.

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