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4/4/2017

APHA Disability Section Call for 2017 Awards Nominations

Deadline Extended - April 18th

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution through scholarship, teaching, practice and/or advocacy to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities or an especially dedicated student? Now is the time to nominate a colleague for one of the 2017 APHA Disability Section Awards!

 
 

4/4/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Involving Self Advocates in Autism Research

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Finn Gardiner of ASAN Boston about including self advocates in the development of a database about people with autism with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and other organizations.

 
 

4/3/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayNomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch; List of potential budget cuts; Zika; AIM HIGH Act; Report on disability services workforce crisis; Research Funding; and more

 
 

4/3/2017

Nutrition is for Everyone - April 2017

 
 

4/3/2017

Virgin Islands UCEDD Partners with Department of Human Services to Improve Early Childhood Outcomes

VIUCEDD is excited to announce the launching of the first class of students studying to be credentialed as Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBT). The RBT initiative is a program of the new Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (ADDRC) at the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD).

 
 

3/31/2017

Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey

From The Arc

The 2017 FINDS survey aims is to learn more about the experiences of parents and family members who provide support to a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability. To participate, the caregiver must be 18 years or older and provide primary paid/unpaid and frequent support to a family member or friend with an intellectual or developmental disability living in the United States (and U.S. territories). This survey is not for direct support professionals�we need the perspective of family caregivers, paid or unpaid.

 
 

3/30/2017

AUCD Welcomes Denise Rozell as Policy Strategist

Denise Rozell is the Policy Strategist at AUCD working primarily on issues affecting youth in post-secondary education, employment and independent living. Denise has twenty-five years of experience in disability policy at the federal and state level working on almost all issues and legislation affecting individuals with disabilities beginning with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 
 

3/30/2017

CDC Coalition Letter to Senate Appropriation Committee

C/o American Public Health Association

The undersigned 182 members of the CDC Coalition and other supporting state and national organizations urge you to provide at least $7.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention�s programs in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. We are deeply disappointed that President Trump�s initial budget proposal recommends an astounding $15.1 billion or nearly 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Service�s budget for FY 2018. While the president�s budget blueprint does not provide specific funding levels for CDC, given the size of the proposed cut to HHS, it is clear that funding for every HHS agency and program would be at risk under his proposal. We believe that Congress should prioritize funding for all of the activities and programs supported by CDC. CDC programs are essential to protect the health of the American people. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned about efforts to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, authorized by the Affordable Care Act, and the impact the loss of this funding would have on CDC�s annual budget. The Prevention and Public Health Fund currently accounts for 12 percent of CDC�s budget and Congress must ensure that CDC�s budget remains whole in the face of efforts to repeal the ACA.

pdf File CDC Coaltion LEtter to Senate Appropriation Committee.pdf [download]
 
 

3/28/2017

Letter Opposing Gorsuch Nomination from Organizations Representing the Rights of People with Disabilities Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee

 
 

3/28/2017

Neul Named New Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND)

Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., division head of Child Neurology and vice chair for Developmental Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, has been named the new director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND). He will join Vanderbilt on Aug. 1. Neul succeeds Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics, Psychology and Human Development, and the Kennedy Center's director since 2009. As part of a planned transition, Dykens will continue to lead research programs in Prader-Willi, Williams and Down syndromes and will continue her role as co-director of the VKC UCEDD alongside Elise McMillan.

 
 

3/28/2017

Tuesdays with Liz: Virtual Trainee Liz Koss

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Liz Koss, AUCD virtual trainee, about what she does in this role.

 
 

3/27/2017

AUCD signed onto a Letter Urging FY 2018 Zika Appropriations

AUCD signed onto a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee requesting an increase in funding of public health and biomedical research programs in order to support an effective federal response to the Zika virus during FY 2018.

 
 

3/27/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayVote on American Health Care Act (AHCA) cancelled; Budget and appropriations activities this week; New Appointments; ESSA updates; Perkins Career and Technical Education programs; and more

 
 

3/27/2017

Family Leader Testifies before Congress on Benefits of Medicaid

Cyndi Johnson, a mom and member of Family Voices Indiana, testified before the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee to the essential services Medicaid provides. "No parents should have to worry that providing life-saving care to their children might send them into bankruptcy. The Affordable Care Act, and the accompanying changes to Medicaid, quite literally meant the difference between life and death for my daughter, and have given my family a chance to live the financially secure life we've worked so hard to achieve."

 
 

3/27/2017

Iowa LEND Trip to Puerto Rico

Last month six Iowa LEND trainees from Iowa's UCEDD flew to San Juan as part of a new collaborative partnership project with the University of Puerto Rico UCEDD to provide training and cultural exchange opportunities.

 
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