Family as a Discipline

Current policies in health and education promote, and at times mandate, collaboration and partnership between professionals and family members. The Family "Discipline" can be defined as "...that body of knowledge about the child/family member with a disability, that is inherent to the family, acquired by life experience and affected by culture and community." (Center for Learning and Leadership, 2006).

Over the past decade there has been an emerging role in LEND programs for a Family faculty member to provide interdisciplinary teams with an invaluable perspective in the scope of their training: the perspective of the family. This role is unique in that the experience of being a family member or parent of an individual with a developmental disability cannot be learned in any university course.

More information on activities of LEND Family Faculty and Family Discipline trainees can be found below.  If you have questions about the Family discipline or LEND, contact Sarah DeMaio at AUCD.




Improving Family Centeredness Together - New York State Early Intervention Initiative (NY UCEDDs)

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD; Valhalla, NY), in collaboration with Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (Rochester, NY) and Rose F. Kennedy UCEDD (Bronx, NY), will assist the New York Bureau of Early Intervention in implementing a portion of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP).




Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayPresident�s full FY 2018 budget; National Institutes of Health funding; Update on AHCA; Lifespan Respite; Career and technical education; Disability Integration Act; and more


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Zika and other health care updates, new housing resources, Complex Rehabilitation Technology and Medicare, Family Support legislation.




Helping Parents, Helping Children: Two-Generation Mechanisms

The Spring 2014 issue of Future of Children, Helping Parents, Helping Children: Two-Generation Mechanisms (Vol. 24, Issue 1), focuses on programs that simultaneously serve disadvantaged parents and children with high-quality interventions. Because the home environment is so important for children's development, many people think such "two-generation" programs can be more effective and efficient than programs serving children and parents individually. The issue discusses six mechanisms through which parents and the home environment are thought to influence children's development: stress, education, health, income, employment, and assets. See also, the accompanying policy brief, Early Stress Gets under the Skin: Promising Initiatives to Help Children Facing Chronic Adversity (Spring 2014), by Ross A. Thompson and Ron Haskins.


Making the Link Between Health and School Readiness

Promoting healthy development and treating children's health issues enhances their readiness for school. The Office of Head Start's National Center on Health released a new interactive online tool, Making the Link Between Health and School Readiness (2014), which is designed to help early childhood program leaders integrate meaningful health strategies with school readiness goals.


Parent Guides on Special Education Dispute Resolution

Four Parent Guides on Dispute Resolution options under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are available from the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) in both English and Spanish. The guides are intended for parents of children ages 3-21. The topics covered include mediation, due process hearings, written State complaints, and resolution meetings


Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide

This resource, Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide (2014), describes daily routines for children within four age groups (infants, mobile infants, toddlers, and preschoolers) and provides safety tips that specifically address the developmental needs of children in a specific age group, as well as tips that apply to all children. It was developed by the Office of Head Start's National Center on Health for early childhood staff working with young children in classroom environments.


Health U.: A Nutrition Curriculum for Teenagers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

by RD, Linda Bandini PhD

The Health U. curriculum contains age-appropriate nutrition education materials for adolescents and young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. The goal of the Health U. program is to encourage a healthy lifestyle.


Family Competencies

Competencies for LEND Family trainees, created in 2006.


Primer for Civilian Nonprofit Organizations in Providing Support to our Military Families

This resource aims to help civilian nonprofit organizations understand the challenges faced by service members and their families, the support available through the military community, how to link military families to existing resources, and how organizations can best support military families.


75th Anniversary


Family Discipline Corner

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Family Discipline Corner SharePoint Portal is password protected collaborative space. Account required to access a portal.




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