Since 1963, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) have been working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision. Currently, sixty-seven UCEDDs in every state and territory are located in a university setting.
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The Policy Fellowship is an opportunity for an advanced network member to live and work in Washington, DC for one year, learning about AUCD, current legislation affecting people with disabilities and their families, and exercising leadership skills. The Fellow's responsibilities will be developed based on the needs of the Association and the interest and experience of the Fellow. Deadline: March 31; start date: September 2014.
Now available online at www.iddtoolkit.org, the 'Health Care For Adults With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities: A Toolkit for Primary Care Providers' (IDD Toolkit) offers health care providers best-practice tools and a wealth of information regarding specific medical and behavioral concerns of adults with IDD, including resources for patients and families.
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies has received a 2013 Exemplary Program Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) in recognition of 20 years of commitment to community engagement. APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 219 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations.
Maureen van Stone, the Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilites at Kennedy Krieger Institute, will be honored by the Dean of Whittier Law School at the Alumni Awards & Reunion Reception on April 5, 2014, in Long Beach, California. Ms. van Stone will receive the "2014 Distinguished Alumni Service Award" for her advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities throughout Maryland.
Innovative studies on issues in rural America are underway at the University of Montana Rural Institute, thanks to a five-year grant of $4.38 million through the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
Dr. Cooke was a professor of pediatrics and the pediatrician in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in the late 1950s when he began an association with Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of John F. Kennedy, then a senator from Massachusetts, and her husband, R. Sargent Shriver, whose interest in children with intellectual disabilities dovetailed with his own.
New Issue Briefs Available from the CDC-NCBDDD
There are five new issue briefs that describe what people and organizations can do to help combat obesity among people with disabilities and assist them in achieving healthy weight and an improved quality of life. CDC's Division of Human Development and Disability at the NCBDDD released the briefs, each targeted at specific audiences including: communities, health departments, employers, schools and healthcare professionals.
The University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities offer a fully online 12 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support (PBS). This course prepares individuals from mental health, school psychology, school administration, education, early education, and social work to be effective members of the school, early childhood, or individual support team implementing PBS.
AUCD strongly supports the agenda of equality and opportunity that the President laid out in the State of the Union address last night. While the President did not mention people with disabilities specifically, his agenda includes policies that the disability community has long championed and we believe that when he says everyone he means everyone.
The Early Childhood Personnel Center serves as a national resource on personnel standards, competencies, and recommended practices, and assists States in aligning personnel standards to national professional organization standards for personnel who serve children with disabilities and their families. In January 2014 ECPC released a searchable data base of all personnel standards for professional disciplines serving infants and young children (age birth to five) and their families.
The Science of Health and Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MT UCEDD)
University of Montana Rural Institute researchers are helping to set a national agenda on health and disability. Dr. Kathleen Humphries, a nutrition researcher at the Rural Institute and the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, is among national leaders identifying what we know and what we need to know to reduce health disparities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In December 2013, OMB published final regulations that reform Federal grant-making with the intention of decreasing administrative burden for grantees and reducing waste, fraud and abuse. These new regulations combine the multiple Federal regulations that currently govern the way grants are administered into a single uniform policy guide; this changes the OMB Circulars as you know them. The cross-agency Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) worked closely with OMB on developing these rules, and will work with stakeholders to facilitate implementation.
As of November 2013, a team of seven instructors from the University of Iowa have certified over 2,000 individuals in Mental Health First Aid, an evidence-based education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and teaches participants a 5-step action plan of how to engage and support individuals who may experience a mental health crisis. The model of providing comprehensive consumer and family driven services in a 10-county region proved highly successful and cost-effective in meeting the needs of children with serious emotional disturbances. Though Federal funding ended in September of 2012, the model was sustained through funding from the Iowa legislature and the establishment of billable services.