Va-LEND Trainee Receives 2017 OAR Research Grant

by Jennifer M. Drummond

Heather Coleman, who received her certificate of completion from Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND), Program this past May also received a $2000 Research Grant from The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) to support her dissertation research. Coleman's was among 26 proposals submitted to OAR, a national non-profit organization formed and led by relatives of children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. A doctorial student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Coleman's study is titled Parent Implemented Communication Intervention for Young Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities. She has 18 months to complete her research and will work directly with parents and their children with autism.



GAO Report: Youth with Autism

Federal Agencies Should Take Additional Action to Support Transition - Age Youth

According to GAO's nationwide survey of school district special education directors, GAO estimates that about 85 percent of districts in school year 201516, provided youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services such as instruction on life, social, and behavioral skills, as they transition from high school to adulthood. ASD is a group of complex developmental disorders characterized by difficulties with social interactions, communication, and repetitive behaviors.



Northeast Regional LEND Programs Co-sponsor Annual Spring Conference

The NH-ME LEND Program at Dartmouth College,"Geisel School of Medicine; The Child Psychiatry Autism Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in partnership with The Maine LEND at the" University of New England; The LEND Program at Boston Children's Hospital" and Eunice Kennedy Shriver LEND Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School will host a conference at the Southeastern Regional Education Center in Bedford, NH on May 15, 2017.


Upcoming Events

2017 Autism CARES Meeting: Pathways to Progress

2017 Autism CARES Meeting: Pathways to Progress  Copy to Calendar

Monday, July 10, 2017 - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Location: Bethesda, MD

This bi-annual meeting is an opportunity for MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grant recipients representing research, training, and state systems change stakeholders to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration.

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Past Events

Pathways to Employment for Transition Aged Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, May 18, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

One of the most difficult times for youth and young adults with ASD is the transition from school to adulthood. In fact, young adults with ASD typically experience low rates of employment, independent living, and connection to community. This session will review the research regarding employment outcomes for youth with ASD as well as review 3 important pathways to employment. These pathways are internships, supported employment and customized employment. Additionally, the presenters will provide specific examples regarding the supports youth and adults with ASD used to acquire and maintain employment in community-based integrated environments.

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#Jobs4ALL Twitter Chat: Autism in Academia

#Jobs4ALL Twitter Chat: Autism in Academia  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Twitter Chat

Featuring Timotheus Gordon, Jr., Research Assistant at University of Illinois at Chicago

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  • UW LEND Builds Capacity of Primary Care Providers who Manage Children with ASDs

    The University of Washington LEND plays a critical role in supporting regional primary health providers who care for children with ASDs and their families. On October 10, 2015, the UW LEND collaborated with the Washington Department of Health Title V Medical Home Parent Partnership (MHPP) and the Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (WAAA) to offer a CME (7.75 hours) conference for primary care providers titled, �Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in your Practice: Practical Strategies�. Achieving geographic reach across the state, 120 participants from all 39 counties filled Seattle Children�s Hospital Wright Auditorium for a day of exceptional, evidence-based learning.



The Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) provides technical assistance to LENDs and DBPs to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The ITAC website contains news, resources, and information tailored for LENDs and DPBs as well as the medical and public health communities and families of children with ASD/DD. ITAC and its projects were designed in collaboration with federal staff, program directors, and families of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.