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AUCD 2014: Dont Miss Out on Early Bird Registration

Register by October 10th and be entered to win a free conference main registration fee! Two winners will be randomly drawn and notified on October 11th. Reserve your space today for the highly anticipated AUCD Conference.


2014 Trainee Travel Scholarships

Application Deadline: October 3

AUCD is pleased to announce the availability of 16 travel scholarships of up to $500 each AND 4 volunteer scholarships of up to $500 each to support AUCD Trainees in attending the 2014 AUCD Conference.


AUCD Conference Proposal Notifications

Everyone who submitted a proposal to present at AUCD 2014 Conference has been sent a notification. If you have not received yours, please contact Laura Martin (lmartin@aucd.org) immediately. Any modifications to the proposals are due 09/26.


Midwest LEND Consortiums Collaborative Quality Improvement Planning Project

Eighteen LEND faculty from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota met in Kansas City on July 16-17 for an "Effective Adult Learning" workshop, facilitated by Alexis Petri, EdD, the Director of Interdisciplinary Training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development. The first day of the workshop focused on the characteristics of the adult learner, including adult learning theories, motivation, barriers to participation and the implications for teaching adults in college classroom and professional development settings.


Comprehensive Evaluation of the Child With Intellectual Disability or Global Developmental Delays

Global developmental delay and intellectual disability are relatively common pediatric conditions. This report describes the recommended clinical genetics diagnostic approach. The report is based on a review of published reports, most consisting of medium to large case series of diagnostic tests used, and the proportion of those that led to a diagnosis in such patients.


Capacity of Local Health Departments to Track, Administer, and Promote Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations for Pregnant Women, Children with Special Healthcare Needs, and Adults with Disabilities

This research brief highlights the extent to which local health departments (LHDs) provide and have the capacity to track, administer, and promote influenza (flu) vaccination for pregnant women, children with special health care needs, and adults with disabilities


AUCD Welcomes Ben Jackson as Disability Policy Leadership Fellow

W. Ben Jackson III is currently serving as the AUCD Disability Policy Fellow for 2014-2015. He graduated from The Dickinson School of Law at The Pennsylvania State University in May of 2104. Prior to joining the AUCD he worked with Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a law clerk. As a law clerk with Project HEAL he was responsible for researching and drafting memorandums on special education law. He directly advocated for clients by drafting complaints for the Maryland State Department of Education for alleged violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004). He also worked to ensure his clients had appropriate accommodations and placements by advocating during Individualized Education Program meetings.