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2017 DMCHWD Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative

Deadline: December 5, 2016

Are you interested in improving your MCH Training Program or institution's practices around diversity or health equity? Are you revamping your existing practices related to training on cultural and linguistic competence or looking for resources, tools, and best practices related to diversity, cultural and linguistic competence and health equity initiatives? If so, consider applying for the 2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative!


First MS Self-Advocacy Fellow Begins in MS-AR LEND Partnership Program

Mississippi LEND has First Self-Advocacy Fellow Robert "Taylor" Carley recently began his training year as the first self-advocacy fellow in the Institute for Disability Studies' (IDS) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental (and Related) Disabilities (LEND) program in Mississippi. IDS' LEND is made possible through a sub-contract with the Arkansas LEND Program and is in its seventh year of existence. This year's Mississippi cohort also includes fellows in counseling psychology, social work, applied behavior analysis and family nurse practice. Taylor's first connection to IDS was through volunteering and then serving in the first TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program. It was during his initial volunteer and service experiences that he found his "voice" and passion to serve others as a self-advocate leader. He then served as president of the STEP UP Advisory Council composed of youth and young adults with and without disabilities.


AUCD Launches International Fellowship Program on Inclusive Education

This new exchange program, a partnership between AUCD, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will promote the growth of future leaders in inclusive education in countries and communities across the globe. 20 mid-career disability and education professionals from Brazil, Peru, Kenya and Tanzania will be placed at partner host sites across the United States, including UCEDDs and LENDs. During their time in the U.S., Fellows will learn about policies and practices that have influenced inclusive education in the U.S. and will plan a project upon their return home. The program honors the work of former Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin in the field of disability rights and inclusive education.


AUCD Celebrates Down Syndrome Awareness Month

This October, AUCD is proud to join several federal and organization partners to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness month. Join us as we share blogs and resources, and host a twitter chat to talk about creating a stronger community in which everyone is fully included.


AUCD Celebrates October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM), sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. While the Americans with Disabilities Act has made access to buildings, programs, and almost all walks of life, the one area that has stubbornly been slow to improve has been employment for people with disabilities. Join AUCD as we highlight both the need to increase disability employment and the great value that people with disabilities bring to businesses. #InclusionWorks!


New Iowa LEND Trainees have a Capital Time at the Iowa State Capitol

The Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, welcomed the Iowa LEND (ILEND) trainees for 2016-2017. Orientation began with a brief welcome by Lenore Holte, ILEND Program Director, followed by faculty, staff and trainee introductions. The group of trainees and staff members then traveled to Des Moines to tour the state capitol building and to learn about state and federal legislation related to individuals with disabilities.


WIHD Welcomes New LEND Class (NY UCEDD/LEND)

WIHD is pleased to welcome the new 2016-2017 LEND class. The new LEND class represents a numbers of disciplines: Advocacy, Audiology, Family Specialist, Genetics, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Public Administration, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education and Speech Language Pathology. The trainees represent 9 affiliated universities: Fordham University, Mercy College, New York Medical College, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Iowa, University of Puerto Rico and University of the Virgin Islands.