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AUCD - Poster Symposium 2A: Advocacy & Justice

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Monday, November 18, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Location: Congressional A

Session Description

All posters for the AUCD Conference will be presented throughout Monday and Tuesday in a series of Poster Symposia that run at the same time as concurrent sessions. During these 75 minute poster symposia, 12-15 posters on a similar theme will be grouped together in a room. Posters will be displayed on large boards and have a table underneath for accompanying materials. The session will be introduced by a moderator, poster authors will be asked to provide a very brief introduction of their poster, and then attendees will be free to move about the room to speak with poster presenters directly for the remainder of the session. Attendees are also welcome to move between symposia rooms and view posters on other topics. Conference posters submitted ahead of time are also available electronically in the conference app and linked below.


Using radio shows to educate parents and people with disability about community resources.
Raquel quezada, FOMER LEND , , Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND

Presentation will focus on using a radio program as one form of communication and dissemination to deliver information to parents and self advocates about services in their community.

Strategies for collaborating and engaging parents in becoming their own advocates for their children in outpatient mental health treatment.
Lina Rodas, MSW, Psychotherapist I, USC, Childrens Hospital, UCEDD/LEND

This interactive presentation includes a didactic presentation utilizing case scenarios and allow participants an opportunity to listen to parents describe their own unique experiences in the collateral groups and the advocacy strategies they have learned along the way. Additionally, role playing and guided interactive discussions allowing participants to engage in a pseudo group experience while practicing skills and gaining confidence in the use of recommended techniques and tools.

Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason: Building Community Collaborations to Support Crisis Intervention Team Training
Rachel Ray, M.A., Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute of Genetics & Rehabilitation, UCEDD/LEND

The MMI UCEDD has built a coalition of individuals with disabilities and area crisis response teams to expand the Crisis Intervention Team training in Nebraska. MMI partners with Individuals with disabilities and their mentors, crisis response teams, law enforcement, and advocacy organizations to hold training sessions for law enforcement and children and youth with disabilities to learn appropriate skills during times of crisis.

Leading Change Together with our Community Advisory Councils
Rhonda Eppelsheimer, MSW, Director of UCEDD, Oregon Institute on Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND

Community Advisory Councils (CACs) are required by the DD Act and are integral parts of UCEDDs. CAC members add value to our local, regional, state and national work in a variety of ways. Join us in this session and learn how to make the most of this partnership through meaningful engagement of CAC members to strengthen your UCEDD and improve connection with the disability community as a whole.

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Laws Related to Access to Services for Youths with Intellectual Disability in the Criminal Justice System
Aniella Fignon, JD/MPH Candidate, Former LEND trainee, A. J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

A disproportionate number of individuals with intellectual disability find themselves involved in the criminal justice system as juveniles, but only a few states have enacted laws to address the provision of appropriate services during periods of commitment or incarceration. Learn more about why strengthening data surrounding this issue is important to catalyzing the development of laws and policy that promote real change for youths with intellectual disability behind bars.

Information is Power!: Provider Profiles in PA
Celia Feinstein, MA, Project Manager, Institute on Disabilities, UCEDD

Based on the National Core Indicators' data, the PA UCEDD, in collaboration with the state DD agency, people with disabilities, families and providers has developed a strategy to analyze data at the provider level. These data are presented in tabular and graphic form along with provider-generated information. These data provide individuals and families with a data-based mechanism to begin the complicated process of choosing a provider.

An Innovative Approach to Meet the Civil Legal Needs of Young Adults with Disabilities
Maureen van Stone, JD, MS, Director, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

The poster will highlight an innovative approach to meeting the civil legal needs of young adults with disabilities. The presenters will describe a multi-year collaboration among Maryland's UCEDD, a law school, and a law firm. The collaborators provide a free legal seminar and clinic for young adults with disabilities and their families. Participants execute advance directives, advance directives for mental health, and statutory powers of attorney.

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ASD Policymakers and Stakeholders Urge Integrated State Policies for Individuals with Disabilities across the Lifespan
Elisheva H Levin, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND

The growing prevalence in the diagnosis of individuals identified with ASD has increased pressure on educational, medical, and social institutions in the United States over the past three decades. This increase, sometimes referred to as the �autism tsunami,� has policymakers in New Mexico looking toward innovative policy solutions that have the potential to integrate services across disability identifications and to create access to citizenship for all.

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Justice for Individuals with Cognitive Impairment Involved with the Criminal Justice System: Application of the Principles of Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Sharan Brown, JD, EdD, Research Professor, Center on Human Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND

This poster summarizes legal research conducted under a NIDLRR funded knowledge translation grant to the University of Washington. It describes the project, provides background information on the prevalence of individuals with cognitive impairment (TBI and ID) incarcerated in state correctional facilities in the United States, applies the principles of therapeutic jurisprudence to this population, and suggests alternative community-based supports in order to achieve justice for these individuals.

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Determining Preferences for Terminology and Iconography Related to Autism
Kristen Godfrey, self-advocate, UC Davis at the MIND Institute, UCEDD/LEND

A survey was developed to gather responses from adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), family members of individuals with ASD, and professionals in relation to their preferences of terms and images. Survey questions asked respondents about person-first language, autism-related descriptors, and iconography.