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AUCD - Concurrent Sessions Group 4

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Virtual

Session Description

Concurrent sessions will take place as pre-recorded presentations during specific times on Monday and Tuesday of the virtual conference. Concurrent presentations will be a pre-recorded, captioned video but will have an option for attendees to "chat" with the presenters during the presentation. More information about how to access the concurrent presentations on the virtual platform and "chat" with presenters will be shared with registered, virtual conference attendees.


Report of Main Findings from the 2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates


Katz Elaine, MS, CCC-SP, Ms., Kessler Foundation

The key findings of the 2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates (KFNEDS:RCG) show that RCG with disabilities engaged in career preparation activities during college and transitioned to post-college employment as successfully as RCG without disabilities. Findings on undergraduate pursuits, current jobs and job search activities among other results, can inform higher education and employment policy in order to continue forward momentum toward equitable careers.

AUCD/UCEDD/LEND Trainees Mobilizing and Advancing Disability Services and Supports in Africa.


Macdonald Metzger, DPA, Director of Outreach, Education and Training , Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND

This panel presentation highlights the vision of current and former fellows and trainees based in the United States and in Africa who has mobilized and established a membership-based African disability organization called the African Association of Disability and Self Advocacy Organizations (AADISAO). The presenters will strive to present insights into their emerging network and roadmap for advancing disability services and supports in Africa.

Preparing Trainees to Engage with and in Culturally Diverse Communities: Addressing the Social-Political Context


Mirian Ofonedu, PhD., LCSW-C, Training Director , Kennedy Krieger Institute, UCEDD/LEND

Cultural sensitivity, equity and inclusion are critical in work with culturally diverse persons with disability. Trainees need to gain knowledge and skills that integrate cultural competence at all practice levels, and acknowledge the influence of the social-political contexts on the lives of individuals, families and communities. Training directors need to increase their knowledge and skills in preparing trainees to engage with people with disabilities from culturally diverse backgrounds and communities

Sexual Violence Prevention for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities


Morgan Parlier, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker; Clinical Instructor, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

Individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) are more likely to be victims and/or offenders of sexual assault than the general population. This presentation will reinforce the need for widespread comprehensive sexual health education (SHE) amongst this population and identify the components and required modifications of a comprehensive SHE curriculum. The presenters also would like to promote group discussion regarding barriers and benefits of providing SHE to individuals with DD.

Interactive Introduction to Data Visualization and Infographic Development


Ashley Salmon, MPH, Research Coordinator, Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND

This interactive workshop introduces data visualization, including a step-by-step process and tips to creating an accessible infographic. After an overview, participants will apply their knowledge by synthesizing data into a simple narrative and design their own infographic. Participants will gain basic skills and understand the utility of infographics to make data more accessible. Participants are encouraged to bring infographics to contribute to discussion. Disciplines: accessibility, communications, dissemination, technology, research

Leading toward Equity: LEND Self-Advocate Trainees Blaze New Trails for Ourselves and for Others.


Judy Warth, B.B.A, Employment Training Specialist, Center for Disabilities and Development, UCEDD/LEND

Iowa's LEND Program introduced the self-advocacy trainee into our cohort three years ago. In this panel presentation, past and current self-advocacy trainees bring to life their unique experiences, sharing the impact that LEND has made on them. Come see the divergent paths and leadership styles that have emerged in these self-advocacy leaders and become inspired to infuse your self-advocacy programs with this kind of passion.

The impacts of COVID-19 on families of children with disabilities: access, equity, and the role of UCEDDs


Tara Lutz, PhD, MPH, MCHES, TLutz introduction, A. J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

Families of children with disabilities are uniquely impacted by COVID-19. Data indicate that among families' highest needs are access to special education, money, child care, and health. Formal and informal supports and services have been changed, reduced, or stopped, during times of social distancing requirements and distance-education. Family leaders will discuss what UCEDDs can do to help families and their children. This session is relevant to students, professionals, and families.

Dismantling exclusion for university students with intellectual and developmental disabilities through peer supports


Ashley Rodrigues, Ed.D. , Prof. of Special Education, Bridgewater State University

This presentation offers models of inclusion through peer supports and focuses on integrating students with IDD into university life. These include an inclusion model using mentoring during the day and in the residence halls in the evenings where students are fully assimilated into all university aspects. It is critical for special education professionals to recognize the supporting research recommendations provided for program structure, staffing, training, and ongoing assessment.

Virtual Community Engagement - Use of Discord to Maintain Connections


Robert Carley, High School Diploma, Self-Advocacy Coordinator, Institute for Disability Studies, UCEDD

COVID-19 dramatically impacted the ability to get together in person. This impact affected the inclusive youth and young adult organization, STEP UP to Leadership, that provides monthly recreational, leadership and socialization activities. To keep members engaged, the Institute for Disability Studies utilized DISCORD, a digital distribution platform to provide various social activities including a monthly movie night with live interactive chat, weekly trivia time, and live gaming opportunities.

Using health and remote technology to provide services and training during the pandemic


W. Andrew Rothenberg, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Mailman Center for Child Development, UCEDD/LEND
Amy Whitehead, MPA, Waisman Center, UCEDD/LEND
MaryAnn Demchak, PHD, Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an abrupt switch occurred to the use of remote technologies across the country around service delivery both in the realm of clinical work as well as training, supervision, and education. These presentations will address how multiple institutions approached this need to transition to the use of remote technologies to deliver clinical care and education to the families and students they served.

How Food Insecurity Shapes Mental Health for People with Disabilities and Incorporating Inclusive Community Nutrition Programs


Lindsey Mullis, M.S., Inclusive Health & Wellness Director , Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, UCEDD
Meredith Williams, MPH, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Food insecurity plays a more important role in shaping patterns of poor mental health among people with disabilities than those without disabilities, predicting psychological distress more strongly, and explaining more of the income-psychological distress gradient. Kentucky�s effort successfully assembled an Inclusive Health Coalition, disseminated community, and organizational needs assessments, and identified inclusion solutions for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to ensure intentional inclusion of people with disabilities in programming efforts.

Supported Decision-Making: Experiences Using or Providing Supports for Decision Making


Evan Dean, PhD, Associate Director, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Kalley Malone, Center on Disabilities and Human Development, UCEDD
This session will present two research studies on the experiences of stakeholders using or providing supports for decision making. The session will also include a panel of self-advocates and family members who use supported decision-making to make life decisions.

Owning My Health Technology: Electronic Health Records and Telehealth for People with I/DD


Steve Sulkes, MD, Co-Director, SCDD DBP Fellowhip LEND, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Janice Staehely, Oregon Institute on Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND
Whether the interaction is in person or remote, communication and clearly shared information help to reduce barriers to effective health interactions for people with I/DD. We will focus on the role of technology in health communication through animated videos produced for people with I/DD who rely on AAC to learn about participating in telehealth appointments and discuss a campaign to help people with I/DD to �own their own health records".