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AUCD - Posters: Leadership Development and Training

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Monday, December 7, 2020 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Virtual


New Mexico LEND/PPC Engaging and Leveraging Alumni Networks Project


Alyx Medlock, MS, CCC-SLP, Training Director, Center for Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND

New Mexico LEND and PPC implemented a plan to engage and leverage alumni networks after receiving a FAST grant. First, an online portal was created to link the alumni network in NM. Second, LEND/PPC conducted an alumni symposium with the focus on everyday leadership after LEND/PPC. Third, three seminars were conducted for alumni and current MCH trainees and professionals on emerging issues.

Achieving Life Long Learning in a COVID-19 Environment


Lesley Cottrell, PhD, Professor, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

The onset of coronavirus restrictions created the need to significantly modify our learning environments almost overnight. Some of these changes produced opportunities for learning; some restricted learning to passive attendance. In this session, we will hear experiences from the presenter and learner perspectives.

Making Classrooms Work for Everyone: ECHO for Education: Autism to Improve Classroom Management


Eric Moody, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, UCEDD

Students with autism often require different supports in order to be successful in the classroom. We describe a professional development program for educators, UW ECHO, designed to increase teacher knowledge and use of classroom management strategies for children with autism. Providing the behavior supports tailored to each child's needs leading to more equitable learning environments and more successes for all children.

Strategies to infuse disability into public health education and training and the impact on the future workforce


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

One in four adults are living with a disability in the US. Persons with disabilities experience disparate health outcomes compared to people without disabilities, yet are often not included in health disparities education, data collection, or research. There lacks a coordinated effort to address this gap in public health training. This session will offer suggestions, strategies and "lessons learned" regarding disability integration into public health curricula to students and professionals.

A community-based initiative to develop a fitness instructor training module for adults with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (IDD)


Joseline Raja Vora, MS, , Oregon State University

This presentation focuses on developing a training module for adults experiencing IDD who want to develop the skills to instruct and lead fitness-based programs. The presenters will: (a) introduce community-based participatory research principles (b) describe strategies in understanding perspectives of adults with IDD who are interested in leading fitness activities/programs, and (c) review potential methods in developing a framework for training individuals with IDD to pursue leadership positions in fitness

NJLEND Alumni Engagement Project


Caroline Coffield, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

Through Focused Assistance to Support Training (FAST) project funding from AUCD, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilitie' NJLEND program implemented strategies to strengthen its alumni network. This poster will describe strategies used to enable NJLEND Alumni to sustain meaningful connection with each other and with on-going LEND program activities. Strategies to engage former Fellows across the domains of education, networking and communication will be described and outcome data shared.

Examination of the Impact of a Poverty Simulation on Interdisciplinary Healthcare Professional's Attitudes Towards Patients of Low Socioeconomic Status


Angeleah Whitlatch, Master of Social Work , Social Work Specialist I, Center for Disabilities and Development, UCEDD/LEND

This poster highlights results from surveys given pre- and post-participation in a live action poverty simulation. Surveys measured participants level of empathy towards families with low socio-economic status. Results of the surveys indicated participation in a poverty simulation created more empathetic attitudes of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals towards individuals of low socioeconomic status.

An Appraisal of Disability Simulations, and Related Disability Awareness Activities, use in Higher Education Programs


Samantha Ross, Phd, MPH, Assitant Professor, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

Attendees will engage in critical reflection regarding the use of disability simulations and awareness activities within higher-education programs. We will (a) review trending pedagogical practices and controversies within the field; (b) present findings from our thematic analysis of educational materials conducted to understand how instructors nationwide are implementing disability activities in their courses; and (c) dialogue about how to effectively raise disability awareness in a culturally responsive manner.

AAPD Summer Internship Program & Alumni Network


Christine Liao, MSW, Programs Manager, American Association of People with Disabilities

AAPD is a convener, connecter, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for the full recognition of rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities. Our programs focus on addressing the severe shortage of adequate support and training for our young leaders with disabilities transitioning from their educational institution into the workforce.

Opportunities and Considerations for International Service Learning Programs


Hannah Sanford-Keller, MS, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Speech Language Pathologist , Oregon Institute on Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND

Global health experiences can be valuable opportunities for students and fellows to build skills in clinical care while fostering cultural humility and collaborative efforts to improve health outcomes for individuals across the globe. This poster session will review global health and international service learning principles using case studies, participant experience, and examples of curricula to discuss ethical considerations and program sustainability when providing training internationally.

Professionalizing the Field of Direct Support: Lessons Learned from a Supervisor Training Pilot


Sandra Root-Elledge, M.A., , Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, UCEDD

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) at the University of Wyoming piloted an eight- week supervisory training for Direct Support Professionals. Using mixed-mode delivery of virtual in-person class and asynchronous online learning modules, the training focused on 11 competency areas from the National Frontline Supervisor Competencies. We will describe the structure and content of the training, participant feedback and outcomes, lessons learned, and next steps to scale the program.

Leadership development is for everyone: Create the space, explore the concept, and encourage action with key practices


Mark J Fisher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Learning and Leadership, UCEDD/LEND

Leadership, one observes a need or has an interest for change and then acts on an opportunity to influence change, is for everyone and is accessible by all. Typical leadership training tends to focus on traditional leadership. This presentation addresses three-part leadership training project: creating a safe space, exploration of leadership, and a set of key practices useful in all forms of leadership.

AUCD Council Trainee Representative Program: Pilot Cohort Experience


Elsie Bush, MS, OTR/L, University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND

The purpose of this poster is to explore the experience of the first cohort of participants in the AUCD Council Trainee Representative program--a program created to promote leadership skills, increase trainee engagement in the AUCD Councils, and enhance trainee connections across the AUCD network. Trainees will discuss their experiences, including involvement within the councils and associated benefits, and offer recommendations for future cohorts.