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AUCD - Concurrent Sessions

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Monday, November 1, 2010 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Location: Third Floor Meeting Rooms & Potomac Room IV/VI


What Did She Say? The Importance and Consequences of Understanding Non-Typical Communication within the Criminal Justice System.


Beverly Frantz, EdD, Criminal JUstice & Sexuality Project Director, Institute on Disabilities, UCEDD
Amy Goldman, Associate Director, Philadelphia, PA, PA - Institute on Disabilities, UCEDD

This workshop will focus on the unique needs of persons with complex communication styles and the criminal justice system. To ensure the voices of all victims and defendants are heard and accurately understood within the criminal justice system, several models for enhanced communication will be discussed. V.O.I.C.E., Validating Others Intentional Communicative Expression protocol will also be introduced.

The Sustainability of Self-Advocacy and Youth Voices within University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Shelly Baer, Director, Leadership Training Initiatives, Mailman Center for Child Development, UCEDD/LEND
Steven E. Brown, PhD, Honolulu, HI, HI - Center on Disability Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Jerry R. Alliston, PhD, Hattiesburg, MS, MS - Institute for Disability Studies, UCEDD
Deborah Zuver, MA, Raleigh, NC, NC - Center for the Study of Development and Learning, UCEDD/LEND
, Richmond, VA

This presentation will discuss the efforts of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) on including self-advocate and youth voices within each center. This panel will consist of representatives of four UCEDDs, each of these UCEDDs received funding for a Project of National Significance that focuses on youth leadership and empowerment. Projects exploring sustainability options will be discussed. Each UCEDD representative will briefly review his/her respective projects.

National Agenda for Family Support: Past, Present and Future


Michelle "Sheli" Reynolds, MOT, ABD, Director of Individual Advocacy and Family Support, University of Missouri, UCEDD/LEND
Vyonda Martin, Oklahoma City, OK, OK - Center for Learning and Leadership, UCEDD/LEND
Liz Hecht, Madison , WI, WI - Waisman Center, UCEDD/LEND

Family support is an important element to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, especially as budgets tighten, individuals with disabilities are living longer and as support systems are balancing self-determination and the reliance on families to provide support. Past and current approaches will be reveiwed, followed by a discussion about the future of family support and possible implications for the DD Act.

Statewide collaboration for systemic change in Nevada: The 2010 Employment Policy Summits


Scott Harrington, Ph.D., Youth Transition Director, Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Scott Harrington, Ph.D., Reno, NV, NV - Research and Educational Planning Center, UCEDD
John Butterworth, Ph.D., Boston, MA, MA - Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND
Rosie Melarkey, MS, Nevada Developmental Center, Sparks, NV
Dan Olsen, MPH, Medicaid, Reno, NV
LaVonne Brooks, MA, High Sierra Industries (HSI-WARC), Reno, NV
Howard Castle, MS, Department of Employment, Training, & Rehabilitation, Reno, NV
George McKinlay, MA, Reno, NV, NV - Research and Educational Planning Center, UCEDD
Brandi Berryman, BA, Reno, NV, NV - Research and Educational Planning Center, UCEDD

This session is designed for those interested in statewide systems change to increase the options and informed choice for individuals with developmental disabilities seeking employment. Collaborative partners from state agencies (i.e., Vocational Rehabilitation, Developmental Centers, Medicaid) and others will discuss their experience in changing employment policy through collaborative interagency effort.

Scaling Up Success: Infusing Disability into Higher Education at Temple University


Ann Keefer, PhD, Project Coordinator, Institute on Disabilities, UCEDD
Josh Lukin, PhD, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Carol Marfisi, MA, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, PA - Institute on Disabilities, UCEDD

Overview of Temple's "Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for ALL" demonstration project, program replication strategies, disability studies curriculum materials and application in general education courses. Emphasis on accessibility and universal design in open captioned videotaped lectures and supporting materials. Offering strategies for effective replication of disability studies in undergraduate curricula.

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Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity of Faculty and Students in MCHB Funded Training Programs: Challenges and Improvement Strategies


Suzanne Bronheim, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Sheryl Mathis, MSW/MPH, Altarum Institute, Washington , DC

This session will describe the findings of an initiative supported by the MCHB Division of Research, Training and Education to identify challenges to increasing racial and ethnic diversity of faculty and students in MCHB funded training programs and to identify strategies to enhance diversity.

Perspectives from the Trenches: Using CBPR to Study Violence in Adults with Developmental Disabilities


Katherine McDonald, PhD, Assistant Professor, Portland State University
Rosemary Hughes, PhD, Montana State University, Missoula, MT, MT - University of Montana Rural Institute, UCEDD
Dora Raymaker, MS, Austic Self Advocacy Network, Portland, OR
Emily Lund, BA, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, TX - Texas Center for Disability Studies, UCEDD
Erin Stack, BA, Portland State University, Portland, OR

This session will describe how researchers and adults with developmental disabilities (DD) are partnering to study violence against adults with DD. We will explain how we collaborate to turn principles of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) into practice, and we will review preliminary findings from an evaluation of project partner?s perspectives.

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The Medicaid Reference Desk and MyPlan: Supporting self-advocacy by assisting people with disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, in managing Medicaid-related services


Nancy Ward, Information and Training Coordinator, TheArcLink Incorporated
Lynne Tamor, Ph.D., TheArcLink Incorporated, West Bloomfield, MI

We will demonstrate the Medicaid Reference Desk, a website accessible across many disabilities, including intellectual disability. The MyPlan section and recent improvements to the entire site will be emphasized. MyPlan is a person-centered planning tool developed for and by people with disabilities that has proven useful for many purposes.

SpecialQuest Birth?Five and UCEDDs: Natural partners to support inclusion for young children with disabilities and their families.


Deana Buck, M.Ed., Assistant Director , Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Cori Hill, M.Ed., Richmond, VA, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Sandy Wilberger, M.Ed., Richmond, VA
Medde Pederson, M.Ed, MA, Albuquerque, NM
Sophie Bertrand, MA, Albuquerque, NM
Rick Hufnagel, MA, Laramie, WY
Laurie Marquardt-Westlake, Ph.D., Laramie, WY
Sarah Hoover, M.Ed., Denver, CO

This session will provide an opportunity to learn from UCEDDs in four states that are actively involved with SpecialQuest Birth?Five. A brief orientation to the SpecialQuest materials and approach for planning and implementing effective training and professional development on inclusion will be shared, including viewing a video segment. Each UCEDD will share their experiences with SpecialQuest Birth-Five and plans for the future.