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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Location: Meeting Room Level


National Service Initiatives: Past, Present and Future
Paula Sotnik, Senior Research Associate , Institute for Community Inclusion/Boston Children's Hospital, UCEDD/LEND
Jason Wheeler, Senior Program Manager, Institute for Community Inclusion/ UCEDD
Jewel Bazilio-Bellegarde, Senior Training & Disability Inclusion Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service
The purpose of this session will be to explore new initiatives related to national and community service, to reflect on past initiatives, and future opportunities within the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

Long Term Recovery from Hurricane Katrina for Individuals with Disabilities and Diabetes
Laura Stough, Ph.D, Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator, Center on Disability and Development, UCEDD
1. Susan Wolf-Fordham, JD, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center Waltham, MA 2. Suzanne Gottlieb, MEd, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Boston, MA 3. Richard Petty, M.B.A., Independent Living Research Utilization at Memorial Hermann | TIRR 4. Judith Holt, Ph.D, UT - Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) 5. Jefferson Sheen, MSW, UT - Center for Persons with Disabilities 6. Amy Sharp, PhD, Center on Disability and Development College Station, TX
This research study evaluated the impact of Hurricane Katrina on individuals with disabilities and individuals with diabetes. We examined the disruptions in their lives, and the difficulties they encountered reestablishing services and supports. Data suggests that the participants still struggled to gain a sense of stability nearly four years post-disaster.

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Your Role in the Disability Field: Opportunities for Students and Young Career Professionals
Samantha Marsh, M.T., Policy Analyst, AUCD
Karrie A. Shogren, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

This session will highlight developments and challenges in the field of disability for students and young professionals. It will feature an interactive discussion among panelists including students, early career professionals and more established professionals concerning career development, mentorship and associations. Participants will also be exposed to resources developed by the AUCD and AAIDD joint workgroup on Students and Early Career Professionals.

Facilitating Earlier Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Role of Speech-Language Pathologists?an example of AUCD and CDC collaboration
Lily Nalty, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, TA Specialist, South Carolina Part C, Center for Disability Resources, UCEDD/LEND
Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, CDC/NCBDDD
Martha Alexander, MA, MPH, CCC-SLP, CDC

This presentation describes a collaborative research opportunity offered to AUCD members by the CDC. The study aimed to determine methods/resources for allied healthcare providers to help families of children entering early intervention systems reach earlier diagnoses of ASD. Collaborative activities will be described and study results will be shared.

Transforming an Integrated Curriculum on Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Family-Centered Practices: a Distance Learning Opportunity for MCH Professionals
Barbara Levitz, M.S.Ed., Director LEND Family Partnerships Training, Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Karen Edwards , M.D., M.P.H., NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development
Ingrid Allard , M.D., M.S.Ed., Albany Medical College

This interactive session will provide an opportunity for presenters and participants to share lessons learned about overarching course design principles to train MCH distance learners; and to share and review curriculum modules including resources, instructional materials, self-assessment tools, and guided field/practicum experiences for training about families, disability and culture.

Launching hope in the time of uncertainty
Hussain Maseeh, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, , Community Development Authority

presentation with visual material to take audience through the experience of launching new program in Dubai

Personal Experience Fuels the Passion for Youth Involvement in Creating Systems Change
Ginger Payant, BSW, Technical Support Specialist, Center for Persons with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Mallory Cyr, BFA, Healthy & Ready to Work National Resource Center
Patti Hackett, MEd, Healthy & Ready to Work National Resource Center

Youth and young adult involvement is an important element in developing community-based systems of services for youth and young adults with disabilities. Family and youth/young adults are the primary consumers who know first hand what works, what doesn?t, and how communities can better meet their needs.

Enhancing Professional Training Through Collaborative MCH Relationships
Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD, Chair, Dept. of Hearing & Speech Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/CHAM, DBP
Jackson Roush, PhD, NC - University of North Carolina Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center - IDDRC
Karl White, PhD, UT - Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND)

This faculty panel, representing three different university training programs, will describe their efforts in integrating different Maternal Child Health initiatives and sharing resources to enhance and enrich the opportunities offered to their trainees. Each program will describe their unique campus-based activities and an overview of their collaborative efforts will be presented.

Restraint and Seclusion of People with Disabilities: The Extent of the Problem and the Movement Towards Elimination
Donna Gilles, EdD, , Partnership for People with Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Jessica Jagger, MSW, Partnership for People with Disabilities
Richmond, VA

Inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion as intervention. School-age children and adults with disabilities are subjected daily to what has been equated to torture; many have been traumatized, some have died. Current movements to prevent their use will be highlighted. A literature review explores the use of restraint with children. Studies indicate young children and boys are more likely to be restrained and that despite policies prohibiting this, it is used for behavior management.

Automating Information Accessibility: An Innovative Website and Higher Education Access: A Universal Design Demonstration
Stephen Gilson, PhD, Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Disability Studies, The University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion, UCEDD
Elizabeth Depoy, PhD, ME - The University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion, UCEDD
BJ Kitchin, MSW, ME - The University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion, UCEDD
Ashley Watts, MS, WV - Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Sarah Ott, MS, WV - Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND

Elizabeth DePoy will discuss a unique project, the Tobacco Access Portal, that reframed challenge as opportunity. Building on universal and disjuncture theories, we designed a website that translates health information into formats for all people regardless of user style or language, with particular focus on visual and reading level translation. Sarah Ott and Ashley Watts will discuss principles of universal design for learning and web accessibility to ensure that students with disabilities receive an equal opportunity for a quality education at West Virginia University.