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Monday, November 16, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Session Description

The AUCD Conference features over 55 concurrent sessions over four time slots for attendees to learn, share, and network on a variety of topics around disability. Concurrent sessions all last 75 minutes; a session might be one or more presenters leading an interactive discussion or exercise or a panel of several thematically linked presentations with a moderator. Concurrent session presentations will be listed below once the lineup has been determined.


"Autism Case Training (ACT): A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum." Faculty Panel Discussion of Use of This Innovative Curriculum with Interdisciplinary Trainees.


Toni Whitaker, MD, , Center on Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Pre, Atlanta, GA;
Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, Charlestown, MA, MA - Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UCEDD/LEND;
Stephanie Weber, PsyD, Cincinnati, OH, OH - University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND;

Faculty Panel presentation and discussion of the "Autism Case Training (ACT): A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum" which is designed to educate future healthcare providers on fundamental components of identifying, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders through real life scenarios.

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Integrating Genetics and Genomic Medicine Content into Your LEND Program: How to Get Started


Tyler Reimschisel, MD, LEND Director, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/CHAM, DBP
John Moeschler, MD, NH LEND, Lebanon, NH, United States;
Anne Bradford Harris, Ph.D., Waisman Center, Madison, WI, United States;
Judith Holt, Ph.D., UR LEND, Salt Lake City, UT, United States;

This concurrent session will a) identify how LEND programs are teaching genetics and genomic medicine in their LEND programs, b) provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, and c) allow participants to meet in small groups to brainstorm ways to overcome obstacles, generate ideas for successful implementation, and commit to implementing genetics and genomics content into their respective LEND program curricula.

Building Workforce and Trauma-Informed Systems for ID/D and Challenging Behavior: Innovations from UCEDD and LEND Programs


Diane Jacobstein, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Joan B. Beasley, Ph.D., Durham, NH, NH - Institute on Disability, UCEDD;
Betsy P. Humphreys, Ph.D., Durham, NH, NH - New Hampshire LEND Program;
Sherry Peters, MSW, ACSW, Washington, DC, DC - Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development, UCEDD;

Systems across the country must address needs of children and adults with ID/D who have challenging behavior or psychiatric disorders, as well as those exposed to trauma. Workforce readiness is a central challenge, as few communities have providers with the necessary expertise or systems that are prepared to respond. This presentation will share tools and strategies designed by UCEDD and LEND programs to meet this challenge.

Promoting Self-Advocacy and Self-Direction through Multi-Media Technology: A Hands-On Workshop


David O'Hara, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Andy Minnion, MBE, Rix Center, University of East London, London, NY, United Kingdom;
Cathy Ficker Terrill, Council on Quality and Leadership, Towson, MD, United States;

This workshop will demonstrate and show participants how to use multimedia technology to promote person-centered planning and self-direction and self-advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants should bring a smart device or tablet so that they can create their own individual webpages.

Supporting Families: Advocacy Across the LifeCourse


Erin Leveton, JD, Project Director, DC Department on Disability Services
Joan Christopher, JD, Washington, DC, United States, DC - Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development, UCEDD;
Mathew McCullough, MPA, Developmental Disabilities Council, Washington, DC, United States;
Rhonda White, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Washington, DC, United States;
Thomas Mangrum, Project ACTION!, Washington, DC, United States;
Alison White, MA, Department on Disability Services, Washington, DC, United States;

The DC Supporting Families of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Throughout the Lifespan Community of Practice will describe how we have used Person-Centered Thinking to explore community based integrated alternatives to traditional government funded supports, identify areas for systemic advocacy, and build shared responsibility for the levels of change that must occur to advance our system of supports for people with IDD and their families, throughout a person's life.

Engaging Leaders in Learning: Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices


Mary Alice Favro, MA, Assistant Training Director, Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, LEND
Mary Ellen Seaver-Reid, M.Ed, VT LEND, Burlington, VT, United States;

How we teach matters. As training programs diversify, faculty need to change to support diverse learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supports all learners? engagement and must include cultural and linguistic considerations. We will review UDL basic principles and share steps taken by VT LEND to adopt UDL/Culturally Responsive teaching principles in training activities. Teaching is a key leadership skill; trainees learn best when we model it!

Building the Next Generation of Supports to Families: Highlights from 3 National Initiatives


Sheli Reynolds, PhD, Director of Individual Advocacy and Family Support, University of Missouri, UCEDD/LEND
Mary Lee Fay, NASDDDS, Alexandria , VA, United States;
Katie Arnold, MA, Family Support Research and Training Center, Chicago, IL, United States, IL - Institute on Disability & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
Sandra Magana, PhD, Family Support Research and Training Center, Chicago, IL, United States, IL - Institute on Disability & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
George Gotto, PhD, National Goals, Kansas City, MO, United States, MO - University of Missouri, UCEDD/LEND;

This presentation will provide information on the current state of the field of supporting families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of research, policy, and practice; through the lens of three national initiatives. The participating initiatives work to disseminate cutting edge information on supporting all family members, as well as to prepare the next generation of leaders to take charge of the field.

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A symposium of three initiatives targeting the unique needs of girls and women with autism spectrum disorder


Rene Jamison, PhD, Associate Professor, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Kathy Koenig, MSN, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT, United States;
Beth Finkelstein, BS, Felicity House, New York City, NY, United States;
Jessica Schuttler, Ph.D., Blue Valley School District and University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, United States, KS - Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND;

Panelists will share information about three initiatives across the country that target the unique needs of females with autism (ASD). Programs target females across the lifespan with a focus on social-emotional, quality of life, and independence. Panelist will provide rationales for unique programming, initiative descriptions, outcome data, and areas of collaboration. Females with ASD are a vulnerable population that often experiences increased social impairments and internalizing symptoms across time.

Taking Action to Improve Health and Reduce Disability-Related Health Disparities.


Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH, Endowed Chair in Family Studies, Oregon State University
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, Abt Associates, Boston, MA, United States;
Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, MD, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC, United States;

Health is fundamental to participation, employment and enjoyment of life, yet people with disabilities experience preventable health disparities. This session will summarize why people with disabilities are a health disparity population, and participants will engage in determining strategic policy and program directions to improve health, safety and well-being in five key areas; and identify actions to take at the local and national levels. Reading:

Collaboration between the Special Hope Foundation and UCEDDS in Creating Health Care and Care Management Initiatives


Ted Kastner, MD, MS, Dir. RFK UCEDD, Rose F. Kennedy Center, UCEDD/LEND
Sandra L. Friedman, MD, MPH, Aurora, CO, United States, CO - University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado, DBP;
Ted Kastner, MD, MS, Dir RFK UCEDD, Bronx, NY, United States;
Marji Erickson Warfield, PhD, Nathan and Toby Starr Center on IDD, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, United States;

The panel will highlight the collaboration between UCEDDS and the Special Hope Foundation in the design and implementation of two sustainable primary care and care management initiatives.

Using Telemedicine to Improve Access and Care


Deepa Menon, MBBS, Kennedy Krieger Institute, UCEDD/LEND
Jessica Simacek, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND
Joe Reichle[1],PhD[2],University of Minnesota[3],Minneapolis[4],MN[5],United States[6],MN - Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND[7]
Quannah Parker-McGowan[1],Doctoral Candidate, Former LEND Fellow[2],University of Minnesota[3],Minneapolis[4],MN[5],United States[6],MN - Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD/LEND[7]
Presentations in this session include "Improving Access to Specialty Medical Care for an Underserved Special Needs Population Using Telemedicine" and "Telemedicine Applications in Facilitating Parent-Implemented Functional Communication Training with Young Children with Severe Neurodevelopmental Disabilities."

Preparing Young Adults with Disabilities for College and Employment


Sue Killam, MEd, Employment Initiatives Coordinator, Louisiana State University Human Development Center - New Orleans, UCEDD/LEND
Deborah Zuver, MA, Education Consultant, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Wilbert Francis, MBA, Project Director, Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD
April Guajardo[1],M.S. Ed.C, M.S.Tech[2],North Orange County Community College District[3],Cypress[4],CA[5],United States[6]
Cathy Lazarus[1],M.D.[2],University Hospital[3],New Orleans[4],LA[5],United States[6]
Donna Yerby[1],MEd[2],Chapel Hill[4],NC[5],United States[6],NC - Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND[7]
This presentation combines "Inclusive Higher Education: Models for Leadership Training, Self-Advocacy, and Personal Development;" "Growing Leaders and Driving Change Through Training, Technical Assistance, and Program Implementation;" and "Postsecondary Apprenticeships to High Demand Careers."

LEND Leadership Training Quality Improvement Projects


Paula Rabidoux, PhD, The Nisonger Center, UCEDD/LEND
Jen Smith, PsyD, LEND Director, University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND
Kruti Acharya, MD, Institute on Disability & Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
This session will present three AUCD funded quality improvement training projects: Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, StrengthsFinder, and Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument

Improving Health Equity and Access for People with Disabilities


Pennise Melissa, MPH, Senior Health Project Coordinator, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Barbara Kornblau, JD, CEO and Co-Policy Chair, Coalition for Disability Health Equity and DIsability Section of APHA
Jae Chul Lee, PhD, Health & Wellness Unit Director, Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Eileen Sparling[1],EdM[2],Newark[4],DE[5],DE - Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD[7]
Gerard Gallucci[1],MD, MHS[2],Delaware Department of Health and Social Services[3],Newark[4],DE[5]
Rita Landgraf[1],Delaware Department of Health and Social Services[3],Newark[4],DE[5]
Melissa Pennise[1],MPH[2],Rochester[4],NY[5],NY - Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND[7]
This session will present, "Achieving Health Equity for Individuals with Disabilities: The Power of Collaboration--the State Health Department and UCEDD Partnership in Delaware," "Designating People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as a Medically Underserved Population: How to Move Policy Forward, and "On the Map: Raising the Profile of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Among Healthcare Providers."