TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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6/16/2022

Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE) Day

On May 15, 2022, the IOD and UNH-4U celebrated Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE) Day. IPSE Day is a day to raise awareness and spread the word about inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) options for students with intellectual disabilities. IPSE means that students with intellectual disabilities can go to college, regardless of their test scores and high school diplomas, just like their peers and siblings.

 
 

6/16/2022

WI LEND Celebrates 10 Years of Welcoming Disability Advocates

Wisconsin�s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (WI LEND) program is proud to celebrate the tenth anniversary of graduating disability advocates as LEND trainees! WI LEND offers interdisciplinary and leadership training to over 30 trainees a year across more than a dozen disciplines, including disability advocates (persons with a developmental disability) and family (family members of a person with a developmental disability).

 
 

6/10/2022

UCEDD Success Stories - Sonoron UCEDD at University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

The Transition AHEAD Roundtable is a day-long, one-on-one set of activities. It is designed to purposefully engage both the young adult and their family in collaborative activities with Sonoran UCEDD staff and staff from outside agencies and organizations. In a holistic manner, the Roundtable addresses five key areas: Employment, Healthcare, Education & Training, Relationships and Community, and Independent Living. Importantly, this busy day culminates in a brief Roundtable presentation led by the young adult about what they have identified as their strengths, as well as key goals and meaningful supports they want in order to achieve their desired level of independence.

 
 
NH-ME LEND staff and trainees gather for a group photo.

6/6/2022

LEND Capstone Poster Session and Celebration

On May 6, 2022, 17 trainees from the 2021-2022 NH-ME LEND program shared their scholarship and leadership development during the annual Capstone Poster Session and Celebration. The trainees' posters showcased their leadership development through community placements in settings that included state agencies, community health providers, advocacy organizations, and partners in each state's developmental disabilities network. The opening remarks were provided by Will Clyde, Associate Dean of the UNH Graduate School, followed by NH-ME LEND Program Director Betsy Humphreys. Congratulations to the graduates!

 
 

5/10/2022

Maine UCEDD Celebrates the Achievements of 22 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Graduates

Twenty-two University of Maine students were honored on April 26th during the 2022 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement. Dr. Alan Cobo-Lewis, Director of the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (ME UCEDD) and Associate Professor of Psychology delivered the opening welcome.

 
 

5/6/2022

School Board Meeting Toolkit Created by the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

Many decisions that impact students are made by local school boards. As we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these decisions and their resulting consequences significantly impact students with disabilities. The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities has compiled the following tips and resources to help advocate to and with your local school board.

 
 

4/1/2022

Self-Advocates from WIHD interviewed by Fox5NY

Hear Our Voices at The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) has developed a Speaker�s Network of self-advocates who present at local, state, and national conferences. The Speaker's Network offers individualized coaching to young adults with disabilities that want to share their story. The program empowers self-advocates to use their lived experiences to increase disability awareness. After completing the program, participants have a custom professional presentation that reflects their passion on a relevant topic. They have presented at the New York Medical College, the Touro College of Dentistry, Sarah Lawrence College and various statewide and national conferences.

 
 

3/10/2022

A College Exploration Conversation with Jake and Christy (Maine UCEDD)

It's a cold morning in late November and Jake, a high school junior, sits on' the edge of a leather couch in the University of Maine's historic Heritage House. He's accompanied by his mother, Christy; and Hailey Howard, his vocational rehabilitation counselor from the Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

 
 

3/10/2022

MI-DDI Community Trainers Talk About Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Community Trainers from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute educate people and families through virtual meetings. Each Community Trainer created a video to share what HCBS mean to them.

 
 

3/10/2022

Ukranian Students, Professionals and Human Rights Defenders: Use UC Davis Article 26 Backpack

Article 26 Backpack is a safe and secure platform to store academic credentials, documents and human rights advocacy work product. As the situation in Ukraine grows worse UC Davis encourages students, professionals and human rights defenders to use Article 26 Backpack.

 
 

1/12/2022

Supporting Families Summit: Celebrating 10 Years

In recognition of the complex roles of family caregivers, and the challenges they face, leaders in the disability field came together at the 2011 Wingspread Summit to develop policy recommendations to improve supports for family caregivers. UMKC-IHD's Associate Director, Sheli Reynolds played a role in helping to plan the Wingspread Summit and later co-authored a report, "Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with a Member with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities."

 
 

1/12/2022

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center LEND Trainees Address Health Disparities through Virtual Sessions for New Mothers

Moms2B, a community-based pregnancy program for low-income mothers in central Ohio, was established by The Ohio State University Medical Center in 2010 to decrease high infant mortality rates in the state and help mothers deliver healthy, full-term infants. This community-based program meets weekly throughout pregnancy and through the infant's first year to provide education and support to moms. In-person meetings occur in a safe, familiar space where Moms can ask questions, receive education on infant development and reproductive health, and connect with local services.

 
 

12/13/2021

Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) Updates

Autistic Researcher Review Board (ARRB) member Mornik Giwa Onaiwu was featured on AUCD's podcast, AUCD Network Narratives: Real Stories from Our Members. The episode is titled "Using Storytelling to Connect Research and Lived Experience". The episode covers an important discussion on the need for respectful, affirming, and accurate language as well as the difference between person-first language versus identity-first language.

 
 

12/13/2021

Growing Self-Advocacy in the Heartland

The second SOAR Conference sponsored by four Midwestern UCEDDs was held virtually this fall, with Iowa's UCEDD taking the lead for 2021.

 
 

11/17/2021

2022 Texas Transition Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 Texwill bas Transition Conference e held on February 23-25, 2022 in Denton, Texas. This year, we are offering the option to attend a live conference or online.

 
 
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