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AIR-B Network Continues Outreach in Diverse Communities

Although much of the research activity has moved virtual, the Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B Network; PI: Kasari) continues its research-community partnership in the COVID-19 era. The AIR-B is a network of researchers at UCLA, UC Davis, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, Drexel University, University of Kansas, University of Washington and each site's local community partners working to increase equity in access to ASD information and interventions for families of children with ASD.



AIR-P (UCLA): Progress to Date

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-site network that supports innovative life course intervention research and promotes optimal health and well-being of autistic individuals across the lifespan. In September 2020, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was awarded funding by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration to lead and develop the network with the primary goal of increasing the life expectancy and quality of life for autistic individuals.



MI-DDI Manuscript Accepted for Publication to Developmental Disabilities Network Journal

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) is excited to announce that the manuscript, Assessing and Mitigating Risk for Applied Behavior Analysis Providers During a Pandemic, has been accepted for publication to the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal! The manuscript was written by Krista Clancy, Ph.D., LBA, Josh Plavnick, Ph.D., LBA, and Sharon Milberger, Sc.D. in response to the report, Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Applied Behavior Analysis: Treatment of Children with Autism During a Pandemic, published in July 2020.



Current and Former LEND Trainees Provide Unique EI Services Through the FOCUS Program

As the New Mexico LEND cohort liaison to the Emerging Leaders Community, I had the opportunity to interview Una Vicenti and Laura Hawkey of the FOCUS program. Vicenti is an Occupational Therapist and Director of Early Intervention Services and Laura works as a Family Service Coordinator and developmental specialist within the program. Hawkey is a current LEND trainee and Vicenti is a LEND fellow. Vicenti reported that 3 other employees at FOCUS, including the program director, are LEND fellows.



Advances in Autism Research and Care Webinar Series: 2020 Schedule

Please join the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network/Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health for our upcoming Advances in Autism Research and Care (AARC) webinar series scheduled for 2020!



Buckeye SCOPE: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic ECHO Series

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) launched the Buckeye SCOPE: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic ECHO series on August 7th, 2020.



Mailman Center for Child Development (FL LEND/UCEDD) Co-Hosts Virtual Innovation & Connection Conference

The University of Miami (UM) Mailman Center for Child Development, in partnership with UM Center for Autism and Related Disorders co-hosted its bi-annual Innovation and Connection conference, Coaching Teachers and Parents: How and Why it Works, on October 19th, 2020. More than 90 administrators, educators, speech-language pathologists and mental health workers attended the virtual event.

Aimee Ortiz-Day,  Program Coordinator


Postsecondary Graduate is Featured Speaker for "Support and Connection: Person-Centered Practices During COVID Virtual Training Series

The Person-Centered Employment Planning Training (PCEP) kicked off their first series of virtual training sessions! PCEP is a two-day training that provides an environment that supports students in gaining the skills and experiences necessary for a successful transition into postsecondary education and/or competitive integrated employment.



Report: Outreach Critical During Pandemic: MN LEND Fellows Reach Out to Underserved Communities

In typical times, new parents talk to their pediatricians at well-child visits about developmental milestones. Or they might come across literature about spotting signs of autism, for example, at a community event. But with some families putting off medical visits for their young children due to the novel coronavirus, and with most in-person events cancelled, families could be missing important signs that their children could benefit from early intervention.



UAB UCEDD and LEND Programs Announce New Project Director

Sarah O'Kelley, Ph.D. recently assumed leadership of Alabama's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) and the UAB Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training programs. These programs are a collaborative effort within the UAB Department of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, and Civitan International Research Center, with clinical operations at the Civitan-Sparks Clinics.



Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Applied Behavior Analysis: Treatment of Children with Autism During a Pandemic

MI-DDI is excited to announce a document written by the Michigan ABA Taskforce on ABA Treatment During the Pandemic: Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Applied Behavior Analysis: Treatment of Children with Autism During a Pandemic



MMI to Open Autism Clinic in Underserved North Omaha

After months of planning and community feedback, the Munroe-Meyer Institute's Autism Clinic for Toddlers in Omaha North (ACTION) now has an anticipated opening date -- January 2021.



Communication is Vital: Learn how the WI UCEDD is helping pave the way for intubated COVID-19 patients

At the Waisman Center, home of Wisconsin's LEND, IDDRC, and UCEDD, clinicians in the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC) join a new international task force designed to help patients on ventilators communicate while intubated. CASC is one of 10 different specialty clinics within the Waisman Center and offers specialized services for those who benefit from augmentative and alternative communication aids (AAC). One clinician in CASC, Sarah Marshall, a speech-language pathologist (SLP), has been working with the international task force to develop free communication supports and tools for patients on ventilators due to COVID-19. For patient's suffering from this potentially life-threatening illness, communication with providers and loved ones can be vital. Due to restrictions placed on visitors and the nature of intubation, patients needing intubation and placed on ventilators often find themselves alone and unable to communicate their needs.



MMI Aids in Effort to Provide Free Communication Tools

Jessica Gormley, Ph.D., assistant professor and speech pathologist at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, was part of a nationwide effort by members of the Patient Provider Communication Forum to produce free online communication resources to patients and their health care workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.



WIHD medical professionals help special-needs children, their parents during pandemic

WIHD was interviewed by Samantha Crawford of News 12 Westchester to highlight our use of telehealth services to protect thousands of patients with disabilities.

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