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Research Opportunity-University of Pittsburgh

The REAACT Program, is currently recruiting for our new EDI-Self-Report (EDI-SR) study. The purpose of this new research study is to create a questionnaire known as the EDI-Self-Report (EDI-SR). This project is funded by the Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). The EDI-SR was designed in partnership with autistic individuals to measure emotional experiences in autistic teens and adults and teens and adults with other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).



AUCD Welcomes Rodney Samaco, PhD as Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer

John Tschida, the Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, announced today that Rodney Samaco, PhD has been hired as AUCD's Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer (CSBDO). Dr. Samaco will serve in this key leadership role to develop new business models, procure resources, spearhead research initiatives and uncover new opportunities as part of AUCD's Strategic Plan.



ICI Laura Bozeman Receives Award

Laura Bozeman, professor and graduate program director for Vision Studies, was presented with the Suterko-Cory Award in recognition of her international leadership, dedication to the profession of orientation and mobility, and distinguished efforts to improve services to individuals with a visual impairment. This award recognizes Dr. Bozeman as an international ambassador and role model to orientation and mobility specialists throughout the world. The award recognizes her commitment to the field of vision studies and its expansive reach beyond her home boundaries, with an international impact across the United States as well as the Pacific Islands, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and Ireland. She received this award at the 18th International Mobility Conference held in Warsaw, Poland.



A Resource Guide for Inclusive Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disability

Institute for Community Inclusion / Think College

This guide is designed to introduce you to inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE), or college options for students with intellectual disability (ID). In this guide, you'll find everything you need to know about IPSE in an easy-to-read format, with helpful tips, information, and resources from the Think College website. You will learn about what IPSE is, how colleges include students with ID, and how to find and apply to college, as well as pay for it.

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In Art and Sound, Exhibit in VCU Medical Center Gave Voice to Those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Art and storytelling can be powerful ways to advocate for change. The Healing Narratives project used participatory research as a way for people with IDD to educate their communities about how they should be treated by health care providers.



Nisonger Center and DD Council Nursing Workforce Study Podcast

The Nisonger Center, in partnership with the Ohio DD Council, released a podcast on Spotify discussing our study of the DD Nursing Workforce Crisis. Ohio DD Talks is a podcast series featuring stories and conversations with Ohioans with developmental disabilities about current issues that are important to them. The developmental disabilities nursing crisis affects individuals with DD and their families across Ohio. This episode features Mackenzie Burness and Stephanie Hosley of Ohio State University Medical Center, who will discuss the public health workforce crisis, their research, and what we can do.

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Oregon Health & Science University UCEDD co-Director Receives Honor

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken was named a fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) at their biennial conference this July 2023 in Cancun, Mexico. For the past 45 years, she has been developing and evaluating tools, strategies, technologies and intervention protocols with adults, children and their families who experience complex communication needs.



UK Human Development Institute Photo Library

Stock photography lacks disability representation. The photos are often staged and use models without disabilities resulting in misrepresentation and unnatural scenes. The UK Human Development Institute (HDI) created a library of 1000+ photos that you can download, share, and

Mary Ann Taylor completed the USM Institute for Disability Studies' (IDS) Higher Education for All pilot program at USM, which is now the RISE To The Top! Certificate, a four-year, eight-semester inclusive college program incorporating academics and


USM Initiative Expands Education, Career Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

A collaborative effort at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) between its Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development (ISPD) is opening doors to higher education and job training for individuals who previously had limited or no access to such opportunities. The Reaching, Including, Supporting and Educating (RISE) To The Top! Certificate is a four-year, eight-semester inclusive college program incorporating academics and employment preparation, leading to a certificate upon completion, for persons with intellectual disabilities.



AUCD Vaccine Outreach Messaging Toolkit

AUCD has created a vaccine outreach messaging toolkit. Users can find social media posts with easy-to-download graphics on AUCD's website. The toolkit contains caption copy, Instagram stories, and alt-text tips for each post. Check out the National Immunization Awareness Month posts to celebrate this August-contact Allison Haeger at [email protected] with any questions about accessing and using these resources.



Emerging Leaders Internship & Council Trainee Representative - Applications Now Open!

AUCD is excited to announce (3) openings for the AUCD Emerging Leaders Internship and (5) openings for Council Trainee Representatives. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are now open and close on August 4th, 2023.

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Call for Papers, Deadline Extended - Conversations With/Across the Global South: Towards Decolonial Disability Futurities

Deadline: August 31, 2023

The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, the peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, is seeking submissions for a special issue exploring stories of the Global South through a decolonial and anti-ableist lens.



CARD Selects Shelly Baer for their Special Recognition for Community Service Award

CARD annually selects a few community members to recognize those who go above and beyond with their dedication and commitment to the community. This year's winner is our very own Shelly Baer.



Center for Disability Resources Executive Director at White House Meeting

UCEDD director Dr. David Rotholz participated in an invitation only meeting at the White House in May 2023. This event was to discuss innovative ways federal funding can be used to improve the lives of South Carolinians, including those with disabilities. Organized by the Office of Public Engagement the half-day event connected 50 elected officials, community and organization leaders, veterans and clergy from across the state to help build a better South Carolina. Our UCEDD was one of the two disability focused organizations included in this event.



Center for Disability Resources, University of South Carolina UCEDD Installs Little Free Libraries with Health Focused Information in Rural and Underserved Communities

Librarians at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (SOM) and at the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) Library have installed six Little Free Libraries around the state within rural and/or underserved communities to promote better access to quality, consumer-health resources related to each of the collaborating agencies' missions.

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