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Office of Postsecondary Education Recruiting Peer Reviewers

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs is currently recruiting peer reviewers to evaluate applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) program.



UD Get's $1 Million Grant for Special Education Training (DE UCEDD)

The Center for Disabilities Studies, in partnership with other education centers at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), is offering the state's first special education-specific leadership training program. Called the Special Education Administrative Leadership (SEAL) program, it is supported by a five-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Applications became available in January, and the training sessions will launch in August.



AUCD Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

As we begin 2020, we as a nation, including the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation impacts the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities and protects against discrimination and ensures and improves access to opportunities afforded to all.



How to Help Puerto Rico

You can help Puerto Rico as it continues to be impacted by earthquakes! Supplies are needed by people who cannot stay in their homes due to earthquake damage. Puerto Rico's disability network coordinates a collection and distribution center for supplies needed by the disability community.



Announcing AUCD Acting Executive Director

The AUCD Board has appointed John Tschida, MPP, as the acting Executive Director of AUCD effective Monday, January 6, 2020. John Tschida, MPP, has spent more than 20 years using data and research to drive policy change and service development for individuals with disabilities. Before joining AUCD in February of 2017, he was appointed as director if the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. NIDILRR is the federal government's premier applied research agency impacting individuals with disabilities.



Amy Grattan Named Director of Sherlock Center (RI UCEDD)

Amy Grattan, an expert in special education with a focus on early childhood, has been appointed director of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College. Grattan "brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in the field of disability and special education," according to a Sherlock Center statement on her appointment.



UCEDD Supplement Status Memorandum

SOAR Conference plenary session - Self advocates from four states (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas) welcome participants to the first time regional conference.


Midwest Advocacy & Leadership Conference Draws Support from Four UCEDDs

UMKC Institute for Human Development (MO UCEDD) welcomed over 220 participants May 31 - June 2, 2019, as lead organizer and co-sponsor of the SOAR Regional Advocacy and Leadership Conference. SOAR, Seeking Opportunities for an Advocacy Revolution, invited people with disabilities, their family members, and disability system professionals from Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas to lead the change they wish to see. Events included a variety of opportunities to gain new leadership and personal skills.

 Delaware stakeholders and experts from the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders met in Lewes June 24-25 to discuss best-practice guidelines for autism evaluation and diagnosis.


New Initiative to Improve Autism Diagnosis and Evaluation Commences for Professionals (DE UCEDD)

Experts and other stakeholders in the Delaware autism community are taking action to improve diagnostic practices for autism, which has risen in prevalence by 80 percent in Delaware over the last decade. Delaware-specific guidelines will be created to ensure that diagnostic evaluations are informed by research and incorporate local resources and services. The process began with two days of training and workshops hosted by the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism (DNEA) on June 24-25 at the Virden Center in Lewes. The events were led by Dr. Stephen Kanne, the executive director of the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, a nationally known expert on diagnosis of ASD.



Alliston Provides Training, Promotes Employment for People with Disabilities through Fellowship Work in Kenya (MS UCEDD)

Dr. Alliston recently had the opportunity to share his expertise and enthusiasm for transition to adulthood in Nairobi, Africa, through the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PRP-IDE). PFP-IDE is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is implemented by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the Institute for Community Inclusion, and Humanity and Inclusion.



Intelligent Lives Comes to Moscow ID (ID UCEDD)

The Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), in collaboration with the University of Idaho Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR), hosted a community screening of the documentary Intelligent Lives, created by Dan Habib. Preceding the event was a resource fair with different resources available on campus and within the Moscow community. Following the screening was a panel discussion addressing questions that were brought up within the film. CDHD brought this documentary to the university to broaden the understanding of intelligence testing and how people with intellectual disabilities are disproving assumptions made about them due to their IQ score.



AOD Commissioner Julie Hocker Visits the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND)

On a two-day visit to Tennessee, Julie Hocker, Commissioner of the U.S. Administration on Disability, met with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) leadership, faculty, trainees, and Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network partners. Hocker visited at the suggestion of Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Administration for Community Living, who travelled to Tennessee in January and returned enthusiastic about the collaborative relationships within the state.



Update to the Administration for Community Living's Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

A planned reorganization within the Administration for Community living (ACL) was note in the Federal Register on May 9th. The goals of the reorganization are to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the organization; strengthen infrastructure; and improve the connections between the organization and its stakeholders, grantees and consumers at the national, state and local levels. AUCD and other members of the disability community have engaged in efforts to learn more and understand the possible impacts.



ACL Principal Deputy Visits the Mailman Center for Child Development (FL UCEDD)

During the visit, Ms. Lazare met with trainees, faculty, and staff who provided an overview of the Mailman Center's leadership, training, and community engagement initiatives, particularly those that focus on the intersection between disability and diversity in the minority, underserved, and low income communities of Overtown and East Little Havana. Ms. Lazare noted that "while many federal and federally supported programs talk about being committed to capacity building and system changes, the Mailman Center makes these things very real."



Einstein Adds Curriculum on Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (NY UCEDD)

Thanks to funding from the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), The Rose F Kennedy UCEDD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine is developing a special curriculum for medical students geared to treating adults with IDD. The grant, part of the AADMD's National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine (NCIDM), seeks to address educational gaps in medical schools in order to reduce health disparities for this population.

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