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11/30/2022

Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health: Birth to Five to Host Kick-Off Event

The Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health: Birth to Five (GA-AIMH), housed in the Center for Leadership in Disability at the Georgia State University School of Public Health, will hold a Kick-Off event on November 2. The event, which will celebrate the establishment of GA-AIMH and look ahead to opportunities to expand Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) initiatives, will draw more than 200 IECMH leaders from across the state.

 
 

11/30/2022

MN LEND Fellow is Removing Barriers for Massachusetts Families

Summary: After completing a master's degree at Harvard University, Julia Anderson (MNLEND 2016-17) is turning her experience in disability policy to a new task: innovating state programs for Massachusetts.

 
 

11/30/2022

MN UCEDD's Certificate: A Deeper Understanding of Disability

The MN UCEDD jointly offers the Disability Policy and Services Certificate to students who want a deeper understanding of disability. Akeem Anderson, a University of Minnesota J.D./Ph.D. student interested in the intersection of race, health, and law, is adding the Institute's Disability Policy and Services Certificate to his already hefty academic pursuits.

 
 

11/30/2022

Special RDS Issue on Disability & Sub-Saharan Africa Now Available

The Center on Disability Studies at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, College of Education, is pleased to announce the release of an Extended Special Issue of Review of Disability Studies: Understanding Disability in Sub-Saharan Africa. The double issue (pp. 343) is now available at https://rdsjournal.org .The interdisciplinary issue features renowned guest editors Elvis Imafidon (University of London) & Charlotte Baker (Lancaster University), two preeminent scholars on disability & Sub-Saharan Africa.

 
 

11/29/2022

Biennial Community Partnership Celebration

Every two years, Community Crossroads hosts a premiere Biennial Community Partnership Celebration, and this year, it was held on October 13 at the Atkinson Country Club & Resort. Student Kate Lonergan of UNH College of Health and Human Services was in attendance and won the Outstanding DSP Award, as was UNH-4U student Andrew. Two NH Leadership Series grads also took home awards: Regan Lamphier ('17) won the Kathleen Murphy Community Partnership Award and James Watson ('14) won the Outstanding Achievement Compass Award.

 
 

11/29/2022

UK HDI Fund for Excellence Award to fund Bluegrass Mountain Biking Accessibility Initiative

Kentuckians will soon have access to an adaptive mountain biking trail, thanks in part to an internal grant funded by the UK Human Development Institute. The trail, to be built by the Kentucky Mountain Biking Association, will be designed with the interest of people with disabilities at the forefront, prioritizing input and feedback from trail users with disabilities.

 
 

11/28/2022

Autism research is a family affair: Steps toward increasing inclusion and diversity

As a research team working with children and adolescents with autism in the Bronx, a racially, ethnically and culturally diverse borough of New York City, we have seen the significant barriers to research participation that families in our area face. Research is an essential step toward improving outcomes of individuals with autism. When research involves children, parents and caregivers make major contributions to the study process by enrolling their children in research, carving out time to bring their children to the research setting, and providing important information about the child's strengths, needs, and developmental and intervention histories. Unfortunately, the racial and ethnic diversity of the US population is not well-represented in many research studies and research findings often do not generalize to excluded groups. This lack of representation in research contributes to health disparities.

 
 

11/28/2022

The Maine LEND Family Picnic

Food and friendly fun were themes of the 2022 Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Family Picnic held at the Portland Campus of the University of New England on September 24. The picnic has been an annual LEND event with the goal of supporting families in the community and spearheading Family-Led partnerships which are integral to the training program.

 
 

11/21/2022

2023 Texas Transition Conference registration is open!

The TRAIN Scholars Project, a collaborative partnership between the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M University, aims to develop competencies necessary to engage in rigorous applied research to advance the field of special education transition.

 
 

11/21/2022

AK LEND fellow YouTube Series Make Art Your Way

Alaska LEND Without Walls fellow Kara Thrasher-Livingston created a video series called "Make Art Your Way". This video series encourages you to experience making art and think about your abilities and interests. Join presenter Kara to learn ways to think about making art your way. This series is meant to be an encouraging introduction to examples from art history, basic art materials, techniques you can use to make your art look pro, and ideas about showing and selling your art.

 
 

11/21/2022

ASL Team delivers services at Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness

This past October, the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting Team, housed at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, traveled to Orlando, Florida to deliver services at the Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness (SERID) Conference.

 
 

11/21/2022

New Associate Director Named at IOD in Pennsylvania

Kathryn (Katey) Burke, PhD, has been named the Associate Director of the Institute on Disabilities (IOD) at Temple University, College of Education and Human Development. Katey has been serving as a Senior Research Associate at the IOD and as an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning since August 2019. Katey will continue as an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, in addition to her new role within the IOD.

 
 

11/21/2022

New Fellowship Program Connects with Communities

The MN LEND at Institute on Community Integration is mentoring community members, providing resources, networking connections, and technology to help Minnesota families. Projects have included online resources for providers supporting new Somali mothers.

 
 

11/21/2022

Pam Flaherty Named Executive Director of the National Center for START Services

Pam Flaherty, a leader of educational programs that include students with disabilities, has been named executive director of the National Center for START Services (NCSS) at the University of New Hampshire�s Institute on Disability (IOD), effective December 5, 2022. In her new role, Flaherty will lead approximately 40 NCSS employees who initiate and support START programs and partnerships in 27 states across the country. START programs provide crisis intervention and prevention for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health needs (IDD-MH) and their families.

 
 

11/21/2022

Time to Change Our Thinking About Disability in Kentucky

Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D., is executive director of the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI).

Roughly one in three people in Kentucky have a disability. Recent data found 75% of Kentuckians without disabilities are employed, compared to 32% of those with disabilities. Before COVID, 84% of Kentucky employers had job vacancies. Now the workforce itself is undergoing shifts, as workers quit their jobs, reimagining their worker-identity and work preferences, and restructuring their work-life balance.

 
 
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