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HDI's Family Mentorship Program Kicks into High Gear (KY UCEDD/LEND)

Human Development Institute (HDI) has led a family mentorship program that matches university students with families including a child or adolescent with a significant disability in order to give the students a chance to interact with these families outside of a clinical or academic setting and learn first-hand from the family's experience. As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, HDI's family mentorship program prepares students for their future work as professionals and clinicians working with individuals with developmental disabilities.



MN UCEDD Partners with Russian University to Improve Education of Students with Disabilities

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota, is partnering with Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (KSPU) in Siberia to improve the inclusion of Russian students with significant cognitive disabilities in elementary and secondary schools. Through the Global Signature Grants Program of the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and the Eurasia Foundation�s U.S.�Russia University Partnership Program, the Institute's Brian Abery and Ren�ta Tich� have recently received additional funds to help grow an existing collaboration between ICI and KSPU that resulted in establishment of the International Institute on Progress Monitoring (IIPM) in Fall 2014. The new funding will go toward supporting ongoing academic and cultural exchange of ideas, research, priorities, and policies between the two countries, and help sustain IIPM long-term.



Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities Health Disparities Initiative: Geo-mapping and Networking to Improve Health Services for Individuals with IDD (NY UCEDD/LEND)

The Health Disparities Initiative at Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities focuses on providing training for healthcare professionals, providing and improving health services to individuals with IDD, and conducting research that provides insights about health system delivery and the needs of individuals with IDD. The Initiative is currently developing two exciting new projects that will provide more information about service providers, gaps and barriers to servicing individuals with IDD in Western NY.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Hosts Positive Development and Parent Stress Reduction Conference

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) held its first Parent Stress Intervention Program (PSIP) Conference this summer. Instructors delved into each of the two intervention manuals created by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers to teach parents of children with disabilities how to manage stress. The PSIP manuals "Positive Adult Development (PAD) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)" were developed as part of an intervention research study for stress reduction in parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. Adapted by principal investigator and VKC director Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., and a group of dedicated parent mentors, the curricula is intended to provide tools for learning and practicing these techniques, and for teaching them to parent groups.



Iowa UCEDD Hosts International Delegation on Accessibility

On July 24, the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD-Iowa's UCEDD) hosted a gathering with guests representing seven nations participating in an exchange entitled "Access for All: Enhancing the Lives of People with Disabilities." Members of the international delegation visited Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, Berkeley, and Sacramento, CA; Iowa City, IA; and Minneapolis, MN under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The Council of International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC), a community-based, nonprofit organization which fosters international cooperation by promoting the exchange of ideas and working toward mutual understanding, hosted the visitors during their stay in Iowa City and initiated the meeting with CDD. All members of the delegation, which included individuals with disabilities and family members, were experts in disciplines ranging from psychology to education.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) TRIAD Program Announces Grant and New Leadership

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) has been awarded a five-year, $10 million training grant from the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) to continue a 16-year partnership providing education and training opportunities for school personnel throughout the state.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Summer Programs Allow for Fun and Discovery

Summer programming at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) presents unique opportunities for investigators to design innovative research, for students and professionals to engage in model trainings, and for children and adults with disabilities to learn new skills and to make new friends. This year, the three summer programs drew 63 campers and students and 23 counselors and peers to the Vanderbilt campus.



Are You Looking for a Behavioral Health Master's Program Focusing on Developmental Disabilities? (FL UCEDD)

This ONLINE degree through the University of South Florida prepares professionals to understand, apply, and evaluate systems, policy, and evidence-based practices for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.



Online Graduate Certificate Program: Positive Behavior Support (FL UCEDD)

The University of South Florida (USF) offers a fully online Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support. This certificate program offers an evidence-based approach to resolving challenging, and supporting prosocial, behavior in children and youth within schools and early education settings. The certificate will benefit students by equipping them with necessary skills to provide systemic applications of PBS.



IU Policy Brief Examines Superintendents' Perceptions of Indiana's Teacher Evaluation (IN UCEDD)

School superintendents in Indiana remain generally positive but have important reservations about recent changes to teacher evaluation, according to a policy brief by the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at Indiana University Bloomington.



Community Consultation Program at Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities: New Teleconsultation Pilot to Improve Access to Underserved Populations in NYS (NY UCEDD/LEND)

The Community Consultation Program (CCP) at the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities offers evidence-based technical assistance and training, as well as continuing education and staff development programs, throughout New York State. The program supports school teams and other professionals who work with children that have a variety of educational and/or behavioral challenges including: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Behavioral and Emotional Challenges, Deafness/Blindness, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Medical Fragility, and Sensory Impairment.

Tyler Reimschisel, M.D.


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) LEND Training Program Receives Supplemental Funding to Address Trainee Diversity

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program will focus efforts on increasing racial and ethnic diversity among its pool of long-term trainees thanks to a grant from AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The supplemental funding will allow the program to forge deeper partnerships with historically black colleges and universities, to build awareness of the LEND program among underrepresented minority students who have been accepted to professional schools, and to foster greater interest in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities among undergraduate minority students.



Behavioral Health Online Master's Program - Focusing on DD (FCIC FL UCEDD)

The University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is pleased to announce our inaugural semester this Spring of a NEW FULLY ONLINE Master of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health focusing on Developmental Disabilities.

 From left: JoAnne Malloy, Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute on Disability/University of New Hampshire; Michaela Joj, Research Assistant; Jonathon Drake, RENEW Master Trainer; Pia Pode Milwertz, Project Coordinator


RENEW Program Travels to Denmark (IOD NH UCEDD/LEND)

In December 2014 Institute on Disability (IOD) staff members Dr. JoAnne Malloy and Jonathon Drake travelled to Denmark to train 25 Danish Mental Health and Vocational Education Practitioners to implement the Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) program in their practice.



UC (OH UCEDD), Partners Awarded Funding to Address Health Care Gaps

The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing, along with the UC College of Medicine and partners at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and UC's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has received almost $1 million to develop programs to grow in number and better prepare practitioners to meet the primary care and mental health care needs of the Ohio Medicaid population.

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