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Presidential Proclamation--21st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Generations of Americans with disabilities have improved our country in countless ways. Refusing to accept the world as it was, they have torn down the barriers that prohibited them from fully realizing the American dream. Their tireless efforts led to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation in our Nation's history. On this day, we celebrate the 21st anniversary of the ADA and the progress we have made, and we reaffirm our commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all Americans.



2011 AUCD Awards Nominations

Deadline: September 9

Your help is needed to identify greatness. We know that the individuals and groups of the AUCD Network accomplish magnificent feats each year. The presentation of AUCD Awards is our opportunity to acknowledge some of our best during our annual Awards Ceremony and Gala on Tuesday, November 8. Nominate a deserving individual or program today!

Charlie Lakin, Ph.D.


Charlie Lakin Selected to Serve as the Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Charlie Lakin has been selected to serve as the Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research starting August 29, 2011.

Judith M. Levy, MSW, LCSW-CA, MA


Judith Levy, LCSW-CA (MD UCEDD/LEND) Receives Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Work

Judith M. Levy, MSW, LCSW-CA, MA, Chair of the Ethics Committee at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and MCDD Community Advisory Committee, received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Michael Carey


Child with Disabilities Dies, A System in Disarray

A young boy, Jonathan Carey, was asphyxiated, slowly crushed to death in the back seat of a van by a state employee. Jonathan was a resident of one of nine large institutions in New York that is home to individuals with developmental disabilties.

Katherine Mahosky and Matthew Wangeman


Katherine Mahosky and Matthew Wangeman (AZ UCEDD) Received Teaching Innovation Award

Katherine Mahosky and Matthew Wangeman received the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Teaching Innovation Award for their efforts in the introductory class for the disability minor offered by the Institute for Human Development.

Emma Smizik and Nicholas McNeill


Nicholas McNeill, MA LEND, Awarded Meyers Memorial Prize

Nicholas McNeill, MA LEND, is currently a fellow in the LEND program at Children's Hospital Boston.

Beth Dixon


Beth Dixon (NH UCEDD) Receives UNH Staff Excellence Award

University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability staff member, Beth Dixon, was honored with the Presidential Award of Excellence, an award given annually to five staff members who have demonstrated excellence through outstanding performance in their positions and a record of dedication to, and a concern for, the University community.



AUCD Members to be Appointed to President Obama's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Congratulations to AUCD's Dr. Deborah Spitalnik, Dr. Sheryl White-Scott, and Liz Weintraub! The Committee's mission is to provide advice and assistance to the President on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of Intellectual Disabilities.



Going to College

A Resource for Teens with Disabilities

A resource for teens with disabilities: Learn how to use your strengths, learning style and interests to set goals for college. What to expect in college, tip for good grades, accommodations and using technology, and learn what you can do now to prepare for and apply to college.



Disability Policy Seminar 2011: Reflections from AUCD Trainees

Over 110 AUCD trainees attended the 2011 Disability Policy Seminar. In order to capture the experience, the 2011 AUCD Virtual Trainee Suzanne Engel asked trainees in attendance to share their thoughts by responding to three sentence-starters: "At the DPS, I...," "On the Hill, I...," and "One thing I will bring back to my program is..." This publication includes trainees' responses to these sentence-starters and provides an overview of what was learned and the impact the DPS had on trainees.

Members of the Minnesota State Team


Rachael Sarto, MN LEND Trainee, Attends Allies in Self Advocacy Summit

Rachael Sarto, MN LEND Trainee, shares her experience attending an Administration on Developmental Disabilities Allies in Self Advocacy Summit.



Oregon LEND Collaborates with Pediatric Hospital to Improve Volunteer Education & Training in Interactions with Patients with Special Health Care Needs

The LEND Program at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR has been engaged in a new partnership to both enhance leadership training activities and strengthen the care provided within our institution's pediatric hospital.



Research to Practice in Self-Determination

Issue 1: Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy

Self Determination and Self-Advocacy is the first in the series of seven issues published by the National Gateway to Self-Determination and AUCD. This issue focuses on self-determination and self-advocacy.



Judith Holt, PhD, Receives USU's Strong Human Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of human services.

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