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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.



Early Childhood Personnel Center at the UCONN UCEDD Releases Personnel Standards for Every State

The Early Childhood Personnel Center serves as a national resource on personnel standards, competencies, and recommended practices, and assists States in aligning personnel standards to national professional organization standards for personnel who serve children with disabilities and their families. In January 2014 ECPC released a searchable data base of all personnel standards for professional disciplines serving infants and young children (age birth to five) and their families.



Department of Education Issues Guidance on Rights of Students With Disabilities When Educational Institutions Use Technology

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance through Dear Colleague Letters to elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education along with a Frequently Asked Questions document on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of technology. This guidance is a critical step in the Department's ongoing efforts to ensure that students with disabilities receive equal access to the educational benefits and services provided by their schools, colleges and universities. All students, including those with disabilities, must have the tools needed to obtain a world-class education that prepares them for success in college and careers.

Irene Forsman, Diane Sabo, and Katy Beggs at Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS) Conference in Cernobbio, Italy


MCHB, AUCD, and LENDs Represented at International Newborn Hearing Screening Conference

Cernobbio, Italy

The 10th Anniversary of the International Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS) Conference was held in June 2010 in Cernobbio, Italy. The theme of this year's conference was Beyond Newborn Hearing Screening: Infant and Childhood Hearing in Science and Clinical Practice.


Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Autism Center of Excellence Research Network (TACERN) Trains CALEND Fellows in Research, Clinical Skills, and Leadership

Submitted by: Marian E. Williams, PhD, California-USC UCEDD/LEND

The Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Autism Center of Excellence Research Network (TACERN) brings together a group of five children's hospitals located throughout the U.S., all affiliated with LEND interdisciplinary training programs, to conduct research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The project is funded by NIH/NINDS to conduct a longitudinal study to identify early biomarkers of ASD in infants with TSC, and the Principal Investigators are Mustafa Sahin, MD, from Boston Children"s Hospital and Darcy Krieger, MD, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital. A unique aspect of the study is the collaboration with LEND training programs, and a major goal of the project is to work with the affiliated LENDs to improve ASD diagnosis and treatment in TSC and facilitate combined training in ASD and TSC so as to engage ASD researchers in educational and research activities in TSC and vice-versa.

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