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Linking Latino Parents to Autism Resources (IL UCEDD/LEND)

For parents who have a child with autism, navigating the service system to find ways to help their child can be overwhelming. Within the Latino community, promotoras - community health workers who are indigenous to the community - help educate parents on autism and appropriate services. Two UIC researchers are going global by expanding a parent educational intervention designed for Latino parents in the U.S. to Colombia.



2017 DMCHWD Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative

Deadline: December 5, 2016

Are you interested in improving your MCH Training Program or institution's practices around diversity or health equity? Are you revamping your existing practices related to training on cultural and linguistic competence or looking for resources, tools, and best practices related to diversity, cultural and linguistic competence and health equity initiatives? If so, consider applying for the 2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative!



New Autism Data Portal From The Child And Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

Compiling the research from four national surveys, this portal provides easy access to data on the health and well-being of children and families with autism. In addition to helping people learn about family experiences, the portal can be used as an advocacy tool. It also allows you to see how others are using autism data.



NIH Names Dr. Diana Bianchi Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., as director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Bianchi is expected to join NIH on Oct. 31, 2016.



2016 SDBP Meeting Scholarships for DBP Trainees

Application Deadline: August 22

AUCD is pleased to announce the availability of two (2) scholarships of up to $500 each to support DBP trainees in attending the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) Meeting on September 16-19, 2016 in Savannah, GA. All current DBP trainees at any MCHB-funded DBP training program are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to trainees that have not attended the EHDI Meeting in previous years.



MCHB Expands National Footprint of LEND Training Programs

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced funding awards for a record 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs. These programs, which are located at universities and hospitals across the country, prepare trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in the delivery of services to children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities in clinical practice, research, and public policy.



Position Opening: Virtual Trainee

For the 2016-2017 academic year

This is an exciting opportunity for a current trainee to develop their leadership and communication skills, promote the meaningful exchange of information about issues related to people with disabilities and special health needs, and become more familiar with the broader AUCD network while having a national impact on the disability field.



Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

Recently, AUCD rolled out its Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit. The Toolkit is a website that provides concrete objectives, strategies, and resources to help you realize your goals related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence. Strategies and resources are aligned with the roles of three specific audiences, one of which, university-based centers, is designed to cater directly to Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) programs.



New Dynamic Website Focuses on Total Child Health for Iowa's Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, their Families, and Providers

The Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) collaborated with Iowa's Systems Integration Grant to create a new robust website, This dynamic website focuses on total child health for Iowa's children and youth with a special health care need, their families, and the providers who care for them.



Identifying Autism in Young Children

A Collection of Recommended Resources from Autism CARES Grantees

Last year, more than 40 Autism CARES grantees contributed to �Identifying Autism in Young Children,� a collection of useful resources for parents and professionals.g



April 2016: Autism Awareness & Acceptance

During the month of April, AUCD joins people with autism, their families, and those who serve and support them to increase public acceptance and appreciation of the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and recognition of the diverse range of abilities and talents people with autism possess.



The Purposeful Inclusion and Support of People with Disabilities in LEND Training

Challenges, Strategies, and Guidance

This document briefly describes the major challenges associated with the inclusion and support of people with disabilities in the interdisciplinary training context, offers strategies that programs are currently implementing to address the identified challenges, and identifies some of the themes that emerged from successful LEND programs' experiences across four topic areas.



Six Programs That Engage People with Disabilities, Family Members, and Community Professionals Awarded Supplementary Project Funds Through AUCD

AUCD is providing supplemental funding and targeted assistance to six training programs to engage people with disabilities, family members, and community professionals in innovative ways.



AAP Policy on Telemedicine and Workforce Shortages

The AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce developed a policy statement regarding the workforce implications of telemedicine. The statement, "The Use of Telemedicine to Address Access and Physician Workforce Shortages," published in Pediatrics this month, reviews issues including pediatric patient access, barriers, incentives, research, funding and payment. It can be used as a tool to advocate on behalf of telehealth technologies in the pediatric health care arena.



2015 Autism CARES Meeting Materials Now Available

Presentation slides, discussion group notes, and resources for grantees from the 2015 Autism CARES Meeting are now available for download and printing at the ITAC website.

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