ITAC: ITAC ANNOUNCEMENTS

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1/12/2022

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center LEND Trainees Address Health Disparities through Virtual Sessions for New Mothers

Moms2B, a community-based pregnancy program for low-income mothers in central Ohio, was established by The Ohio State University Medical Center in 2010 to decrease high infant mortality rates in the state and help mothers deliver healthy, full-term infants. This community-based program meets weekly throughout pregnancy and through the infant's first year to provide education and support to moms. In-person meetings occur in a safe, familiar space where Moms can ask questions, receive education on infant development and reproductive health, and connect with local services.

 
 

1/11/2022

Request for Reviewers for URC & ITAC

Deadline: January 24, 2021

The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) and the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) seek reviewers for plain language and Spanish language materials development and review. Attached is the Request for Reviewers with all details. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 24, 2021.

 
 

12/20/2021

AIR-P Scholars & Pilot and Feasibility Funding

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is currently in its second year of funding under the direction of UCLA and Project Investigator Dr. Alice Kuo! AIR-P establishes and maintains an interdisciplinary, multicenter research network for scientific collaboration and infrastructure to increase the life expectancy and quality of life for autistic individuals. The mission of the AIR-P is to develop a robust research infrastructure that will foster measurable improvements in optimal physical health and well-being of autistic individuals and their families across the lifespan

 
 

12/20/2021

COVID-19 Vaccines & Children with Developmental Disabilities: Let's Talk

By: Rachel C. Passmore, MPH; Lisa H. Shulman, MD

Dr. Lisa Shulman is a developmental pediatrician who specializes in the care of children with autism and is the Interim Director of the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC) at Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) in the Bronx, New York. For the past 10 years, she has given a lecture entitled "Shattering the Myths around Vaccination" for families in the Bronx as well as worked with pediatricians on communicating with vaccine hesitant families.

 
 

12/20/2021

HRSA Awardees Study Impact of COVID-19 on Receipt of Services and Parent Mental Health in Children with ASD

University of Delaware�s Dr. Anjana Bhat, associate professor in physical therapy, and JP Laurenceau, professor in psychological and brain sciences, have been awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for a new study to analyze the impacts of COVID-19 on receipt of behavioral, speech, occupational and physical therapy services and parent mental health in 9,000 children with autism from the SPARK cohort and to determine value derived from these services in an online capacity.

 
 

12/20/2021

Kennedy Krieger Faculty Receive Grant to Build Capacity to Deliver Evidence Bsed Mental Health Intervention

Dr. Deepa Menon, of the Kennedy Krieger LEND Program and co-PIs Kathryn Van Eck, PhD and Nikeea Copeland Linder, PhD, MPH were recently awarded a Jesse DuPont Bell grant to address mental health and COVID-induced trauma in patients with autism and other special health care needs. By utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) training, Social Work trainees from collaborating HBCU�s will receive mentoring and training to deliver an evidence-based validated program through telemedicine to address student stress and anxiety, and to build coping skills and resilience.

 
 

12/13/2021

AIR-P/OAR Funding Opportunity: Community Grant Competition

Description: Applications for the AIR-P and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Community Grant Competition opened on Friday, October 8, and will close on April 30, 2022. Find details about the grant, application requirements, an FAQ, and a link to start your application!

 
 

12/13/2021

MI-LEND Team Develops Telehealth Module for National Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Core Curriculum

In 2020, the Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (MI-LEND) was selected to be part of an AUCD and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) project focusing on telehealth. The goal of the project was ultimately to support both providers and families to access telehealth and other distance care services for pediatric care. To achieve this goal, MI-LEND Directors, Dr. Sharon Milberger and Dr. Jane Turner, along with MI-LEND Fellow, Sean Jones, developed a curriculum focused on telehealth.

 
 

12/13/2021

Oral Health Complications Higher in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities (ODDs) with Obesity Compared to Healthy Adolescents

For this study, the authors used an analytical sample of adolescents of ages 10 to 17 years (n=68,942) using data from 2016 through the 2019 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). We categorized the analytical sample into 4 groups for comparisons: adolescents with ASD/ODDs and obesity (Group A), adolescents without ASD/ODDs but with obesity (Group B), adolescents with ASD/ODDs but no obesity (Group C), and adolescents without ASD/ODDs or obesity (Group D). Almost 7% of the sample were ASD/ODD adolescents with obesity representing approximately 2.31 million high-risk U.S. adolescents. Parents completing the survey, answered questions on their child's demographics, health status, health care utilization, and other relevant health-related information.

 
 

10/15/2021

Announcing our 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders Interns!

We are excited to announce the AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns for the 2021-2022 training year! These trainees will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.

 
 

9/13/2021

Meet the 2021-2022 Autism SIG Vice Chairs!

The Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to announce the new vice chairs for the 2021-2022 year. The vice chairs of the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) will work closely with the co-chairs Brian Be and Dr. Laura Carpenter on SIG activities and events throughout the year.

 
 

9/3/2021

ITAC Bulletin Board - September 2021

Welcome to another academic year! As orientations conclude and seminars begin, we hope that you find the resources and other items in this newsletter useful in supporting the work of your faculty, staff, and trainees.

 
 

7/16/2021

29 MN LEND Fellows Complete Year

Capping a year of learning and interacting almost entirely online, the 29 graduates of MN LEND certificate program recently closed out their final ceremony with messages from Minnesota's lieutenant governor, state senators from both political parties, a former MN LEND fellow, and others.

 
 

7/2/2021

Texas Center for Disability Studies Receives LEND Grant

Texas has taken an important step forward in training leaders in service to children and adolescents with autism and other disabilities. The University of Texas at Austin�s Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS) was awarded the prestigious LEND grant to develop the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders prepared to improve the lives of youth with disabilities and their families

 
 

4/29/2021

Autism Special Interest Group Vice Chair Position

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 1, 2021

This is an exciting leadership opportunity for an up-and-coming leader in the Autism Community. The Vice Chair of the Autism Special Interest Group will work closely with the SIG co-chairs Brian Be and Dr. Laura Carpenter.

 
 
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