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Call for Applications: Healthy Weight Research Network 2024 Pilot and Feasibility Program

Deadline: February 16, 2024 (midnight)

Applications for the Healthy Weight Research Network 2024 Pilot and Feasibility Program are being accepted until February 16, 2024 (midnight). The goal of the Pilot & Feasibility Program is to advance the research agenda of the Healthy Weight Research Network (HWRN) by funding small pilot projects that foster the development of significant and innovative research by members of the Network and their collaborators.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Receives DOD Grant to Study Telehealth Deployment Across Rural Areas of Tennessee

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has received a $3.1 million grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) to study telehealth deployment across rural areas of Tennessee. The grant builds on a recent study that showed autism profiles can be identified early with the TELE-ASD-PEDS (TAP) tele-assessment tool created by the VKC and Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt's Division of Developmental Medicine.



MCDD Hosts Project SEARCH Intern

The Maryland Center for Development Disabilities (MCDD) recently hosted an intern from Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a 10-month transition program for individuals 18 through 24 years of age that provides hands-on job training through integrated worksite rotations, career exploration, innovative adaptations and mentoring from experienced staff. Its goal is for interns to use their internships skills to gain competitive employment.



Center for Transition to Adult Health Care for Youth with Disabilities Launches New Website

The Center for Transition to Adult Health Care for Youth with Disabilities, a national resource center funded by ACL's Administration on Disabilities (AoD), has launched a new website to help young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) direct their own transition to the adult health care system. The site also includes resources developed by Center partners, including Family Voices, Got Transition, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, and two AoD-funded University Centers of Excellence in Development Disabilities (UCEDDs): the Institute for Human Development at University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Both of these UCEDDs have done extensive work in the field of health care transitions for youth with I/DD.



Inaugural Meeting of AUCD's Migration & Disability Special Interest Group

AUCD is happy to announce that during this year's AUCD Conference: "Emerging Leader Shaping The Future."The network's newest special interest group(SIG), the Migration and Disability SIG, held its inaugural meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 7th. Convened and chaired by Eva Weiss of Temple University, the group aims to address a gap in knowledge and expertise at the crossroads of migration and disability.



UI REACH Virtual Classes

UI REACH, a program for young adults with disabilities at the University of Iowa, is excited to announce two virtual courses that will be offered for the spring 2024 semester. The two courses that will be offered are "Social Skills in the Workplace" and "Healthier You." Classes will be held weekly with an instructor using an online platform. Students will be able to work collaboratively with their peers to achieve the class goals.



Vaccine Outreach Toolkit Update

AUCD has added new resources for winter COVID-19 and flu vaccine recommendations. Resources include graphics, drafted captions, and alt text. These resources are supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)) through USAging as part of a financial assistance award to USAging totaling $74,999,835 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official view of, nor an endorsement, by USAging, ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.



Youth Equity Ambassador Program

New Leadership Opportunity for Youth with Disabilities - The National Center for Disability, Equity, and Intersectionality is currently accepting recommendations for Youth Equity Ambassadors. The National Center for Disability, Equity, and Intersectionality is part of the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD).



Now Enrolling: Inclusive Education Pre-K-12 Micro-Credential

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (ME UCEDD) was part of a collaborative team of faculty and staff with expertise in inclusive education that has developed an Inclusive Education Pre-K-12 Micro-Credential with funding from a competitive 2022-2023 mini-grant awarded by the University of Maine System Micro-Credential Initiative.



UCCEDD Associate Director, Dr. Kara Ayers, featured in Women of Cincinnati Blog

The UCCEDD's Associate Director, Dr. Kara Ayers, was featured in the Women of Cincy blog. Dr. Ayers touches on disability, connection, and empathy, as well as highlighting the importance of how we can better care for one another.



2024 EHDI Conference Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees

Deadline: February 16th at 11:59pm

AUCD is offering scholarships to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Annual Conference on March 17-19, 2024. All current LEND audiology trainees, including those in their externship year, are eligible to apply.



OHSU LEND-UCEDD Trainee Amplifies Community Priorities

Led by LEND Health Administration and Social Work Trainee Libby Quinn, OHSU Institute on Development and Disability opted to submit public comment as an organization on the recent proposed ruling for updates to Section 504. [alt text: Libby Quinn, a light skin woman with wavy blonde and brown hair wears a turtleneck and smiles for a professional headshot in an outdoor setting against cement terraced grass]



AUCD Website Review Committee

AUCD is seeking applicants to join the Website Review Committee. The Website Review Committee will serve as an oversight role for the redesign of www.aucd.org. Committee members will work closely with the Marketing and Communications and Web IT teams to discuss the design and development of the website. Our goal is to ensure that the redesign is fully accessible and meets the needs of AUCD's members and partners.



In Memoriam: Dr. Steven E. Brown

Aloha, it was with great sadness and heavy heart to hear this past week of the death of Dr. Steven Brown. Steve served for many years as a professor of Disability Studies at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He was lead investigator on numerous projects working to improve the quality-of-life experience for persons with disabilities across the globe. Further, Steve was respected internationally as an activist and advocate for the rights of all persons with disabilities.



Iowa Creates a New Vaccine Clinic for Patients with Unique Needs

Iowa's Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) has a new vaccine clinic for children and some adults with unique needs, including sensory issues, anxiety, and other disabilities. Earlier this year, the mother of a child with autism got in touch with CDD, looking for a place to get her child vaccinated against Covid-19. CDD clinical nurse manager Sheree Murphy, RN, took up the challenge, and enlisted the help of UCEDD program coordinator, Anne Crotty, MPH.

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