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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.



Disability in Iowa: Working Together!

In early November, the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), home to Iowa's UCEDD, LEND program, and IDDRC, teamed up with our sister organization, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, to host "Disability in Iowa: Working Together." Iowa's state legislators were invited to CDD for a learning session to increase their awareness of the work we do on behalf of Iowans with disabilities, and to help them understand more about the experience of living with a disability, including the challenges of access to supports and services.



JFK Partners' Colorado Office of Employment First Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with Development of Video Minis

October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) which commemorates the many contributions of people with disabilities to America's workplaces and economy. This year's theme, "Advancing Access and Equity," recognized the importance of ensuring all people have equal opportunity to contribute their skills and talents to our workforce.



OHSU UCEDD: A personal and professional experience

In the summer of 2020, Jan Staehely, communication consultant and staff member at the OHSU Institute on Development and Disability UCEDD, and an individual with Cerebral Palsy who uses an assistive communication device, had a frightening experience. Wildfires were approaching the south-eastern towns near Portland, Oregon and her neighborhood was placed in an evacuation zone.



2023 Anne Rudigier Award

The Anne Rudigier Award is named for Anne Rudigier, a young woman who demonstrated that one individual's commitment, energy, love of life, and respect for all people can be shared and can persevere through others. The Award is presented by the Rudigier Family in loving memory of their daughter Anne and of the values she held in her life and in her work. The 2023 Anne Rudigier Award was presented to Shawn Aleong during the AUCD Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.



2023 AUCD Gold Star Awad

Established in 2002, the AUCD Gold Star Award is presented to a Capitol Hill staffer who exemplifies a true partnership in crafting strong public policy. This award recognizes the staffer for his/her professional and personal efforts to craft policy and implement programs with input from AUCD and the greater disability community, thus supporting AUCD in achieving its mission to advance policy and practice for and with people living with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. The 2023 AUCD Gold Star was presented to Brad Thomas, Deputy Director of Education Policy during the AUCD 2023 Awards Ceremony on November 7, 2023

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