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Marnie Morneault and Hibo Omer


NH-ME LEND and New Mainers Public Health Initiative

An Interagency Parent Advocacy and Information Project

Over the past two decades, Maine has experienced a rapid growth of racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Although Maine's population is largely White (95%), children in Maine are disproportionately from minority populations; currently 9% of children in Maine are from a race other than White.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Introduces Genetic Counseling to its LEND Curriculum, Welcomes First Trainee from Inaugural Genetic Counseling Master's Program

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Consortium LEND has seen a lot of change this year, including the installment of a new director, new program staff members, and growth within its cohort at East Tennessee State University. Among the changes is the addition of the genetic counseling discipline to LEND's Care Navigation practicum, thanks to LEND faculty member Laura Duncan, M.S., CGC, as well as its first long-term trainee from Vanderbilt's inaugural Master of Genetic Counseling program, Gianna Petrelli



NH-ME LEND Graduate Honored by New Futures With Legislator of The Year Award

Rep. Joelle Martin, NH-ME LEND graduate, was recently honored with the New Hampshire Legislator of the Year award by New Futures, New Hampshire's leading health policy, and advocacy organization. After working for a decade as an executive in publishing, Martin's focus shifted to education and advocacy. As her daughter, who has a life-threatening food allergy, entered preschool, she began to educate her family and school community about severe food allergies. Soon after, she developed an educational program about life-threatening allergies for teachers and staff.



Announcing AUCD Acting Executive Director

The AUCD Board has appointed John Tschida, MPP, as the acting Executive Director of AUCD effective Monday, January 6, 2020. John Tschida, MPP, has spent more than 20 years using data and research to drive policy change and service development for individuals with disabilities. Before joining AUCD in February of 2017, he was appointed as director if the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. NIDILRR is the federal government's premier applied research agency impacting individuals with disabilities.



OHSU Institute on Development and Disability UCEDD Faculty Elevate Diversity Efforts Big and Small

Former OHSU LEND trainees, Hannah Sanford-Keller and Bethany Sloane are now faculty at the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) and UCEDD at Oregon Health & Science University. They work to bridge diversity efforts across OHSU centers and programs with the broader University and the AUCD network. Their roles include serving as co-leads of the IDD Diversity Committee. This work began during a yearlong experience as LEND trainees.



2020 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map Nomination Survey is Open!

Deadline: January 10, 2020

AUCD is excited to announce that recruitment is now open for the 2020 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map! This year's theme is "Enhancing Access: Opening Doors with and for People with Disabilities."



Boston LEND Fellow Receives CORE Trainee Research Award

Ariel Schwartz, a former LEND fellow from Boston LEND at the Massachusetts ICI/UCEDD received this year's CORE Trainee Research Award. The Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) recognizes outstanding research accomplished by a current or recent AUCD/LEND trainee.



New Leadership Opportunity: Council Trainee Representative

Deadline: December 20, 2019

The AUCD Emerging Leaders Community, in partnership with the AUCD Councils have launched a new leadership opportunity for IDDRC, LEND, and UCEDD trainees!



Minnesota LEND Fellows Partner with Community Organization to Promote Mindfulness

Families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often report chronic and high levels of stress. A group of MNLEND Fellows are partnering with a local nonprofit organization, Communities Engaging Autism (CEA), to support families as they face the challenges of raising children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD).



Welcome Newly Elected Board Members

On behalf of AUCD Nominating Committee Chair, Bruce Keisling, and Board President, Amy Hewitt, AUCD is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the AUCD Board. These new members will begin their three-year term at the AUCD 2019 Conference.

(L-R) Maura Rouse, PsyD, HSPP and Brett Enneking, PsyD, HSPP


Indiana LEND Faculty Receive Grant to Increase Access

Previous LEND trainees and current Indiana LEND faculty, Maura Rouse, PsyD, HSPP and Brett Enneking, PsyD, HSPP, were recently awarded grant funding for their project to bring the telehealth model of care into the Indiana University/Riley Hospital for Children LEND clinic. Their project builds on previous care coordination research demonstrating that families need continued education and support related to diagnosis (e.g. autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability) and treatment following their child's initial evaluation. As Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University is one of the premier care centers for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities in the state of Indiana, approximately 68% of the families travel more than an hour to receive this high quality care for their child.



Kicking off the 2019-2020 NH-ME LEND Year!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 cohort of 22 trainees, 16 from New Hampshire and 6 from Maine who began the LEND year on August 30. Consistent with the program's goal of recruiting trainees from diverse backgrounds, we welcome self-advocates, family members, graduate students, and professionals representing a wide variety of professional fields including early intervention, education, family medicine, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, occupational therapy, journalism, humanities, human services, mental health, social work, public policy, and political science.



LEND Trainee Receives Young Scientist Award

The professional advisory board of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) has selected Samuel J. Eckrich, MS for a 2019 Young Scientist Research Awards. Sam is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at University of Central Florida.



Iowa LEND Trainees Begin the Year with a Poverty Simulation

What is it like to live without enough money to buy groceries for your family? Or pay for bus fare to get to the market? How do you find a job that provides a living wage? Or get to a job interview if you can't afford child care for your toddler? The new class of trainees from Iowa's LEND program encountered these issues and others, while participating in a poverty simulation to launch their training year.



MNLEND Fellow Becomes a Special Education Director at Minneapolis Public Schools Organization: Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD/LEND)

The Minneapolis Public Schools have chosen Deeqaifrah ("Deeqa") Hussein (MNLEND Fellow, 2017-18) as a Special Education Director. She credits many people and organizations for helping her get the position, including her husband Abdi Hussein (MNLEND Fellow, 2016-17) and family (she has two children with autism); the University of St. Thomas where she is earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Learning; her internship at the Minneapolis Public Schools with Rochelle Cox, Executive Director of Special Education and Health (and Hussein's new supervisor); and the student/family advocacy skills she learned as a MNLEND Fellow. Hussein spent the past two years as an Autism Itinerant Teacher, and for two years before that she was a High School Special Education Resource Teacher

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