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5/5/2022

WI LEND Adds Family and Disability Advocacy Peer Mentors to Training Team

WI LEND, located at the Waisman Center UCEDD, introduced a new staff role of Peer Mentor at the beginning of the new grant funding cycle. Ida Winters and Stasia Wilson, both recent graduates of the WI LEND program, were hired to fill the roles of Family Peer Mentor and Disability Advocacy Peer Mentor, respectively. �Ida and Stasia were both standout trainees, and we are so excited to add them both to our staff, said the Training Director, Gail Chodron. WI LEND has had trainees and staff in the family discipline for over 15 years, and added self-advocacy trainees 10 years ago.

 
 

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

 
 

4/1/2021

April 2021: Autism Acceptance Month

April is widely recognized as Autism Acceptance Month. AUCD, our members, and partners have used this as an opportunity to share information relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

 
 

1/11/2021

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Researcher Documents How COVID-19 Multiplies Stress and Trauma for People with a Disabilities

In a article published in Rehabilitation Psychology, Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D., assistant professor of Human and Organizational Development and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) member, reviews research on disabilities and COVID-19 to help rehabilitation psychologists mitigate the effects of the added stress of the pandemic. In addition, the work addressed how systemic discrimination against people with disabilities intersects with other forms of inequity.

 
 

7/7/2020

MN LEND's 12th Cohort Graduates Virtually

The 12th cohort of ICI's Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MNLEND) program graduated May 14 in an online ceremony that featured a congratulatory message from U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, among others, and video testimonials from graduates themselves about what the interdisciplinary fellowship program has meant for them.

 
 

4/21/2020

Evaluating the Role of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule in ASD Diagnoses by Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians

The Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is conducting an MCHB-funded, multicenter study to evaluate the role of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among children ages 18 months to 6 years. The ADOS-2 is widely viewed as essential to the diagnosis of ASD in children, despite the fact that the ADOS-2 was developed to be used as one component of a diagnostic assessment for ASD

 
 

4/21/2020

Updates from the State Public Health Autism Resource Center

Grant activities for the project period will focus on implementation three key evidence-based/informed strategies: Shared Resource, Family Navigation and Provider Integration and Education. The community currently has access to their new team SharePoint site to facilitate resource sharing and peer learning. They are also participating in frequent Affinity Group meetings focused on three key needs of the community: Family Navigation; Setting up a Learning Community; and Evaluation/Outcome Assessment. These needs were identified by the grantees at the October kick-off meeting and focus on peer-to-peer discussion and troubleshooting and occasional subject matter experts.

 
 

4/1/2020

2020 Autism Acceptance Month Webinar Series

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a series of four webinars for Autism Acceptance Month. Topics will range from parent training to reducing disparities to treating mental health issues in people with ASD. We will also sponsor a special webinar aimed at the engagement of autism stakeholders in research and service initiatives.

 
 

12/30/2019

Dr. Jeff Brosco Receives 2019 MCHB's Directors Award

Jeffrey Brosco, MD, PhD, Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development, was the recipient of the 2019 MCHB prestigious Director's Award from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

 
 

12/26/2019

Now Archived! 2019 MCH Workforce Development Virtual Grantee Meeting

The meeting reviewed the MCH Leadership Competency 11: "Working with Communities and Systems." This included providing relevant definitions, knowledge areas, and presentations with examples of how programs are applying foundational/advanced skills to make an impact.

 
 

12/24/2019

Clinical Report: Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Representing the first update in 12 years, an AAP clinical report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), from the Council on Children with Disabilities and Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, will be published in the January issue of Pediatrics.

 
 

12/24/2019

Clinical Report: Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Representing the first update in 12 years, an AAP clinical report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), from the Council on Children with Disabilities and Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, will be published in the January issue of Pediatrics.

 
 

12/18/2019

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.

 
 

11/26/2019

HHS Seeks Nominations for IACC Public Membership

The Office of the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nominations of individuals to serve as public members on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). Nominations will be accepted between Tuesday, November 19, 2019 and Friday, January 24, 2020

 
 

10/21/2019

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.

 
 
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