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All in the Family: Salma Hussein (MN LEND, 2012-13)

Salma Hussein (MN LEND, 2012-13), recently selected as a 2021 Bush Fellow, will use the $100,000 fellowship to complete her doctorate degree in educational leadership and continue the non-profit organization she runs with her sister, Fatimah, the Girls Initiative in Recreation and Leisurely Sport (GIRLS). Trained as a social worker while attending MN LEND, she is now an assistant principal at a Saint Paul, Minnesota high school.



LEND an Ear: On-Demand Disability Training

Fellows from the Institute on Community Integration are contributing to a podcast series that delivers on-the-go training and insight to child welfare workers. The current and former fellows are from ICI's Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) program, an interdisciplinary leadership training program that brings together more than 16 disciplines across the University of Minnesota.



2021 Autism Acceptance Month Webinar Series

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a series of three webinars for Autism Acceptance Month. Topics will range from telehealth to cognitive behavioral therapy to caregiver coaching strategies. We will also host an open house for AUCD network members to learn more about activities of the Autism SIG.



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).



2019 EHDI Meeting Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees

Application deadline: January 22, 2019.

AUCD has made available seven (7) scholarships of up to $500 each to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting on March 3-5, 2019 in Chicago, IL. All current LEND audiology trainees, including those in their externship year, are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to trainees from programs that do not currently receive supplemental funding and trainees that have not attended the EHDI Meeting in previous years. Application deadline: January 20, 2019.



Iowa LEND Educates Legislators on the Hill

The Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) trainees traveled from Iowa City, Iowa to attended the 2018 Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) in Washington, D.C from April 23rd-25th, 2018. Earlier in the year, the trainees spoke with Iowa's State legislators (Representative Ashley Hinson, Representative Bobby Kaufmann, Senator Liz Mathis, and Senator Joe Bolkcom) in Des Moines, Iowa to discuss the importance of LEND and state-level disability issues. The trip to the U.S. Capitol served as the culmination of the Iowa LEND experience, allowing trainees to use the tools they had learned in the past year to advocate and educate on disability rights at the federal level.

During the LEND workshop, trainees and faculty reflect on their professional experiences of an interaction that they had with a family in which cultural differences might have been a factor.


LEND Audiology Trainees at EHDI 2018

The 17th annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting took place in Denver, CO. The Meeting welcomed around 1,000 diverse stakeholders nationwide to enhance the implementation of comprehensive state-based EHDI programs and expand opportunities for young children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The EHDI Meeting was organized by American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: HRSA, Hands and Voices, and National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University.



AUCD 2017 Registration is Open!

Deadline: October 20

The power of our collective voices working together to sustain vital supports and services for people with disabilities and their families cannot be denied. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.



AUCD 2017: Lift Your Voice

You're Invited!

The power of our collective voices working together to sustain vital supports and services for people with disabilities and their families cannot be denied. The AUCD Conference brings us together to discuss the strategies, innovations, and systems that will allow us to continue to move the needle forward. Join us at the 2017 AUCD Conference as we celebrate successes, learn from past efforts, seek opportunities in the present, and innovate for the future.



MCHB Expands National Footprint of LEND Training Programs

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced funding awards for a record 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs. These programs, which are located at universities and hospitals across the country, prepare trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in the delivery of services to children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities in clinical practice, research, and public policy.



Empowering Latina Mothers of Children with ASD: Webinar Archive Available

In concert with April as Autism Awareness and Acceptance month, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) hosted a webinar entitled "Parents Taking Action: Empowering Latina Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)." Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the US, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing ASD populations. Despite this growth, they are one of the most underserved groups with respect to diagnostic services, health care, and specialty autism services. "There are huge gaps in identifying and supporting Latino children with ASD leading to serious and significant long-term health disparities. I'm thrilled that we were able to share with the network one promising community-based model for addressing those gaps by empowering their family members," said Cathy Pratt, chair of AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group.



Mark Your Calendars for AUCD 2016!

December 4-7 in Washington, DC

The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.



AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement

The 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Ink your calendars, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.



AUCD2013 Registration

Early Bird: by Oct 18; Final Deadline: Nov 1

Reserve your space today for the highly anticipated AUCD Conference. This year's AUCD Conference theme promotes our network values of inclusion of all persons with developmental and other disabilities in community life and engages the network in conversation and practices to ensure our work reflects the changing cultural and linguistic landscape in our Centers and States. Sessions, posters, workshops, symposia, and plenaries will focus on promoting inclusion and increasing diversity. We hope to see you and your colleagues in November!

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