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April 2022: Autism Acceptance Month

During Autism Acceptance Month we will focus on the importance of mental health parity laws, suicide prevention, support, and social skills development of autistic people. Sponsored by AUCD's Autism SIG and ITAC, AUCD is hosting a series of webinars focused on mental health and ASD.



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.



2021 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map Nomination Survey is Open!

Deadline: April 12, 2021

AUCD is excited to announce that recruitment is now open for the 2021 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map! This year's theme is "Promoting Health Equity: Identifying Access Barriers and Protecting Rights to Services for People with Disabilities."



Advances in Autism Research and Care Webinar Series: 2020 Schedule

Please join the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network/Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health for our upcoming Advances in Autism Research and Care (AARC) webinar series scheduled for 2020!



AUCD Announced as Partner in AIR-P Network

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects 1 in 54 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As autistic children age into adulthood, health-related behaviors that may develop in childhood can have long-term consequences. Diet and exercise can impact cardiovascular risk, particularly in families with a history of hypertension, diabetes or cardiac complications. Autistic children and adults often do not get the recommended preventive services, such as immunizations or lab tests for cholesterol and diabetes. Autistic adults often do not get screened appropriately for cancer.



Save-the-Date Virtual Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference

Save-the-Date September 22, 2020 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Virtual Room to Grow: 10th Year Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference "Understanding and Using Equity Approaches to Promote Health, Leadership, and Well-Being" Registration will be available at by July 27,2020 For more information, please email [email protected]



Seeking Volunteers / Nominations for a New Autism CARES Planning Committee

To follow up on the successful 2019 in-person Autism CARES grantee meeting, AUCD (in partnership with HRSA-MCHB and AMCHP) will be establishing a planning committee for one or more virtual activities to take place in 2020.



Seeking Volunteers / Nominations for a New Autism CARES Planning Committee

To follow up on the successful 2019 in-person Autism CARES grantee meeting, AUCD (in partnership with HRSA-MCHB and AMCHP) will be establishing a planning committee for one or more virtual activities to take place in 2020.



Reflection of My Visit to a New LEND Program (WA LEND)

By Courtney Davis, MS RD CD LEND Nutrition Fellow University of Washington

My visit to JFK Partner's LEND program at the University of Colorado began 3 months prior with a simple question, "what do other LEND programs look like?" I was cognizant of the 51 other programs operating around the country, but had little knowledge of their clinical focuses and expertise. I had lived in Colorado while attending college and was curious how their state's program compared to my own. I approached my nutrition faculty member about a potential visit who thought it was be a positive way to immerse myself further into the LEND program.



Partnership Spotlight: Iowa's UCEDD and Title V CYSHCN Program

The Iowa UCEDD has a long history of collaboration with the Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC), which administers Iowa's Title V Maternal and Child Health Program for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Being co-located for many years has enabled the UCEDD and CHSC to forge formal and informal partnerships from collaborating on grants to convening informal brown bag lunches to discuss emerging state and federal policy issues.



EHDI 2017

The 16th annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting brought together over 1,000 diverse stakeholders on February 26-28 in Atlanta, GA. The EHDI Meeting was organized by American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: HRSA, and National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University. The purpose of this national meeting was to help attendees expand opportunities for young children who are deaf and hard of hearing by enhancing implementation of comprehensive state-based EHDI programs.



Save the Dates: Fall 2016 AARC Webinars

Our monthly webinar series alternates autism research and care themes, and are available to all AS ATN/AIR-P network members, CAAI-sponsored programs, the entire LEND and DBP Fellowship networks, various other autism and pediatric organizations, collaborators, primary care providers as well as autism advocates. Research webinars feature current AIR-P research study principal investigators, while care focused themes cover hot topics in the field of autism, and promote idea generation for future research. We offer one continuing medical education credit for each eligible webinar attendee. Webinars are also recorded and available for viewing after the event. Please join us!



APHA Disability Section Call for 2014 Awards Nominations - Deadline Extended

The deadline for APHA Disability Section Awards nominations have been extended to 12pm ET Monday, April 7. There is still time to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution through scholarship, teaching, practice and/or advocacy to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities or an especially dedicated student. Now is the time to nominate a colleague for one of the 2014 APHA Disability Section Awards!



Improving Maternal and Child Health Across the Life Course: Where Do We Go from Here?

Michael C. Lu, MCH Journal, February 2014

In this editorial for the MCH Journal, Dr. Lu offers three further suggestions for how to advance life course research, practice, and policy in MCH. In research, we need to move beyond discovery to intervention research. In practice, we need to move from isolated to collective impact. In policy, we need to move beyond paying for remediation to investing in capacity formation.



Recording Now Available: Leadership & Interdisciplinary Collaboration; a Webinar from the MCHB/AUCD LEND Pediatric Audiology Training Program (Part 1 of 3)

This webinar series has been designed to highlight LEND activities designed to promote leadership, cultural diversity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and family centered services among pediatric audiology trainees. Speakers for this first webinar included: Jackson Roush, Ph.D., Center for Development and Learning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Sandra Gabbard Ph.D., JFK Partners, University of Colorado, Aurora, Denver; and Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D. Vanderbilt LEND, Nashville, Tennessee.

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