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TIPS 4 Kids (Missouri LEND) Hosts Successful Leadership Project Poster Session

TIPS 4 Kids, Missouri's LEND, hosted a poster session of trainee's yearlong leadership projects. Approximately 100 students, faculty, community stakeholders, and practitioners attended. Rep. Sara Walsh, of the Missouri House of Representatives, was also in attendance, and we look forward to future collaboration with her and other members of the Missouri House of Representatives.

Carol Britton Laws says she hopes her students


Dr. Carol Britton Laws (GA IHDD/UCEDD) Featured on UGA Today

Carol Britton Laws, an assistant clinical professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is the founding director of UGA's first inclusive postsecondary education program for youth with intellectual disabilities: Destination Dawgs.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Investigators Publish Book on Key Principles of Observational Measurement of Behavior

The systematic observation of behavior is one of the most basic methods of acquiring data and is especially valuable in early childhood assessment and research. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Investigators Paul Yoder and Blair Lloyd have co-authored, with University of Minnesota colleague Frank Symons, Observational Measurement of Behavior, Second Edition (Brookes Publishing, 2018).



Knowledge Translation in Action: Making Research More Accessible (MT UCEDD)

To translate: to take something written in one language and express it in another. Or, to change something into a new form. This is precisely what RTC:Rural's Knowledge Translation team does.

Quidditch is a combination of flag football, dodgeball, rugby, basketball, and a little bit of soccer.


USM Institute for Disability Studies Launches Inclusive Quidditch Game (MS UCEDD)

Readers who enjoy fantasy books or movies will be familiar with the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter fans are familiar with the sport of Quidditch. Yes, it's the sport played on brooms in which players throw the Quaffle and attempt to catch the tiny, golden Snitch to end the game.|



SPARK: A US Cohort of 50,000 Families to Accelerate Autism Research

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) has launched, a dynamic platform that is engaging thousands of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and connecting them to researchers. By making all data accessible, SPARK seeks to increase our understanding of ASD and accelerate new supports and treatments for ASD.



The Center for Leadership in Disability Co-Hosts 10th Annual Georgia Positive Behavior Support Conference (GA UCEDD/LEND)

The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University (GSU), co-hosted the 10th-annual Georgia Association of Positive Behavior Support (Georgia APBS) conference on November 28-29, 2017. The 2017 Georgia APBS Conference had over 100 presentations and 1,400 registrants. Georgia APBS is a network state under the national Association for Positive Behavior Support ( According to the Association for Positive Behavior Support, positive behavior support is defined as "a set of research-based strategies used to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior by teaching new skills and making changes in a person's environment.



South Dakota LEND Trainees Experience the State Legislative Process

Leadership is the first word in the full definition of LEND. Underlying leadership are a dozen MCH competencies. The South Dakota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND), housed at the Center for Disabilities in the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, takes one of those competencies-Policy and Advocacy-and engages its LEND trainees in an immersion experience with the policy makers and influencers in the state.



Easi-CRISPR Recipe Outlined in Nature Protocols (NE UCEDD/LEND)

By Elizabeth Kumru

Earlier this year, Dr. Gurumurthy, associate professor of developmental neuroscience at UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute, announced his breakthrough in genome engineering with his up to 100 percent accurate way to genetically alter a mouse. The method is called Easi (Efficient additions with ssDNA inserts)-CRISPR. The highly efficient knock-in and gene replacement method uses long single-stranded DNA donors in mice to genetically custom engineer animal models. Scientists can now create these much-needed animal models at previously unheard of rates rapidly and at significantly lower cost.



NH Occupational Health Surveillance Program Releases Report on Barriers to Breastfeeding (NH UCEDD/LEND)

In New Hampshire 8 out of every 10 mothers initiates breastfeeding after birth, however only 3 mothers continue breastfeeding the full 12 months as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This and other findings are highlighted in a new report from the New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Project (NH OHSP).



National Survey Provides New Directions for Expanding Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Workplace (NH UCEDD/LEND)

Kessler Foundation released the results of a new national survey that shows that employers are striving to recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities, and reveals areas of opportunity for even greater successes in the workplace. The 2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives is the first survey to look at the effectiveness of these practices from the perspective of supervisors of employees with and without disabilities. Results of the 2017 Survey, which was commissioned by Kessler Foundation and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), were presented by experts today on Capitol Hill.



Cripping Care: Care Pedagogies and Practices Special Forum (HI UCEDD)

From Canada to India, Guatemala to Germany, this special issue includes a research forum on �Cripping Care: Care Pedagogies and Practices,� as well as multimedia, creative works, and a selection of the latest in disability studies� dissertations & abstracts.



RI-UCEDD Staff Present on Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) Work

FEAT was created at the University of Kansas by Judith Gross and Grace Francis (now at the University of Indiana and George Mason University respectively) to address barriers to employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).�



American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities - A Resource You Should Know About!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD) is comprised of over 600 diverse physician members (eg, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, developmental and behavioral pediatricians, geneticists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physical medical and rehabilitation pediatricians, and general pediatricians) who care for or have an interest in children and youth with disabilities, including those with complex needs.



Research Connections in Japan (MT UCEDD)

Dr. Sumi Kato, a Professor from Aomori Chuo Gakuin University and the Research Center for Child Mental Development at the Hirosaki University School of Medicine, visited the Montana and Idaho UCEDDs in September. She is seeking U.S. research partnerships to investigate the similarities and differences of linguistic behavior in autistic children and adults.

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