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AUCD and ecoAmerica Partner to Bring Disability Perspective to Climate Justice

By Adriane Griffen, DrPH, MPH, MCHES and Rebecca Rehr, MPH

"We look forward to partnering to proactively work on these issues. People with disabilities need to be engaged at every level of climate justice. We must work with climate and health partners to foster connections, build trust, create sustainable relationships," says John Tschida, AUCD's Executive Director. "Our work is to help partners identify opportunities for disability inclusion in local planning and show how to take action."



MI-DDI Manuscript Accepted for Publication to Developmental Disabilities Network Journal

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) is excited to announce that the manuscript, Assessing and Mitigating Risk for Applied Behavior Analysis Providers During a Pandemic, has been accepted for publication to the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal! The manuscript was written by Krista Clancy, Ph.D., LBA, Josh Plavnick, Ph.D., LBA, and Sharon Milberger, Sc.D. in response to the report, Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Applied Behavior Analysis: Treatment of Children with Autism During a Pandemic, published in July 2020.



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.



AUCD'S UCEDD Resource Center Request for Proposals: Training Initiative Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the National Network of UCEDDs

Deadline: October 26, 2018

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) is seeking a lead UCEDD to build the capacity of the National Network of UCEDDs to address the impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) through collaborative implementation of best and promising practices across federally-funded networks to support child, caregiver, and family outcomes in the local communities.



2017 Coleman Conference Call for Proposals

Deadline: June 1, 2017

The 17th Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disabilities & Technology, will be held on November 2, 2017 in Broomfield, CO. The call for proposals is now open. This call for proposals includes submissions for breakout sessions and poster presentations. We are seeking proposals that reflect areas pertinent to Applied Cognitive Technologies, including; research, development, and practice.



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.



New Webinar Series Launched to Explore Disability & Employment (NH UCEDD)

The Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (EPM-RRTC) would like to announce the launch of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series. Taking place the first Friday of every month, these webinars come on the same day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly Jobs Report. The National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report looks into the numbers as they relate to people with disabilities.



In Memoriam: Priscilla Carlson (CO UCEDD/LEND)

Priscilla Carlson (Feb. 20 1978-May 25 2017), 39 of Louisville Colorado, formerly of Park River, ND, passed away of a brain aneurism, peacefully on Thursday May 25 surrounded by family. Born with a brittle bone disorder known as Ostiogenisis Imperfecta (OI), Priscilla was home schooled until age 12 when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. She graduated from Park River High School in 1995. After graduation, she worked at telemarketing and customer service, eventually becoming assistant sight supervisor and lead trainer. After meeting another individual with OI from Colorado, Priscilla moved out there to take advantage of the accessibility of the Denver Metro area. She attended college at Front Range Community College and the University of Colorado Boulder where she graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast News Journalism and a B.S. in political science. She met her husband in 2011, a year in which she suffered a serious fall from her power wheelchair, breaking 7 bones in her legs and then suffering a massive stroke on her left side. After re-learning how to speak, read, and write, she finished the two bachelor�s degrees in December 2012. She and David were married on June 27, 2014. Prior to her passing, she held a job at the JFK Partners Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder Anschutz Medical campus and as an associate at Walgreens.



Elaine Eisenbaum Selected Associate Director at Texas Center for Disability Studies (TX UCEDD)

Elaine Eisenbaum, PhD, has been selected as the Assistant Director for the Texas Center for Disability Studies in Austin, TX. Dr. Eisenbaum brings with her experience in teaching, research, and evaluation in the area of disability and inclusion in many forms.



Think College Documentary Gets First TV Broadcast (UCEDD/LEND MA)

Rethinking College, a documentary about college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, had a screening on WXXI-TV Thursday July 23 at 8:30 PM Eastern. WXXI is the Rochester, NY PBS station, and the screening is a partnership of the station and the Golisano Foundation. This was the first television broadcast of Rethinking College.



Kaiser Health News Highlights Habilitation Benefits in ACA

Article includes input from AUCD network members and staff

In their "Insuring Your Health" series, Kaiser Health News discusses the importance habilitative benefits - now available because of the Affordable Care Act - with input from AUCD network members and staff.



National Disability Navigator Resource Center Releases Guide

The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative has released their Guide to Disability for Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators. The guide expands upon existing navigator training and aims to strengthen navigators' capacity to assist people with disabilities to make informed health insurance choices.



White House Releases New National and State Reports Showing the Costs of Repealing the Health Care Law

'This is the Affordable Care Act;' Repeal Would Raise Costs, Strip Protections from Families Across America

The White House released a report today underscoring the costs of repealing the Affordable Care Act for millions of Americans. The benefits of the health care law - lower costs, new protections, and expanded access to quality, affordable care - are real, and the repeal plan pushed by some in Congress would undermine or eliminate the benefits that millions of middle-class Americans now rely on. The President and supporters of reform are committed to helping ordinary Americans and businesses take advantage of the benefits of the health care law.



The Affordable Care Act: How Will it Work and How Will it Affect MCH Populations?

The Affordable Care Act: How Will it Work and How Will it Affect MCH Populations? What are the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? What are the primary mechanisms through which the ACA will meet its goals? What is the potential impact of the ACA on women, children, adolescents, and immigrant families? The HRSA-funded Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota just released a 36-page publication that addresses these questions.



Open Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces Begins Today

Open Enrollment begins today in the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Marketplaces are an Affordable Care Act program that allows individuals and families to shop for and compare affordable, understandable, and comprehensive private health insurance plans. Read more to celebrate this milestone with AUCD and find resources for what you need to know.

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