HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH DISPARITIES

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11/30/2022

MN LEND Fellow is Removing Barriers for Massachusetts Families

Summary: After completing a master's degree at Harvard University, Julia Anderson (MNLEND 2016-17) is turning her experience in disability policy to a new task: innovating state programs for Massachusetts.

 
 

11/22/2022

2022-2023 AUCD Children's Mental Health Champions

AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health continues its work with the Children's Mental Health Champions project for a third year. This project is made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Building on the efforts of Champions from 2021-2022, twelve Champions were selected for 2022-2023 to continue to provide timely support for children and their families.

 
 

10/5/2022

Visual Illusions help us understand visual processing in autism

Emily Knight, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and Neuroscience Jiashu Wang, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Neuroscience

Researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, one of AUCD's Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Centers, have found that children on the autism spectrum may not fill in missing information to see shapes in the same way as neurotypical children. This may mean that children on the autism spectrum are more likely to see the details of an object rather than putting those details together to see the big picture.

 
 

9/19/2022

Celebrating 25 Years of Va-LEND and Beyond

By Jennifer Drummond

A Chinese proverb states that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the second best time is now. The Va-LEND (Virginia Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program was established over 25 years ago and is planting new seeds for the next generation of maternal and child health leaders. It all began with recognizing an opportunity.

 
 
Team photo of the Mississippi Deep South Hurricanes Softball Team

9/19/2022

IDS Staff Members Participate in World Series of Wheelchair Softball

The Institute for Disability Studies offers a variety of year-round adaptive recreation and sports programming, including Quidditch, wheelchair basketball and tennis. Recently, two staff members, Sylvester Crosby and Robbie Sullivan, joined their Deep South Hurricanes teammates to represent Mississippi in the 2022 Wheelchair Softball World Series (WSWS) August 4-6 in Crestwood, Illinois.

 
 
Linda Labas, ME UCEDD Early Childhood Coordinator

9/19/2022

Labas Reflects on Maine Partners' Collaboration to Create a Professional Pathway for TA Professionals Supporting ME's Early Childhood Workforce

Linda Labas, who recently retired as early childhood coordinator for the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS), Maine's UCEDD, wrote a reflection on a multi-year collaboration with three state partners that created a set of competencies and a credential for technical assistance (TA) professionals who support Maine's early childhood workforce.

 
 
 Cover of Frontline Initiative, 18(1), showing an employee with disabilities in front of the store where he works. He is standing with his DSP. Both people are Black.

9/19/2022

New Frontline Initiative: Diverse Voices

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and the MN UCEDD have released the latest issue of their joint publication, Frontline Initiative. This issue, available in English and Spanish, is about the diverse voices of direct support professionals.

 
 
Cover of Impact, 35(2), showing a young employee with a disability in a workshop. He is operating industrial equipment and wearing a work apron.

9/19/2022

Transition Through a Global Lens

The new issue of Impact, which is the flagship publication of the MN UCEDD, is about transition in a global context for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities.

 
 

9/16/2022

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Launches Community Life Video Series

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (NJ UCEDD/LEND) launched a new Community Life Video Series created through funding from New Jersey's Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities and in partnership with people with developmental disabilities. The Community Life Video Series is meant to illustrate key concepts of the federal Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule which requires that people with developmental disabilities have full access to community life and receive services in the most integrated setting possible. In each video, people with developmental disabilities share why community life and aspects of the Rule that support it are important to them.

 
 

9/15/2022

The 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award Staff Winner

Ashley Salmon, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Associate at the Center for Leadership in Disability at the School of Public Health has been awarded the 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Award.

 
 

9/14/2022

Frontline Initiative: The Diverse Voices of Direct Support Professionals

he new issue of Frontline Initiative features diverse voices of 18 direct support professionals from underrepresented communities, broadening our understanding of lesser-heard voices. Funded in part by AUCD, this free newsletter, published bi-annually by the Institute on Community Integration and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, is for DSPs and frontline supervisors who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in living the lives they want in their communities of choice. Alt text for photo: A store employee with his direct support professional. Both people are Black.

 
 

8/12/2022

Inclusive, Accessible Health Care the Focus of Free Continuing Medical Education Course

Primary care providers can receive three CME credit hours while learning how to provide better care to their patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A new Continuing Medical Education (CME) course aimed at facilitating more equitable and accessible health care for patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) is available through the University of Arizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities. The CME is a free and self-directed online course for physicians, nurse practitioners, and other licensed health care providers who require continuing education. Course completion grants three CME credit hours toward license renewal.

 
 

8/9/2022

ANCOR's COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

As a DSP, It's Up to Me! Protect yourself and the people you support

Developed by ANCOR with funding from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), "As a DSP It's Up to Me" recognizes that people with I/DD should be able to live and thrive in their communities. We want them to live where they want to live, with whom they want to live. We want them to have jobs that are fulfilling to them. And we recognize achieving these goals requires isolating people with I/DD from the dangers of COVID-19. With a goal of keeping people with I/DD and the people around them safe and healthy, The COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit was designed with ANCOR members and other community providers in mind. You are an essential partner for this initiative, and these tools were designed for you-to make it as easy as possible for you to engage with your colleagues on the frontlines to get vaccinated.

 
 

8/1/2022

Engineering non-hallucinogenic versions of psychedelics to treat psychiatric conditions

By David E. Olson, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine

Psychedlic drugs like MDMA and LSD can promote neuroplasticity and help treat some mental illnesses in autistic adults. To lessen the risk of dangerous side effects, the Olson Lab created safer, non-hallucinogenic psychedelics that show promise in models.

 
 

7/25/2022

Community Supports in Crisis: No Staff, No Services

All the progress toward community living that has been made in services for people with IDD over decades is now in jeopardy because of catastrophic labor shortages and pervasive high turnover rates in the direct support workforce. This white paper from ICI and its partners at HSRI and NASDDDS explores the depth of the crisis in the workforce and the impact on people with IDD and sounds the alarm about the nature and scope of the workforce crisis in the IDD service system.

 
 
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