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AUCD Vaccine Outreach Messaging Toolkit

AUCD has created a vaccine outreach messaging toolkit. Users can find social media posts with easy-to-download graphics on AUCD's website. The toolkit contains caption copy, Instagram stories, and alt-text tips for each post. Check out the National Immunization Awareness Month posts to celebrate this August-contact Allison Haeger at [email protected] with any questions about accessing and using these resources.



54 Learn the Signs.Act Early. Ambassadors Complete Annual Training at NCBDDD/CDC

42 new Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors joined forces with a veteran cohort of 12 Ambassadors representing 48 states, 3 territories and the District of Columbia on the campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Annual Act Early Ambassador Training April 30-May 1, 2019 hosted by the Learn the Signs. Act Early.



Active Leadership in the Tucson Community (Arizona LEND)

What a bittersweet end to a fantastic traineeship for the University of Arizona LEND cohort! Over the past nine months, Arizona LEND has been involved in some great Leadership Projects designed to step outside of their comfort zones and serve people with disabilities and complex medical needs in Tucson. From neighborhood playgrounds to customized websites, the trainees in this cohort came together to make the most of their skill sets. Here are some of the highlights.



Meet Ellie Jarvie

Former Disability Advocacy LEND fellow in 2017-2018

While Tourette Syndrome was once classified as a rare disorder, studies now show that 1 in 160 school aged children will have Tourette Syndrome or a tic disorder. Six in seven youth with Tourette will have another mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.

An SC LEND trainee and practicing nurse presented on information related to providing specialized training for school nurses working with students with disabilities.


SC LEND Trainees Attend the Nurturing Developing Minds Conference

The members of the South Carolina LEND program recently attended a state conference in March 2019 focusing on research and initiatives that are driven to create supportive environments to help children and their families flourish. The Nurturing Developing Minds conference provided several opportunities to the LEND trainees, including attending reviews of recent research and policies on developmental surveillance and screening (with a particular emphasis on the Help Me Grow nationwide initiative) and on the long-term risks of spanking and promising interventions (i.e., the No Hit Zone)



From Research to Practice - Wisconsin LEND: Milwaukee Link trainees engage in data analysis to develop the Family-centered Autism Navigation (Family CAN) Interview

The Wisconsin LEND: Milwaukee Link program is a satellite program of the Madison-based LEND program that is offered at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As an extension of the Wisconsin LEND program, Milwaukee Link trainees have the opportunity to engage in leadership training focused on enhancement of service delivery for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities with ethnic and/or economic diversity. Research experiences are an integral part of a trainee's leadership development.



Virginia Collaborative Developmental Disabilities Trainee Exchange

In September 2018, Va-LEND at Virginia Commonwealth University was awarded a grant to collaborate with the University of Virginia in a trainee exchange program. As part of this project, Va-LEND Trainees have had the opportunity to visit an array of clinics at the University of Virginia as part of their LEND clinical hours . To date a total of eight Va-LEND Trainees have visited twelve different clinics and the Va-LEND Training Co-Directors also observed a clinic at UVA. Additional visits by LEND trainees are scheduled in the coming months. The clinics visited by Va-LEND Trainees were: Down Syndrome, DBP Diagnostic Clinic, Pediatric Neuromuscular, the Autism Clinic, and the Neonatal Clinic. The trainees had a positive experience and benefitted from the opportunity to observe other clinics at a different University.



APHA Disability Section Call for 2019 Awards Nominations

Deadline: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Do you have a colleague who has made an outstanding contribution to advance disability and health? Submit a nomination! Nominators do not need to be members of the APHA Disability Section. See the attached eligibility criteria for each award listed to determine the nominee's membership requirements associated with each particular award.

Boston Children's Fellows gather for a group picture in two rows. Fellows have worked together to build upon each other's knowledge throughout the 2018-2019 Fellowship.


Beyond the Walls: How Fellows at Boston Children's Go Beyond the Classroom (MA LEND)

By: Sean Fishkind, Boston Children's LEND Fellow and student at Boston College Law School

The interdisciplinary nature of the LEND program gives a unique flavor to each and every week, giving a variety of perspectives to each issue discussed. At Boston Children's LEND program, the interdisciplinary nature is extended beyond the the walls fellows meet in each week. Whether meeting with state leaders for Title V programs, working with Community Based Organizations ("CBOs"), or researching pressing issues in developmental disabilities, fellows are constantly pushing their boundaries. By putting an emphasis on work outside of the "classroom", fellows have expanded their knowledge in a truly interdisciplinary fashion.



Working to Improve the Patient Experience (AL LEND)

Each year, LEND Trainees at the Civitan-Sparks Clinics in Birmingham, Alabama develop a project that will aid in improving the experience of our patients. As an interdisciplinary clinic, families who come into the Civitan-Sparks Clinics see a wide variety of professionals, including Speech/Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Pediatrics, Audiology, Psychology, and Dental. As such, many parents are unsure of what to expect from a visit with each of these disciplines, particularly when they are new to our clinic. Additionally, while the range of areas of concerns that families come in with is broad, visits to each of our disciplines are largely the same clinic to clinic.

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