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2022 EHDI Conference Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees

Deadline to apply: January 24

AUCD is offering scholarships to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Annual Conference on March 13-15, 2022. All current LEND audiology trainees, including those in their externship year, are eligible to apply.



LEND Representation in the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Elizabeth Cleveland, PhD, CCC-SLP, Director of Training for the AR LEND, has been elected as the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association President-Elect for the 2022 calendar year. Dr. Cleveland was also recognized earlier this year as a Distinguished Early Career Professional through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Center.



Louisiana LEND Scholar Receives Fellowship Position at RWJF

2020-21 Louisiana LEND scholar Natasha M. Lee-Johnson, MSW, MED has been selected for a competitive fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as a Health Policy Research Scholar.

Indoor photo of team-building


NH-ME LEND Program Launches 30th Year With Fall 2021 Kickoff Event

In early September, a new cohort of trainees from New Hampshire and Maine traveled to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for the Fall 2021 Kickoff. Faculty and trainees had the opportunity to meet in person, participate in team-building activities at The Browne Center for Innovative Learning (UNH's outdoor educational center), and gather the following day for the Leadership Boost, a core LEND activity



University of Miami Audiology Professionals Recognized by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Daniela Berrios and Molly Smeal, two audiology professionals from the University of Miami Health System, received the Distinguished Early Career Professional (ECP) certificate from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The award was created by ASHA to recognize and identify ECPs in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology who are making an impact in the areas of leadership, volunteering, or advocacy at the local, state, and/or national level.



Equality vs. Equity in the Olympic Games

By Culla Galaher, OHSU UCEDD Intern

I haven't been watching the Olympics. The more I think about it, the more unfair the Olympics become. The Olympics are based on the idea of "equality." Equality means everyone gets the same thing and performs under the same conditions. The Olympics strives to create a controlled environment where the only variable is the athletic talent of the Olympians. But this concept is inherently flawed in that not all athletes are the same. In fact, all athletes,like all people, are a little different. And the challenge with equality is that when everyone is submitted to the same conditions it will inherently advantage some and discriminate against others.



Zephyr James (MN LEND, 2018-19) Returns to LEND a Perspective

Zephyr James (MN LEND, 2018-19), who has autism, will address the current class of MN LEND fellows in October about deficits/traits. "Any trait can be seen as a deficit if you frame it a certain way," she said. ALT text for photo: Zephyr James (MN LEND, 2018-19).



Meet the 2021-2022 Autism SIG Vice Chairs!

The Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to announce the new vice chairs for the 2021-2022 year. The vice chairs of the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) will work closely with the co-chairs Brian Be and Dr. Laura Carpenter on SIG activities and events throughout the year.



Skills and Strategies for Health Care Decision-Making with Children Guide

The Skills and Strategies for Health Care Decision-Making guide was developed by URLEND trainees supported by the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. The free guide may be printed or downloaded as a fillable PDF.



Trainee Voice: What I Learned in LEND by Victoria Murray

In May 2021, the Hawaii MCH LEND Program congratulated 22 long term trainees on their successful completion of the Program. At the final training session, trainee Victoria Murray (Discipline: Self-Advocacy) shared a beautiful poem with the cohort that captured what she learned in the Program. We wanted to share that poem with all of you.



University of Miami Mailman Center NextGen Students Join the Vaccine Confidence Grant Project

This past April, the Mailman Center for Child Development was awarded an AUCD grant to encourage responsiveness to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities to increase vaccine confidence. Collaboration amongst network partners to engage in continued conversation around issues is the primary goal, as well the creation of materials and resources to disseminate information about vaccines and the vaccination process.

Emerging Leaders Interns Sheida Raley (left) and Elizabeth Schmidt (right)


Upcoming Leadership Opportunity for Trainees: 2021-2022 AUCD Emerging Leaders Internship

AUCD is excited to announce (3) openings for the AUCD Emerging Leaders Internship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Ideal candidates are interested in learning more about information sharing, resource development, and stakeholder engagement in a national non-profit organization setting. Interns will represent the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community a network of current and former trainees, including early career professionals, and act as connection points between their respective centers/programs and the broader AUCD network.



Second Annual Iowa LEND Virtual Research Poster Symposium

Iowa's LEND trainees participated in the second annual virtual research poster symposium in May. Twenty-eight trainees from a variety of disciplines presented. Though the poster session went virtual last year due to the pandemic, and was held virtually again this year, the format has proven to be a very successful platform for the event.



Va-LEND Cohorts Complete New Pediatric PT Residency

May 2021 marks the first-year anniversary of the accreditation of the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The program officially started in July of 2019 with its Director Terry Solano, PT, DPT. Solano is also a Va-LEND Faculty member and former Va-LEND Trainee. Jennifer Brashears, PT, DPT was one of two Va-LEND Trainees who were accepted into the program for the 2020-2021 academic year. "Residency programs are a relatively new idea in physical therapy, and even more so in pediatrics, so the process is competitive. Not all programs allow two residents, so this was unique and quite beneficial," said Brashears.



The Experts in the Room: Sonoran UCEDD students train Reid Park Zoo staff on accessibility, inclusion

Kayla was one of three other students who helped create and deliver a training focused on accessibility and inclusion at a local Tucson zoo. Kayla and her colleagues agree that the experience to apply what they learned and help make a difference in the community was a fulfilling experience.

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