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Columbia University Seeks Participants for Focus Group

Columbia University is seeking participants for a study that explores issues of trust in a type of medical research called "precision medicine research." The study looks at a person's genetics, environment, and lifestyle. It can help physicians improve prevention and diagnosis of diseases and develop new treatments.



Call for Participation: Understanding Parent or Guardian Perspectives on COVID-19 Testing in Schools

We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from Washington University in St. Louis and Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.

The purpose of this study is to identify the issues most critical to student COVID-19 testing in schools. Questions are asked about family's well-being and child's school experience during the era of COVID-19.



Get featured on the 2022 Emerging Leaders Map. Nominate Yourself Today!

AUCD is excited to announce that recruitment is now open for the 2022 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map! This year's theme is "Supporting Resiliency and Self-Determination for All."



When it comes to the rarest of diseases, the diagnosis isn't the answer - it's just the starting point

Medical geneticist Melissa Wasserstein, MD, and neuroscientist Steven Walkley, DVM, PhD, explain how they established Gene Teams, in which parents, physicians, and interested scientists gather to share knowledge and experiences of Rare Disease.



May 2022: Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Follow AUCD and search #ChildrensMentalHealthAwareness and #PHis4Everyone to follow the conversation on social media. See the full list of projects from AUCD/CDC's Children's Mental Health Champions in observance of May 2022 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.



Understanding Social Behavior in Autism: A Diverse World of Unique People

Julia Parish-Morris, PhD

People use language to tell others what they want and need. In autism, some kinds of social communication (like language, eye contact, and hand movements) can be challenging. The goal of my lab at the Center for Autism Research is to understand and support social success for autistic people, especially in the areas of speech and language.



Request for Proposals: NIRS Technical Assistance

Deadline to submit a proposal: May 27, 2022

The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) is seeking a consultant to support improvements to our technical assistance (TA) related to NIRS. The consultation will contribute to improving the quality of NIRS TA through developing recommendations for the type and delivery of TA resources and developing consistency in branding and formatting for NIRS TA Resources.



AIR-P Pediatrics Supplement Now Published

AIR-P has been developing a supplement issue to be included in the Pediatrics Journal. The first supplement of articles has been published on April 1, 2022. Check out articles written by AUCD Network centers and members in this issue.



Missouri's Month-Long Effort to Increase Awareness Around Sexuality and Sexual Assault

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the UMKC Institute for Human Development and the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council are partnering on a month-long campaign to promote self-advocacy among individuals with I/DD.



April 2022: Autism Acceptance Month

During Autism Acceptance Month we will focus on the importance of mental health parity laws, suicide prevention, support, and social skills development of autistic people. Sponsored by AUCD's Autism SIG and ITAC, AUCD is hosting a series of webinars focused on mental health and ASD.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Introduces Two New Toolkits to Ease Stress Caused by Needlesticks in Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has introduced two brand-new toolkits created to alleviate fear and stress in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) when needlesticks are part of a medical appointment. One toolkit is designed for parents as they prepare their child for a shot during a visit to the doctor, and the other toolkit is for health care providers and clinical researchers who may give vaccines or perform blood draws on patients with IDD as part of their work.



Call for Host Applications - The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement

Calling all UCEDDs and LENDs interested in internationalizing their disability work, research, and practice! Apply to the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement to host a Fellow from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, or Ethiopia. Institute for Community Inclusion is currently accepting Host applications for the Fall 2022 Fellowship Exchange. Learn about the benefits of hosting a Fellow, how to apply, how we match Fellows with Hosts, and more details.



DDNJ Call for Reviewers

The deadline for signing up as a reviewer for this special issue is July 15, 2022.

Reviewers are currently be recruited for an upcoming special edition of the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal (DDNJ) focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in disability services. This special issue is a collaboration between DDNJ and the AUCD Multicultural Council (MCC). Individuals with broad expertise are being saught in disability research, policy analysis, participatory action research, diversity, equity, and inclusion.



The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Calls for the Support, Protection and Safety of Ukrainians with Disabilities

The needs of Ukrainians with disabilities must not be ignored. Ukraine ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2010. CRPD Article 11 specifically addresses situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies and the protection obligations that exist in the context of armed conflict. UN Security Council Resolution 2475, unanimously adopted in 2019, also calls upon member states to "protect persons with disabilities in conflict situations and to ensure they have access to justice, basic services and unimpeded humanitarian assistance." These international humanitarian and human rights laws must be respected. AUCD strongly supports humanitarian efforts focused on the needs of people with disabilities and their families in Ukraine.



The UIC IDHD 2021 Summary of COVID-19 Awareness Projects

By: Jae Jin Pak & Timotheus "T.J." Gordon, Jr.

In the Spring of 2021, the Chicagoland Disabled People of Color with the support of the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD), partnered with the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) through a mini-grant, where Jae Jin Pak and Timotheus Garden created events and information on COVID-19 Vaccines, resources, and updates to the disability community in the Chicagoland area.

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