PREVENTION & WELLNESS

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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.

 
 
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6/21/2022

Finding Our Place in the World

Even though Tribal Nations are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), some tribes have adopted ordinances that protect members with disabilities.

 
 
Pictured left to right: Michael Bittar, Susan Stotzer, Laura Avery, Jeffrey Strange, Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard. Not pictured: Kimberly Jones, Rusty Tolliver

6/21/2022

PATHS Graduate, Michael Bittar, receives EANSPIRATION Award Educational Impact

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Board on Children, Youth and Families will host a 3-day virtual workshop focused on Supporting Children with Disabilities, Lessons from the Pandemic. The event is designed to explore promising approaches and innovative strategies employed during the pandemic to address challenges faced by children with disabilities and their families, including access to clinical service and treatment needs, home caregiving, and mental health treatment with an emphasis on underserved/under resourced children and families. In addition, the workshop will consider policies and/or practices that might be sustained or implemented beyond the pandemic to support children with disabilities and their families.

 
 

5/1/2022

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.

 
 

4/5/2022

Mailman Center Hosts Successful Conference on Early Childhood Development in a Pandemic

Over 250 childhood personnel and allied health professionals including speech language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, and physicians participated in the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development Innovation and Connection Conference on February 8th, 2022. The conference, "Promoting Early Childhood Development in the Era of COVID: Practice, Policy, and Future Opportunities," brought together experts in early childhood development to discuss challenges and opportunities for the care and wellness of young children as they grow up in a pandemic.

 
 

4/4/2022

New Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Will Build Statewide Capacity to Serve Iowans

The Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), Iowa's UCEDD, has been awarded a grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services to establish a Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Iowa. CDD will collaborate with the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation to create the new Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health to develop and implement evidence-based practices to support individuals with serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbances (SED), and co-occurring conditions.

 
 

4/1/2022

Collaboration Between Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND), Meharry Medical College Addresses Disparities in Autism Diagnosis for Black Families, Increases Understanding of Providing Equitable Care

Researchers from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) and Meharry Medical College (MMC) are collaborating to better understand the diagnostic experiences of Black or African American families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

 
 

4/1/2022

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.

 
 

4/1/2022

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Researcher Serves on Newly Designated Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center�s Center for Tourette Syndrome and Other Tic Disorders has been designated a Tourette Association of America (TAA) Center of Excellence. Among the center�s team members is Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) researcher David Isaacs, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Neurology and Pediatrics. TAA currently recognizes 19 centers of excellence. The program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the first in Tennessee to receive the designation.

 
 
Photo alt text: COVID Recovery Iowa (CRI) Crisis Counselor Julia Ganda is interviewed by a local television station about the CRI Project.

2/14/2022

COVID Recovery Iowa Project Responds to Changing Needs

The COVID Recovery Iowa Project, based at Iowa's UCEDD, continues to support Iowans with disabilities and others who are struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 
COVID-19 Community Education Coordinator, Miranda Hooper, delivering KN-95 masks across Oklahoma.

2/14/2022

The Center for Learning and Leadership Oklahoma's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Distributes over 150,000 Masks Across the State

The Center for Learning and Leadership Oklahoma's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CLL/UCEDD), at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, received a large donation of KN-95 masks to offer to our community affiliates and academic partners at no cost thanks to their partnership with OU Health. Through this generous donation, the CLL/UCEDD was able to provide over 150,000 high-quality KN-95 masks to more than 25 university affiliates, and CLL-affiliated community-based provider agencies and programs that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families across the state of Oklahoma.

 
 

2/10/2022

Team for Infants Exposed to Substance Abuse: Supporting Families at Risk for Over 30 Years

The Team for Infants Expose to Substance abuse has been providing intensive home based services for pregnant and postpartum women affected by substance use and their families Kansas City.

 
 
A headshot of A. Pablo Juarez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA. He is a middle-aged man with a medium complexion, a short buzz cut, black glasses, and a dark blue button-down shirt and a pink and blue plaid bow tie.

2/7/2022

A Commentary from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist, TRIAD Co-director on ABA Controversies and the Need for Substantive Community Engagement

This opinion piece is shared by A. Pablo Juarez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD). This commentary is not meant to be a definitive resource documenting numerous issues surrounding the use of applied behavior analysis, but to instead provide a surface-level overview of conversations currently being held among self-advocates and disability support professionals.

 
 

1/12/2022

Excellence in Autism Support Award Goes to Delaware UCEDD Research Manager

For her "Outstanding Research on Autism in Higher Education," Jessica Monahan, research manager with the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies' Spectrum Scholars program, has won an inaugural Excellence in Autism Support award from the College Autism Network.

 
 
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