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LEND Regional Consortia Activities

LEND Regional Consortia are a forum for smaller groups of neighboring programs to share ideas around topics such as recruitment, curriculum, evaluation, research, and clinical/community services. This resource summarizes previous and proposed LEND collaborative activities at the regional level.


Coffee Talk: Meaningful Inclusion of People on the Autism Spectrum

In partnership with AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center, ITAC proudly hosted a virtual "Coffee Talk" focused on the Autistic Adults and Other Stakeholders Engage Together (AASET) project, featuring co-leads Drs. Stephen Shore and Teal Benevides, on Monday, April 30. Their PowerPoint slides and an accessible webinar recording are now available; this includes an overview of the AASET project's accomplishments, efforts in progress, and plans, as well as key strategies for meaningful inclusion of people on the autism spectrum across multiple settings. All are encouraged to tune in and share widely!


Autism CARES Webinar Series: Call for Presenters

In the coming months, ITAC and SPHARC (with support from HRSA-MCHB and a planning committee of Autism CARES grantees) will host a three-part webinar series; the theme is: "Autism in the Context of Ableism: Culture, Identity, and Quality of Life." The committee is currently seeking input for a solution-focused panel of grantees (and representatives from outside organizations) who can share best practices, innovative approaches, and lessons learned with respect to addressing ableism across contexts.




Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism in Latino and Non-Latino White Families

This study comparee barriers to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and current ASD-related service use among non-Latino white (NLW) families and Latino families with English proficiency (L-EP) or limited English proficiency (L-LEP).


Training parents of youth with autism spectrum disorders to advocate for adult disability services: Results from a pilot randomized controlled trial

Training parents of youth with autism spectrum disorders to advocate for adult disability services: Results from a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Review of Autism Screeners for Very Young Children with or at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at 18 and 24 months has been a standard American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation since 2007. However, research over the last two decades about the early emergence of autism symptoms has prompted a number of researchers and clinicians to create screening instruments and strategies for earlier ages.




New Maximizing Leadership Potential in Racial and Ethnic Minority LEND Trainees

The LEND programs of the PacWest region have worked together and consistently sought ways to strengthen interdisciplinary leadership training and achieve a diverse MCH workforce over the past four years. We began the process by identifying barriers and gaps in supporting and mentoring racially and ethnically diverse LEND trainees.


Registration Open for AUCD Pre-Conference Summit on Early Childhood

Developing Leadership Competencies for Early Childhood Workforce Development

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Early Childhood/Intervention Special Interest Group (EC SIG) of AUCD have joined with The National Early Childhood Personnel Technical Assistance Center (ECPC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (OSEP), to host the Third Annual Summit on Early Childhood Personnel at AUCD's 2018 Annual Meeting.


AUCD Emerging Leaders Community

A community of emerging AUCD leaders making a difference for people with disabilities around the world. Learn, connect, get involved, and grow with us!