January 22, 2008 • Volume 8, Number 1


Tammie Pickelsimer

Introduction to the New AUCD Policy Fellow. Please join AUCD in welcoming our new Disability Policy Fellow, Tammie Picklesimer, who joined the national office on January 10. Tammie is a doctoral student in the field of exceptionalities at the University of Hawaii and a trainee at the Center on Disability Studies where she conducted research on postsecondary education for students with disabilities among other projects. She is also most recently a high school teacher in an alternative learning program for at-risk students. At AUCD, Tammie will be assisting the legislative affairs staff in pursuing its legislative goals, especially in the area of education policy, as well as assisting program staff to fulfill ADD contract activities. Tammie can be contacted at

2008 AUCD-NCBDDD Research Topics of Interest. AUCD is pleased to announce NEW Research Topic of Interest (RTOI) opportunities through our cooperative agreement with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Letters of Interest (LOIs) for the 2008 AUCD-NCBDDD RTOIs are now being accepted! The RTOI areas are:

    • Occurrence of Developmental Disabilities and Other Neurologic Comorbidities in Children with Epilepsy
    • Changing the Way Family/General Practice Physicians Screen for Developmental Milestones and Utilize Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Services

New AUCD-NCBDDD Opportunity: Pierre Decouflé Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Pierre Decoufle

AUCD is honored and pleased to announce a new AUCD-NCBDDD Fellowship program - The 2008 Pierre Decouflé Fellowship. The Pierre Decouflé Fellowship will be awarded to an individual seeking a career in the health research field who will benefit from an applied epidemiologic and developmental disabilities research learning experience with NCBDDD at CDC. The fellowship will also help to build CDC's long-term capacity to conduct applied studies in developmental disabilities. The fellowship is named for the late Dr. Pierre Decouflé. If you have additional questions, please contact Sue Lin, Project Director, CDC Cooperative Agreement.



Calling All Submissions for the First Issue of 2008 LEND Links.

  • LEND Directors and Faculty: What are you proud of accomplishing in 2007? What new ideas will you be implementing in 2008? An article may be included on the progress of the Performance Measure idea groups.
  • Trainees: Share your LEND experience with others! Did you attend an event? Learn a new skill? Conduct research? The network wants to hear about it.

Please send brief articles describing events, projects or accomplishments of trainees and faculty at your program that you would like to share with the network to Crystal Pariseau, LEND Links Editor, by January 25. View the previous issues of LEND Links.

Winter 2008 Issue of the AUCD Health & Disability Digest Released. The Health & Disability Digest is a quarterly, online publication highlighting the latest news from AUCD-NCBDDD Cooperative Agreement. For further information, please contact Sue Lin, CDC Cooperative Agreement Project Director.

Surveying of Former Trainees Reminder. Remember that Trainees who completed your program in Fiscal Years 1998, 2003, and/or 2007 are those who will be counted in this year's ADD and MCH Reports.

  • LENDs/LEAHs/PPCs: A deadline has yet to be determined, but MCH provisional reports are typically due in late March/early April.
  • UCEDDs: UCEDD annual reports to ADD (which are due July 30) submitted through NIRS will only include surveys received/entered in NIRS by June 30, 2008. If you receive/enter surveys after that date, they WILL NOT appear in your FY08 report.

Please feel free to contact Danielle Onunkwo, Crystal Pariseau, or Dr. Maggie Nygren with any questions or logistics.


Mat McCollough

AUCDigest Editor and Grants Manager Prepares for New Opportunity. Mat McCollough will be leaving AUCD after five years of wonderful memories, friendships, and achievements. He has accepted a communications position within the newly established Office of Disability Rights (ODR) in the District of Columbia government. He will help ODR develop and implement an Olmstead Plan and will be informing DC residents with disabilities, family members, and relatives of their rights in regard to seeking the appropriate supports and resources that allows them to lead the most independent and individual-driven lives possible. His last day with AUCD will be February 1st. AUCD Central Office wishes Mat the very best with all his future endeavors.