NIRS Kick-Off Webinar

NIRS Kick-Off Webinar


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Archived Recording
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Monday, August 8, 2022
4:00 - 5:00 EST
Location: Zoom

This webinar will provide a review of updates to NIRS for the new program reporting year, updates supporting federal reporting requirements, and address recommendations from federal funders and database users to help improve your database experience. These updates will be followed by Q&A and open floor discussion and will be recorded and archived. UCEDD and LEND Data Coordinators are strongly recommended to participate.

NIRS is the national, web-based data reporting and retrieval system for the AUCD Network. NIRS enables Network members to manage data on their training programs, projects, activities, and products and helps them comply with federal reporting requirements. The data gathered in NIRS also enables AUCD to develop composite snapshots of the UCEDD and LEND programs. Learn more about NIRS and search the database at

Please contact NIRS at [email protected] if you have questions.



Dawn Rudolph leads AUCD's Technical Assistance team in providing support to the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities (LEND) programs, and leveraging the expertise of the UCEDD network to inform national efforts impacting people with disabilities. She coordinates technical assistance on UCEDD & LEND grant administration, operations, impact, partnership and collaboration, leadership and succession planning, and emerging trends in the disability field.


Oksana Klimova is the Director of Web Services at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Oksana directs and oversees all aspects of AUCD's web systems in support of the association and network's strategic goals and priorities. She is responsible for creative design and development, from conception of prototype concepts through final programming, for all areas of online design, including association websites, extranet, online applications, online reporting systems and online marketing website. Oksana helps identify appropriate internet technologies to meet objectives and assist in implementation of web services.


Image of male smiling with styled short brown hair and wearing half blue, half white glasses that are faded horizontally at the middle and a dark blue sweater with a zipper.Brandon Lewis is the Data Support Manager supporting Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LENDs), University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs), Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAHs), Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs), and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBPs) programs through training and troubleshooting on federal and state mandated reporting through NIRS. Brandon also assists in maintaining and developing training materials across the AUCD network and helps to maintain data integrity and research efforts. Previously, Brandon served as a LEND trainee at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN for 2 years. Brandon conducted research exploring social factors that might affect developmental delays in children 1-42 months. Brandon formally worked at the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Indiana, supporting families in low-income communities as a Nutritionist.


Please Note:

  • There is no cost to attend this meeting.
  • CEUs are not offered for this meeting.
  • This webinar will be held on the Zoom Platform. You can test your connection with Zoom before joining the meeting here.
  • For disability accommodations, email [email protected]
  • This meeting will be recorded.