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Access All Day (OH UCEDD/LEND)

The LEND Program at the University of Cincinnati UCEDD provides training to Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden staff to help make the zoo more accessible for people with disabilities and their families. The last two years, the zoo has hosted an Access for All Day, where they invite the community to take part in the progress they've made to make the zoo more accessible such as: adult changing tables, sensory friendly restrooms, planning maps, social narratives, visual supports, sensory bags and more.



ICI (MA UCEDD/LEND) Wins Grant to Examine Transfer-of-Rights and Guardianship

Recently, ICI was awarded funding from the Institute of Education Sciences through its Special Education Research Grants Program. The project is entitled "Exploring How Transfer-of-Rights and Guardianship Discussions May Affect Transition Outcomes for Students with Intellectual Disabilities." Funding will begin September 1, 2019, is anticipated through 2023, and will be in the amount of approximately $360,000 per year for the 4-year grant period.



In Memoriam: Carolyn Bridgemohan, MD

Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan global leading expert on Autism passed away on August 16th. Dr. Bridgemohan was a dedicated physician at Boston Childrens Hospital, and her passion inspired both of her daughters to pursue careers in medicine. Carolyn started out as one of the first full time faculty in Developmental-Behavioral pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and went on to become the co-director of the Autism Spectrum Center. She served on many boards, authored and reviewed numerous medical publications, lectured globally as a leading expert on Autism, and taught over 1,000 students at Harvard Medical School who now will continue to forward the field she championed. She will be dearly missed by her colleagues and patients.



Maryland LEND Faculty Receives Grant to Increase Access

Mary L. O'Connor Leppert, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., a former LEND trainee and current LEND faculty, and Dr. Joyce Harrison, MD received a grant from the state of Maryland to continue their work to increase access of children with neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders by building capacity of primary care physicians to identify and manage these disorders.

A child works on an art project at Camp Munroe while recreational therapy staff member Anna Reelfs looks on.


Munroe-Meyer Programs Harness Arts' Positive Impact (NE UCEDD/LEND)

By John Keenan, the Munroe-Meyer Institute

"It's never the finished product. It's the process." That's how Carolyn Anderson, director of Why Arts, an organization that provides Omaha's underserved populations with access to inclusive quality arts programming, views artistic creation --it's a journey.



Promising Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Study on Treating Core Symptoms in Rett Syndrome Supports Further Trials

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Director Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues studied the safety and effectiveness of the drug trofinetide in female children and adolescents (age 5-15) with Rett syndrome (RTT). Findings were recently published in the journal Neurology and show promise for improving core features associated with the rare disease, supporting further trials.


AUCD Webinars

Including the AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules in your Curriculum

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Monday, August 26, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As the new academic year begins, many programs/centers are beginning to think about how to orient their trainees to the AUCD network. Developed in 2017, the AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules provide information about the structure and purpose of AUCD, how trainees "fit" in the network, connecting with experts from across the country, getting involved by contributing their experiences, and growing as leaders.

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Public Policy


Tuesdays With Liz: Jerry Alliston on Emergency Preparedness

This episode of Tuesdays with Liz is dedicated to the importance of emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. Liz interviews Jerry Alliston (Community Education Director at the Mississippi UCEDD) about his experience and lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Jennifer Longdon on Gun Violence

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz Weintraub interviewed Jennifer Longdon, is a person with a disability as a result of gun violence. They spoke about her experience following the gun violence and how she became a disability advocate.


Congressional Recess Guide

A Congressional Recess is an opportunity for you to be able actually to meet with your members in your community when they are less busy. A recess is a good time to talk to members or their staff.



UNC Autism Fathers Conference

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Saturday, September 14, 2019
Location: Chapel Hill, NC

The UNC Autism Fathers Conference will be a one-day event for fathers with children of any age with autism spectrum disorder. This conference is an outgrowth of one father's journey - award-winning sports broadcaster Dwayne Ballen - and our efforts to expand some of his insights and experiences to a wider audience of fathers.

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Continuing Education Seminar Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Baltimore, MD

Each year the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training organizes the Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency. The conference brings national speakers to present on the latest research and practice related to addressing and reducing socially determined health disparities.

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National Neurodiversity Conference

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Friday, November 8, 2019
Location: Baltimore, MD

Attendees will glean practical and actionable tools to not only understand the positive impacts of neurodiversity initiatives on one's own workplace or learning environment, but also how to build a team that includes individuals with neurodiverse traits, and the benefits of doing so. Attendees will develop a better understanding of neurodiverse traits and how to accommodate and leverage these skills as part of a more inclusive and diverse workplace.

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