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AUCD2015 Registration Is Open

Deadline: October 30

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.



ACL Awards Grants for UCEDD Diversity Fellowships

This week AIDD, a part of ACL, awarded National Training Initiative grants to 14 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) to support a one-year diversity fellowship at each UCEDD.



Decent Jobs for People with Disabilities: A New Convergence of Possibilities

A blog post by Andy Imparato, AUCD Executive Director

The interim report from the Department of Labor Advisory Committee offers important possibilities for the path out of segregation and poor wages for people with disabilities, and comes at a time of other significant events aimed at increasing competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.



Home Care Rule Advocacy Fact Sheet

To help consumers and advocates take action, we created a guide, Action Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the New Home Care Rule: How to Prevent Service Cuts and Protect Consumer-Directed Programs. Below is an overview of the advocacy steps that consumers and advocates should take in their states, which are described in more detail in the guide.



Just Released! NIRS Online Learning Modules

The Online Learning Modules replace the in-person orientation to NIRS for new Data Coordinators. The goal is for new Data Coordinators to be able to learn to use NIRS and understand reporting requirements by going through all the Modules. The Modules can be used by all Programs that enter data in NIRS: UCEDD, LEND, LEAH, PPC and DBP Programs.


Upcoming Webinars

Monday, October 5, 2015

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Co-Occurring Mental Health: How do we Distinguish and Address  Copy to Calendar
Monday, October 5, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Webinar


Public Policy


Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs: A Policy Statement from ED and HHS

UCEDD members from KS and MO attend release of new ED and HHS policy statement highlighting the importance of ensuring all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive, high-quality early childhood programs.


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congress is back working on funding bills and homeland security; The House passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act; Veasey (TX) reintroduced H.R. 3475, the Grandparents Tax Credit Act, and more

Children in the Classroom, Courtesy Department of Education on Flickr

Statement on Final Rule to Improve the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities

AUCD applauds the Department of Education for eliminating the use of the Alternate Assessment based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS), or the so-called "2% Rule," opening the door to many more students graduating from high school prepared for college and careers.



15th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities and Technology

15th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities and Technology  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Location: Broomfield, CO

Hosted by the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, this conference is the only venue of its kind sharing contemporary knowledge of promising practices in cognitive disability and technology innovations and cultivating relationships between public and private entities.

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2015 Great Lakes LEND Collaborative Conference: Evidence Based Practices in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

2015 Great Lakes LEND Collaborative Conference: Evidence Based Practices in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 15, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, OH

Learn how telehealth was used to provide caregiver‐ implemented assessment and intervention for communication and behavior problems for individuals who have limited access to services. Describe evidence‐based strategies to support positive outcomes for adolescents with ASD and their families. Discuss a best‐practice model of care coordination for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Examine interventions in which mothers of children with ASD served as promotoras (community health workers) to provide information to other mothers of children with ASD. Learn a new tool to assess the quality of IFSP outcome statements and strategies.

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AACPDM 69th Annual Meeting

AACPDM 69th Annual Meeting  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Saturday, October 24, 2015
Location: Austin, TX

The 2015 Scientific Program Committee is pleased to announce that the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) will take place October 21-24, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The AACPDM Annual Meeting provides high-quality dissemination of information in the basic sciences, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and technical advances as applied to persons with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. New Frontiers is the theme for the meeting.

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