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Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Considerations for the Disability Community

An FAQ to support state and local disability leaders advocate for the role of individuals with disabilities in the allocation and distribution plans for a COVID-19 vaccine. Includes information on the approval, manufacturing, allocation, and distribution processes for a COVID-19 vaccine, AUCD network vaccine resources, and links to addition federal, state, and local public health resources.



nTIDE October 2020 Jobs Report: Job numbers hold steady for Americans with disabilities

October's job numbers showed small changes for Americans with and without disabilities, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment - Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Although people with disabilities have remained engaged in the labor market, the ongoing effects of the pandemic and uncertainty about continued federal aid are major concerns as the year draws to a close.



ICI UMN Parent Resource Videos: Supporting Your Child's Learning at Home

Two U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) national technical assistance centers --TIES Center and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)-- of the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) at the University of Minnesota have jointly created a video series addressing how parents of students with significant cognitive disabilities can support their child's learning at home during distance learning brought about by COVID 19. The first four videos in an eleven part series are available to share with parents.

IHD staff member Sakenya McDonald meeting with students Leyevsca Santos Espinoza and Jacob Alexander (and their mothers/guardians) for their monthly coaching sessions at Coconino Community College


IHD Awarded Large Federal Grant to Support Students with Intellectual Disabilities - Radically-Inclusive Support and Coaching Program Coming to Northern Arizona

The Institute for Human Development (IHD) at Northern Arizona University was recently awarded a five-year, approximately $2.5M grant from the United States Department of Education, Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) to develop and implement a radically-inclusive support and coaching program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) to attend postsecondary educational institutions throughout Northern Arizona.



DSP COVID19 Follow Up Survey

The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals, is conducting a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals. After more than eight months since a national emergency was declared, we want to know how DSPs are doing and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support. Direct Support Professionals can complete the survey here. Their answers will be anonymous. National and state-specific results from the survey will be shared widely in March 2021.



Access for All at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Since the beginning of the Zoo Access for All program, LEND's Program Director, Dr. Jen Smith, has collaborated with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG) to train zoo employees and identify priority areas to increase accessibility. Over four hundred CZBG employees have gone through the unique training with Dr. Smith, learning some of the types of developmental disabilities they may encounter at the zoo, how they can support those with developmental disabilities, and how they can assist families when issues arise.



Former Trainee- Making A Difference in the Latinx Community

Recent Va-LEND graduate Fiorella Carrillo-Kimbrough volunteers with Caminos, a Richmond-based support group that works with Spanish-speaking families with children who have autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities. The group incorporates the use of cultural brokers and provides culturally appropriate education and support.


Public Policy


MHDD Crossroads Podcast: An Interview with Rylin Rodgers of AUCD

In this episode of the MHDD Crossroads Podcast, Matt Wappett interviews Rylin Rodgers about her role at AUCD and policy issues relating to mental health and developmental disabilities.


Action Alert: National Call-in Day on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Barrett

On Monday, October 12th, the disability community is coordinating a national call-in day to voice our opposition to the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court due to her record of hostility toward the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has greatly improved the lives of people with disabilities and their families by securing crucial healthcare access and protections from healthcare discrimination.

Plan Your Vote 2020

Plan Your Vote 2020

Voting is one of the most important rights of a US citizen. It allows people to choose leaders they feel will best represent their needs on the local, state, and federal levels. You can make real change by being an educated voter in your community. Use this Plain Language guide prepared by the National Coalition for Accessible Voting to Plan Your Vote in the 2020 Elections.


AUCD Webinars

Introduction to the AIR-P

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Join us for an introduction to the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Learn more about the network, our Autistic Researchers Review Board (ARRB), and ways other researchers across the AUCD network can get involved.

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AUCD 2020: Leading the Way in the Next Decade

December 7-9, 2020
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