Autism CARES - We Need You

The Senate has returned with just 15 work days to pass #AutismCARES before it expires on September 30th. Your Senators need to hear from you. Capitol Switch Board: (202) 224-3121 (voice) (202) 224-3091 (TTY)  - Sample Script: “I am [Name] from [State]. I have seen the impact of Autism CARES and the lives changed because of this important legislation. I urge you to act to reauthorize before it expires on September. 

 
 

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9/9/2019

Register Today for AUCD 2019!

Leading Change Together

Join us at AUCD 2019 as we come together to celebrate the many ways we lead change, as we work with diverse communities and people, create programming, conduct research, practice, and advocacy that impacts the broad spectrum of disability. We welcome network members, non-network organizational partners, experts from all across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and trainees to learn and grow together during this exciting event.

 
 

8/23/2019

Announcing our 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders Interns!

AUCD is pleased to introduce the 2019-2020 AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns: Meghan Breheney, a third-year Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow at the Bronx LEND, and Jazmin Burns, a Postdoctoral Scholar Fellow at the UC Davis MIND Institute LEND. Both will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.

 
 

9/9/2019

IDS Staff Members Play in 2019 Wheelchair Softball World Series (MS UCEDD)

Mississippi's UCEDD, the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) was represented at the 2019 National Wheelchair Softball World Series (WSWS) by staff members, Sylvester Crosby and Robbie Sullivan, who joined their Deep South Hurricanes teammates to participate in the international competition in Kansas City, Kansas.

 
 
 

AUCD Webinars

NEW EI/ECSE Standards- Why? When? Next Steps

NEW EI/ECSE Standards- Why? When? Next Steps  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children is in the process of developing the first ever, stand alone, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation Standards. Learn more about the standards,what led to this important step forward for the EI/ECSE workforce and what it means to the Early Childhood Field/Systems. We will share opportunities to provide feedback to the DEC Standards Development Task Force.

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Violence and Mental Illness: The Real Story

Violence and Mental Illness: The Real Story  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, September 26, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The stigma associated with mental illness is based in lack of understanding and fear. It has persisted despite increased knowledge about the underlying nature of disorders. Recent events have led to further stigmatization by suggesting a direct link between mental illness and mass gun violence. This presentation will review history of stigma, describe facts on the relationship between mental illness and violence, identify underlying risk factors for gun violence, and suggest rational approaches to prevention.

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2019 Welcome Webinar: Connect and Get Involved with AUCD!

2019 Welcome Webinar: Connect and Get Involved with AUCD!  Copy to Calendar

Friday, September 27, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Welcome to the AUCD network, 2019 -2020 Trainees! Join us on Friday, September 27th to learn more about how you can connect and get involved with the AUCD network. The two AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns, Meghan and Jazmin, are excited to actively engage with you all to share resources and opportunities to help you make the most out of your traineeship!

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Aligning Apprenticeship Ecosystems with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Aligning Apprenticeship Ecosystems with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 3, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As part of an ongoing formal Alliance between AUCD and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), AUCD is cohosting a webinar with ODEP and the Office on Apprenticeship at the Department of Labor on ODEPs new apprenticeship initiatives. AUCD is helping to share this information broadly and envisioning how this work can fit into other activities AUCD and its member network are engaged in including services to transition-aged youth, inclusive postsecondary, competitive integrated employment, interactions with employers, and employment research.

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Public Policy

 

Tuesdays with Liz: Chris Smith Explains the 'Sunset Provision' and Talks Advocacy

Congressman Chris Smith provides an overview of what a 'sunset provision' is and how it relates to the Autism CARES Act. He also shares with Liz why the advocacy she and other disability advocates do is so important in helping ensure disability issues and policy receive attention in the halls of Congress.

 
 
The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act clearly supports that vision by phasing out Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and thoughtfully provides the resources necessary to allow for the transition to a competitive integrated employment business model. This bill represents tangible, life-changing opportunities for people with disabilities and their families.

 
 

Tuesdays with Liz: Meg Grigal Discusses Education for People with Disabilities

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Meg Grigal, Co-Director of Think College, about the importance of educational opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities - specifically post-secondary education.

 
 
 

Events

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

Continuing Education Seminar Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference "Ensuring Enclusion"  Copy to Calendar

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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Division for Early Childhood's  35th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families

Division for Early Childhood's 35th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Friday, October 4, 2019
Location: Dallas, TX

This year's conference, Dreaming of a Bigger Tomorrow: Building Our Future Through Collaboration and Partnerships, features foremost authorities in Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, and the related disciplines. We look forward to having you join us for four days of programming, three keynote sessions, hundreds of conference and poster sessions, daily opportunities to network and more, this October in Dallas, Texas.

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National Organizational Change Forum: Sheltered Workshop Conversion to Community Employment

National Organizational Change Forum: Sheltered Workshop Conversion to Community Employment  Copy to Calendar

Monday, October 21, 2019 - Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Location: Burlington, VT

This Forum is designed to be interactive and action oriented. Participate in lively discussions and planning related to policy and systems change, leadership, management, transition, career development, and integrated employment.

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