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Tune in tomorrow for CDC Grand Rounds on Addressing Gaps in Health Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Featuring The Ohio State University Nisonger Center Susan Havercamp and AUCDs Liz Weintraub! View Here





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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.

Having navigated Assessment Day, the 2019-20 Project SEARCH class is now attending classes on the medical center campus and soon will be working at internships throughout the Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC, Nebraska Medicine and Sodexo.


Assessment Day First Step Toward Employment (NE UCEDD/LEND)

On the screen hanging in the front of the room is a message written in red letters: Welcome to Assessment Day. This May 2019 morning is the beginning of assessment day for Project SEARCH, the medical center-based job-training program for adults with developmental disabilities. There are 20 applicants this year, and they will spend the morning going from station to station, taking part in interviews and being assessed on various skills.



Iowa LEND Trainees Begin the Year with a Poverty Simulation

What is it like to live without enough money to buy groceries for your family? Or pay for bus fare to get to the market? How do you find a job that provides a living wage? Or get to a job interview if you can't afford child care for your toddler? The new class of trainees from Iowa's LEND program encountered these issues and others, while participating in a poverty simulation to launch their training year.


AUCD Webinars

Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities

Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Most professional believe that early intervention (EI) is essential to improving outcomes for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. But how early is "early?" Should screening identify newborns with IDD, even before symptoms appear? Is there value in "pre-symptomatic" EI for children or families? Are pre-symptomatic treatments powerful enough to alter developmental trajectories in meaningful ways? Using fragile X syndrome to exemplify these issues, this presentation describes Early Check, a research program in which screening newborns for several disorders is offered to 120,000 families per year.

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Model Services by UCEDDs

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Monday, October 28, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will address the Model Services UCEDD core function. This is the fifth installment of a multi-part series titled "Coffee and TA," addressing the UCEDD core functions as categorized in NIRS. This webinar features two UCEDDs doing innovative work around Model Services, classified in NIRS as Direct/Model Services and Direct Clinical Services.

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New Leadership Opportunity: Council Trainee Representative

New Leadership Opportunity: Council Trainee Representative  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Calling all IDDRC, LEND, and UCEDD trainees! Join this webinar to learn about a NEW leadership opportunity! AUCD includes 5 Councils that address emerging trends and issues to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network, including community education, leadership and advocacy, research and evaluation, diversity and inclusion, and interdisciplinary training. This year, one trainee per Council will be selected as a Council Trainee Representative and act as a liaison between the Emerging Leaders Community and the Council.

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IDefineMyWellness  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of ID/DD SIG and the Wellness and Mental Health Learning Group, formed by AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health, to hear updates on how people living with disabilities define wellness. Timed in conjunction with Mental Health Month, AUCD hosted a Twitter chat, IDefineMyWellness, to solicit input from people with disabilities on what wellness and mental health means to them. Lessons learned and experiences from facilitating this learning group, as well as the resource developed will be showcased.

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Public Policy


Tuesdays with Liz: The ADA, Marca Bristo, and The Wheelchair Rule with Senator Duckworth

Senator Tammy Duckworth, veteran and ADA advocate, talked with Liz about The Wheelchair Rule, which was passed into law in December 2018.


Tuesdays with Liz: The DD Act in Alabama with Linda Russo and James Tucker

Liz visited Alabama to see what these three groups look like in that state. Linda Russo is from the Alabama UCEDD which is at the Civitan International Research Center & Sparks Clinics. James Tucker is from the Alabama Disabilities Advocacies Program which is the P&A in Alabama.


Joint Statement from Members of the Disability Community and Allies on Gun Violence Prevention Policy and Mental Health Disabilities

All Americans, including people with disabilities, have a civil right to live in their communities and not be segregated or imprisoned simply because they have a disability. Building more institutions, as the Administration proposes, unjustly threatens the civil rights and freedom of people with mental health disabilities while doing nothing to reduce gun violence in this country.

pdf File Joint Statement [download]


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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20th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care

20th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Friday, October 25, 2019
Location: Online Broadcast

Each year, AUCD supports the live broadcast of Baylor College of Medicine's Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care. This is a unique and low-cost professional development and learning opportunity for faculty, staff, and trainees from LENDs, DBPs, UCEDDs, and IDDRCs. It can also be a great way to engage community partners, including leaders from self-advocacy and family organizations. CART captioning will be provided for all broadcast sessions.

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National Neurodiversity Conference

National Neurodiversity Conference  Copy to Calendar

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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