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News

 

12/7/2018

AUCD'S UCEDD Resource Center Announces Awardee for Training Initiative Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the National Network of UCEDDs

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) sought a lead UCEDD to build the capacity of the national network of UCEDDs to address the impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) through collaborative implementation of best and promising practices across federally-funded networks to support child, caregiver, and family outcomes in the local communities. Federally-funded networks include those funded by AIDD, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 
 

12/7/2018

HRSA's MCHB Announces Phase 1 Winners of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge!

HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has selected 10 winners from Phase 1 of the Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities Challenge. Henry Ford Health System's submission, "5-2-1-0 Go App!" is a collaboration with Michigan's LEND program and the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University. The project proposes to enhance an app targeting kids ages 9-13 with four mini games based on 5-2-1-0. The overall aim of the app is to promote healthy food choices, identify community food resources, and provide exercise activities - which will be made adaptable for children with disabilities.

 
 

12/10/2018

News from the National Center on Disability in Public Health

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is pleased to announce the new National Center on Disability in Public Health. The new National Center uses evidence-based strategies to develop and increase the ability of public health professionals to include people who have disabilities. This National Center encourages collaboration between public health partners and AUCD's Network Centers in every state and territory. Key areas of health disparity serve as the National Center's focus areas and include: Access to Healthcare, Developmental Monitoring and Screening, Emergency Preparedness, Nutrition and Healthy Weight, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Wellness and Mental Health.

 
 

12/17/2018

Dan Habib Presents INTELLIGENT LIVES in a Washington, D.C. Congressional Briefing on Transitioning from School to Competitive Integrated Employment (NH UCEDD/LEND)

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Dan Habib shared a clip from INTELLIGENT LIVES, his newest film, at the congressional briefing, "Successes of Youth with Disabilities Transitioning From School to Competitive Integrated Employment" in Washington, DC. The briefing was presented by Coalition to Promote Self-Determination and the National Council on Disability, in collaboration with Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA).

 
 

12/17/2018

New Encyclopedia Announcement: "Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies." (IL UCEDD/LEND)

This encyclopedia is edited by Illinois UCEDD faculty Tamar Heller, Sarah Parker Harris, Carol Gill, and Rob Gould. This exciting new publication includes entries by faculty and trainees throughout the network as well as other noted scholars in disabilities across many disciplines. The forward to the encyclopedia was written by AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato. Once primarily thought of as a medical issue, disability is now more widely recognized as a critical issue of identity, personhood, and social justice.

 
 
Corporal William Corson, RI State Police, pictured with Deborah Arenberg, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at RI College.

12/17/2018

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities Partners with RI State Police to Offer Disability Awareness Training to Troopers (RI UCEDD)

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College, in partnership with the RI State Police, is piloting a disability awareness training tailored to meet the needs of RI State Police Troopers. The intent of the training is to expand Trooper disability awareness and enhance their engagement with Rhode Islanders with disabilities.

 
 

12/17/2018

Time for Gratefulness and Celebration at the UA Sonoran UCEDD

On Nov. 8, we had a wonderful time celebrating the accomplishments of University of Arizona Sonoran UCEDD's founding director, Leslie J. Cohen, and welcoming the center's new director, Wendy Parent-Johnson! Members of our community, partner agencies, advocates, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate. Leslie was honored with gifts from the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine's Administration as well as from the Sonoran UCEDD staff and faculty. Some of her parting gifts included art from the UCEDD's program, Artworks.

 
 

12/17/2018

UNH (NH UCEDD/LEND) Receives $4.3M Federal Grant to Improve National Disability Data

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a five-year, $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Administration on Community Living's National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

 
 

12/12/2018

Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center

At Boston Medical Center, we recognize that healthcare encounters can be particularly challenging for our patients on the autism spectrum, and therefore launched our Autism Friendly Initiative. Patients with ASD have various sensory and communication needs, which can make the fast-paced and often over-stimulating hospital environment particularly challenging.

 
 

12/12/2018

Doctoral Student, Ching-Yi Liao (TX UCEDD), Selected for the 11th Cohort of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars (DRDSS)

Ching-Yi Liao is a doctoral student in Special Education at Texas A&M University and the Project Coordinator for Coach 2 Communicate (C2C), a parent-directed treatment project to teach parents and caregivers with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and complex communication needs across Texas. The C2C project is under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Ganz, an affiliated faculty member with the Center on Disability and Development. Ching-Yi was selected as an outstanding scholar through an internationally competitive review process. Dr. Jennifer Ganz nominated Ching-Yi as well as the department chair and college dean. The DRDSS inquiry question for the program is "What makes for excellence in special education research?"

 
 

12/12/2018

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Associate Director Honored with NIH Merit Award

Laurie Cutting, Ph.D., Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education; Professor of Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics; and Associate Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC), has received a rare $3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She also has been selected to receive the Leadership Award of Women in Cognitive Science.

 
 
 

AUCD Webinars

National Center on Disability in Public Health Series

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Tuesday, February 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join this three-part webinar series to launch AUCD's new National Center on Disability in Public Health. All webinars will be at 12 pm ET and last 60 mins.

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Public Policy

 

Tuesdays with Liz: Fav Five of 2018

Happy Holidays from Liz and AUCD! Join us as Liz shares her favorite five Tuesdays with Liz of 2018.

 
 

AUCD Opposes USCIC-2010-0012: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

The Association of University Center on Disabilities (AUCD) writes to express our strong opposition to the above-captioned proposed rule. AUCD is a national organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. AUCD's mission is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting our members in research, education, health, and service activities that achieve our vision.

 
 

Tuesdays with Liz: Dan Crimmins Wants YOU to Apply to the AUCD Leadership Academy

Daniel Crimmins, Director of the Georgia UCEDD and LEND Program, chats with Liz about the AUCD Leadership Academy. They discuss what makes a leader, what to expect at the AUCD Leadership Academy, and who should apply (hint: you!)

 
 
 

Events

National Center on Disability in Public Health Series

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Tuesday, February 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join this three-part webinar series to launch AUCD's new National Center on Disability in Public Health. All webinars will be at 12 pm ET and last 60 mins.

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EPM-RRTC State of the Science and Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Event

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Registration is FREE. The EPM-RRTC State of the Science and Annual Disability Statistics Compendium offers both in-person and webcast participation options. Please register if you plan to attend in-person or via webcast. The agenda, presenters, and logon procedures (for web viewers) will be emailed to you as they become available.

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Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

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Monday, March 4, 2019 - Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Location: Honolulu, HI

PacRim has been bringing people together for more than 30 years. And PacRim 2019 is no exception. We want individuals with disabilities, their families, service providers, researchers, educators, employers, deep thinkers, change agents, policy makers and entrepreneurs to join us in March 2019. Only by coming together and sharing can we offer individuals with disabilities a better future.

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