AUCD 360 - February 2016

February 10, 2016

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  AUCD Central Office News


Education for All: An Evening with AUCD

Education for All: An Evening with AUCD Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., The Carnegie Library, Washington DC

Education for All: An Evening with AUCD will be the first of what will be an annual celebration honoring the AUCD network's accomplishments and, more importantly, the millions of people with disabilities who benefit from them. On March 2nd, we will shine the spotlight on our impact promoting inclusive disability policies and improving education outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. Read more...


2016 AUCD Trainee Policy Summit

2016 AUCD Trainee Policy SummitApril 10, 2016, Washington DC

On Sunday evening immediately before the Disability Policy Seminar, AUCD is hosting a special Trainee Policy Summit! Attendees will have exclusive access to Hill staffers and former trainees now working in policy, and learn from the experts how to best craft your message for Wednesday's Hill visits. An evening reception will provide a comfortable background for trainees to meet and network with over 200 peers from around the country. Read more...


The Purposeful Inclusion and Support of People with Disabilities in LEND Training

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This document briefly describes the major challenges associated with the inclusion and support of people with disabilities in the interdisciplinary training context, offers strategies that programs are currently implementing to address the identified challenges, and identifies some of the themes that emerged from successful LEND programs' experiences across four topic areas. Read more...


AUCD Welcomes New Staffer Sarah Peterson

AUCD Welcomes New Staffer Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson is a program manager for AUCD's Maternal Child Health technical assistance team, working with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training programs. She brings to this role 14 years of experience working with people with disabilities and their families. Immediately before joining the AUCD team, Sarah served as the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia where she developed training materials for family members, service providers, and community groups. Read more...


AUCD Welcomes New Assistant Virtual Trainee

AUCD Welcomes New Assistant Virtual Trainee

Brandon Eddy, MA CCSLP from the Oregon LEND will assist AUCD's Virtual Trainee (VT) to build a virtual network among our network's trainees. The AVT will help plan activities for the trainee network, brainstorm new ideas to get trainees talking and collaborating, and carry out tasks specific to these efforts. Read more...

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  Network Awards & Honors


Jane E. Harlan-Simmons Receives Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. Award

Photo of Award Recipient Jane Harlan-Simmons and Mr. Ray Boomhower, Interim Senior Director of the Indiana Historical Society Press.The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) recently announced that Jane E. Harlan-Simmons, research associate with the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community's Center on Aging and Community, was selected as the winner of the 2015 Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr. Award for her article The Sweetest Little Boy I Ever Knew: A Handmade History for an Institutional Life. Read more...


Ansley Bacon Recieves Jackson E. Spears Community Service Award (NY UCEDD/LEND)

Dr. Ansley Bacon HeadshotFormer WIHD President and CEO, Dr. Ansley Bacon, was chosen to receive the prestigious Jackson E. Spears Community Service Award for her 30-year contribution to New York Medical College, and for her work done at WIHD. She was presented with the award at NYMC's Founder's Dinner on October 22, 2015. Read more...



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  Network News


Video Game Research Shows Promise for Autism (WI UCEDD/LEND)

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At the age of 9, Xavier Hansen already has it figured out. Someday, he is going to be the boss. "He has great aspirations to make things," says his mom, Gail. "His goals are to own a movie theater. He wants to be in charge. If he wants something, he'll find a way to get it." Read more...


Iowa's Money Follows the Person Program Reaches Milestone

Iowa's Money Follows the Person Program Reaches Milestone (IA UCEDD)In December 2015, Iowa's Money Follows the Person (MFP) program transitioned its 500th individual from a congregate setting to a new life in the community. Under contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services' (DHS) Iowa Medicaid Enterprise, the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD-Iowa UCEDD) has implemented Iowa's MFP program since it began in 2008. Through its MFP initiative, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incents states to serve individuals with disabilities in the community by significantly increasing the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) to cover the cost of services-including needed demonstration services-for the first 365 days following an individual's transition from a congregate setting. Read more...


Mailman Center's Patient's Big Smile Attracts Big-Hearted Donors

Mailman Center's Patient's Big Smile Attracts Big-Hearted Donors (FL UCEDD/LEND)Wildine Amoithe, a regular patient at the Mailman Center for Child Development, has a genetic condition known as achondroplasia that has kept her from growing more than 30 inches tall. Despite her small stature, however, the 12-year-old sixth-grader has an outsized smile that touched the hearts of some generous Miami-Dade residents who read about her during the recent holiday season in the Miami Herald Wish Book feature. Read more...


Aging and DD Networks - The Case for Network Crossover
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Aging and DD Networks - The Case for Network Crossover (Maine UCEDD)"The Aging and Developmental Disabilities Networks: Can the Silos Be Dismantled?"  in the current special issue of the Maine Policy Review on aging. The authors discuss the service networks for aging and developmental and physical disabilities, which have traditionally functioned in distinctly separate camps. They present the case for greater crossover between these networks and endorse increased alignment of the aging and disability networks in all arenas, including policy making, program development, education, and research. The full-text commentary may be downloaded from the Maine Policy Review's open access repository in Digital Commons. Read more...


Cincinnati Ballet Works with the Cincinnati LEND Team to Offer a Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker Performance

A photo ballet dancers with a young attendeeSometimes people with sensory sensitivities miss out on events like ballets and plays where noises and lights can be overwhelming. The Cincinnati Ballet wanted to change that, and make the magic of The Nutcracker available to everyone. On December 22, 2015, for the first time in its history, the Cincinnati Ballet offered its first sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker. Read more...


IU Centers to Receive Indiana Department of Education Funding to Establish Center on Teacher Quality to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities (IN UCEDD)

IU Centers to Receive Indiana Department of Education Funding to Establish Center on Teacher Quality to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities (IN UCEDD)Indiana University's Center on Education and Lifelong Learning and Community Living and Careers will receive funding to establish and operate the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality as part of a federally funded $5 million State Personnel Development grant to the Indiana Department of Education. Read more...


ICI's Mark Hutchinson Given Work-Changing Assistive Technology (MA UCEDD/LEND)

Logo of the Institute for Community InclusionMark Hutchinson from the Institute for Community Inclusion research team is using new technology from MIT to do data entry. Mark has cerebral palsy, and has limited control of his arms and hands. Previously, he'd been using a head pointer to type on a standard keyboard-a laborious process. With the new software and slightly modified set-up, he can now enter data simply by looking at his monitor.  Read more...


ICI's Paula Sotnik Presented at the International Conference on Child Rights and Sight Organization: Institute for Community Inclusion

Logo of the Institute for Community InclusionThe ICI's Paula Sotnik presented at the International Conference on Child Rights and Sight at Yale University in New Haven, CT, sponsored by Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI). Attended by over 300 people, the conference covered topics including street children, poverty, child labor, kids with disability, child sex trade, international service learning, and women's rights. Sotnik presented on "Inclusive Policies and Practices," focusing on how kids with disability can access education and play equally with their peers using Universal Design (UD) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Another strong focus described how UD and UDL strategies could be used to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more...


MN UCEDD Partners with University in India to Organize International Summit on Education

MN UCEDD researchers Renáta Tichá and Brian Abery (back) are partnering with faculty from Avinashilingam University in India to improve education for students with disabilities worldwide.This summit will provide a unique opportunity for professionals and postsecondary students from around the world to discuss best practices for children at-risk and with disabilities. "One of the goals of the summit is to build a better understanding about inclusive education and instructional approaches for students with disabilities across cultures," says Dr. Renáta Tichá, coordinator of the conference at the Institute on Community Integration. Read more...


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Investigator Says 'Sticky Mittens' Offer Clues to Infant Development

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Investigator Says 'Sticky Mittens' Offer Clues to Infant DevelopmentEarly motor training in infants may result in positive long-term effects in other areas of development, according to a collaborative study by researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Seton Hall University. "This research tells us that babies are having experiences early in life that they build on and that provide a foundation for further learning," said Amy Needham, professor and chair of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Needham also is a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator. Read more...


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) TRIAD Experiences a Growth Spurt

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) TRIAD Experiences a Growth SpurtThe Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) enhanced and widened the reach of its programming in 2015 and shows no sign of slowing in 2016. From partnerships with the TN Department of Education to the design of innovative telemedicine models of service delivery, TRIAD continues to make a profound impact on improving access to autism services in TN. Read more...


Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (RRCASD) Offers Free Webinars to Support Individuals with ASD

Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (RRCASD) Offers Free Webinars to Support Individuals with ASD(NY UCEDD/LEND)The Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (RRCASD), part of Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities UCEDD at the University of Rochester Medical Center is 1 of 6 regional centers for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in New York State. The work of RRCASD is focused on the development and promotion of region-wide resources to better meet the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). RRCASD has expertise in providing community education, training, and technical assistance activities. The use of webinars has been a primary medium of reaching individuals on the spectrum, their families and professionals. Last year alone, more than 500 professionals and parents from across NYS participated in educational webinars offered the RRCASD. Read more...


Sisters Make A Difference in Special Education (TX UCEDD)

Sisters Make A Difference in Special Education (TX UCEDD)About one of every eight Texas public school students need special education services. Preservice teachers in the special education program at Texas A&M are trained to work with students who have all types of disabilities in all grades and at all levels, from mild to severe. The program is not for the faint of heart. That is something sisters Haley and Alyssa Lacativo know all too well. Alyssa, Mentor Supervisor and Instructor for the PATHS Program, will graduate in May 2016 with her master's in special education. Her sister Haley, also graduating in May, knew it was going to be a tough road in the undergraduate special education program, but she was willing to accept the challenge. Read more...


Why Do Some Kids Bully Others? There is No All-purpose Answer (TX UCEDD)

Why do some kids bully others? There is no all-purpose answer (TX UCEDD)The National Bullying Prevention Center states that one in every four students is bullied during the school year. Jamilia Blake, Associate Professor of School Psychology at Texas A&M University, has studied the causes and effects of bullying at school and its impact on victims. How parents handle bullying situations could have significant effects on children, she says. Read more...


Graduate Continues to Serve the Community (TX UCEDD)

Why do some kids bully others? There is no all-purpose answer (TX UCEDD)My name is Margot Boles and I graduated from Texas A&M University in December with my PhD in Educational Psychology. My experiences at Texas A&M, with the Center on Disability and Development, were priceless. I worked with the PATHS program and it opened my eyes to the needs of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing postsecondary education and careers. I had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals and help create a pathway of independence and success for their futures. Read more...


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  Community Updates


CCD Response to the President's FY 2017 Budget Request

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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) today released the following statement following the release of the President FY 2017 budget proposal. CCD is a coalition of over 110 national consumer, provider, and advocacy organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of the 54 million children and adults with disabilities living in the United States. Read more...


Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities

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Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities is the first in a series of three reports released over the next month by NCD - an independent federal agency - and examines ACA implementation. The second in the series examines the impact of ACA and will be released January 26. The third report focuses on monitoring and enforcement and will be released February 2. All reports will be available on NCD's website.

In the first report, NCD equips the community of 57 million disabled Americans with an inventory of key policy choices at federal and state levels that could greatly affect people with disabilities, so the community can assess priorities and develop an agenda for ACA implementation. Read more...

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  Webinars and Events


Systemwide Solutions for Developmental-Behavioral Concerns

Image of AUCD ball wearing a black headsetTuesdsay, February 23, 2016, 4:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

"Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!" has been promoting universal, broad-band developmental and social-emotional screening in children ages 0 to 5 years across the health care, early childhood education and social service sectors. With the U.S. federal government and American Academy of Pediatrics combining forces to promote periodic developmental-behavioral screening, the next step is for the US to address its capacity crisis for providing high-quality early intervention and learning services.Join to learn more about how leaders in health, education, and social service sectors can boldly address our nation's capacity crisis in a system-wide manner. Read more...


2016 AAPD Leadership Awards Gala

Image of AAPD AwardsWednesday, March 23, 2016, Washington, DC

The AAPD Leadership Awards Gala provides a unique opportunity for our partners, supporters, and colleagues to show their support of Americans with all types of disabilities while bringing together the national cross-disability community with business and government leadership for one night each year. The 2016 Leadership Awards Gala will be held on March 23, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Read more...


Disability Policy Seminar 2016

T Disability Policy Seminar 2016April 11-13, 2016, Washington, DC

During this crucial election season we need YOU in Washington, D.C. to help us build bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for high-priority disability issues. When you attend the Disability Policy Seminar, we'll arm you with all of the information you need to help educate our Members of Congress and their staff on the priorities of the I/DD community. Read more...


The Seventh Summer Institute on Theology and Disability

The Seventh Summer Institute on Theology and Disability May 23-26, 2016, Holland MI

The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability is a four day intensive institute that brings together leading scholars and writers in the areas of theology and disability with clergy, religious leaders, practitioners, laity and others who are interested and involved in inclusive ministries and faith supports. Read more...


International Society on Early Intervention Conference

International Society on Early Intervention ConferenceJune 8-10, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

Ulf Janson, to whom this conference is dedicated, devoted much of his professional life to promoting the rights of young children with disabilities, understanding the nature of social inclusion, and advocating for the full inclusion of all children and their families. In this conference, early intervention is proposed as a basic right of all vulnerable children, and will be explored from many perspectives. Read more...


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This newsletter is in part supported by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) through a technical assistance contract for the URC, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) through a technical assistance contract for the ITAC, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a National Professional Organization for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. The content of this material does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of any federal agency. No official support or endorsement by federal agencies is intended nor should be inferred.

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