Inclusive Public Health Quarterly-February 2020

February 4, 2020

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February 2020

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AUCD News & Events

AUCD Welcomes 2 New Learn the Signs. Act Early Ambassadors

Four infants, the first is a little girl blowing bubbles, the other three are smiling looking into the camera. Under the pictures in bold reads Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors

We are proud to announce that 2 spots have been filled in Maryland and Illinois for new Learn the Signs. Act Early Ambassadors. Please join us in welcoming our two new Act Early Ambassadors to the cohort-we are delighted to bring Cari Roestel (Illinois) and Rachel Demma (Maryland) on board!

Cari Roestel is the nurse care manager for the Pediactric Developmental Canter at Advocate Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Rachel Demma is the director of Early Childhood Systems Development at the Maryland State Department of Education within the Division of Early Childhood.

Locate the Act Early Ambassador in your state!

AUCD Acting Director, John Tschida Discusses the Future of Self-Determination

"As is often the case, person-centered concepts like self-determination often conflict with large systems and programs. How we define success and pay for these services doesn't include self-determination in the funding formula. Disruptive change is needed. My hope is that a significant shift in how we redefine quality in long-term services and supports - and just as importantly, hold providers accountable for achieving it - will provide a powerful incentive for the advancement of self-determination." Continue Reading...

AUCD Disability Policy Seminar 2020 & AUCD Policy Forum

Registration Closes 3/13

On March 22-25th, AUCD will be partnering with several other organizations to cultivate an experience where attendees can engage with experts in policy and staff on Capitol Hill. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the essential skills necessary to advance grassroots movements for people with I/DD. Continue Reading...

Blog with Us!

AUCD policy talk is looking for submissions by anyone who identifies as a person with a disability or family member, AUCD Network member, current or former Emerging Leaders including those hoping to share a story about the impact of policy in their lives. Continue Reading...

AUCD for All 2020 Gala: Celebrating Leadership in the Arts and Culture

Join AUCD on April 22, 2020 for our annual AUCD for All Gala to celebrate leadership in the arts and culture and the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act. This celebration brings together leaders from all sectors who are tireless advocates for people with disabilities and their families. On this night, we honor those who stand up for inclusive arts and culture and lead the way for all. Continue Reading...


Access to Healthcare

Inclusive Dental Services for Patients with ID/DDDisabilities

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) has improved its curriculum and training programs according to recommendations from the National Council on Disability (NCD). Dental schools must now revamp their  curricula and training programs to be inclusive of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Continue Reading...

Disability Responsive Practice: Accessible Adaptive Communication

A flyer from NH Disability and Public Health project with blue and yellow trim. The flyer has a picture of a little showing a tablet to a man sitting in a chair. Next to the picture are details describing the credited course healthcare providers.This new training from the New Hampshire Disability & Public Health project is free, online, and on-demand. Healthcare providers, learn to presume that patients with disabilities are competent to understand, communicate, and participate in their own care, identify and use alternative methods of communication, and set clear and reasonable expectations for future communications to be successful. Professional development credits are available to participants. Continue Reading...


Developmental Monitoring

DHDD's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program releases new children's book: Baby's Busy Day!

A white baby book with a white puppy with brown ears on the cover playing with toys, that is title The Division of Human Development and Disability's (DHDD) "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) program is excited to announce the release of a new book for 1-year-olds, Baby's Busy Day: Being One is So Much Fun! (Un día ocupado del bebé, en Español). The book was launched in November at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Baby's Busy Day is LTSAE's latest children's book meant to help parents learn more about their child's development and encourage them to track developmental milestones. Read more about Baby's Busy Day and CDC's other amazing books for children.

Strategies for Engaging Family Partners

National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) lead Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS CoIIN) is working to understand how to improve family engagement to promote their child's healthy development. They are working to get families in the conversation with pediatricians, early learning experts, state officials, and public health professionals. NICHQ suggests five strategies to invite families to the table as equal partners in child development improvements. Continue Reading...

PRAMS Release of New Data

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the 2018 data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Researchers interested in studying infant and maternal health can request the most recent data by submitting a proposal to CDC. Continue Reading...

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Launches Project SCOPE: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic

A logo with in white stick figure inside a blue heart, and under the heart it says The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) was awarded a National Training Initiative grant to build nationwide provider capacity in screening, monitoring, and supporting children and families impacted by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. This grant extends the reach of the 2018 pilot phase to include 16 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) in partnership with the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Continue Reading...


Emergency Preparedness

Portlight Strategies, Inc.: Facilitating Post-Disaster Relief Work for People with Disabilities

Portlight Strategies Inc. is an organization that focuses on facilitating post-disaster relief work for individuals with disabilities. Partnerships with local, national, and global stakeholders allow this organization to establish inclusive disaster strategies. Click here to donate!

Fire Safety Workshop Series by the National Disability Rights Network

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has established a list of actions and approaches to addressing disability inclusive fire safety. Ideas on best practices are continuing to develop as the 2019-2020 Facing Flames Workshop Series continues. Continue Reading...


Nutrition and Healthy Weight

CDC Launches Active People, Healthy NationSM Initiative

A logo with a blue arch that reads, Dr. Adriane Griffen, of AUCDs public health team, attended a January Capitol Hill briefing, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled the Active People, Healthy NationSM initiative. CDC has released new data that highlights disparities in physical inactivity in the U.S. The initiative focuses on promoting strategies to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, ended his remarks with push-ups to demonstrate how you can add activity to your day. Join us to collectively bring attention to the importance of being active and promote effective strategies to improve physical activity nationwide. Continue Reading...

Surgeon General, Jerome Adams is on the ground doing push up in a conference room while people watch and take pictures.

*Active People, Healthy Nation is an HHS service mark. Use of Active People, Healthy NationSM does not imply review, approval, or endorsement by HHS.

Top Ten States for Adaptive Sports

A logo with a blue stick person with curved shape next to bold words that read Disabled Sports USA in red and blue.Disabled Sports USA reveals the top ten states for adaptive sports! Find out where your state ranks, and how to get involved in over 50 different sports and recreation activities through your local chapter.Continue Reading...




Sexual and Reproductive Health 

Part 6 of Our Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar Series

This webinar is part of an on-going series that addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. This series is a great learning opportunity for self-advocates, and professionals and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to better understand sexual health needs. Continue Reading...

Turning Gray Areas into Black and White

Elevatus Training has developed a flyer that provides effective strategies to clarify gray areas within IDD sexuality education. Increase your skill and comfort level when addressing sexuality with people with developmental disabilities. Don't miss the opportunity to get the training and support you need to make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Now available online and in more cities! Continue Reading...

Inclusive Sex Education: The SHEIDD Sexual Health Resource Hub

A yellow logo with a pink flower on the left and green leaves on the right that say We are all sexual beings, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). However, people with I/DD don't always have access to sexual health education. Last year, the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Oregon Health & Science University, in partnership with Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, launched the Sexual Health Resource Hub. The SHEIDD community association group (CAG) prioritizes resources that are person-centered, uphold the sexual rights of people with I/DD, and include and were developed by people with I/DD. The sexual health resources featured on the Hub have been reviewed and vetted by members of the CAG, who are self-advocates, family members, staff, providers, teachers and community members. Continue Reading...


Wellness and Mental Health


During Mental Health Month, AUCD hosted a Twitter chat where people with disabilities expressed what wellness and mental health means to them. Information from this learning group, in conjunction with a mental health special interest group (SIG) sponsored webinar, resulted in a fact sheet. Click here to read more and watch the webinar.


Other Resources

Oregon's Teacher of the Year, Mercedes Muñoz says, "The Year of Special Education is Upon Us"

"Special education students are general education students first - they belong to all of us," Muñoz said. "How do they learn to be together in society when they leave high school if the whole time, throughout their whole education, they are separated and siloed? Finally, people are getting it and understanding. Special education matters and it's a vital part of our work, and we can do better." Continue Reading...

Navigating a Brighter Future for Youth with Disabilities and Their Families

The Wisconsin Promise initiative implemented by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), in collaboration with the UCEDD at the Waisman Center, demonstrates great success in helping youth with disabilities pursue post-high school employment and education opportunities! Continue Reading...

Adverse Medication Events Related to Hospitalization in the United States: A Comparison Between Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Those Without

A study published in the January 2020 issue of American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities showed a significant difference in the odds of having a hospitalization due to adverse medication events between adults who have IDD and the general population. Continue Reading...


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AUCD News & Events

Access to Healthcare

Developmental Monitoring

Emergency Preparedness

Nutrition and Healthy Weight

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Wellness and Mental Health

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