2007 Workshops

August 9, 2007

Join us for one of these exciting pre-conference workshops! See each item for date, time, and cost. Learn about the 2007 Training Symposium here. Don't forget to register for the 2007 AUCD Annual Meeting.

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An Update on Autism and Related Disorders

Fred Volkmar
Fred Volkmar, MD


Sunday, November 11, 2007, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $80.00

This workshop will provide a summary of current knowledge in the area of autism and related disorders. Clinical features of these conditions, relationships to other disorders, aspects of epidemiology and neurobiology and assessment procedures will be reviewed. A summary of treatment options will be provided along with a review of current research focused on understanding the social difficulties (autism) that are central to these conditions.

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Navigating the NIH: Research Support for Developmental Disabilities, Opportunities, and Requirements

Sunday, November 11, 2007, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: $45.00

  • Tiina K. Urv, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Branch, Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • Alice Kau, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Branch Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • Marita R. Hopmann, Ph.D., Scientific Review Administrator, Associate Director for Training and Staff Development, Division of Scientific Review, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, MD

This workshop is directed toward new or prospective researchers (including faculty & trainees) who are thinking about or planning to submit a grant application to NIH. This workshop will provide basic information on the submission process, the current research culture, and expectations of NIH in general and NICHD in particular. Presenters will provide an overview of the NIH peer-review process for grant applications, discuss common pitfalls and successful strategies of research proposals submitted to NIH, and provide specific information on funding and grant mechanisms.

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We apologize, but this workshop has been CANCELLED.
Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders

Sunday, November 11, 2007, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $80.00

  • Steven M. Eidelman, MBA, MSW, Robert Edelsohn Professor of Developmental Disabilities and Co-Director of the National Leadership Consortium, Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware
  • Renee Pietrangelo, CEO, ANCOR
  • Nancy R. Weiss, MSW , Co-Director of the National Leadership Consortium, Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware

Our field is experiencing a shift that is as significant as the deinstitutionalization movement of the 70's and 80's. Two-thirds of nonprofit leaders plan to remain in their jobs for five years or fewer; one-in-ten plans a job change within one year. As individuals and families have opportunities to describe the supports they want and select the agency from which to purchase these supports, organizations need to provide services in wholly new ways. Supports of the future will be flexible, responsive, and customized; they will call for leaders who are skilled in the fundamentals of running solid nonprofit businesses and who bring a set of competencies that were not required of their predecessors. There is a need to master the art of "mass-customization" - individualizing services, but on a large scale.

This workshop will discuss what is required to recruit, develop, and support the next generation of leaders and the important roles UCEDDs can play in these processes and the implications of the move toward individualized supports for the future of leadership.

This session will address:

  • the roles of values, ethics, and organizational culture in the provision of quality supports
  • the leader's role in articulating a vision and inspiring staff toward a common purpose as organizations make the shift to individualized services
  • the role of succession planning and the development of future leaders as a critical factor in assuring quality supports
  • the need for a Community of Practice so the leaders of progressive organizations can share ideas and questions and have access to a support system of their own
  • the need to identify, mentor, recruit, and develop future leaders in a manner that ties this work to a strong sense of values in an effort to move the field beyond group homes and traditional congregate services
  • the role of UCEDDs in providing leadership development and working with graduate programs in public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, and others.

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Customizing the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) Orientation Curriculum

Sunday, November 11, 2007, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $45.00

A panel will present and discuss how they have customized the CAC Orientation Curriculum and/or "repurposed" elements from the curriculum to meet objectives other than orienting CAC members. Attendees will learn about the orientation resources produced by AUCD under a technical assistance contract with the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, discover how the materials have been successfully adapted by UCEDDs, and walk away with innovative implementation strategies.

The fee for this session covers refreshments and a limited edition AUCD USB flash drive that contains (customizable) English and Spanish language versions of the CAC Orientation Curriculum.

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Developing Programs in Disability Studies

Sunday, November 11, 2007, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Across the AUCD network at least 15 University Centers have been involved in establishing academic degree, minor, or certificate programs within the emerging field of Disability Studies. Many other Centers are interested and actively exploring possibilities to foster programs within their Universities. This workshop will allow for discussion and information sharing across the AUCD network, primarily concerning issues related to program development.

The workshop will focus on the following topics: 1) Process of developing an academic program affiliated with or housed within a University Center; 2) Structure, funding, faculty support, curriculum, and political challenges; 3) Marketing, student recruitment, and outcomes of a certificate/degree in Disability Studies.

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The Prepared Community: A Train-the-Trainer Workshop to Develop the Capacity of Local Communities to Prepare for and Respond to Emergencies for People with Disabilities

Sunday, November 11, 2007, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Anthony G. Cahill, PhD, Director, Division of Disability and Health Policy, Center for Development and Disability, University of New Mexico
  • Laura Stough, PhD, Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator, Center on Disability, Texas A & M University
  • Anne Pascarelli-Barraza, Manager, Bureau of Health Emergency Management, New Mexico Department of Health
  • Amy Sharp, PhD, Department of Educational Philosophy, Texas A&M University
  • Dave Shaad, MHR, Coordinator for Community Support, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, University of Wyoming

Prior research over the last several years has established that (a) people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by disasters and (b) the impact of disasters on people with and without disabilities may be lessened by systematic efforts to increase the capacity of local communities to prepare for and respond to disasters, including natural and man-made disasters. Current emergency management policy on the federal and state levels emphasizes that "all response is local," meaning that both individuals as well as public and private organizations at the county and community levels must be prepared to assist members of their communities in responding to disasters.

This workshop will provide participants with the hands-on tools they need to engage leaders of the disability, emergency management, and governmental communities to work together to prepare for future disasters. It is based on a three-part training and technical assistance program, "The Prepared Community". This session will:

  • assess the risks to which their communities are subject
  • identify people with various types of disabilities in their communities
  • develop inventories of disability-related resources that can assist people with disabilities in the event of an emergency
  • identify and establish working relationships with state- and local-level emergency managers
  • understand the emergency management response system in their communities
  • develop integrated plans to assist people with disabilities in their communities

Each participant will receive both electronic and hard-bound copies of the curriculum. The workshop will include material on the substantive topics in "The Prepared Community" as well as "train-the-trainer" tips and techniques to enable them to successfully implement "The Prepared Community" in their states as well as train others to implement it.

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Welcome to the World Café: Exploring How Cultural Brokering Can Enhance Our Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Sunday, November 11, 2007, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $80.00

  • Mat McCollough, MPA, AUCD
  • Tawara D. Goode, MA, National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Tokesha Warner, Chair, AUCD Multicultural Council and Program Coordinator, Center for Child Development, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
  • Laura Robinson, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Rochester
  • Paula Sotnik, National Service Inclusion Project and Community Capacity at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

The purpose of this session will be to share promising practices that will enhance the capacity of disability and health programs and service providers to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. Through an interactive World Café, participants will dialogue, share knowledge and create possibilities for action that illustrates how culture brokering is and can be used by their programs to enhance their health and disability service delivery to diverse communities. This session will benefit all the AUCD network and its partners, including faculty, researchers, program directors and staff, graduate students, individuals with disabilities and their family members, policymakers, administrators, and other advocates.

The session will focus on the following goals:

  1. Introduce the concept and model of cultural brokering to enhance disability service and health care delivery to diverse and underserved populations
  2. Examine how members of the AUCD network can strengthen their organizational diversity through staff recruitment, training and management
  3. Promote cultural brokering as an essential approach to increase access to care and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and disability services
  4. Define the values, characteristics, areas of awareness, knowledge, and skills required of a cultural broker
  5. Provide guidance on establishing and sustaining cultural brokering strategies that can be tailored to the needs and preferences of the communities served

A variety of materials and resources on Culture Brokering will be available during this session. Discussion from the World Café will be transcribed and available following the conference.

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NIRS Database Session and Data Coordinators Meeting

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2007
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $0.00

This workshop will highlight the changes and updates made to NIRS for the FY08 iteration and feature a selection of "favorite custom reports" created by Data Coordinators to meet their data needs. Reporting changes anticipated from ADD, MCH, and other funders will be discussed. The session will provide participants the opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions for continued improvement.

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