AUCD 360 - October 2021

October 22, 2021

AUCDigest:Network News: UCEDDs, LENDs and IDDRCs
October 2021  |   Volume 6 Issue 10
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 AUCD Central Office News

AUCD 2021 Registration Closes Today!

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November 15 - 17, 2021 - Virtual Event
We're excited about this year's line-up of speakers and look forward to digging into the theme of Learning Together: Connecting Research and Lived Experience. This year's conference brings fun features such as a chair yoga session, an AUCD 50th anniversary slideshow, and laughing yoga. Don't miss exciting speakers, presentations, networking opportunities, and tons of virtual fun. Learn more...

AUCD Launches New Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Hub

AUCD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Hub

AUCD is excited to launch the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Hub. This new hub expands the former Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit, to now host a broad array of existing resources related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence. The hub includes a new Resource Crosswalk as well as episodes from AUCD's new podcast, AUCD Network Narratives: Real Stories from our Members. Read more...

AUCD Network Narratives - Podcast Episode 1: The Road to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the AUCD Network

Image of a globe with a burst of lines with sound waves on each side. AUCD Network Narratives Real Stories for Our Members Check out our first episode, "The Road to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the AUCD Network". Our host, Jeiri Flores (NY), is joined by Timotheus Gordon (IL) and Jacy Farkas (AZ) as they discuss the future of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our network. These podcasts shares real stories from network members who are working to change systems and structures that impact people with disabilities. Read more...


Announcing our 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders Interns

AUCD globe surrounded by small multicolored globes. Text:AUCD Emerging Leaders CommunityWe are excited to announce the AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns for the 2021-2022 training year! These trainees will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.. Read more...


State and Territorial Act Early/COVID-19 Response Teams Receive a Second Year of Funding to Support Early Childhood Systems

Close up image of a baby smiling. Text Learn the Sighs. Act Early. U.S Department of Health and Human ServicesState and Territorial Act Early/COVID-19 Response Teams have been awarded a second year of funding for the grant opportunity for Support for Early Childhood State Systems through the Act Early Network. This second year, beginning 9/1/2021, has been made possible by an infusion of funding to support an Act Early Network-wide response to COVID-19 through a cooperative agreement with CDC and the AUCD. Read more...


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  Network Recognitions

OHSU UCEDD Director wins Excellence in Teaching Award

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Rhonda Eppelsheimer, co-Director and Associate Professor at the Oregon Institute on Development & Disability UCEDD/LEND was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. Eppelsheimer was nominated by her colleagues for leading the Leadership and Community Engagement discussions with LEND cohorts. Read more...

University of Miami Audiology Professionals Recognized by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Daniela Berrios and Molly Smeal, two audiology professionals from the University of Miami Health System, received the Distinguished Early Career Professional (ECP) certificate from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).The award was created by ASHA to recognize and identify ECPs in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology who are making an impact in the areas of leadership, volunteering, or advocacy at the local, state, and/or national level. Read more...

Mailman Center Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

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Three new faculty members are joining or taking on new roles at the Mailman Center for Child Development: Dr. Douglene Jackson, Dr. Paula Karina Perez, and Dr. Luiza Vianna Mali. Read more...


PATHS Program Hires New Program Coordinator, Melanie McCurry

PATHS Program Hires New ProImage of a woman with brown shoulder length hair wearing dark glasses and a blouse smiling at the camera.gram Coordinator, Melanie McCurry

The PATHS Program at Texas A&M University is proud to announce our newest team member, Melanie McCurry! Melanie will be responsible for the day-to-day program coordination of the PATHS Program. Melanie brings a wealth of experience and unmatched passion for working with individuals with disabilities at the postsecondary level and we are proud to have her join the PATHS family!level. Read more...

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  Network News

Maryland's UCEDD Faculty Takes on Social Inclusion as Social Justice

Image of a black woman with short hair and a headband wearing earing and a sweater smiling at the camera.Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, LCSW-C, is the Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Maryland's one and only UCEDD. Dr. Ofonedu coordinated efforts to launch the Diverse, Racial, Ethnic and Multicultural Special Interest Group (DREAM-SIG) of the American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37). Read more...

Human Development Center Supports Developmental Screening for Over 600 Young Children

Image of 7 women standing next to each other wearing face masks.Louisiana's UCEDD (HDC) seeks to build capacity and inspire change to improve the lived experience of individuals with disabilities and families. The state serves over 50,000 children (birth to 4-years) in publicly funded childcare. HDC's Early Childhood Initiatives staff build the capacity of current and future developmental surveillance, screening and referral efforts by early childhood care and education providers by collaborating with local Early Head Start programs through an Office of Head Start funded Community Childcare Partnership project. Read more...

Iowa's Pipeline Programs Promote Self-Advocacy, STEM and More

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Iowa's UCEDD has continued to focus on pipeline activities to develop future leaders, and to promote diversity and inclusion as we build capacity in our state. This summer, we hosted two pipeline projects, which we expect to continue as annual activities in Iowa.  Read more...


NH-ME LEND Program Launches 30th Year with Fall 2021 Kickoff Event

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The NH-ME LEND Program is proud to be celebrating 30 years of a rich and evolving history of preparing interdisciplinary leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health. In early September, a new cohort of trainees from New Hampshire and Maine traveled to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for the Fall 2021 Kickoff.  Read more...


IHD Awarded Second Five-Year, $5M Cooperative Agreement to Provide Training and Technical Support to Tribal VR Projects Nationwide

IIHD Awarded Second Five-Year, $5M Cooperative Agreement to Provide Training and Technical Support to Tribal VR Projects Nationwide

or the last six years, the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC) has played a vital role in supporting vocational rehabilitation personnel who help American Indians with disabilities obtain gainful and fulfilling employment. Now, thanks to another five-million-dollar, five-year cooperative agreement awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, this important work can continue. Read more...

HDI Launches Storytelling Website

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute Digital Storytelling Initiative highlights the stories and lived experiences of people with disabilities. Interviews address multiple life experience living and working in the community. Most recently, the Vaccine Confidence and Access for People for People with Disabilities Initiative interviewed with people with disabilities about their vaccine experience and the importance of keeping our communities healthy. Read more...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center(TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND)TRIAD programpartners with zoological association to develop 'inclusive communities of science'

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The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) is collaborating with Oregon State University's STEM Research Center and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to support the Modeling Zoos and Aquariums as Inclusive Communities of Science (MoZAICS) project. Read more...

Creating a Map to Navigate Missouri's Abuse and Neglect Investigations System

UMKC Institute for Human Development A University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Missouri's adult abuse reporting system is complex and difficult to navigate for the mandated reportersand other professionals responsible for protecting individuals with disabilities. Current gaps in the system for reporting the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals with disabilities creates barriers for securing their safety. Gaps in the system for reporting also make it difficult to ensure perpetrators of the abuse are held accountable for their actions. Read more...

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center received a $2.8 million CDC grant to help improve lives of adults with disabilities in Ohio

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a $2.8 million, 5-year grant to Ohio State's Nisonger Center, which is part of the Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine, Office of Health Sciences and Neurological Institute. This funding will support efforts to improve the health of adults with mobility limitations as well as adults with intellectual disabilities in Ohio. Read more...

ECHO Autism: Training Community Clinicians to Provide Quality Care for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Project ECHO Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Primary care providers-physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants- are invited to participate in ECHO Autism videoconferencing sessions focusing on caring for the unique needs of autistic adults. Through this training, hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and funded by the Department of Defense Autism Research Programs. Read more...

MMI Contributes to Study on Whole Genome Sequencing

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For nearly three years, Kristen Fishler, a genetic counselor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute Department of Genetics, and her colleagues at UNMC and MMI, have been working with sites across the country to document the impact of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) as a diagnostic tool for acutely ill infants with a suspected genetic disease. Read more...

UD's Spectrum Scholars Students Attract Media Attention

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Delaware Public Media spotlights the University of Delaware-JPMorgan Chase Spectrum Scholars program and two of its participating students. Both secured internships, an outgrowth of the Center for Disabilities Studies-administered program's attention to career development. Read more...

Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University Announces a New Funded Grant

iGrow I Generate Rural Opportunities to Work

The "I Generate Rural Opportunities for Work" (iGROW) Project is a one-year pre-employment and leadership-training program for students with disabilities who are currently enrolled in middle school and high school (ages 14-22). Read more...

Listen to the New MI-DDI Podcast Series, Possibilities

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The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) is excited to announce a new podcast series, Possibilities. Possibilities examines topics that affect people with disabilities and their support systems. The podcast features guest speakers who work to improve quality of life for people with disabilities.. Read more...

Your Shot to End COVID

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Hear from people with disabilities, their families and direct support professionals on why they got or are looking forward to getting, the COVID-19 Vaccine.Watch the video here, more about the COVID-19 Vaccine here, more...

LEND Programs Collaborate for ECP Initiative

LEND Programs Collaborate For ECP Initiative

A new collaboration between Va-LEND, UCEDD, LEND-Pitt, and the University of ConnecticutUCEED & LEND will occur over the next 5-year grant cycle. The EarlyChildhood Partnerships (ECP) initiative, is an expansion of a pilotprogram that was conducted in previous years between LEND-Pitt and VA-LEND.In years one through five of the grant, trainees from each organization who are interested in early childhood will gather virtually. Read more...

Getting and Keeping Iowa ON-TRAC for Healths

Getting and Keeping Iowa ON-TRAC for Health

Last year, Iowa's UCEDD was awarded a community-based transition planning grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL). This grant allowed the UCEDD to lead a partnership of service providers, representatives of state agencies and organizations, self-advocates, and youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to review and analyze health care transition services in Iowa, and to produce an action plan with ready-to-implement solutions. The partnership was called TRAC, for Transition Resources to Adult Care for Health. Read more...

NCED Path to Independence Student and Faculty Featured on Autism Goes to College Podcast

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The Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities and Path to Independence Program offices are located in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Nevada, Reno.Path to Independence (P2I) offers young adults (age 18-28) with intellectual disabilities access to college through a 2-year, non-degree seeking certificate program. One of the program's students and the Academic Coordinator were invited guests on the podcast, Autism Goes to College. Read more...

Public Health Researcher Receives Federal Funding to Help Address Mental Health Needs of Youth

Georgia State University

The School of Public Health at Georgia State University has received a $624,000 federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to implement a mental health awareness training program for adults who regularly interact with youth. Read more...

Kennedy Krieger Room to Grow Conference

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On September 14, the Office for Health, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted the 11th annual Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference. Read more...


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  Emerging Leaders Voices

Louisiana LEND Scholar Receives Fellowship Position at RWJF

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2020-21 Louisiana LEND scholar Natasha M. Lee-Johnson, MSW, MED has been selected for a competitive fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as a Health Policy Research Scholar. She is the first person in Louisiana to receive this prestigious RWJF fellowship. Read more...

Zephyr James (MN LEND, 2018-19) Returns to LEND a Perspective

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Zephyr James (MN LEND, 2018-19), who has autism, will address the current class of MN LEND fellows in October about deficits/traits. "Any trait can be seen as a deficit if you frame it a certain way," she said. ALT text for photo: Zephyr James (MN LEND, 2018-19). Read more...

Equality vs. Equity in the Olympic Games

Icon for the OlympicsThe Olympics strives to create a controlled environment where the only variable is the athletic talent of the Olympians. But this concept is inherently flawed in that not all athletes are the same. In fact, all athletes,like all people, are a little different.  Read more...


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  Community Updates


Disability Information & Access Line Audience (DIAL) Questionnaire

DIAL 888.677.1199 Disability Information & Access Line Help to improve the new Disability Information Access Line (DIAL)! Answer the short, anonymous, questionnaire. Your responses will help them better understand the experiences of PWD during the COVID-19 pandemic Questionnaire. Read more


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 Upcoming Events

22nd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference

Baylor College of Medicine

October 28-29, 2021, Virtual

Baylor College of Medicine is holding its 22nd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care on October 28 - 29, 2021. To learn more about the program and to register, click here. In partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, AUCD is happy to provide all network members with the following discounts on registration. Read more...

The Texas Gathering & Our Southwest Friends

The Texas Gathering & Our Southwest Friends Community of Practice  Learn the latest in Person-Centered Thinking and PlanningNovember 3-5, 2021, Virtual

Get ready for three days of discussions and practice as we dive deep into strategies to help discover and explore passions which may lead to living a life filled with purpose and meaning.​​ Self-Advocates are able to attend the 2021 Gathering at no cost if they apply for a stipend. Once your stipend application is received, Aimee Day ([email protected]) will send you an email with further details on how to register.. Read more...

AUCD2021 - Learning Together: Connecting Research and Lived Experience

Multicolored AUCD Globe encircled by two  orbits  Text AUCD Conference Nov 15-17, 2021November 15-17, 2021, Virtual

We are excited to have our AUCD community explore the connection between people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who carry out research about disabilities. How we talk about research and the words we use make a big difference in how we think about research. We hope the conference will give us a chance to learn about ways to talk about research that everyone can understand. Read more...


37th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity Mobilize for Action 2022February 28, 2022 - Tuesday, March 1, 2022, Virtual

We are excited to have our AUCD community explore the connection between people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who carry out research about disabilities. How we talk about research and the words we use make a big difference in how we think about research. We hope the conference will give us a chance to learn about ways to talk about research that everyone can understand. Read more...

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This newsletter is in part supported by the Administration on Community Living (ACL) 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.