AUCD 360 - October 2022

October 17, 2022

AUCDigest:Network News: UCEDDs, LENDs and IDDRCs
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 AUCD Central Office News


AUCD 2022 Conference - Registration closes on November 3


November 13-16, Washington, DC
How do we ensure that all people have equal access to health? It’s more than just health care. From housing to meaningful employment, to access to vaccination sites and a safe trip to the grocery store, people with disabilities and their families experience daily disruptions and are often marginalized when it comes to accessing a broad array of needed services. At this year’s AUCD Conference, we look forward to exploring health equity, the social determinants of health, and the steps needed to ensure that every person is provided with the best opportunities possible. Read more…

Changing the Way We Care for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Community Catalyst

To support clinicians and health system leaders in understanding and combating the barriers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities face when accessing health care, AUCD has partnered with Community Catalyst, clinicians, and self-advocates to produce this series of two educational videos. Read more...

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  Network Recognitions

Mailman Center Faculty Member Receives Health Care Hero Award

Mailman Center Faculty Member Receives Health Care Hero Award

Mailman Center for Child Development faculty member Tiffany Field, Ph.D., was one of three physicians from the University of Miami to be honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon. Dr. Field received the Individual of Merit Award for her pioneering work on the role of touch in infants and attachment. Read more...

Kendra Gottsleben is Recipient of Prestigious Diversability Recognition

Kendra Gottsleben is Recipient of Prestigious Diversability Recognition

The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities (SD UCEDD/LEND) staff member Kendra Gottsleben received international recognition by Diversability as one of its “D-30 Impact” 2022 honorees. Diversability is an award-winning community business whose mission is to amplify the voices of individuals with disabilities and democratize disability visibility, representation, and access. 

Jennifer Maeverde (ME UCEDD) Selected for Daniel Hanley Center's Health Leadership Development Course

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Jennifer Maeverde, MA, LCPC, from the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (ME UCEDD), has been selected for the 2022-2023 Health Leadership Development course sponsored by the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership in Portland, ME. The esteemed course is designed for emerging and evolving leaders from throughout Maine and across the entire spectrum of health and healthcare related organizations. Read more...

New Co-Director of the Washington University in St Louis IDDRC

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Joseph Dougherty, PhD., Professor of Genetics and Psychiatry at Washington University in St Louis, will join Dr. Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD as the Co-Director of the Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC@WUSTL). He will replace John N. Constantino who has assumed the role as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s first system chief of Behavioral and Mental Health, and Emory University School of Medicine professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics. Read more...


University of Arizona LEND Changes in Leadership

University of Arizona LEND Changes in Leadership

Eileen R. McGrath, Ph.D. is the new Program Director and Principal Investigator for the University of Arizona LEND MCH Training Program (Arizona LEND). For the past 12 years, she has been the LEND Co-Director and Training Director. Dr. McGrath is an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and has a joint faculty appointment in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the university. Read more...


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  Network News

Culturally Relevant Trauma Training Video Developed by Georgia State's Center for Leadership in Disability

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Researchers from the Center for Leadership in Disability in the Georgia State University School of Public Health have created a trauma training video module that covers the complex needs of Latinx immigrant and migratory children in Georgia. The project was supported by a grant from Morehouse School of Medicine's Community Engagement and Course Action Network and seeks to fill a gap in school’s personnel training to help avoid putting these youth in greater jeopardy of developing mental disorders and poor academic performance. Read more...


High School Students with Disabilities Achieve Better Outcomes in Inclusive Academic Settings

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Indiana high school students with disabilities who spent 80% of their educational time in general education classrooms scored higher on state reading and math assessments and were better prepared for postsecondary education and employment opportunities than their peers in less inclusive settings, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers.


Bill Gaventa Blog Post: Including God in Person-Centered Planning (ME UCEDD)

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Guest contributor William (Bill) Gaventa, M.Div., recently submitted a blog post, “Including God in Person-Centered Planning: The Importance of Spirituality” to the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (ME UCEDD’s) Equity and Policy Blog. In his post, Bill describes the importance of exploring the spiritual backgrounds, preferences, and interests of people we support through person-centered planning. He suggests that good person-centered thinking gets at the many stories that people are part of or would like to be part of. Read more...

UNH's Institute on Disability to Continue Support for NH Residents

Institute on Disability/UCED University of New HampshireThe University of New Hampshire received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue its support of the one in eight New Hampshire residents who report having a disability, including serious difficulties with vision, hearing, mobility, cognition, self-care, or independent living. The award will allow the Institute on Disability (IOD) to continue serving as New Hampshire’s designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Read more...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) co-authors: Early work experiences are important for subsequent employment for youth with disabilities

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Launches Community Life Video SeriesA primary purpose of special education is to equip students with disabilities for a flourishing future after graduation. Yet, the employment outcomes of youth with disabilities have continued to lag far behind their peers without disabilities. Researchers found that, in most studies, youth with disabilities were much more likely to obtain work after participating in a school- or community-based intervention. These researchers identify the strategies most likely to be effective and suggest areas for improvement in the quality of future studies. These findings and more may be found in an article written by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) co-authors and published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Read more...


Kansas LEND Dr. Kathy Ellerbeck Retires

Kansas LEND Dr. Kathy Ellerbeck RetiresLast week we said "see you later" to Dr. Kathy Ellerbeck after 22 years with Kansas LEND at the Center for Child Health and Development at KU Medical Center. Dr. Ellerbeck served as the Kansas LEND Director from 2014 to 2019 and is a Developmental Pediatrician that held leadership positions within state and national organizations. Throughout her career she cared for thousands of children and their families as well as taught and made a lasting impression on hundreds of medical and clinical students at the Medical Center and other academic institutions. Read more...

UVM Autism Collaborative Receives $350K for Rural Autism Outreach

UVM Autism Collaborative Receives $350K for Rural Autism OutreachA University of Vermont team focused on health care and research related to autism has received two awards totaling $350,000 through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program. The two projects will make possible year-long outreach efforts to collaborate with the autism community in Vermont and organizations that represent diverse stakeholders. Read more...

The Black Feathers Podcast

Image of the Black Feathers Podcast logo, a teal medallion with two red and black feathers at each end, circling around the Choctaw symbol for Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) has joined with The State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to launch The Black Feathers Podcast. In this monthly podcast, co-hosts Crystal Hernandez, Psy.D., MBA, and Shauna Humphreys, MS, LPC, will discuss disability-related topics of interest to Tribal communities and will be providing additional resources related to these topics. To learn more about The Black Feathers Podcast and join the discussion, visit Read more...

IOD Seeks to Hire Three Assistant Research Professors

Institute on Disability (IOD) University of New HampshireThe Institute on Disability (IOD) is seeking three Assistant Research Faculty to join its team. Research faculty within the IOD maintain portfolios on diverse topics related to disability policy and services across the lifespan. IOD Assistant Research Professors play a direct role in improving the quality of life and services for people with disabilities and their families through research and service. Read more...


University of Miami Health System Partners with Shriners Hospital for New Children's Orthopedic Center

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A vital new partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children has led the way for UHealth – University of Miami Health System and Jackson Health System to create a sophisticated facility dedicated to programs and treatments that will help pediatric orthopedic patients. The partnership was announced during a press conference attended by leadership from the institutions involved in the new center. Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., president of the University of Miami; Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., chief operating officer for UHealth; and Carlos A. Migoya, chief executive officer of Jackson, were among those in attendance and spoke of the partnership's benefit to academic medicine and the South Florida community. Read more...


NH-ME LEND Welcomes 2023 Cohort

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On September 9th and 10th, the NH-ME LEND Program welcomed the 2023 cohort! LEND faculty members from University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth, and the University of Maine gathered with 19 trainees to participate in a meet and greet, followed by an afternoon of team building at the UNH Browne Center. Trainees and faculty continued their work on Saturday at the Leadership "Boost" with a full-day introductory session on leadership through a LEND lens. NH-ME LEND is pleased to welcome two new CHHS faculty members this Year: Meg Morgan (Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Sarah Smith (Occupational Therapy). Read more...


Aggie ACHIEVE is Now Accepting Applications For Fall 2023!

Aggie ACHIEVE at Texas A&M University is a comprehensive transition program (CTP) for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have exited high school. Aggie ACHIEVE provides an inclusive and immersive college education and equips students for employment in the community. Aggie ACHIEVE aligns coursework, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities with each student’s academic interests and employment goals. Aggie ACHIEVE is designed to enroll students for up to four years. Read more...


iGROW Giddings Student Highlight

iGROW Giddings Student Highlight

The iGROW Project at Texas A&M University recognizes Brian D. as an Outstanding Student! Joel Lopez, Mayor of Giddings and owner of Lopez Auto Clinic, surprised the iGROW student with a special gift at our fall Project Advisory Committee meeting. Brian had a compelling work experience with Mr. Lopez after completing a spring prep semester in the iGROW program at Giddings High School and was excited to share his experience with the PAC. Read more...


The Ohio State University Nisonger Center LEND Program

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center LEND Program

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center's 2022-2023 LEND interdisciplinary training program is in full swing and we are so happy to welcome our trainees for this year! The LEND program recruits graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and community leaders to participate in a year-long interdisciplinary training curriculum focused on improving the health of children with developmental disabilities. Read more...


Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Certificate Program Registration Begins on November 1st

Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Certificate Program Registration Begins on November 1st

The Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Certificate Program prepares individuals for jobs as Direct Support Professionals and Child Care Professionals. Students begin the two-year PATHS Certificate program with a Summer I session. This enables students to get familiar with the Texas A&M University’s campus and bus schedules and begin their course work. Read more...


2023 Texas Transition Conference registration is open!

2023 Texas Transition Conference registration is open!

The Texas Transition Conference (TTC) offers communication, collaboration, and evidence-based practices that work! This year, there will be an option to attend a live conference or online. The number of people who will be able to attend live will be limited to allow for social distancing. TTC 2023 will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. Hotel information will be updated soon. The schedule will be similar to the 2022 schedule. You can download the 2022 program for the anticipated daily schedule. Read more...


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  Global Impact

The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia

The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and EthiopiaMeet the Fall 2022 Cohort of Professional Fellows! This group of eight accomplished disability rights leaders from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia will travel to the United States in October 2022 to participate in an intensive 5-week Fellowship Program where they will exchange and discuss best practices for inclusive civic engagement with their US colleagues. Learn more about the Fellows and their current civic engagement work in their home countries and communities! Read more...


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  Community Updates


Administration for Community Living (ACL) Launches Center to Improve Support for People with IDD/MH

ACLACL has awarded a cooperative agreement totaling an estimated $3.25 million over five years for a national technical assistance and resource center that will improve support for people with co-occurring intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental health needs so they can live and participate in their communities.

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 Upcoming Events


23rd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care

23rd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based CareOctober 26 - 28, 2022, Virtual
The 21st Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Virtual Conference will be held virtually on October 29th and 30th. This year’s theme is Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care. In partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, AUCD is providing all network members with discounts on registration. Registration closes Sunday, October 25th. Read more...


 AUCD 2022 Conference

 AUCD 2022 ConferenceNovember 13-16, 2022, In-Person
The AUCD Conference brings together more than 1,200 researchers, policymakers, practitioners, professionals, advocates, community leaders, and students. This annual event is designed to promote innovative thinking that will launch disability policy, research, and advocacy initiatives to the next level. Read more...


Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Neurodiversity in the WorkplaceMarch 22-24, 2023
Join the collaborative conference that brings together a community that is committed to improving employment outcomes for the neurodiverse workforce. Through collective impact, we will engage in dynamic discussions, learn from expert presenters, and build a network of change-makers who utilize diverse and inclusive employment practices. This conference empowers employers to build a dynamic workforce and enhance the workplace. 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