2008 Concurrent Sessions

November 1, 2008

Join AUCD members at the 2008 Conference and participate in concurrent sessions on a myriad of topics related to people with disabilities.  Learn more about all the exciting sessions below.

A: Monday, 11:30-12:30

B: Tuesday, 10:15-11:30

C: Tuesday, 1:00-2:15

D: Tuesday, 2:30-3:45



Concurrent Sessions: A (Monday, 11:30am-12:30pm)

Building Statewide Capacity for Parents with Disabilities to Succeed

Participants will 1) identify seven types of support in comprehensive statewide capacity to assist parents with disabilities to raise their children successfully at home; 2) identify resources to build capacity in their own states; 3) respond to an invitation to collect data on successful outcomes for families resulting from the implementation of comprehensive supports.

  • Susan Yuan, PhD; Research Assistant Professor Emeritus; VT - Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
  • Bernadette Irwin, MD - Kennedy Krieger Institute

Studying psychosocial interventions targeting anxiety reduction in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This presentation includes three related papers from a team of clinical psychologists who are working together to develop and study an original, family-focused, manualized intervention aimed towards anxiety reduction in children with high-functioning ASD. Intervention methods, preliminary data, and research challenges will be discussed.

  • Susan Hepburn, PhD; Director of Research; CO - JFK Partners
  • Judy Reaven, PhD., CO - JFK Partners
  • Audrey Blakeley-Smith, PhD, CO - JFK Partners

Paving The Way To Access Tomorrow: Using E-Mentoring and Assistive Technologies For Increasing Achievement And Transition Outcomes

The Access Tomorrow Project provides open-source assistive technology (AT) to students with disabilities to access an online information technology literacy and transition program. Students use the Internet to conduct research to develop valid career goals and self-directed transition portfolios. Students communicate with mentors electronically to validate their transition plans.

  • Margo Izzo, PhD; Associate Director; OH - Nisonger Center

Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice: Social Skills Training for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Children with prenatal alcohol exposure have poor peer relationships associated with negative psychosocial outcomes. Results of Project Best Buddies, a CDC funded effectiveness trail introducing an evidenced based social skills treatment into a community mental health agency is presented. Results demonstrate the successful translation of university-based research into community practice.

  • Mary J. O'Connor, PhD; Professor; CA - Tarjan Center, UCLA

Virtual Pathways In Disability Studies: Using Second Life To Rethink Disability And Diversity

This session presents the use of Second Life, a virtual world, as a pedagogical strategy to help disability studies students expand theoretical paradigms of disability, experience limitations of ?bodies or backgrounds? approaches to disability, and fashion new ideas and strategies for disability inclusion that are relevant to the 21st century.

  • Elizabeth DePoy, PhD; Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Disability Studies; ME - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education
  • Stephen Gilson, PhD, ME - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education

A Spectrum of Sexuality: Values, Attitudes, Education, Rights, Responsibilities, and Consequences

From womb to tomb, sexuality is a central aspect of being human. It is experienced and expressed in thoughts, desires, attitudes, behaviors, roles, relationships, responsibilities and consequences. This session will address the importance of understanding the fluidity of boundaries, touch, language and sexual development as it relates to natural and criminal consequences.

  • Beverly Frantz, EdD; Criminal Justice & Sexuality Project Director; PA - Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD
  • Diane Perry, Parent, PA - Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD

Using Data to Manage and Assure the Quality and Responsiveness of State Medicaid Waiver Programs

Over half of all state DD agencies gather key performance data on consumer characteristics, service use, and individual satisfaction through the National Core Indicators (NCI) program. This session discusses NCI outcome and performance data with respect to key population, service and support variables. National and state examples will be provided.

  • Charles Moseley, EdD; Associate Executive Director; National Assoc of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Val Bradley, Human Services Research Institute;
  • Celia Feinstein, PA - Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD

Using Universal Design to Teach Universal Design: Next Steps toward a Vision of Radical Inclusion

What happens when UD is the course content as well as the delivery medium? In this question-based online course, we address the sociopolitical context behind the principles of Universal Design. How do we live/perform UD? What does Universal Design have to do with creating a sustainable human ecology?

  • Tina Passman, PhD; Associate Professor of Classical Languages and Lit; ME - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education
  • Valerie Smith, PhD, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, ME - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education

Concurrent Sessions: B (Tuesday, 10:15am-11:30am)

The IAN Project: New Strategies for Involving Families, Individuals, and Care Providers in Disability Research

This presentation illustrates how the IAN Project brings the community and researchers together to accelerate research, how autism professionals can benefit, and how other disability communities can implement similar strategies.

  • Paul Law, MD, MPH, MS; Director, IAN Project; MD - Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Cheryl Cohen, BA, MD - Kennedy Krieger Institute

Challenges Facing Professional Organizations in Developmental Disabilities

This year AUCD members are in leadership roles of several professional organizations in developmental disabilities. These leaders will lead a discussion of the challenges facing these organizations and strategies by which we can collaborate to address the needs of our professions in the future.

  • Greg Olley, PhD; Associate Director; NC - Center for Development and Learning
  • Michael Wehmeyer, PhD, KS - Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center - IDDRC
  • Len J. Abbeduto, PhD, WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development

Crisis Intervention

New Developments in Person Centered Planning and Crisis Intervention

This seminar will describe progress in assessing what people want from life and how they prioritize what they want. The seminar will consider implications of such assessments for person centered planning and crisis intervention

  • Steven Reiss, PhD; Executive Director; World Society of Motivation Scientists and Professionals

Crisis, What Crisis? Supporting Individuals With Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Issues Living in the Community.

Waisman Center has provided consultation on Positive Behavioral Supports for people with developmental disabilities for two decades. A critical component of those supports is The Crisis Response Program. When challenging behaviors occur with sufficient intensity people with DD are a risk for incarceration or institutionalization. The Crisis Response Program has created a number of supports that can be mobilized quickly to assure continued participation in community life.

  • Paul White, MA Educational Psychology, WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development

Two Training Models for Special Education Advocates: Working with Families of Children with Disabilities

This session will describe two programs, one at the USC-UCEDD and one at Vanderbilt's UCEDD, that provide training in special education advocacy. The session will discuss the various components of each training type, including each's similarities and differences and strengths and weaknesses.

  • Meghan Burke, Doctoral Student; TN - Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Barbara Wheeler, PhD, Associate Director, CA - USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Paving the Way for Evidence-based Practice: Successful Strategies for Building Research Capacity and Transporting Research Findings into Practice.

Strengthening the pathways between research and practice requires multiple strategies and partnerships between academia and communities. This session will provide information on models for building research capacity and the identification and transportation of evidence-based practices into community settings.

  • Joan Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW; Executive Director; Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research

AUCD and Easter Seals Collaboration

In the shrinking globe, it is important to establish and leverage collaboration among organizations that share similar missions. Easter Seals and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities are two such organizations. This session will discuss how these two organizations can collaborate to more effectively serve and support people with disabilities.

  • Ann Cameron Caldwell, PhD; Assistant Vice President, Federal Grant Development; Easter Seals, Inc.
  • Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, Easter Seals, Inc.

Cross Border Initiative -- Working with Communities on the U.S./Mexico Border
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How can a UCEDD develop relevant and culturally competent training and projects in a border region? The Sonoran UCEDD describes its journey in assessing the need/strengths of the communities, developing a border conference on disability and developing long-term sustainable projects in the border region.

  • Leslie Cohen, JD; Director; AZ - Sonoran UCEDD
  • Burris Duncan, MD, AZ - Sonoran UCEDD

Families in a Person Centered System: Beyond the Money

Families are the single largest group of support providers. What are their roles in person centered systems? What support do they need beyond funding? They can be partners in assuring quality. Discover how UCEDDs can work to equip families to successfully enhance or take on roles within person centered systems.

  • Shelley Dumas, PhD; Director of Community Education; TX - Texas Center for Disability Studies
  • Laura Buckner, MEd, TX - Texas Center for Disability Studies;
  • Dawn Machonis, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities;
  • Michael Steinbruck, MA, NJ - The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities;
  • Tera Yoder, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities;
  • Susan Yuan, VT - Center on Disability and Community Inclusion

Current Research on Disasters and Individuals with Disabilities

This panel of researchers will discuss current empirical studies conducted within the AUCD network that examine the factors that disproportionately place individuals with disabilities at risk before, during, and following disaster.

  • Laura Stough, PhD; Associate Professor; TX - Center on Disability and Development
  • Anthony Cahill, PhD- NM- Center on Development and Disability;
  • Keith Christensen, Research Scientist, UT- Center for Persons with Disabilities;
  • Amy Hewitt, PhD- MN- Research and Training Center on Community Living;
  • Amy Sharp, PhD- Associate Director, TX - Center on Disability and Development


The Friend to Friend Program: A School-Based Relational Aggression Prevention Program Designed through Participatory Action Research

In the current presentation, the authors describe how they used a participatory action research (PAR) paradigm to combine empirically-based intervention research and psychological theory with key stakeholder feedback to design a school-based relational aggression intervention, Friend to Friend, for inner-city relationally aggressive girls.

  • Stephen Leff, PhD; Psychologist; PA - Children's Seashore House of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Rebecca Lakin, PhD, Former LEND Fellow, PA - Children's Seashore House of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia;
  • Saburah Abdul-Kabir, Self-Advocate; Family Member/Community Partner, PA - Children's Seashore House of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia;
  • Brooke Paskewich, PsyD, PA - Children's Seashore House of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Personnel Preparation Policy And Practice In Early Intervention And Pre School Education Center Overview

This presentation will provide an overview of the 10 studies completed as part of the Personnel Preparation Policy And Practice In Early Intervention And Pre School Education Center and the critical gaps in current knowledge identifies through these studies.

  • Mary Beth Bruder, PhD; Professor and Director; CT - Connecticut UCEDD
  • Cristina Mogro-Wilson, PhD, CT - Connecticut UCEDD
  • Bonnie Lynch, EdD, CT - Connecticut UCEDD

Concurrent Sessions: C (Tuesday, 1:00-2:15pm)

The Multi-Disciplinary UCEDD

We will present the idea of the ?multi-disciplinary UCEDD.? Meaningful access for college students with disabilities is not just wheelchair ramps or captioning services. Course content must also reflect the experiences of people with disabilities as part of the university's diversity mission.

  • David Mitchell, PhD; Executive Director; PA - Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD
  • Carol Marfisi, MS, PA - Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD;
  • Michael Dorn, PhD, PA - Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD;
  • Sharon Snyder, PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago

Paving the Virtual Path: Using Technology to Link Trainees Across the AUCD Network

The Central Conference Training Consortium piloted a virtual poster session series, allowing trainees from participating UCEDD and LEND programs to present on research, clinical and leadership activities. Presentations were interactively webcast to nine network centers across the Consortium. This presentation will share the format, participant feedback, and discuss next steps.

  • Elizabeth Bishop; Community Education Director; TN - Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Katie Keiling, IL - University of Illinois UCEDD
  • Steve Koch, IN - Riley Child Development Center

Capacity Building for Early Identification of Children with Developmental Delays or Disabilities

This session will address how early identification of very young children with developmental concerns can be improved through training on early identification and developmental screening for both inservice and preservice personnel. The focus will be on the importance reaching physicians, nurses, child care providers, and trainees to build community capacity.

  • Rae Sprague, MS,OTR; LEND Faculty for OT; WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development
  • Arianna Keil, MD/Parent, WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development;
  • Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, PhD, WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development;
  • Anne Bradford Harris, PhD, WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development;
  • Lynn Levin, MSSW, WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development

Creating Community Change: Two Case Studies

Creating positive changes for and with people with disabilities in their communities requires an understanding of social, legal, and political processes. We describe two different situations: (1) A method of engaging in socially equitable community planning for independent living; (2) A story of how parents, citizens, lawyers, and politicians fought successfully to make school buildings accessible in an urban school district.

  • Keith Christensen; Landscape Architect; UT - Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Fred Orelove, PhD; Executive Director; VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities
  • Vicki Beatty, BA, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities;
  • Carol Wolf, Richmond, VA School Board

What Does It Take? Improving Housing Choices for Medicaid-Eligible Mississippians Needing Long-Term Care

Research reveals Mississippi spends the highest percentage of Medicaid long-term care dollars in the nation on institutional services; the lowest on home- and community-based waivers. There is a lack of both affordable, accessible housing and community-based services. This presentation focuses on the research and recommendations guiding systems change.

  • Alma Ellis; Project Coordinator; MS - Institute for Disability Studies: Mississippi's UCEDD
  • Royal Walker, MS - Institute for Disability Studies: Mississippi's UCEDD

Cultural responsive research method with Asian Pacific Islanders Americans experiencing developmental disabilities and their families

Cultural responsive research with underserved Asian Pacific Islander American groups will be discussed. Attendees will gain knowledge regarding how to establish and maintain relationships with underserved communities to facilitate research as well as cultural responsive services. Results from key informant and consumer focus groups will be shared.

  • Dian Baker, PhD(c), APRN; Lecturer, Division of Nursing; CA - Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute
  • Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, CA - Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute

A Directory of Community Resources: An Online Directory based on the Wiki Technology

As most directory of community resources are out of date the moment they are published we have developed an online directory that functions in a wiki-like manner. The Directory of Community Resources (DCR) is a locally referenced, currently accurate directory. The DCR houses statewide resources that are categorized using a taxonomy based on functional support needs.

  • Amy Sharp, PhD; Associate Director; TX - Center on Disability and Development
  • Laura Stough, PhD, Interdisciplinary Coordinator, TX - Texas Center for Disability Studies;
  • Mike Benz, PhD, Director, TX - Center on Disability and Development;
  • Aaron Resch, MEd, Doctoral Trainee, TX - Center on Disability and Development

Building Capacity in Minority Disability Parent-to Parent Organizations: A Travel Log

Community-based Minority Disability Organizations are frequently the portal to under-served populations. However, these organizations often need training and support to develop effective programs and create a sustainable infrastructure for their critical services. This presentation will share lessons learned and successful strategies for building the capacity of minority disability organizations.

  • Fran Goldfarb, MA, CHES; Director, Family Support; CA - USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Barbara Wheeler, PhD, CA - USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Positive Behavior Support Projects at UCEDDs: Current Examples and Their Application to the UCEDD Mission.

Positive behavior support (PBS) represents an area highly relevant to training, service, and research with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. This session provides information on current PBS projects at UCEDDs in South Carolina, Kansas, and Alaska with opportunities for discussion and generation of ideas on possible collaboration.

  • David Rotholz, PhD; Associate Director SC - University of South Carolina (A UCEDD)
  • Rachel Freeman, PhD, KS - Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities;
  • Kelly Donnelly, MPA, AK - Center for Human Development

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: A Visual Training Guide

This session presents a new video-based system for detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on videos of young children with and without ASD. The target audience for this presentation is those who work with trainees at the graduate, post-graduate, and pre-professional level, in both clinical and academic settings.

  • Patricia Towle, PhD; Director of Psychology Training; NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development

Changing Demography of the Disability Field, the Role of Associations, and Opportunities for Students and Young Professionals

This session highlights demographic shifts creating concern about aging of the disability field and the next generation of leaders. It features an interactive discussion among students, early career professionals, and more established professionals concerning the role of associations, mentorship, and career development. Participants will also learn about new resources developed by the AAIDD and AUCD Joint Workgroup on Students and Early Career Professionals.

  • Joe Caldwell, PhD; Policy Analyst; AUCD
  • Tammie Picklesimer, Doctoral Candidate, HI - Center on Disability Studies & AUCD Policy Fellow;
  • Glenn Fujiura, PhD, IL - University of Illinois UCE;
  • Bill Kiernan, PhD, MA - Institute for Community Inclusion;
  • Karrie Shogren, PhD, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities;
  • Shea Obremski, KS - Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities;
  • Tracy Mann, MA - AUCD/NCBDDD Fellow

Concurrent Sessions D (Tuesday, 2:30-3:45pm)

Act Early Regional Summits

This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the Act Early Regional Summits held in the past year and provide a forum for discussion about future summits.

  • Georgina Peacock, MD; AUCD Fellow; CDC
  • Sue Lin, MS, AUCD

Forging the Path for the Direct Support Professional Workforce

The need to address Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce training and development is well recognized. Six UCDD programs are working with stakeholders to use the College of Direct Support. This presentation will provide the opportunity to review accomplishments and challenges as well as discuss DSP training and workforce development.

  • Amy Hewitt, PhD, MN - Institute on Community Integration;
  • Katie Keiling, BA, IL - University of Illinois UCE;
  • William Gaventa, MDiv, NJ - The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities;
  • Tec Chapman, Missouri Division of MRDD;
  • Carl Calkins, PhD, MO - UMKC Institute for Human Development (UCE);
  • Judy Struck, MA, SD - Center for Disabilities

Promoting Inclusion and Social Relationships for Youth with Developmental Disabilities in Classroom, After-School, and Community-Based Settings: Promising Practices

This panel will discuss findings and recommendations from a series of intervention studies aimed at promoting inclusion and social relationships for youth with developmental disabilities in (a) classrooms through peer support arrangements; (b) extracurricular activities using natural support strategies; and (c) in jobs by connecting educators with the broader community.

  • Erik Carter, PhD; Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor; WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development
  • Beth Swedeen, BS, Waisman Center: Parent, WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development;
  • Colleen Kurkowski, BS, Waisman Center: former Trainee, WI - Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development

Building the Capacity of Programs to Promote Social Development and Address the Challenging Behavior of Young Children with Disabilities

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children offers systems, programs, and practitioners' resources for promoting young children's social competence and addressing challenging behavior. The project director for the center will discuss the intervention approach and provide information essential to the delivery of intervention services. Program examples will be described

  • Lise Fox; Director; FL - Florida Center for Inclusive Communities

Opportunities for Collaboration: The role of three UCEDDs in designing and implementing early childhood professional development systems.

This session will provide an opportunity to learn from University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in Virginia, New Mexico and Wyoming that are actively involved in early childhood professional development systems in their states. Each UCEDD will share their experiences and ideas that could be implemented in other states.

  • Deana Buck, MEd; Program Group Leader; VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities
  • Mary Lynn White, BSW, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities;
  • Sandy Wilberger, MEd, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities;
  • Mette Pedersen, MEd, NM - University of New Mexico;
  • Sophie Bertrand, MA, NM - University of New Mexico;
  • Laurie Westlake, PhD, WY - Wyoming INstitute for Disabilities (WIND);
  • Rick Hufnagel, WY - Wyoming INstitute for Disabilities (WIND)

The Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Trends in Definition, Policy, and Prevention

The presenters will provide a three-pronged overview of current issues in the maltreatment of people with developmental disabilities: a description of forms and prevalence of abuse, neglect, and exploitation; a discussion of abuse as it occurs in the name of treatment; and an outline of current national policies, legislation, and funding mechanisms.

  • Donna Gilles, EdD; Associate Director of Operations; VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities
  • Bernice Allen, PhD, VA - Partnership for People with Disabilities;
  • Barb Trader, TASH, Washington, DC

A National Assessment of Transition Policies and Practices in State Vocation Rehabilitation Agencies

This session will focus on the results of a study conducted by The Study Group Inc.; the Institute on Community Integration, University of MN; and Colorado State University. The purpose of this study was to provide the U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration with a descriptive national picture of promising transition policies and practices for youth with disabilities among state vocation rehabilitation agencies nationwide.

  • David R. Johnson, PhD; Professor and Director; MN - Institute on Community Integration

Making Arts Work: Art as a Viable Career Choice

Strategies and program models to support students and young adults with disabilities as they pursue careers in the arts will be addressed. This session will share recommendations based on national, state and community based initiatives, as well as the experience of an emerging visual artist with Asperger's syndrome.

  • Stephanie Moore; Director, Visual Arts; VSA Arts
  • Olivia Raynor, PhD, CA - Tarjan Center;
  • Heike Boeltzig, M.Sc., MA - Institute for Community Inclusion;
  • Morris Trannen, Rise Program;
  • Katie Miller, BFA, Artist

National Service and the Inclusion of People with Disabilities

Across the country, UCEDDs and LENDs are actively promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in responding to critical community needs within their state. This session will highlight national efforts to increase the participation of people with disabilities in service, highlight effective community collaborations and will provide a case model for how this is being done by the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

  • Joseph Evans, PhD; Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation; Omaha, NE
  • Paula Sotnik; Institute for Community Inclusion; Boston, MA
  • Jason Wheeler; Institute for Community Inclusion; Boston, MA

Promoting Family-Centered/Family-Directed Practices and that are Culturally and Linguistically Competent: Current Training Tools, Tips and Resources

An interactive, hands-on session on how to design and implement training for MCH and other professionals on family-centered/family-directed practices that are culturally and linguistically competent. The MCHB Family Centered/Family Directed Practices Workgroup will discuss new products including training indicators, teaching/curriculum resources, field experiences, self-assessment tools, and establishing family advisory groups.

  • Barbara Levitz, MS; Director, LEND Family Partnerships Training; NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development
  • Laura Kavanagh, MPP, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB);
  • Tawara D. Goode, MA, National Center for Cultural Competence, DC - Georgetown UCEDD;
  • Mark A. Smith, MS, NE - Nebraska UCEDD;
  • Tanya Baker-McCue, MEd, NM - University of New Mexico


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