Developments, May 2011

May 10, 2011


May 2011

Developments is AUCD's newsletter for MCHB-funded LEND and DBP programs.  Developments strives to feature news, events, resources, and success stories from LEND and DBP programs and trainees throughout the AUCD and CAAI Networks. 


We hope you enjoy the newsletter!


AUCD Annual Conference: November 2011 

AUCD AM logoHelp AUCD celebrate our 40th anniversary and recognize the many accomplishments of our network in 2011.  Join over 600 leaders in the disability field as we reflect on the accomplishments of the last forty years, face the challenges of today, and to imagine the future.  Submit a proposal for a concurrent, poster, or media session by June 10. 


November 6-9, 2011


Hyatt Regency Crystal City - Crystal City, VA


LEND & DBP Network News 


DBP Fellowship Training ProgramStanford DBP Research Project: Predicting Language Outcomes from Early Processing Efficiency in Preterm Children


NICHD has just awarded a new research project entitled, Predicting Language Outcomes from Early Processing Efficiency in Preterm Children to Heidi M Feldman MD PhD and Anne Fernald PhD at Stanford University. This innovative translational project will use new online measures of linguistic processing efficiency to differentiate preterms with good and poor outcome.


Vanderbilt LENDVanderbilt LEND Collaborates with Dietetic Internship Program Trainees to Share Best Practices in Nutrition with Students with Intellectual Disabilities 


Vanderbilt LEND has partnered with Next Steps at Vanderbilt, a 2-year postsecondary education certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities.  Dietetic trainees are educating and engaging the Next Steps students in healthy eating and active living habits.  



OR logoOregon LEND Collaborates with Pediatric Hospital to Improve Volunteer Education and Training in Interactions with Patients with Special Health Care Needs 

The LEND Program at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR has been engaged in a new partnership to both enhance leadership training activities and strengthen the care provided within our institution's pediatric hospital.



NM LEND partnered with the NM Pediatric Pulmonary Center training program for a combined Advisory Board Meeting on April Fool's Day. The meeting was attended by 59 trainees, faculty, community partners, self-advocates and family as faculty.




Kennedy Krieger Institute's Linda Schuberth Lectureship Series 


Linda Schuberth lectureship series was created to honor Schuberth's excellence in clinical practice, education, and promotion of evidence-based practice at Kennedy Krieger Institute. The inaugural Linda Schuberth Lectureship brought together occupational therapists and other clinicians within the larger community to thank her for her invaluable contributions to the field of occupational therapy, Kennedy Krieger, and the Institute's community at large.


Awards & Honors 


Angela Lombardo is the Children's Hospital Boston's Down Syndrome Program clinic coordinator, as well as family faculty for the LEND program.  She is the first line of support for the more than 480 families that the clinic serves regularly.    


The Parent Child Interaction Therapy Clinic at the University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities has trained approximately 55 practicum students, predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and licensed or licensed-eligible mental health professionals since its inception in 2006.


Katie and Allie picKatie Beerman and Allie Flynn, OH LEND, Tied for First Place in the Ohio Speech Language Hearning Association (OSLHA) Student Poster Contest 


The OSLHA Convention was held in Columbus, OH on March 19, 2011.  There were 47 posters representing students in Undergraduate Honors, Master's and Doctoral programs across the state.  Both Katie and Allie recieved 49 out of 50 possible points (judged by university faculty members from across the state). 


Christine Raymond

Christine Raymond, BSN, RNC-NIC, CT LEND, Places First in the Master's Category at the Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference


Christine Raymond, LEND Trainee during the 2009-2010 academic year at the University of Connecticut LEND program, took first place in the Master's Category at the Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference held in Philadelphia, PA. Her project title: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Screening and Referral Trends Among Connecticut Pediatricians.



Trainee Corner 

Suzanne Engel

Suzanne Engel Reflects on Her Experience of Being 2010-2011 Virtual Trainee


Suzanne Engel described her year as AUCD's 2010-2011 Virtual Trainee, in which she writes of the opportunities the Virtual Trainee position has given her.  Suzanne received her undergraduate degree in elementary and special education and psychology from SUNY Geneseo, and master's and doctoral degree in school psychology at Alfred University. This is Suzanne's second year as a LEND/UCEDD trainee. For the 2010-2011 academic year, she is a LEND ASD Psychology Fellow. 


Brittany RichardsonBrittany Richardson, NC LEND, Shares Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Annual Conference Experience 


The 10th Annual EHDI Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia in February of 2011.  This conference brought together a diverse group of professionals, students, and parents from across the country with the shared goal of providing better services to infants and young children with hearing loss and their families.


MNRachael Sarto, MN LEND Trainee, Attends Allies in Self Advocacy Summit 


Rachael Sarto, MN LEND Trainee, shares her experience attending an Administration on Developmental Disabilities Allies in Self Advocacy Summit.





DPS newsletterDisability Policy Seminar 2011: Reflections from AUCD Trainees 


Over 110 AUCD trainees attended the 2011 Disability Policy Seminar. In order to capture the experience, the 2011 AUCD Virtual Trainee Suzanne Engel asked trainees in attendance to share their thoughts by respond to three sentence-starters: "At the DPS, I...," "On the Hill, I...," and "One thing I will bring back to my program is..." This publication includes trainees' responses to these sentence-starters and provides an overview of what was learned and the impact the DPS had on trainees.





VT recruit pic


AUCD is Now Accepting Applications for 2011-2012 Virtual Trainee  


This individuals works remotely from his/her home Center/Program for one academic year to build and enhance a network among trainees at AUCD's UCEDDs and LENDs.  Candidates should be a trainee in the coming year, have previously acquired knowledge of their Center or Program, and be interested in learning about the entire network of centers, as well as national issues related to persons with disabilities and special health care needs.  Applications are due by July 15.





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For a listing of events of interest to LEND and DBP programs, visit the ITAC Events webage





Resources picFor a listing of resources of interest to LEND and DBP programs in both ASD and DD, visit the ITAC Resource Compendium webpage. 


These stories, events, news, and more are posted on the ITAC and AUCD websites.

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