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National Learning Academy Grand Opening

The Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC) at Indiana University has launched the National Learning Academy (NLA), a virtual education community serving up comprehensive insight and practical employment applications from IIDC experts to a national audience.



Apply Now! Become a 2023 Think College Policy Advocate!

Deadline: April 24, 2023

The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) and Think College National Coordinating Center (NCC) are happy to announce this opportunity to learn and practice policy advocacy skills is once again available to students and staff of inclusive higher education programs. If you or someone you know works for or attends a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disability, you can apply to be a Think College Policy Advocate (TCPA).



COE Introduces New Interim Director of the Center on Disability Studies

Dr. Holly Manaseri has been appointed as Interim Director of the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) at the College of Education. A passionate advocate for inclusion she has served as an Association of University Centers on Disability Equity, Diversity and Inclusion coach and continues her work as a leadership coach, committed to bridging theory to practice.



Requesting Support on Advocacy Issue for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is proposing changes to how pediatric residents are trained to evaluate and care for patients with developmental disabilities and behavior challenges. The proposed changes would remove the requirement for a board-certified DBP to teach the pediatric residents, and instead allow pediatric residency program directors to have faculty without DBP board certification to teach the residents. Please lend your voice to oppose these critical changes in pediatric residency education by posting comments on the ACGME Review and Comment page before April 5, 2023.

Isabelle Morris (left) writes with a pen while a writing student with a developmental disability looks on.


Autistic, Not Sorry

Isabelle Morris (left) is a MN LEND fellow and autism researcher who describes herself as "unapologetically autistic." She's among a growing group of autistic researchers using their lived experience to shape the future of autism research.



Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayBudget; Long COVID; HCBS; Pandemic Preparedness; Transportation



Imaging Tech Produces Real-time 3D Maps of Uterine Contractions During Labor

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed new imaging technology that can produce 3D maps showing the magnitude and distribution of uterine contractions in real time and across the entire surface of the uterus during labor. Building on imaging methods long used on the heart, this technology can image uterine contractions noninvasively and in much greater detail than currently available tools, which only indicate the presence or absence of a contraction.

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Release of the Annual Disability Statistics Collection

On February 7, 2023, StatsRRTC at the Institute on Disability released key findings from the Annual Disability Statistics Collection. The annual report addresses critical gaps in national and state data related to people with disabilities by synthesizing complex data from numerous U.S. federal agencies into accessible formats.

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She's Nobody Special - by Kathy Bates

"I want everyone to understand that it is okay to use the word 'disability' or refer to a specific disability if it is important to the message you are trying to convey. Disability is not right or wrong�it just IS." Kathy Bates shares her thoughts on the role that language plays in terms of disability in her most recent blog post, "She's Nobody Special."



AIR-P Scholars Pilot and Feasibility Funding Opportunity

Deadline: March 28, 2023

The Autism Intervention Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) seeks applications for the AIR-P Scholars & Pilot and Feasibility funding program during the September 2023-August 2024 project year. Proposals must address a topic or topics related to autism and physical health with a focus on enhancing the health and well-being of autistic people. Preference will be given to projects with an emphasis on undeserved groups.

pdf File 2023 AIR-P Scholars RFP [download]


Angela Shepard Appointed Director of NERGN

We are pleased to announce that Angela Shepherd, MD, MPH, will be joining the IOD in early March as Director of the New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN). Angela is a NH native who graduated from Plymouth State University before attending the University of Maryland's School of Medicine. She returned to New England to complete her Preventive Medicine residency and master's in public health at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA. Angela is very active in the rare disease community in New Hampshire.



DD Act Partners Directors' Presentation with the DRC-NH, NHCDD, & IOD

The directors of the Disability Rights Center NH (DRC-NH), the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities (NHCDD), and the Institute on Disability (IOD) recently created a video to discuss how their organizations work together to remove barriers to people with disabilities living fully inclusive lives in their communities. Stephanie Patrick (DRC-NH), Isadora Rodriguez-Legendre (NHCDD), and Kelly Nye-Lengerman (IOD) talk about the importance of building leadership and supporting advocacy in the continued fight for disability justice.



JoAnne Malloy, PhD, Selected as NH Social Worker of the Year

Congratulations to JoAnne Malloy, PhD, on her selection as Social Worker of the Year by the New Hampshire chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She received the award at the Social Work Celebration in Concord, NH, on March 3, 2023. JoAnne is a Research Associate Professor at the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire and has worked to advance improved behavioral health for children, youth, and families in the state since 1982.



Kelly Nye-Lengerman Named Associate Editor

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has named IOD Director Kelly Nye-Lengerman an associate editor for the journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The IDD is a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal of policy, practices, and perspectives.



Mailman Center Leadership Changes: Dr. Michelle Schladant, Dr. Jason Jent, Dr. Elana Mansoor, and Dr. Dainelys Garcia

Following Dr. Jeff Brosco's transition to HRSA/MCHB as Director of the Division of Children with Special Health Care Needs, changes are taking place in the leadership of the Mailman Center has leadership changes with promotions.



New Program Builds Business and Leadership Acumen for Early Childhood Educators

As a part of the Association of University Centers for Disabilities and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for the state of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Institute for Human Development (UMKC-IHD) along with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) are launching a training and coaching program over a two-year period starting in 2023. The project aims to enhance the efficacy of early childhood education by building the leadership and business skills of early childhood education administrators across family child care businesses, smaller independent early learning centers and large early learning organizations across Missouri.

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