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12/8/2021

$17 Million Grant Contracts in Autism and Behavior Awarded to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) TRIAD

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) was awarded two grant contracts by Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) totaling $17 million. The grant contracts enable TRIAD to continue its 22-year partnership with TDOE by providing professional development and behavior intervention services across the state.

 
 

12/8/2021

Disability Policy News Feedback Survey

We're looking forward to returning the newsletter to your inboxes under Cindy Smith's, Director of Public Policy, leadership. When it does return, we want to make sure that the newsletter meets your needs and interests. Please take a few minutes and let us know how we are doing and how we can improve in this this brief survey.

 
 

12/8/2021

University Research Center Will House Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health

The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, a Georgia State University research center housed in the School of Public Health, has been chosen as the future home for the Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health (GA-AIMH). The center will be the first umbrella organization to house GA-AIMH.

 
 

12/8/2021

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) UCEDD Community Advisory Council Crafts and Approves VKC Equity Statement

During a 2020 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) Community Advisory Council (CAC) meeting, VKC director Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., asked the group to help come up with a plan to increase the diversity of the VKC in a manner to better reflect the communities it serves.

 
 

12/7/2021

Listening Sessions for the All of Us Research Program

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is looking for nominations for individuals to participate in listening sessions on the All of Us Research Program. The All of Us Research Program is a precision medicine initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the goal of helping researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy.

 
 

12/7/2021

The Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCIEA) of 2021 Explainer

Sara Bovat, MSW and Liz Weintraub

People with disabilities want to work, live independently and be able to pay their own bills. The employment participation rate for people with disabilities between the ages of 16 to 64 years - the predominant, working age demographic - was 33.6% in 2020.[1] Between 2017 and 2018, the average wage of a person with a disability working under a 14(c) certificate was only $3.34 per hour less than half the federal minimum wage.[2] Jobs under 14(c) certificates are often in places called "sheltered workshops," where they are working separately from co-workers without disabilities and from the community.

 
 

11/30/2021

COVID-19 Recruitment Study by NCRN

AUCD is doing a study to test COVID-19 vaccine ads. This study is an online survey that tracks your eyes when you are looking at an ad. This study will be done on a computer or laptop that has a camera.

 
 

11/30/2021

Transition to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (MT UCEDD)

"No one should be paid less than minimum wage simply because they have a disability," said Martin Blair, Executive Director of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. Blair was referring to the bi-partisan, Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (TCEIA) introduced last week in the U.S. Senate by Montana's Senator Steve Daines and Pennsylvania's Senator Bob Casey. Daines and Casey are leading a national effort to end employment discrimination against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The bill will support employers transitioning to paying competitive, fair wages to people with disabilities.

 
 

11/23/2021

AUCD2021 Virtual Conference Closing Plenary Cheat Sheet

Did you enjoy hearing from the members of Congress who gave remarks during the closing plenary? We did! Here's a recap of the different bills that the Congressional speakers addressed in this document.

 
 

11/22/2021

2021 AUCD Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie A. Fodor, PhD

The 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Julie A. Fodor, PhD during the AUCD Virtual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

 
 

11/19/2021

AUCD Thanks U.S. House for Passing Build Back Better Act & Stands Ready to Work with Senate

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is pleased to see the Build Back Better Act pass the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill contains critical investments in health, education and economic security programs that will improve the lives of people with disabilities, allow them to live in the community, and become economically self-sufficient.

 
 

11/19/2021

AUCD360 - November 2021

 
 

11/19/2021

Friends and Family Campaign

As we move into the fall and winter, we'll see our friends and families on special occasions. Our "Friends and Family" Campaign shares tools on how to keep encouraging vaccine confidence in non-judgmental ways. Ask a friend or a family member that you may have who is in a local community or civic group and reach out together to listen to any questions or concerns and share information in a kind way.

 
 

11/18/2021

Congratulations to Mrs. Melina Cavazos on her passing dissertation Defense on a topic about school psychologists' involvement in transition planning

Mrs. Melina Cavazos will be graduating with her doctoral degree in school psychology from Texas A&M University in December 2021. She has just defended for dissertation titled Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) Involvement in the Assessment and Planning of Postsecondary Transition in Texas.

 
 

11/18/2021

PATHS Virtual Open House

The PATHS Certificate Program at Texas A&M University will be hosing a virtual open house on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. PATHS stands for Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services

 
 

11/18/2021

The PATHS Program application is now open and available for applicants to apply for the 2022-2024 cohort!!

The Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Certificate Program prepares individuals for jobs as Direct Support Professionals and Child Care Professionals. Upon completing the two-year program at the Center on Disability and Development, participants earn a certificate that combines classroom instruction with hands-on career building experiences.

 
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