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2023 AUCD Board Elections: Official Ballot

Voting Deadline: October 16


AUCD 360 - September 2023

News Around the Network
Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Project ECHO Founder and Executive Director, presents award to Canyon Hardesty, WIND Associate Director, with Dr. Karla Thornton, Senior Associate Director of Project ECHO


The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Wins 2023 ECHO Excellence Award

Nationwide, just over 19 percent of the Department of Education's accredited institutions have taken advantage of a digital documents course developed at the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice. Faculty and staff from all the universities in the Utah System of Higher Education have taken the course, which helps them provide accessible digital materials to their students.



2023 Residential Information Systems Project Summative Evaluation

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) is evaluating the Residential Information Systems Project (RISP). Through this evaluation, NASDDDS will assess the extent to which RISP is meeting the needs of state DD agencies, organizations funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), elected officials and interested others. The evaluation is funded by the subcontract with the University of Minnesota from the ACL (Cooperative Agreement #90DNPA0001-05).



AUCD's New Brand Guidelines and Logos

We are excited to share AUCD's new brand guidelines! The brand guidelines include information about the AUCD brand, our new logo and colors, how to ensure accessibility across platforms, and more. We hope that you use the guidelines as a resource on how to promote the AUCD brand and how to engage people about the work of the AUCD Network. Please make note of the updated logo and color changes and update your Center's/Program's web pages and other materials accordingly.



WVU CED Expands Efforts to Improve Outcomes for Babies Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Incidence rates of newborns diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome have rapidly increased in rural states as West Virginia continues to see a rise in opioid use and addiction, including pregnant women. For the past five years, the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVU CED) has tested and implemented models of care to strengthen services for West Virginia families with infants born exposed to substances in utero or diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome.



Host a Fellow from the Professional Fellows Program

Is your UCEDD or LEND eager to drive global change in disability inclusion? Host a Fellow from the prestigious Professional Fellows Program (PFP)! The PFP supports mid-career disability rights professionals from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia to participate in a five-week Fellowship in the US in Spring 2024. As a host, we will match you with a Fellow whose professional interests and goals align with your organization to exchange disability-inclusive civic engagement knowledge and practices.

A village meeting of autism acceptance advocates and community health workers in rural Rwanda in July 2023.


Identifying Autism in Rwanda

In rural Africa, people with autism and other disabilities are stigmatized and routinely hidden indoors. This summer, the MN UCEDD trained community health workers in Rwanda on identifying the signs of autism in children and on principles for addressing the needs of people with disabilities in rural areas.

REACH Lab Research, Engagement and Advocacy for Community Participation and Health


Peer Support and Research Engagement for Transition Age Young Adults with IDD Resources

Informed by community members, including young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), the REACH Lab and Institute on Disabilities at Temple University developed free and easy-to-access resources about how peer support can help with successful transition and research.



Prevalence: Extending ICI's Research

For years, researchers at the MN UCEDD have estimated autism prevalence among Minnesota school children. Now the researchers are also estimating the prevalence of cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy.



2024 AMCHP Annual Conference - Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the 2024 AMCHP Annual Conference is now open! We highly encourage those working in community organizations and tribal entities, family leaders, students, and early career professionals to share their completed (or in progress) work under any of 10 subject-focused tracks.

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2024 Gatlinburg Conference - Call for Proposals Open

The 2024 Gatlinburg Conference continues its tradition as one of the premier conferences for scientists conducting research on intellectual and developmental disabilities. The University of Kansas Life Span Institute is excited to host another year of Gatlinburg Conference on April 17-19, 2024.



2024 Texas Transition Conference - Registration is Open

The 2024 Texas Transition is moving to Houston for 2024/2025! We will be at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. We look forward to having you join us, live or online, on February 28 - March 1, 2024. We will cap the live registration at 500 participants.



Nugent Appointed to National Disability Rights Network Board of Directors

Austin Nugent has built bridges between many different parts of the disability community, and she's a Disability Program Administrator at HDI, has been named an At-Large member for the National Disability Rights Network's (NDRN) Board of Directors. That means that she'll help provide oversight to an organization that protects and advocates for people with all sorts of disabilities nationwide, focusing on ensuring that people's rights are protected.



OHSU Institute on Development and Disability UCEDD Expands Impact of Sexual Health Education

The UCEDD at OHSU has implemented The Friendships and Dating Program, created by the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development, in Oregon for the past three years. With its growing success, the FDP has received a grant extension and will continue for another year.



Turner Appointed to Kentucky Employment First Council by Governor Beshear

In 2020, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order to create the Kentucky Employment First Council, which helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment. Morgan Turner, HDI Project Assistant, has accepted a position as Vice Chair on that council.

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