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12/7/2017

Dr. Therese Willkomm Receives the 2017 New Hampshire Governor's (NH UCEDD/LEND)

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu presented Dr. Therese Willkomm with a 2017 Governor's Accessibility Award. This award honors those who embody the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Dr. Willkomm received it for her work as the director of the Assistive Technology in New Hampshire program.

 
 

12/7/2017

Fran Goldfarb, USC UCEDD Core Function Director

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Fran Goldfarb as the USC UCEDD Core Function Director in Community Education and Information Dissemination. Fran was one of the first Family Support faculty in the LEND network and had an instrumental role nationally in the development of this LEND discipline.

 
 

12/7/2017

Improving Family Centeredness Together - New York State Early Intervention Initiative (NY UCEDDs)

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD; Valhalla, NY), in collaboration with Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (Rochester, NY) and Rose F. Kennedy UCEDD (Bronx, NY), will assist the New York Bureau of Early Intervention in implementing a portion of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP).

 
 

12/7/2017

In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (MN UCEDD/LEND)

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) has released a report, In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2015.�

 
 

12/7/2017

Larson and Hewitt (MN UCEDD) Appointed to AAIDD Advisory Committee

Dr. Sheryl A. Larson and Dr. Amy Hewitt of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, were appointed to serve on the advisory committee of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) for the next iteration of the association's terminology and classification manual: Intellectual Disability: Definition, Diagnosis, Classification, and Systems of Supports, 12th Edition. The manual is the foundation upon which clinical, policy, and legal standards are built, and the forthcoming 12th edition will contain the most current and authoritative guidance on intellectual disability, including best practices in diagnosing and classifying intellectual disability as the basis for supports for people with intellectual disability.

 
 

12/7/2017

MNLEND Seeking Postdoctoral Fellowship Applicants

Deadline: March 1, 2018

University of Minnesota (UMN)-based MNLEND is seeking talented postdoctoral applicants (including those completing doctoral degrees by June 30, 2018) with an interest in interdisciplinary research and practices in the neurodevelopmental and related disabilities field.�

 
 

12/7/2017

New Cooperative Agreement to Improve Early Childhood Workforce (CT UCEDD)

UConn UCEDD Awarded $10M Cooperative Agreement to Improve Early Childhood Workforce Development through Early Childhood Personnel Center The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC), funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education, will continue and build on the work of the current Early Childhood Personnel Center to increase the capacity of State IDEA Part C and B/619 administrators, along with administrators in other early childhood service sectors and early childhood faculty teaching at institutions of higher education to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families across the country.

 
 

12/7/2017

New Edition to MI-DDI's (MI UCEDD) Award-Winning Possibilities Video Series

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University in Detroit is excited to share the latest addition to its award-winning Possibilities video series. Possibilities focuses on the lives and accomplishments of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

 
 

12/7/2017

New Grant: Parent-Directed Comprehensive Language and Literacy Supports (L2): Providing Universally Designed Community-Based Literacy Experiences for Children with Autism (TX UCEDD)

The purpose of this project is to establish sustainable, parent-directed, comprehensive community supports for literacy and language (L2) of children with ASD, prioritizing those with limited spoken language. The strain on parents of children with ASD are already great without adding the burden of continuously creating novel literacy experiences for their children.

 
 

12/7/2017

Partnership Spotlight: Iowa's UCEDD and Title V CYSHCN Program

The Iowa UCEDD has a long history of collaboration with the Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC), which administers Iowa's Title V Maternal and Child Health Program for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Being co-located for many years has enabled the UCEDD and CHSC to forge formal and informal partnerships from collaborating on grants to convening informal brown bag lunches to discuss emerging state and federal policy issues.

 
 

12/7/2017

Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment

The deadline for host applications is January 12.

AUCD is excited to announce that the host application for the International Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) is now open. PFP-IDE is a new U.S. Department of State professional exchange program that will enable 20 emerging leaders in inclusive employment from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to participate in a five-week Fellowship in the U.S. where they will learn about disability rights and inclusive employment.

 
 

12/7/2017

RI-UCEDD Staff Present on Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) Work

FEAT was created at the University of Kansas by Judith Gross and Grace Francis (now at the University of Indiana and George Mason University respectively) to address barriers to employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).�

 
 

12/7/2017

The 'F-words' in Childhood Disability, a Paradigm Shift (MN LEND)

The University of Minnesota's LEND Program hosted keynote speaker Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, M.D., FRCP on November 16, 2017 at the Wesiman Art Museum. His talk centered on the "'F-words' in Childhood Disability". Dr. Rosenbaum spoke to a full auditorium about the importance to reassess our assumptions as healthcare providers toward treating childhood disabilities.

 
 

12/7/2017

Tips, Trust, and Humor: Connecting with Indiana Teachers and Employment Specialists

What do taking your accounting department to lunch, baking cookies, and Julie Andrews have to do with audience outreach? Each of those notions were components of messages delivered this past year to Indiana employment professionals.

 
 

12/7/2017

Updated Educator's Guide Available from OAR

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) prides itself in the evidence-based information resources it shares with self-advocates, their parents, educators, and paraprofessionals. Among these materials are the eight "Life Journey Through Autism" guidebooks that OAR has published since 2003. The ninth and newest guide in that set is "Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator's Guide to ASD (Level 1 Supports)," a revision and update of the "Educator's Guide to Asperger Syndrome."

 
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