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Missouri UCEDD Launches New Website

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Institute for Human Development, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for the state of Missouri, has just launched its new website at The site showcases the breadth and depth of programs and resources that IHD offers to individuals with disabilities, their family members, service providers, and other professionals.



Shelly Baer Recognized as Exceptional Leader within the Community

Rochelle 'Shelly' Baer, LCSW of the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development, has been awarded the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's 2023 Community Partner Award. The Department of Public Health Sciences recognizes Shelly's exceptional leadership. Numerous public health students have benefited from collaborating with her in co-facilitating SALT and SELP initiatives.

Headshot of Beth Malow, a white woman with chin-length red hair and blue eyes, in front of a brown background. Dr. Malow is wearing a magenta cardigan and camisole set and a necklace of black beads.


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Researcher Beth Malow Receives Grant to Mount Sleep Program for Children with Autism

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) member Beth Malow, MD, MS, has received a three-year, $249,660 grant from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to mount a community-based educational program for improving sleep in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).



APA 2024 Convention - Division 33 (ID/ASD) Conference Activities/Awards and Sponsor Opportunities

UCEDD/LEND/IDDRC directors are invited to become an official sponsor/co-sponsor of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 33 (ID/ASD) 2024 convention activities. The APA Division 33 and UCEDD/LEND/IDDRC directors have much in common. In fact, several past and current APA Division 33 Presidents and members of our leadership have been/are UCEDD/LEND/IDDRC directors. For example, our current APA Division 33 Executive Committee members include: Marc J. Tasse, Elizabeth A. Laugeson, Karrie A Shogren, and Micah Mazurek.



Disability Policy News | February 5, 2024 | Vol. MMXXIII | Issue 84

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayBudget and Appropriations; House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing on Employees with Disabilities, Senate Introduces the Supporting Disabled Entrepreneurs Act and more.



Medical and Dental Curricula on IDD: Training Inclusive Providers

A Study on How Medical and Dental Schools Teach Students about IDD

Past research has shown that many medical and dental students do not learn about IDD in school. The WITH Foundation, AUCD, and UC-LEND, led by Dr. Kashia Rosenau, collaborated to learn more about how medical and dental schools are teaching students about intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The study found that most of the schools had self-advocates to help them teach their medical and dental students about caring for patients with IDD. The study also found that medical and dental students want to learn more about caring for their patients with disabilities. Overall, the study highlights the importance of teaching medical and dental students about caring for patients with IDD and including more self-advocates in this training.

Jamie Junior, an advocacy and community education coordinator for the Disability Network of Wayne County, reaches down to pet a service dog. Jamie is wheelchair bound and is being watched by the dog's owner. The dog's owner is standing to the right o


Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute and Michigan Vaccination Partners accomplishments Highlighted in APHA's Thought Leadership Film Series

The American Public Health Association (APHA) selected the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University and the Michigan Vaccination Partners project to be featured in the APHA 2023 Thought Leadership Film Series. The series profiles cutting-edge efforts to address public health issues being led by researchers, advocates and organizations across the country.

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New Issue Released of Review of Disability Studies: Extended Volume on Disability and China (Vol 18, No.4 & Vol 19 No. 1)

The Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, is pleased to announce the release of the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Special Issue on China and Disability. The 595-page issue (Volume 18, Issue 4 & Volume 19, Issue 1) was guest-edited by Drs. Luanjiao Hu, The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University, and Fengming Cui, Harvard University.



Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities: Removing barriers to vaccine access with rural Spanish speakers with disabilities

The Administration on Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are funding local trusted disability and aging partners to build vaccine confidence. In Montana, ACL/CDC funding supports the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, the Montana Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Montana, Montana Centers for Independent Living, Area Agencies on Aging, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers. These funded partners are coordinating activities to connect people with disabilities and older adults to vaccination resources.



Apply Today: AUCD Leadership Academy

The deadline to apply is March 1st at 5:00 PM EST

The AUCD Leadership Academy is a week-long intensive experience, paired with a year of pre and post interactions designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from disability networks to build coalitions to improve systems of supports and services. The Leadership Academy engages participants from UCEDDs, LENDs, and the wider community of disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development.



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A National Partnership to Advance Peer-Support Models for People Who Need Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is pleased to announce that the University Center of Excellence in Development Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), in partnership with CommunicationFIRST, has been selected as the recipient of a subaward to create a national partnership to develop an approach and plan to advance peer-support models for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users.



Disability Policy News | January 22, 2024 | Vol. MMXXIII | Issue 84

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayBudget and Appropriations; Senate Introduces the We Can't Wait Act of 2023, Senate Introduces the Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults Act of 2023 and more.



3rd Round of the ProFellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagemen Launched

ProFellows Derrick Willis, Director of the University of Iowa's Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) and AUCD President, and Bakar Hamad, Executive Director of the Organization of Women with Disabilities in Zanzibar (JUWAUZA), joined esteemed dignitaries to celebrate 15 years of JUWAUZA's dedicated service to women with disabilities in Zanzibar! Dignitaries included the second Vice President of Zanzibar, the Hon. Hemed Suleiman Abdulla.



Intern Perspectives: Reflections on OHSU UCEDD's Summer Internship Program Shaping Disability Advocacy

Each summer, the OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) offers internship opportunities to high school or early college students interested in pursuing a career in health care, with an emphasis on disability. It is a delight to watch these students progress and grow during the 8-week program which places students in different centers, clinic groups, and research labs across the Institute on Development and Disability. Every now and then, we receive updates on some of their ongoing academic and professional adventures.

Two photos showing a 4-H banner at a community event. The photo on the left shows people at the event with the banner over their heads. The photo on the right is a close-up of the banner.


ICI, UM Extension Partner For 4-H Youth

The MN UCEDD has created accommodation kits containing tools to better accommodate Minnesota 4-H members with and without disabilities. The training also shared tips about more fully including youth with disabilities.

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