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4/1/2022

The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities is Recruiting Participants for the Rural Transportation Interviews Project

The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) at the University of Montana is currently recruiting for a project in which researchers are interviewing people with disabilities who live in rural areas with limited transportation options. The one-on-one interviews ask about how they get around their communities and their experiences with different transportation services.

 
 

4/1/2022

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Introduces Two New Toolkits to Ease Stress Caused by Needlesticks in Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has introduced two brand-new toolkits created to alleviate fear and stress in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) when needlesticks are part of a medical appointment. One toolkit is designed for parents as they prepare their child for a shot during a visit to the doctor, and the other toolkit is for health care providers and clinical researchers who may give vaccines or perform blood draws on patients with IDD as part of their work.

 
 

3/31/2022

Call for Participants: Health Care Video Project

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and Community Catalyst are holding a focus group to learn about the experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities when getting health care.

 
 

3/28/2022

Call for Host Applications - The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement

Calling all UCEDDs and LENDs interested in internationalizing their disability work, research, and practice! Apply to the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement to host a Fellow from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, or Ethiopia. Institute for Community Inclusion is currently accepting Host applications for the Fall 2022 Fellowship Exchange. Learn about the benefits of hosting a Fellow, how to apply, how we match Fellows with Hosts, and more details.

 
 

3/10/2022

A College Exploration Conversation with Jake and Christy (Maine UCEDD)

It's a cold morning in late November and Jake, a high school junior, sits on' the edge of a leather couch in the University of Maine's historic Heritage House. He's accompanied by his mother, Christy; and Hailey Howard, his vocational rehabilitation counselor from the Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

 
 

3/10/2022

University of Wyoming College of Nursing Awards Peter K. Simpson Advanced Practice Nursing FAN Award

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming is pleased to announce that Canyon Hardesty, M.S, CHES, associate director of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, is the 2022 recipient of the Peter K. Simpson FAN Award. This honor is in recognition and appreciation for work and commitment to the DNP program, its faculty, and students.

 
 

2/25/2022

Request for Applications- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Coaches

Deadline to submit a proposal: March 21st, 2022

The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) launched a multi-pronged technical assistance initiative to support UCEDDs in implementing the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan. In continuation of this initiative, the URC is seeking applications from UCEDD leaders across the AUCD network to serve as Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion coaches. Coaches may provide individualized coaching to network members, respond to rapid response requests, and support implementation of the technical assistance initiative by presenting at webinars and supporting content of the ED&I Action Plan Implementation groups.

 
 
A headshot of A. Pablo Juarez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA. He is a middle-aged man with a medium complexion, a short buzz cut, black glasses, and a dark blue button-down shirt and a pink and blue plaid bow tie.

2/7/2022

A Commentary from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist, TRIAD Co-director on ABA Controversies and the Need for Substantive Community Engagement

This opinion piece is shared by A. Pablo Juarez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD). This commentary is not meant to be a definitive resource documenting numerous issues surrounding the use of applied behavior analysis, but to instead provide a surface-level overview of conversations currently being held among self-advocates and disability support professionals.

 
 
A close up of three folded white tshirts layered vertically on top of each other. The top one reads Vacunada Vaccinated. The middle one reads Vacunado Vaccinated. The bottom one reads Vacunadx Vaccinated.

1/31/2022

Vacunda? Vacundo? Vacundx?

AUCD Efforts with the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN)

AUCD participated in NCRN's Regional Community Coalition to increase COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Read a story from one of our AUCD Network members, who engaged in this coalition.

 
 

1/12/2022

Supporting Families Summit: Celebrating 10 Years

In recognition of the complex roles of family caregivers, and the challenges they face, leaders in the disability field came together at the 2011 Wingspread Summit to develop policy recommendations to improve supports for family caregivers. UMKC-IHD's Associate Director, Sheli Reynolds played a role in helping to plan the Wingspread Summit and later co-authored a report, "Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with a Member with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities."

 
 

1/12/2022

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center LEND Trainees Address Health Disparities through Virtual Sessions for New Mothers

Moms2B, a community-based pregnancy program for low-income mothers in central Ohio, was established by The Ohio State University Medical Center in 2010 to decrease high infant mortality rates in the state and help mothers deliver healthy, full-term infants. This community-based program meets weekly throughout pregnancy and through the infant's first year to provide education and support to moms. In-person meetings occur in a safe, familiar space where Moms can ask questions, receive education on infant development and reproductive health, and connect with local services.

 
 

12/16/2021

AUCD's Children's Mental Health Champions Project Extended for 2021-2022

AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health continues its work with the Children's Mental Health Champions project for a second year. This project is made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Building on the efforts of the year one Champions, 2020-2021, twelve Champions were selected for 2021-2022 to continue to provide timely support for children and their families. The Champions developed state-specific work plans to implement effective strategies for mental health promotion, prevention supports, and the creation of networks (e.g., school, healthcare, and community) to promote better connections between these systems. The 2021-2022 Champions represent American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

 
 

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

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.

 
 

11/17/2021

CAC Chair Receives Wisconsin Diehard Award

Maria Nogueron, the Waisman Center's Constituent Advisory Committee (CAC) Chair from 2015-2021, was awarded the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities Diehard Award in October.

 
 

11/17/2021

Coordinated and Integrated Data System for the Early Identification (CIDSEI) of Young Children with Developmental Delays or Disabilities

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with a one-year project to identify states or territories with coordinated and integrated data systems for the early identification (CIDSEI) of young children with developmental delays or disabilities and to use this information to develop and pilot tools, materials, and resources to support additional states and territories in the development of a CIDSEI.

 
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