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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Produces Trio of Videos on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Individuals with Intellectual Disability

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC UCEDD)(TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has produced three brief videos to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence in the disability community. These videos feature an adult with an intellectual disability and a parent and her daughter with autism, who share their personal experiences, hesitancy, and decision-making related to getting themselves or their child vaccinated.



WIHD Selected as One of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Westchester

WIHD was recently named as one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Westchester! The awards program began in 2021 and is promoted by 914INC. in partnership with Best Companies Group. This regional survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Westchester, benefiting the region's economy, workforce and businesses.



Wisconsin UCEDD SaferKids Program

Benji is a bright-eyed and energetic six-year-old. He and his two brothers keep their mom, constantly on her toes. But Benji, who was recently diagnosed with autism, was exhibiting some behaviors that were leaving his mother fearful for his safety. While at the Waisman Center Benji's mother mentioned her concerns to one of the clinic's family navigators. That's when she was told about the Waisman Center's SafterKids program.



Request for Reviewers for URC & ITAC

Deadline: January 24, 2021

The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) and the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) seek reviewers for plain language and Spanish language materials development and review. Attached is the Request for Reviewers with all details. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 24, 2021.



2022 EHDI Conference Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees

Deadline to apply: January 24

AUCD is offering scholarships to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Annual Conference on March 13-15, 2022. All current LEND audiology trainees, including those in their externship year, are eligible to apply.



Georgetown UCEDD Creates COVID-19 Video Series featuring Family Physician

The Georgetown UCEDD created a COVID-19 video series featuring a family physician, called "Ask Dr. Kim." This series answers questions like "What is COVID-19?" and "What is all the talk about needing a booster shot?"



AUCD Launched Podcast - AUCD Network Narratives

This fall, AUCD launched its first ever podcast called AUCD Network Narratives: Real Stories from Our Members. The podcast shares real stories from network members who are working to change systems and structures that impact people with disabilities. Each AUCD Network Narratives episode features a conversation about experiences at a LEND, UCEDD or IDDRC, especially highlighting emerging leaders and the voices of BIPOC disabled people and their families.



Liz's Top 5 Favorite AUCD2021 Concurrent Sessions

Liz Weintraub from AUCDs hit series, Tuesdays with Liz, shares her favorite concurrent sessions from the AUCD 2021 Virtual Conference. Here are the sessions that attendees should check out via the conference platform!



AIR-P Scholars & Pilot and Feasibility Funding

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is currently in its second year of funding under the direction of UCLA and Project Investigator Dr. Alice Kuo! AIR-P establishes and maintains an interdisciplinary, multicenter research network for scientific collaboration and infrastructure to increase the life expectancy and quality of life for autistic individuals. The mission of the AIR-P is to develop a robust research infrastructure that will foster measurable improvements in optimal physical health and well-being of autistic individuals and their families across the lifespan



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.



Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) Updates

Autistic Researcher Review Board (ARRB) member Mornik Giwa Onaiwu was featured on AUCD's podcast, AUCD Network Narratives: Real Stories from Our Members. The episode is titled "Using Storytelling to Connect Research and Lived Experience". The episode covers an important discussion on the need for respectful, affirming, and accurate language as well as the difference between person-first language versus identity-first language.



CSS's New Medical Training to Address the Needs of People with IDD

A research team from the Center for START Services at the IOD at UNH has been approved for a $50,000 grant awarded by the WITH Foundation to develop a companion training curriculum for the Integrated Mental Health Treatment Guidelines for Prescribers in IDD.



Grants Create New Center to Address Native American Disability Challenges

Two grants totaling more than $1.3 million will help establish the foundation for the Native Center for Disabilities, which is aimed at bringing Tribal communities together to improve disability services and employment access for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



Growing Self-Advocacy in the Heartland

The second SOAR Conference sponsored by four Midwestern UCEDDs was held virtually this fall, with Iowa's UCEDD taking the lead for 2021.



How Improving Emergency Management for IDD Community Will Help All

Recent research by Dr. Laura Stough, an IDD scholar in the Department of Education Psychology at Texas A&M University, points out the flaws of crisis management for the IDD community and shows where there is room to improve.



IOD's 2021 Facts & Figures Now Available

IOD's annual report Facts & Figures: 2021 Report on Disability in New Hampshire is now available. Facts & Figures focuses on characteristics of the population with disabilities in NH, with comparisons to neighboring states and the nation.

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