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10/3/2017

Interdisciplinary Genetics Competencies for LEND Trainees

As recommended by the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Genetics Workgroup

The purpose of this document is to serve as resource for LEND programs for those programs desiring to strengthen their genetics content. It is not intended to serve as a mandate or requirement, but rather to provide specific guidance in achieving basic and advanced competencies in genetics.

 
 

10/3/2017

Join Us for a Party!

All conference attendees are invited to take a walk down Beale Street in Memphis immediately following the awards ceremony. Our Conference Chair, Bruce Keisling, will bring us a taste of his southern town with a fun, themed party that celebrating the rich history and music of Memphis. We will have yummy food, a DJ to mix some old and new tunes, and some fun opportunities for photographs and festivities. Join your colleagues and friends for a night of celebration and fun! No extra ticket or fee is required for this fun event.

 
 

10/3/2017

Tuesdsays with Liz - National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and to celebrate NDEAM, this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Richard Davis, who is the Policy Advisor at the U.S. Dept. of Labor in the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Liz and Richard talked about the Employment First efforts in states.

 
 

10/2/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday2018 budget resolution; CHIP Hearings; Tax Plan; Tom Price resignation; and much more

 
 

9/29/2017

Dr. Dianne McBrien Named LEND Director of Iowa's UCEDD

On July 1, Dianne McBrien, MD assumed the directorship of the University of Iowa's LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) training program. She succeeds Lenore Holte, PhD, who directed the interdisciplinary program for the past 10 years.

 
 

9/29/2017

FY 2018 Budget Resolution and Health Care

Talking Points

The 2018 Senate budget resolution released today would let the Senate repeal most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and/or adopt additional deep cuts to Medicaid with just 50 votes, while at the same time cutting taxes by $1.5 trillion or more for high-income households and corporations.

 
 

9/29/2017

FY 2018 Budget Resolution and Health Care

Talking Points

The 2018 Senate budget resolution released today would let the Senate repeal most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and/or adopt additional deep cuts to Medicaid with just 50 votes, while at the same time cutting taxes by $1.5 trillion or more for high-income households and corporations.

 
 

9/29/2017

Portlight - Inclusive Disaster Strategies

Portlight Strategies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work

 
 

9/28/2017

AUCD Welcomes Vanita Gupta to Speak at AUCD 2017 Conference

Vanita Gupta is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She has been working to advance civil rights her entire career. Before joining The Leadership Conference in June 2017, Gupta served as Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

 
 

9/27/2017

Bruce Keisling and #AUCD2017 Featured on #Policy4All

Dr. Bruce Keisling, AUCD2017 Conference Chair, AUCD President-Elect, and Director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities in Memphis, TN, was interviewed this week on 'Tuesdays with Liz, Disability Policy for All.' Watch the 8 minute interview to learn more about what to expect at the upcoming conference, why everyone will find something to enjoy when they attend, and Dr. Keisling's vision for AUCD during his upcoming year as President of the AUCD Board of Directors.

 
 

9/27/2017

Conference Hotel is Sold Out

The block of rooms under AUCD's contract with the hotel is currently SOLD OUT.
A list of hotels within walking distance of the Renaissance is available on the AUCD conference website. (Note that AUCD has not negotiated room rates with any of these hotels.)

 
 

9/26/2017

Obesity and Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A Research to Policy Brief

Obesity is an increasingly common condition that is characterized by an increase in the number and size of fat cells in the body. Obesity rates are a concern for the general population, but research findings consistently report even higher rates of obesity among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report approximately 35% of the general population is obese, while the rate of obesity among adults with IDD is as high as 58.5% in the United States. The consequences of obesity predispose adults with IDD to a greater risk of secondary health conditions that can impair their health status and quality of life.

 
 

9/26/2017

Tuesdays with Liz - AUCD2017

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Bruce Keisling, Director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and chair of this year's AUCD conference. Liz and Bruce talked about what to expect at the upcoming conference.

 
 

9/25/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayProposal to repeal ACA; Cuts to Social Secutiry; and much more

 
 

9/25/2017

Speak Up Speak Out: An Inclusive Speech Event Making a Difference (MS UCEDD)

By: Dr. Jerry R. Alliston

Speak Up Speak Out was an inclusive self-advocacy program for youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Each morning we began with a few icebreakers allowing each participant to become more comfortable sharing about themselves with the group. Then we moved on to tongue twisters which were a crowd favorite! Everyone got the opportunity to try out the tongue twisters individually which led to a lot of laughs and an easy-going atmosphere. Next, we would go outside for warm ups, which are just short activities to get everyone moving and loosened up. Afterwards, we returned indoors and then split into two groups to develop skits. Each skit was completely original and came from the ideas of everyone in the group. We had a lot of fun creating our scripts and both groups selected the theme of superheroes and using your self-advocacy powers. Everyone enjoyed developing their names for their heroes, and of course, we had to have villains, too. The rest of day one and two focused on finalizing, refining and learning the skits. On the third and final day, we performed the skits for a full house of peers and IDS staff. When the performances were finished, each participant was given a certificate for participating in the Speak Up Speak Out event. All agreed that this experience was a hit!

 
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