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Boy Scout Returns to MMI

A boy scout who received his autism diagnosis at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute more than a decade ago returns to build toys for children with developmental disabilities as his Eagle Scout project.



Dr. McNally Keehn Selected to be Health Equity Research Scholar

Dr. Rebecca McNally Keehn, Research Director at the Indiana LEND, has been selected to participate in the Health Equity Research Scholars (HERS) Program, a 9-month faculty-development program for faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine.

A woman stands behind a man in a motorized wheelchair and smile as they pose with copies of Kindred Stories to hand out to legislators during Tennessee's Disability Day on the Hill.


Educating Legislators and Policymakers Through Storytelling and Legislative Visits

Each year, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with The Arc Tennessee and AbleVoices, produces a collection of stories and images that highlight the challenges individuals with disabilities and their families face as they navigate service systems and supports in the state of Tennessee. Kindred Stories of Disability highlights a different topic in each issue and is shared with Tennessee legislators and policymakers to educate them with first-hand accounts from constituents in their districts.



The State of HDI Podcast Explores Alternate Augmentative Communication

Dr. Jacqui Kearns discusses communication and alternative augmentative communication and how she collaborates to ensure all students in school can communicate.



UCONN UCEDD Awarded National Early Childhood Intervention Personnel Development Equity Center

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD Director of UConn UCEDD & LEND and Tawara Goode Director of Georgetown UCEDD & LEND has been awarded a $10 million federal grant by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education, to provide technical assistance to increase equity in the delivery of early childhood intervention services to infants and young children from diverse backgrounds who have disabilities or developmental delays.



CAR Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Kaplan- Kahn Featured on Autism Science Foundation Podcast

The Center for Autism Research (CAR) Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Kaplan- Kahn was featured on #ASFpodcast! The CAR team is working to improve a measure of Quality of Life for autistic individuals who are minimally verbal or have cognitive disabilities. These individuals may have different outcomes as other autistics, but their responses are just as important.

Only recently have investigators begun to understand how a cell type - the NG2-glia


Future TBI Treatments May Hinge on Understanding a New Cell Type

In a new paper published in GLIA, investigators from Children's National Hospital reviewed 25 years of neuroscience research to lay out what's known about the molecular response of these NG2-glia cells after TBI. Researchers said they see "a seductive possibility" that tapping into the regenerative potential of NG2-glia cells after neurotrauma could lead to therapies in the future.

A view from the back of an audience toward a stage with two men and a women sitting on three tall chairs and another woman wearing a red shirt standing at a podium holding a microphone at a past Autism Across the Life Span conference


Autism Across the Life Span Annual Conference

Autism Across the Life Span brings together researchers, students, educators, people with autism and their families to Overland Park, Kan., on March 24. Presented by the Kansas Center for Autism Research & Training at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute, the conference will feature presentations from nationally recognized scientists, as well as discussions on inclusion in research, neurodiversity, transitions in life and more.



Autism Combined with High IQ Increases Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

Unexpected finding raises concern for twice exceptional (2e) youth

Twice exceptional youth-children who have a diagnosis of autism and who also have exceptional cognitive ability-are at increased the risk of suicidal thoughts, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Iowa Hawkeye Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.



Honoring Judy Heumann

"A civil rights champion, mentor to so many, and friend to all, Judy believed all of us with disabilities deserved better. She cultivated generations of leaders to make it happen. The AUCD network is grateful for her lifelong commitment to access and equity for all disabled people." - John Tschida, Executive Director of AUCD



Through the eye of the beholder

Researchers find people with autism process illusory shapes differently

A study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience, lead by researchers at the IDDRC at the University of Rochester, finds the process in our brain that allows us to see visual distinctions-like how the empty space between four Pac-Man shaped figures can make a square-may not be happening the same way in the brains of children with autism spectrum disorder. They may not see the square at all. It suggests that something is going awry in the feedback processing pathways in their brain.



The Special Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Issue of DDNJ Out Now

This special issue focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will spur thought, discussion, and a renewed focus on creating genuinely inclusive supports and programs. This special issue is a DDNJ and the AUCD Multicultural Council (MCC) collaboration. Guest editors for this special issue are Lydia Ocasio- Stoutenburg (Penn State) and Jacy Farkas (Sonoran UCEDD). The Developmental Disabilities Network Journal is a project of the Utah State University Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice (UCEDD).



2023 NIRS Formularios en Papel

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Alzheimer's Progression in Down Syndrome Appears Similar to Other Genetic, Early Onset Forms of the Disease

NIH-funded study suggests people with Down syndrome may benefit from Alzheimer's disease treatments. The study was conducted by Beau Ances, M.D., Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues from the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) and the Alzheimer's Biomarkers Consortium-Down Syndrome (ABC-DS).



Disability Policy News

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ICI's College of Employment Services Offers New Course Bundles for Inidvidual Learners

The Institute for Community Inclusion is now offering its suite of online courses created by for employment professionals to organizations with nine or fewer learners. The College of Employment Services for Individual Learners (CESIL)offers 17 courses with over 60 lessons related to employment services. Courses are packaged into six bundles, including bundles focused on job development, benefits planning, or working with specific populations.

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