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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.



Iowa's Legacy of Policymaking Inspires LEND Trainees

LEND trainees, faculty and staff recently visited the Harkin Institute in Des Moines, Iowa. The visit, which served as part of the program's policy curriculum, will become an annual event.



Oral Health Complications Higher in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities (ODDs) with Obesity Compared to Healthy Adolescents

For this study, the authors used an analytical sample of adolescents of ages 10 to 17 years (n=68,942) using data from 2016 through the 2019 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). We categorized the analytical sample into 4 groups for comparisons: adolescents with ASD/ODDs and obesity (Group A), adolescents without ASD/ODDs but with obesity (Group B), adolescents with ASD/ODDs but no obesity (Group C), and adolescents without ASD/ODDs or obesity (Group D). Almost 7% of the sample were ASD/ODD adolescents with obesity representing approximately 2.31 million high-risk U.S. adolescents. Parents completing the survey, answered questions on their child's demographics, health status, health care utilization, and other relevant health-related information.



Recovering Routine: A family's fight for normalcy

Sixty-one million adults in America live with a disability as of 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disabilities come in many forms and are essentially any condition, mentally or physically, affecting on's ability to complete certain activities.



Show-Me College to Build Better Resources for College-Bound Students with IDD

More and more students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are going to college, thanks to legislation like the Individuals with Disabilities ACT of 1975 and the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, which authorized the creation of comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs, and made financial aid available. The Show-Me College website is being developed to provide information and resources about college-going opportunities in Missouri for students, families, educators and counselors.



Telehealth and Individuals with IDD: Challenges and Best-Practices

On October 21, the WITH Foundation announced a $50,000 award to the Institute on Disability for a one-year initiative to investigate best practices for offering telehealth care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Under the direction of Research Assistant Professor Kimberly Phillips, the research team will undertake a scoping review to identify challenges and best practices associated with providing telehealth to individuals with IDD



UNH IOD to Lead Development of New Children's Behavioral Health Resource Center

The NH Executive Council approved a $4.3 million, three-year contract to the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (IOD) to develop a new Children's Behavioral Health Resource Center (CBHRC). Working in collaboration with other institutions, family groups, providers, and youth and families, the CBHRC will strengthen the network of behavioral health supports for children across NH.



University of Wyoming ECHO Collaboration Wins Innovation Award

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), in partnership with the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences is pleased to announce their joint article has won the 2020 Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (JCEN) Innovation Award



AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health Funds Pilot Studies using Administrative Data to Evaluate "Child Find" Early Identification Systems in Indiana and Minnesota

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with the funding of two, one-year pilot studies using administrative data to evaluate "child find" early identification systems in Indiana and Minnesota. This "child find" pilot is made possible by a cooperative agreement with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



$17 Million Grant Contracts in Autism and Behavior Awarded to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) TRIAD

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) was awarded two grant contracts by Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) totaling $17 million. The grant contracts enable TRIAD to continue its 22-year partnership with TDOE by providing professional development and behavior intervention services across the state.



University Research Center Will House Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health

The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, a Georgia State University research center housed in the School of Public Health, has been chosen as the future home for the Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health (GA-AIMH). The center will be the first umbrella organization to house GA-AIMH.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) UCEDD Community Advisory Council Crafts and Approves VKC Equity Statement

During a 2020 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) Community Advisory Council (CAC) meeting, VKC director Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., asked the group to help come up with a plan to increase the diversity of the VKC in a manner to better reflect the communities it serves.



Listening Sessions for the All of Us Research Program

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is looking for nominations for individuals to participate in listening sessions on the All of Us Research Program. The All of Us Research Program is a precision medicine initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the goal of helping researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy.



Friends and Family Campaign

As we move into the fall and winter, we'll see our friends and families on special occasions. Our "Friends and Family" Campaign shares tools on how to keep encouraging vaccine confidence in non-judgmental ways. Ask a friend or a family member that you may have who is in a local community or civic group and reach out together to listen to any questions or concerns and share information in a kind way.



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.



PATHS Virtual Open House

The PATHS Certificate Program at Texas A&M University will be hosing a virtual open house on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. PATHS stands for Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services

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