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12/13/2021

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.

 
 

12/13/2021

HDI Introduces New Mental Health Project: Merge

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute introduces a new project: Merge. The project will strengthen the existing training framework serving Kentuckians with co-occurring mental health, and intellectual and developmental disabilities (MHIDD). By evolving current training, Merge aims to increase and improve the application of person-centered services and referral systems.

 
 

12/13/2021

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.

 
 

12/13/2021

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.

 
 

12/13/2021

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.

 
 

12/13/2021

It's Worth the Shot!

The second video in a series of the Worth The Shot Campaign by the Mississippi Developmental Disabilities Network is now available to view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkHUA1cRv4w. In this video, Taylor shares his journey of getting vaccinated and how the vaccine has helped him get back to doing the things he loves: advocating for the disability community and creating awesome things.

 
 

12/13/2021

MI-LEND Team Develops Telehealth Module for National Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Core Curriculum

In 2020, the Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (MI-LEND) was selected to be part of an AUCD and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) project focusing on telehealth. The goal of the project was ultimately to support both providers and families to access telehealth and other distance care services for pediatric care. To achieve this goal, MI-LEND Directors, Dr. Sharon Milberger and Dr. Jane Turner, along with MI-LEND Fellow, Sean Jones, developed a curriculum focused on telehealth.

 
 

12/13/2021

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.

 
 

12/13/2021

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.

 
 

12/13/2021

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.

 
 

12/13/2021

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

 
 

12/13/2021

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.

 
 

12/13/2021

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

 
 

12/9/2021

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).

 
 

12/8/2021

$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.

 
 

12/8/2021

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.

 
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