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The Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities at UIC's Department of Disability and Human Development

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" --Frida Kahlo. In 2009, Associate Professor Carrie Sandahl founded the Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities (PDACH) at UIC's Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD). PDACH is a creative research lab for faculty and students to study, support, and create art and culture that explores the disability experience.



The University of Idaho's Center on Disabilities and Human Development supports artAbility



Action Alert: COVID-19

Congress and the administration are responding the COVID-19 crisis in a variety of ways. It is important in the fast-moving decision process that the various relief and safety efforts meet the needs of people with disabilities.



AUCD 360 - March 2020



Jennifer Rabalais Awarded Scholarship from CVS Health Foundation

Jennifer Rabalais, Co-Director of the Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) was awarded a scholarship from the CVS Health Foundation to attend the 2020 American Society on Aging (ASA) Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. She received this honor for her regional and national leadership in the aging arena.



CORE Q1 2020 Meeting Notes

pdf File AUCD CORE Notes March 5 2020.pdf [download]


Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayCOVID-19, Money Follows the Person, Older Americans Act, Affordable Care Act



Update from AUCD

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) staff has been actively monitoring and taking the necessary steps to prepare for the continuity of operations as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to develop. Over the past two weeks we have escalated our precautionary measures by transitioning to remote in-person meetings, suspending non-essential travel, and encouraging staff to work from home. Today, we have decided to take additional action to further reduce risk and will be closing AUCD's Silver Spring office, effective Monday, March 16th.



AUCD Policy Forum and Disability Policy Seminar Canceled

We have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the AUCD Policy Forum and Disability Policy Seminar. We will not be hosting any in-person activities at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. If you have not already cancelled your travel arrangements, please do so unless you are intending to be in DC for other reasons.



Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayCOVID-19, Healthcare, Direct Support Professionals, FDA, Medicaid, Campaign 2020



IU Research and Training Institute in Disability and Community Expands to Include Eppley Institute

Indiana University Bloomington has announced that the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands will become a seventh Indiana Institute on Disability and Community research center this summer. .



Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayLong Term Services and Supports, Vocational Rehabilitation, Campaign 2020



Iowa's New Community Ambassadors Have a Story to Tell (IA UCEDD)

Iowa's UCEDD recently launched a new program, sending the first cohort of Community Ambassadors to talk to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their family members, about community living and the state's Money Follows the Person program (MFP). The new Community Ambassadors, Ty, Josh, Jess, Michael, Brady and Steph, presented in November at Woodward Resource Center, an intermediate care facility in Woodward, Iowa. They shared their stories as MFP participants, and the family member of a participant, who made the transition from congregate living facilities to community living through the MFP program. They talked about their own challenges and the benefits of community living.



Kansas LEND Trainee - Robinson International Scholar

Delaney Owen is currently a speech language pathology graduate student and a long term LEND Trainee at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She was selected for the Robinson International Scholar Studies Award. The Robinson International Studies Award honors former KUMC Professor, Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, and Chief of Staff, Dr. David W. Robinson, and his commitment to cross-cultural education.

Archy Gomba distributes school supplies


From Village to Village

When Archy Gomba returned home to Tanzania after completing the International Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) at the Center for Disabilities and Development (Iowa's UCEDD) last fall, his head was full of ideas and information to help him develop his small nonprofit organization in the village of Shirati. And his suitcase was full of school supplies.

A family of 3 sit down close to each other, smiling. There is a mother, father, and 6-year old boy.


Family is at the Heart of Va-LEND

Submitted by Jennifer Drummond

For over 20 years Family Mentorship Experience (FME) has been an integral part of Va-LEND. The goal of FME is for the mentoring families to teach the students about their life as a parent of a child with special healthcare needs. Trainees schedule at least five face-to- face visits during the academic year with their family and maintain an activity log. Mentoring families often participate over a period of years, and can choose to be part of Va-LEND for many reasons.

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