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11/2/2021

Welcome Newly 2021 Elected Board Members

On behalf of AUCD Nominating Committee Chair, Martin Blair, and Board President, Tawara Goode, AUCD is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the AUCD Board of Directors. These new members will begin their three-year term in November 2021. Congratulations!

 
 

11/1/2021

LEND Representation in the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Elizabeth Cleveland, PhD, CCC-SLP, Director of Training for the AR LEND, has been elected as the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association President-Elect for the 2022 calendar year. Dr. Cleveland was also recognized earlier this year as a Distinguished Early Career Professional through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Center.

 
 

10/26/2021

AUCD Launches New Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Hub website

AUCD is excited to launch the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Hub. This new hub expands the former Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit, to now host a broad array of existing resources related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence. The hub includes a new Resource Crosswalk as well as episodes from AUCD's new podcast, AUCD Network Narratives: Real Stories from our Members.

 
 

10/26/2021

AUCD Welcomes Cindy Smith as Director of Public Policy

Cindy Smith will serve as the Director of Public Policy for AUCD, working to formulate and implement AUCD's legislative and advocacy priorities and strategies. She will begin on November 8. Cindy began her career as a Research Study Coordinator and Database Manager at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Boston. For the last 11 years, Cindy has worked in public policy and advocacy for the DD Act partners at the state or national levels. Most recently, she served as Deputy Director for Policy and Public Affairs at the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 
 

10/26/2021

SMA Highlights: Updates from Biogen

Biogen is excited to share several highlights from the last few months. We Biogen announced the presentation of new data from the SPINRAZA (nusinersen) clinical development program and their plans to initiate a new clinical research study called ASCEND.

 
 

10/22/2021

AUCD 360 - October 2021

 
 

10/19/2021

Conscious Collaborations for Equitable Research

AUCD 2021: Tuesday Leading Change Plenaries

In this interactive session, a panel of leaders will share their experiences and perspectives regarding equity in research. They will discuss what equity in research means and looks like throughout the lifecycle of a research project from conception through implementation to dissemination. Panelists will explore with one another the who, what, when, where and how of meaningfully involving diverse individuals and partnering with diverse communities throughout the process of scientific discovery.

 
 

10/19/2021

Do You See Me? Missing Disability Data on Research Impact and Public Health

AUCD 2021 Tuesday Leading Change Plenaries

Join this dynamic session as we explore disability data, gaps in data and collection, and the impact of missing disability data on current research and public health efforts. Examples from state health departments, universities, and community partners will be reviewed as we share challenges and opportunities for research and the disability community. Insights into the lack of data in public health programs, its impact and how this is changing will be shared. We will explore policy levers to support disability data to enhance full inclusion and meaningful lives for all.

 
 

10/19/2021

Engaging with Congress to Connect Research and Lived Experience to Influence Policy

AUCD 2021 Closing Plenary

Join us on Wednesday during the conference for the Closing Plenary: Engaging with Congress to Connect Research and Lived Experience to Influence Policy. Learn about the legislative work and priorities of elected disability advocates in Congress and how you can influence their work. We will be joined live by Donna Shalala, former US Congresswoman from Florida and President of the University of Miami, the longest serving U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. Dr. Shalala will be interviewed by our own AUCD Conference Chair and Director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, Danny Armstrong. Their conversation will discuss disability policy, higher education, and the importance of inclusive research.

 
 

10/15/2021

Announcing our 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders Interns!

We are excited to announce the AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns for the 2021-2022 training year! These trainees will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.

 
 

10/15/2021

Human Development Center Supports Developmental Screening for Over 600 Young Children

HDC reaches milestone in developmental screening through new collaborative partnerships while simultaneously providing training and consultation in 25 early learning centers.

 
 

10/15/2021

IHD Awarded Second Five-Year, $5M Cooperative Agreement to Provide Training and Technical Support to Tribal VR Projects Nationwide

For the last six years, the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC) has played a vital role in supporting vocational rehabilitation personnel who help American Indians with disabilities obtain gainful and fulfilling employment. Now, thanks to another five-million-dollar, five-year cooperative agreement awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, this important work can continue. A

 
 

10/15/2021

Iowa's Pipeline Programs Promote Self-Advocacy, STEM and More

Iowa's UCEDD has continued to focus on pipeline activities to develop future leaders, and to promote diversity and inclusion as we build capacity in our state. This summer, we hosted two pipeline projects, which we expect to continue as annual activities in Iowa.

 
 

10/15/2021

Kennedy Krieger Room to Grow Conference

On September 14, the Office for Health, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted the 11th annual Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference. The event was co-sponsored by the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger; the Institute's Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program; and the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 
 

10/15/2021

Louisiana LEND Scholar Receives Fellowship Position at RWJF

2020-21 Louisiana LEND scholar Natasha M. Lee-Johnson, MSW, MED has been selected for a competitive fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as a Health Policy Research Scholar.

 
 

10/15/2021

Maryland's UCEDD Faculty Takes on Social Inclusion as Social Justice

Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, LCSW-C, is the Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Maryland's one and only UCEDD. Dr. Ofonedu coordinated efforts to launch the Diverse, Racial, Ethnic and Multicultural Special Interest Group (DREAM-SIG) of the American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37).

 
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