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6/12/2020

What We Need - Mitch Simmons

My name is Mitch Simmons and I am a person with an intellectual disability, I am from Mechanicsburg, Virginia. The COVID-19 emergency has made it even harder for me to get services. I have anxiety and get very depressed and I cannot get a ride to get help or medication. I am worried about dying from COVID-19, my mom died last year. I am afraid and sad. People were coming to see me but now they do not. I am very lonely. I know you are working on the fourth relief package for COVID-19. I want to learn more about how you are going to help people with disabilities in this package. Thank you very much for your

 
 

6/11/2020

EC SIG Webinar Series: COVID and Early Childhood

AUCD's Early Childhood Special Interest Group held a four-part webinar series to explore opportunities for UCEDD/LEND programs to build resilience in families and in early childhood state systems during the COVID19 pandemic.

 
 

6/11/2020

What We Need - Christopher C. Gagliardi

My name is Christopher C. Gagliardi. I am 39 years of age from Englewood, New Jersey and I am a person with disability which is Infantile Autism. Before this emergency, I was really making a strive forward towards a life that I want for me, I was back in college to get a degree in Journalism and I was really doing great, my mother was enjoying the quiet time away from me and to also have the independence to do what she needed to do, for she has a challenge herself, she has had to endure 4 bouts of cancer, spinal surgery and beyond which made have physical challenges too. I was also working at a coffee shop in my hometown making money for me to have fun and also to support my home. But ever since this pandemic came upon the shores, things have changed dramatically, as I am sure for all of us.

 
 

6/10/2020

AUCD 360 - June 2020

 
 

6/10/2020

North Carolina Inclusive Virtual College Fair

Dan Earixson, a LEND/UCEDD trainee and School Psychology graduate student at University of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Inclusive Postsecondary Education Alliance (NC IPSEA) interagency visibility team has worked together to release the first Inclusive Virtual College Fair.

 
 

6/10/2020

Susan Koller - ADA30 Impact

To be completely honest when AUCD sent out a call for ADA impact stories my first reaction was "oh shoot! What am I going to write about?" I was 8 when the ADA was passed and didn't live in the United States until the age of 12. I didn't know what life was like in this country before the ADA was passed and didn't get to see any of the news coverage of the heroic demonstrators crawling up the Capitol steps. All of a sudden a thought popped into my head - "the ADA gave me more freedom!" I'd like to share to examples of the freedom I gained.

 
 

6/10/2020

What We Need - Courtney

My name is Courtney and I am a parent of a child with disability. I am from Wilsonville, Oregon and what worries me about this COVID-19 emergency is the exacerbation of already poor communication from disability support agencies and the lack of financial assistance for families with disability. Since starting shelter-at-home, we have stopped receiving essential services, such as feeding assistance, OT, and PT. Prior to this emergency, we relied on the help of a village of people, who have all but diminished in their capacity to support our family now. I am worried about the long-term stress that this will put on myself and my partner, having to raise three children amid a global pandemic, with little support.

 
 

6/9/2020

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Launches Children's Mental Health Champions

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) expands its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with the launch of a new pilot program, Children's Mental Health Champions, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These Champions act as community change agents to increase positive parenting practices, kicking off a one-year term of service starting in June.

 
 
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6/9/2020

Recognize Exceptional Leadership

The annual AUCD Awards gives us an opportunity to recognize individuals, programs, and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions. We honor leadership, advocacy, research, policy, and practice that further diversifies and creates more inclusive communities for people with disabilities and their families. Comprised of 10 categories, the AUCD Awards represent the exemplars within our network, and local, state, and federal partners. We know the depth, breadth, and expertise of our trainees, advocates, professionals, and partners is extraordinary and deserving of recognition. In preparation for this year's conference, we invite you to nominate someone who truly inspires you in the spirit of the conference theme: Achieving Equity: Leading the Way in the Next Decade. Submit a Nomination by September 4.

 
 

6/9/2020

What We Need - Tomara Williams

"My name is Tomara Williams and I am a family member of a person with a disability. I am from Milford, DE. The COVID-19 emergency has stopped my son's daily schedule for work and needed vocational services. I am worried about his regression on skills that required many years of therapy to bring us this far. I know you are working on the fourth relief package for COVID-19. I want to learn more about how you are going to help people with disabilities in this package. Thank you very much for your time."

 
 

6/8/2020

#AUCD2020 is Going Virtual

We make this announcement during unprecedented times in our country. The current and anticipated long-term impacts of COVID-19 led to our decision to convene a virtual conference this year. Our conference theme, 'Achieving Equity: Leading the Way in the Next Decade, 'confronts the realities we face as a nation in addressing the long-term inequalities experienced by marginalized communities. AUCD2020 continues to serve as a forum for meaningful collaborations on salient topics, best practices, and critical issues that affect the disability community, our network, and beyond. Read more in the Virtual Event tab.

 
 

6/8/2020

Aimee Day receives the EPSY Staff Excellence Award

Aimee Day receives the EPSY Staff Excellence Award The EPSY Staff Excellence Award will be awarded to the most outstanding staff member who has contributed to the excellence of Educational Psychology through outstanding departmental support.

 
 

6/8/2020

Disability Policy News

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AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayCivil Rights, COVID-19, HELP Committee

 
 

6/8/2020

Dr. Stough and a Group of Scholars and Practitioners have been Selected as a Disability and COVID-19 Working Group by the Natural Hazards Center

The group includes 14 members from 9 universities and centers representing the 8 disciplines of: Communication, Disability Studies, Education, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Public Health, Special Education, and Social Work. The group includes 3 members representing minority groups, a student researcher, and all of our members themselves have or have family members with disabilities or special health care needs. The primary positions are similarly diverse and include researchers, teachers, practitioners, support personnel, and project directors. As each member of the group already have existing research agendas, teaching positions, or oversee projects aligned with this topic, they will bring knowledge from these experiences to the working group.

 
 

6/8/2020

Faith, Disability, and Mental Health: Faith Leaders Forum

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted its first Faith Leader Forum virtually on May 7, 2020. Over thirty faith-based community leaders from across the state of Maryland engaged in a live, interactive, virtual learning collaborative to increase their awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental illness, and to understand how they can help address those challenges and the stigma associated with mental illness and disability.

 
 

6/8/2020

Faith, Disability, and Mental Health: Faith Leaders Forum

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted its first Faith Leader Forum virtually on May 7, 2020. Over thirty faith-based community leaders from across the state of Maryland engaged in a live, interactive, virtual learning collaborative to increase their awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental illness, and to understand how they can help address those challenges and the stigma associated with mental illness and disability.

 
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