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Revised Transportation Voucher Toolkit available FREE (MT UCEDD)

Transportation, especially in rural areas, continues to be one of the main issues that people with disabilities deal with on a daily basis. To help address this barrier to community participation, RTC:Rural and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) developed the Rural Transportation Voucher Program. This Toolkit was recently updated and can now be downloaded for free from the APRIL and RTC websites



Rose F. Kennedy UCEDD Supports First Bronx Special Olympics Polar Plunge

The day was cold but spirits were high as the Rose F Kennedy UCEDD staff joined in the First Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Bronx Zoo. The event raised over $17,000. in funds to support Special Olympic Athletes in their quest for the "Gold"!



"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Project Updates

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts who promote developmental monitoring and screening and improve early identification of DD/ASD practices. It is a collaborative effort on behalf of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP).



Center for Leadership in Disability Investigates HIV Prevention for Individuals with Disabilities (GA UCEDD/LEND)

Over the past year, faculty and staff from the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University worked with community partners to conduct a research project identifying the availability and accessibility of HIV prevention resources and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the Atlanta Metropolitan Region.



Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Dan Habib

This week, Liz interviews Dan Habib about the shortcomings of assessing intelligence through IQ tests and his upcoming film, 'Intelligent Lives.' Dan Habib is a documentary film director who focuses on disability-related topics and a Project Director at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.



Abused and Betrayed: People with Intellectual Disabilities and an Epidemic of Sexual Assault

A NPR Special Series

At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that there's little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8 and runs through January 18th.



In Memoriam: Rebecca Carman, MSW

We are deeply saddened to share the sudden passing of a former trainee (NH LEND) and former AUCD staff member, Rebecca Carman. Many of you will remember Rebecca's ready smile and laugh, and her desire to do whatever she could to help. Please keep her family in your thoughts during this very difficult time.



Indiana Debuts Disability History Website (IN UCEDD)

Through a collection of oral history interviews and related digital material, the website documents and preserves the memories and experiences of people with disabilities, family members, professional service providers, educators, and public officials. The site's growing collection highlights the history of advocacy for disability rights in Indiana, and features over 80 fully-captioned videos.



Kaiser Health News - Running On Empty: CHIP Funding Could Run Out Jan. 19 For Some States

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday.



Impact in Education: Cynthia Ellis, M.D.

Cynthia Ellis, M.D., is one of the recipients of an Office of Academic Affairs 2017 Impact in Education Award. She will receive the Interprofessional Education Scholar Award.



Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Patti Killingsworth

In this week's edition of 'Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All', Liz interviews Patti Killingsworth, (Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of TennCare) about long term supports and services, and the Federal Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rule.



Tuesdays with Liz: 2017 Holiday Special

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz shares with the viewers which 5 interviews were her favorite to film this year, and why.



AUCD Emerging Leaders Map

Showcasing Trainees & Early Career Professionals within the AUCD network

The AUCD Emerging Leaders Map aims to highlight trainees and early career professionals, and their contributions to the AUCD network, while demonstrating the diverse backgrounds and professional orientation of trainees. AUCD is currently seeking emerging leaders to spotlight on the map. Selected individuals will be contacted for additional information and the AUCD Emerging Leaders Map will offically launch in February 2018.



NH Occupational Health Surveillance Program Releases Report on Barriers to Breastfeeding (NH UCEDD/LEND)

In New Hampshire 8 out of every 10 mothers initiates breastfeeding after birth, however only 3 mothers continue breastfeeding the full 12 months as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This and other findings are highlighted in a new report from the New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Project (NH OHSP).



Tuesdays with Liz - Tom Sannicandro

In this week's edition of 'Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All', Liz interviews Tom Sannicandro, (Director of the Institute on Community Inclusion) about the connection between his job as a director of a UCEDD and his experience as a state legislator in the Massachusetts legislature.

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