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Autism Myths on Public Radio for Kids (MT UCEDD)

In partnership with Montana Public Radio, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities is co-sponsoring several episodes of "Kids Like You and Me." This series is broadcast across Montana and focuses on helping kids learn about each other. The Autism episode features a son and her mother (a former LEND trainee).



Medicaid Supports Help Linda Live and Work in the Community

"Without paid supports from Medicaid, Linda could not remain in her own apartment, continue to work and be a contributing tax paying citizen."



OHSU & UW Study Genetic Contributions to Autism

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the University of Washington (UW) are conducting a study on genetic contributions to autism, involving identical twins. The study is funded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) and seeks to better understand how genetic changes that occur early in development might lead to autism. In particular, the researchers are seeking pairs of identical twins who are discordant for autism (that is, one has any autism spectrum diagnosis and one does not) to help answer this important question.



AUCD Joins Thousands of Civil Rights and Disability Advocates to Protect Medicaid Health and Home and Community Based Services

"Voters did not ask for cuts to Medicaid and the President promised not to make cuts to Medicaid," said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. "Radically restructuring and cutting Medicaid puts the entire national support system for our community at risk."



Mailman Center Demonstrations Projects Address Disruptive Behavior in Students with Disabilities (FL UCEDD/LEND)

Students with disabilities have high rates of disruptive behavior and reduced school readiness. However, there is limited capacity of school staff to effectively address behavior concerns. The Mailman Center for Child Development department of pediatrics was awarded a grant from the Children's Trust for a research based demonstration project to reduce child disruptive behaviors, enhance teacher-student relationships, increase effective discipline and reduce teacher stress/burnout.



Tuesdays with Liz: What is Managed Care?

In today's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews John Tschida, Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy, about Managed Care and its importance.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday#SaveMedicaid Rally; Share Your Story; Congress is back from recess; CDC and AUCD Network Funding; RISE Act; and more



Jennifer's Story (NE UCEDD/LEND)

This story was written by Janet Miller, a respite care associate at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

My daughter, Jennifer, is a lovely 40-year-old woman with Down syndrome. For many years, she excelled in both school and employment. She was fortunate to have had many opportunities to participate in regular education classes. Additionally, she began her work career at age 17 at a Wendy's restaurant - her job choice was due in part for her interest in Dave Thomas and adoption.

Justice Ender speaking


Justice Ender: College Graduate, Taxpayer, Medicaid Beneficiary

"I currently pay far more in taxes than I use in Medicaid each year, but if my Medicaid assistance is taken away, I will have to quit working because the supports it provides are essential to my daily life."



Meet the 2017 ADA International Fellows

AUCD, in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, implements the ADA International Fellowship Program to support mid-career professionals from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania to learn inclusive education policies, strategies, and resources. The ADA Fellows each identified a project to implement in their home countries, and have spent the last month at an AUCD network center or partner to develop their action plans. The first cohort of 10 ADA Fellows is just finishing their fellowship, and developed this video of their experiences with AUCD's network members and partners.



Distance Learning Technology Resources: Tools for Interdisciplinary Training Programs

New AUCD Resource Helps Programs Leverage Technology to Support Training

Technology can be a powerful tool for training healthcare professionals across multiple locations, enabling the exchange of ideas and practices that can benefit communities - including those that have been traditionally underserved. This new package of resources supports the increased use and effectiveness of distance learning technologies across AUCD network training programs and in the healthcare field more broadly. Included are a series of tables that break down the types of distance learning tools programs/centers are (or could potentially be) using across the spectrum of training activities. Users can access information about the software, tools, platforms, etc. which support specific functionalities, such as: ease of use, typical costs, reported use by programs, and accessibility features.



Financial Empowerment: Focus on People with Disabilities (MS UCEDD)

The University Of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies' (IDS) (IDS) housing staff member, Heather Steele, was invited to Washington, D.C. on May 8 - 9, to collaborate with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The CFPB and FDIC were convening to provide the opportunity for individuals from and serving the disability community to meet in person to learn about and share ideas for using the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit and the supplemental Focus on People with Disabilities Guide, as well as theFDIC's MoneySmart Program to empower people and communities in how they get, plan for and use their money.



AUCD Seeks Program Manager for Public Health Team

Come join an awesome office in a job that makes a difference! AUCD is seeking a dynamic individual to provide technical assistance to AUCD's Inclusive Health Program and work with the Inclusive Health Learning Community to develop content, facilitate meetings, develop webinars and other communication tools, evaluate programs, and disseminate information. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in human services, project management or provision of technical assistance. MPH, MS or MA in public health, disability, clinical or human services related field.



No Cuts, No Caps to Medicaid!

Press & Photos from June 6th

The new American Health Care Act (AHCA) cuts over $800 billion from Medicaid. The proposed per capita caps and cuts will have devastating and deadly consequences for people w/disabilities & seniors.



California Speech Language Hearing Association's (CSHA) 2017 Diversity Award Recipient (CA UCEDD/LEND)

This past March, Sonia Konialian Aller, Ph.D., CCC, was honored by the California Speech Language and Hearing Association (CSHA) with its Diversity award at its annual convention held in Pasadena, California. The award recognized her broad-ranging career contributions and excellence in service, teaching, mentoring, research, and community outreach. Dr. Aller holds a Ph.D. (Indiana U.) in psycholinguistics and is a licensed, multilingual, speech-language pathologist. She has served as the Communication Disorders discipline Director over the past 25 years at the California LEND (CA-LEND) at the University of Southern California (USC) UCEDD at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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