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4/11/2017

Virginia LEND Trainees Advocate for Improved Transition to PostSecondary Education for Students with ASD

An African proverb states "It takes a village to raise a child." However, it also takes parents with a demonstrated passion and relentless drive to impact the success of their children beyond high school, especially when that child has a disability. Virginia LEND Trainees Kate Flinn and Tammy Clamann, who both have sons in high school who are on the Autism spectrum, held the first meeting of the Richmond-area Consortium on Level I-II Autism College Student Transition at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 
 

4/10/2017

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayCongress out for recess; Continuing resolution; Dear Colleague letters to appropriations leaders; ACA/AHCA update; Supreme Court nomination; and more

 
 

4/10/2017

STAGED Right (NE UCEDD/LEND)

It's the day before the big show, and Cadie Albin is drawing applause from fellow cast members as she pirouettes and pops to the music playing on the loudspeaker. WhyArts artist Courtney Stein is bopping her head in appreciation of the tune as she, her fellow WhyArts volunteers and members of the MMI staff coordinate a big dance number.

 
 

4/10/2017

Stephen Sulkes Honored with First-Ever Golisano Global Health Leadership Award (NY UCEDD/LEND)

Stephen B. Sulkes, M.D., a professor at Golisano Children's Hospital and co-director of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, was selected as one of seven recipients of the first-ever Golisano Global Health Leadership Award. Presented by the Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics, the award was presented to Sulkes at a ceremony Sunday, March 19 in Schladming, Austria, at the 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games. Sulkes was recognized for founding the Rochester student chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and encouraging students to get involved with Special Olympics both through Healthy Athletes and as event volunteers and coaches.

 
 

4/10/2017

Think College Fast Facts Examines Peer Mentoring (MA UCEDD/LEND)

This Think College Fast Fact presents the findings of a research study on peer mentoring for students with intellectual disabilities on college campuses. In this piece Briand Friedman, Ph.D., and Laura Eiseman, Ph.D. consider how dimensions of mentoring relationships may interact over time as contexts change by examining status, reference groups, and mentoring mechanisms.

 
 

4/10/2017

VT UCEDD Faculty Internationally Recognized for Supported Employment Program

The Zero Project, funded through the Essl Foundation, is a worldwide institution that finds and shares models improving the daily lives and legal rights of people with disabilities. Each year the Zero Project focuses research on a specific theme from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The project publishes a report and organizes their annual conference around the selected theme. Its findings and practices are presented globally at events like the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and the UN CRPD's Conference of State Parties in New York. Themes the Zero Project has focused on include education, independent living, accessibility, and this year's topic of supported employment.

 
 

4/7/2017

A&M Athletes Build Prosthetic Hands as Part of 'Helping Hands' Initiative (TX UCEDD)

Story by Emily Bost, The Battalion / Photo by Jenny Hollowell

A group of 54 A&M student athletes teamed up Wednesday night in Kyle Field - not to play sports, but to build prosthetic hands for people in third-world countries. The athletes worked in teams to build 18 prosthetic hands for global distribution to people in third world countries who are missing limbs. With 45 minutes on the clock, the athletes, divided into groups of three, collaborated to reach the common goal of successfully building one hand per group.

 
 

4/7/2017

Dan Habib Participates in Star-Studded "Redefining Inclusion" Diversity Panel in L.A. (NH UCEDD/LEND)

Dan Habib participated in the "Redefining Inclusion" Diversity Panel hosted by Syracuse University Los Angeles and Syracuse University's Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusion Higher Education. During the event, Habib had the chance to screen and discuss the preview of his new film, Intelligent Lives (working title).

 
 

4/7/2017

Dr. JoAnne Malloy Is Keynote Presenter at Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders (NH UCEDD/LEND)

JoAnne M. Malloy, Ph.D., a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute on Disability gave the keynote presentation at the 2017 Midwest Symposium for Leadership In Behavior Disorders in Kansas City, MO. Her keynote session "Serving Youth with Significant, Intensive and Complex Emotional/Behavioral Needs" was one of four short "TED Talk-like" presentations focused on students who have the most challenging and complex behavior problems and promising ways to support them.

 
 

4/7/2017

Dr. Mary Schuh Receives Kennedy Public Policy Fellowship (NH UCEDD/LEND)

Dr. Mary Schuh, Director of Development & Consumer Affairs and the National Center on Inclusive Education at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (IOD), received the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship. This one-year fellowship is based in Washington, DC and prepares fellows for leadership roles in public policy at the state and national level.

 
 

4/7/2017

Final LHHS Approps Letter -- DD Councils-PADD-UCEDDs

pdf File Final LHHS Approps Letter -- DD Councils-PADD-UCEDDs.pdf [download]
 
 

4/7/2017

ICI Welcomes New Director (MA UCEDD/LEND)

We're delighted to announce that Tom Sannicandro is coming on board as the new director of the ICI. Sannicandro will step into the role being now filled by Bill Kiernan, who will remain at UMass Boston as dean of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development. SGISD is the graduate school that houses the ICI. Tom brings to this role a deep commitment to the issues impacting people with disabilities.

 
 

4/7/2017

Ohio Family 2 Family Provides Education to the Bhutanese/Nepali Population in Ohio (OH UCEDD)

It is estimated that the Bhutanese population in Ohio is close to 15,000. Approximately 99% of these individuals are on Medicaid. The Asian Community Alliance in Ohio provides culturally sensitive programs and services to empower and strengthen family & community through awareness, collaboration & advocacy and has been working with this population for years. The Alliance recently identified a need in the Bhutanese population related to education on The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid and approached Ohio Family 2 Family to provide this information.

 
 

4/7/2017

Pittsburgh LEND and ATN Collaboration

Dr. Paradiz is the director of a consultancy that provides technical assistance, training and strategic development to organizations and institutions that support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities. Dr. Paradiz is the founder of the ASPIE School for middle and high school students with autism. She met with the Pittsburgh LEND leadership, Family and Self-Advocate Trainees. Dr. Paradiz also gave a community presentation about her involvement in research for individuals with ASD co-sponsored by the Merck Family Advisory Committee and the Pittsburgh LEND. She provided a unique perspective about how families play a vital role in research in autism and examples of evidence-based and multidisciplinary approaches to supporting and treating autism.

 
 

4/7/2017

RFK UCEDD Supports Local DD Council NYS and NYC Local Legislative Education Efforts

On Friday, March 3, 2017 over 350 family members, government officials, legislators and community agencies participated in the Bronx Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council's Annual Legislative Education Breakfast under the leadership of Joanne Siegel, Associate Director of the Rose F Kennedy Center University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (RFK UCEDD) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center who currently serves as the President of the Council. The purpose of this event was to bring together legislators, parents, advocates, consumers and professionals concerned with the needs of people with developmental disabilities who reside in the Bronx. In order to address the needs of all of New York City, this event was also simultaneously planned throughout all of the 5 New York City boroughs.

 
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