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4/19/2021

CNMI DD Network in the News!

A Developmental Disabilities Conference for Families of Individuals Who are Deaf & Hard of Hearing was held on Tinian at the JC Caf� on March 13, 2021. The participating disabilities network partners are the Public School System Special Education & Early Intervention Programs, the Developmental Disabilities Council, Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy Systems Inc., the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.- Maternal & Child Health Bureau and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

 
 

4/19/2021

Creation of a Student Chapter at Ohio State for the Special Care Dentistry Association

Under the Faculty Advisors, Stephen Beetstra (Nisonger) and Bryant Cornelius (OSU Dental School), the Ohio State dental and dental hygiene students have created a student chapter of the Special Care Dentistry Association. The first meeting occurred on May 18th with over 68 attendees. Dr. Beetstra was the speaker for this event. This is the fifteenth chapter formed at dental schools in North America. The students are very active and donated $480 to the Tim Tebow Foundation from a t-shirt sale they held prior to the first meeting. The students are eliciting the assistance of the Nisonger Center staff to create a video to demonstrate proper oral health home care for individuals with IDD that can be distributed to group homes in Ohio as their community service project.

 
 

4/19/2021

Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every Monday QALYs, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities, Budget & Appropriations, Spousal Impoverishment, COVID-19 Data, Biden-Harris Administration, Opportunity for Input: Home and Community Based Services, Disability Policy Seminar

 
 

4/19/2021

MI-DDI Manuscript Accepted for Publication to Developmental Disabilities Network Journal

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) is excited to announce that the manuscript, Assessing and Mitigating Risk for Applied Behavior Analysis Providers During a Pandemic, has been accepted for publication to the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal! The manuscript was written by Krista Clancy, Ph.D., LBA, Josh Plavnick, Ph.D., LBA, and Sharon Milberger, Sc.D. in response to the report, Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Applied Behavior Analysis: Treatment of Children with Autism During a Pandemic, published in July 2020.

 
 

4/19/2021

MN LEND Fellow Builds Communication and Trust Through Animals

As a 2019-20 fellow in the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) program, Carl Luepker spent time with Hold Your Horses, a Greenfield, Minnesota provider of occupational and physical therapy and mental health services using hippotherapy. The practice employs the gait and movement of horses to assist people with neurological and developmental disabilities or mental health issues.

 
 

4/19/2021

Morgan Turner leads presentation at the Dignity of Work International Forum

HDI Program Education Assistant, Morgan Turner, recently presented at the Dignity of Work International Forum sponsored by the Institute on Community Integration. In his presentation, Morgan' Musings: My Successful Journey to Inclusive Employment in Higher Education, Morgan shared his experience as a person with a disability in finding, maintaining, and thriving in employment. Morgan was joined by co-presenters and HDI colleagues, Johnny Collett and Austin Nugent for a panel discussion about advocacy and strategies to improve employment and awareness. As an Employment First state, Kentucky is committed to supporting competitive integrated employment as the first and primary option for our citizens with disabilities, regardless of their level of disability.

 
 

4/19/2021

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Podcast Series Communicates Disabilities Research in Plain Language

"The Promise of Discovery" is a podcast hosted by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC)(TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) that highlights research in intellectual and developmental disabilities in plain language, making it accessible to the general public. The podcast launched in 2020, with new episodes each month

 
 

4/16/2021

Advocates in the Making

While on the path to adulthood, all young people need to learn to advocate for themselves. In other words, they need to find their voices. For young people with disabilities, learning to advocate for themselves is crucial in becoming more independent and reaching their life goals. The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) Transition to Adulthood Programs have recognized the need to have advocacy at the core of all curriculum and services.

 
 

4/16/2021

AUCD Professional Fellows Alum Wins United Nations Award for Inclusive Education TV Show

AUCD Professional Fellows alumna Maria Omare from Nairobi, Kenya, has won a grant from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for her work on Somesha Stories, a TV series she created that delivers accessible and inclusive educational content to children in East Africa. Somesha Stories is a weekly program that promotes early literacy and is one of the first children's TV series in East Africa to use closed captioning and sign language in all episodes. The series uses interactive storytelling to foster inclusive values and educate children about diverse topics, including science, community, mental health, COVID-19, and interacting with peers.

 
 

4/16/2021

Building Resilience in Families with Young Children

The Act Early COVID-19 Response Teams are working to bolster the 4 steps of early identification of developmental delays and disabilities and to improve resiliency among families with young children during COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts. As one strategy to achieve these goals, the New Jersey team leads, Deepa Srinivasavaradan (Act Early Ambassador) and Caroline Coffield (NJLEND/UCEDD) along with Stephanie Michael (NJLEND Trainee), authored an article, Building Resilience: Resources to Help Families Grow from Challenging Times, featured in the 2021 Guide of Exceptional Parent magazine.

 
 

4/16/2021

Connecting Trainees on a State Level: California Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Network

n article highlighting the California Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Network (CAMCHLTN), a leadership project developed by the trainees of the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CA-LEND) Training Program at USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, based at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and affiliated with the USC Keck School of Medicine

 
 

4/16/2021

Creating an Accessible Vaccine Experience for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

A coalition of aging and disability groups, including AUCD, partnered to develop a guide to making vaccination sites fully accessible to older adults and people with disabilities. The recommendations included in the guide address significant gaps in accessibility of vaccine administration sites and can go a long way toward increasing vaccination rates in these vulnerable populations.

 
 

4/16/2021

Current and Former LEND Trainees Provide Unique EI Services Through the FOCUS Program

As the New Mexico LEND cohort liaison to the Emerging Leaders Community, I had the opportunity to interview Una Vicenti and Laura Hawkey of the FOCUS program. Vicenti is an Occupational Therapist and Director of Early Intervention Services and Laura works as a Family Service Coordinator and developmental specialist within the program. Hawkey is a current LEND trainee and Vicenti is a LEND fellow. Vicenti reported that 3 other employees at FOCUS, including the program director, are LEND fellows.

 
 

4/16/2021

Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Report: Six-Month Follow-up

The Institute on Community Integration's Research and Training Center on Community Living for Persons with intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, conducted a survey of approximately 9,000 direct support professionals (DSPs) from across the country about their experiences supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a six-month follow-up report to the initial report completed in April 2020 and is the largest study conducted on the direct support workforce.

 
 

4/16/2021

Dr. David O'Hara Retires After 33 Years at Westchester Institute for Human Development

Dr. David O'Hara celebrated his retirement from WIHD with a virtual celebration of family, friends, and colleagues from around the world last week. Dr. O'Hara has been with WIHD since 1987 and retired at the end of 2020. During his time at WIHD, he held many roles, most recently as the organization's Chief Operating Officer (COO). He also contributed to several national and global committees, conferences, research, and presentations. Dr. O'Hara was instrumental in bringing Child Welfare Services under the WIHD umbrella, establishing ground breaking programs in assistive technology, and demonstrating the value of telehealth for people with disabilities.

 
 

4/16/2021

Important Date Change - AUCD's Prepared4ALL Town halls rescheduled to the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 1pm ET

AUCD's Prepared4ALL townhalls are open to all of our existing Prepared4ALL Affiliates and Partners as well as any other individuals or organizations interested in inclusive emergency preparedness. These townhalls serve as a place to receive support from our center's team, learn about new resources, and collaboratively problem solve with others when making inroads with local emergency preparedness efforts. These meetings will now be held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1pm ET.

 
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