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The Conversation Continues: When it Comes to Autism, Can We Reconcile the Medical and Social Models of Disability?

On June 15, I (Jason Folger, PhD) had the pleasure of re-convening nearly all of the panelists and speakers from the NE Regional Spring LEND Conference of May 8: When it Comes to Autism, Can We Reconcile the Medical and Social Models of Disability? The conference focused on the idea of exploring and reconciling the polarized ideas circulating in popular media that celebrating one's neurodiversity as an autistic person somehow diminishes or invalidates the emotional pain of caregivers of individuals living with what has come to be known as "profound autism" and vice-versa.



2023 AUCD Board Elections: Seeking Members for Nominating Committee

To elect Association members to the AUCD Board of Directors, we first need a Nominating Committee which consists of both Board and network members. At least two (2) individuals from the network are currently being sought to serve on this committee. Members of the Nominating Committee are NOT being nominated to serve on the Board, but rather to serve on the committee that reviews the submissions for people to serve on the Board. Individuals can nominate another individual to serve on the Nominating Committee or can self-nominate.



Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayBudget; Child care; Education; Social Security



AUCD 360 - June 2023

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The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal is seeking reviewers to join its Manuscript Review Board

Do you have expertise in disability studies and a commitment to social justice? The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, is seeking reviewers to join its distinguished Manuscript Review Board.

Figure 1. Volunteers at Healthy Hearing Screening stations, SD Special Olympics Summer Games in Spearfish, SD.


South Dakota LEND at Special Olympics Summer Games

South Dakota LEND faculty and alums volunteered for Healthy Hearing Screenings at the South Dakota Special Olympics 2023 Summer Games in Spearfish, SD. Marni Johnson Martin (Interdisciplinary Training and Clinic Director - USD Center for Disabilities), Elizabeth (Liz) K. Hanson (SD LEND Discipline Head for SLP and Research) were joined by former discipline head, Paul Brueggeman (Audiology) and graduated trainees: Carly Johnson (Audiology) and Maya Gogoi (Medicine), along with other volunteers, to screen 90 individuals.



University of Miami, Mailman Center LEND Trainee Receives Grant to Create a Multicultural Library Space for Children at the Linda Ray Intervention Center

University of Miami Mailman Center LEND Trainee, Elena Fernandez, receives the UM Racial Justice grant which she used for her work with the Linda Ray Intervention Center.



Funding Opportunity: State or Tribal Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors and Tribal Act Early Ambassadors to work with CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early."



AUCD Leadership Academy

Congratulations to the 2023 AUCD Leadership Academy participants who completed a week-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network to build coalitions to improve systems of support and services. During the Leadership Academy, participants explored shared values and commitments to civil and human rights, assessed their strengths and strengths, developed skills in building partnerships to achieve collective impact, and established personal and professional leadership goals.



Announcing the 2023 Think College Policy Advocates

Think College is excited to have a whole new "class" of Think College Policy Advocates who will attend online and in-person training to learn about disability policy and advocacy. The training culminates in Hill visits with legislators in Washington, DC, where they'll put those advocacy skills to work.



Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayCongress; HCBS; Energy and Commerce; Mentorship; Autism; COVID-19



Gina Pola-Money, URLEND Faculty, Honored at AMCHP

Gina Pola-Money has been with URLEND for over 20 years heading up the Self-Advocate / Family program and was recently awarded the Merle McPherson Award by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in New Orleans, LA at its annual conference. "Our awards recognize individuals in the MCH field that have gone above and beyond to impact those around them positively," said Terrance E. Moore, CEO at AMCHP.

The cover of the 35th anniversary issue of Impact, showing miniature covers of previous issues. The backdrop is a brick wall, painted white.


Impact: 35 Years of MN UCEDD's Flagship Publication

Impact magazine is the flagship publication of the MN UCEDD, highlighting what matters to people with disabilities for 35 years. This issue reconnects with voices from the past and looks ahead to the issues of the future.



Ohio State University UCEDD Announces Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness Prevalence Study in Collaboration with OHSU

Intellectual disability (ID) confers increased risk of mental illness; however, a robust prevalence study of the occurrence of mental illness in adults with intellectual disability has not been conducted in the United States. Prevalence estimates are based on previous research in the UK (Cooper, Smiley, Morrison, Williamson, & Allan, 2007; Stromme & Diseth, 2000) and on US studies that have used convenience samples (Fletcher, Barnhill, & Cooper, 2016; Reiss, 1994; Rojahn & Tasse, 1996; Smiley, 2005;) suggesting that mental illness occurs in 30% to 50% of adults with intellectual disability. Co-occurring mental illness is associated with an increased intensity and complexity of support needs compared to adults with ID without comorbid psychiatric disorders (Borthwick-Duffy, 1994; Rojahn, Matson, Naglieri, & Mayville, 2004; Tasse & Wehmeyer, 2010). A systematic national prevalence study is needed to guide federal policy and programs to address mental health problems in adults with intellectual disability.



UNH and Kessler Foundation Report out on NTIDE May 2023: COVID-19 Lockdown's Impact on Visually Disabled Employment

New data show that while individuals with visual disabilities were slow to recover employment because of the effects of the COVID-2019 lockdown, they have made headway, depending on their level of disability, almost meeting their pre-pandemic levels. Possible reasons for their slower recovery include major safety concerns due to the shortage of personal protective equipment, less access to vaccines, and their vulnerability to severe consequences of COVID, according to experts speaking during last month's nTIDE Deeper Dive Lunch & Learn Webinar.

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Dr. Wolfensberger's 'festschrift' Presented at McGoogan Library

The work of Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, a critical figure in the development of home and community-based services in the US, is being featured in a new compendium developed from his collection of work at the McGoogan Library at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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