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University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities (SD UCEDD/LEND) Goes Virtual

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the need to practice physical distancing, the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities (SD UCEDD/LEND) quickly adapted and innovated to stay connected. After an unexpected extended spring break caused by the rapidly spreading coronavirus, classes at the University of South Dakota were moved online beginning March 16, 2020. This meant that didactic and clinical activities of the SD LEND Program would also need to shift gears. From March through May, SD LEND trainees met virtually via Zoom video conferencing for presentations and discussions on Native American Culture, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Leadership. Utilizing an online platform enabled SD LEND trainees to maintain engagement, stay connected, and complete all of their LEND requirements.



What We Need - Vanessa Stansbury

My name is Vanessa Stansbury and I am Patterson's mother and caregiver. Miles has autism. We live in New Castle, Delaware. The COVID-19 emergency has adversely impeded Miles daily routine in numerous ways which dictates how our family functions. The COVID-19 emergency has forced me to become a special education instructor which is NOT my skill set. I fear that Miles will be further delayed in social skill development and his academics as completing self-paced packets with me attempting to facilitate his learning (without any teacher manual or extra information) is proving ineffective.



New fact sheet: How will the COVID-19 recession impact people with disabilities in rural America?

While many Americans will suffer in the coming recession, people with disabilities in rural areas are especially vulnerable because they are less likely to have an emergency savings fund, have access to paid leave, or be able to work from home. RTC:Rural's recent fact sheet analyzes data from the 2015 and 2016 Survey of Household Economics and Decision-making (SHED) and the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) 2017-18 Leave and Job Flexibilities Module.



What We Need - Graham Maupin

My name is Graham Maupin. I am a person with cerebral palsy. I am from Louisville, Kentucky and I live in my own home. Prior to COVID-19 I was very active in my community and enjoyed socializing. I had several support staff to help me during the week with activities and socializing in my community. The pandemic has changed my life greatly. I now only have one support staff helping me during the week and activities are limited due to COVID-19 precautions.



Communicating disabilities research in plain language through brand-new Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) podcasts

"The Promise of Discovery" is a new podcast hosted by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (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 May 8, with the premiere of the first three episodes.



What We Need - Gail Hamblin

My name is Gail Hamblin and I am the mother of a family member with complex needs and disabilities. I am from Dover, Delaware. The COVID-19 emergency has stopped services (OT, SLP, PT, Doctor appointments, and for a while ABA) and caused a tremendous extra burden on our family.



What We Need - Linda Setzer

My name is Linda Setzer and I am a human with mental and physical disabilities. I am from Anchorage, Alaska. During the COVID-19 emergency shutdown, I have not been able to go to school, the Alaska Literacy Program, nor have I been able to see my doctors, case managers, counselors, or psychiatrists in person. I also haven't been able to see any of my friends. I turned down two weeks of PCA services because I was afraid of being exposed. Eventually I got too desperate for help at home and decided to risk it. I didn't feel like I had a choice. I need these services.



What We Need - Sheila Foglesong

My name is Sheila Foglesong and I am a family member of a person with DD. I am from Rural Retreat, Virginia. The COVID-19 emergency has made it extremely difficult to find someone to be my son's direct support staff. It was already a difficult situation and has been compounded by COVID-19.



Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayCOVID-19, HELP Committee



What We Need - Gary Heckert

My name is Gary Heckert. I live in Newark, Delaware, I am the parent of an adult with autism, intellectual disabilities, and behavior challenges who lives in an apartment in our town with round-the-clock staff. My greatest concern in this COVID-19 world is what will happen to him if his staff are unable to report for work.



AUCD Professional Fellows Alum in Kenya Pinpoints 33,000 Individuals with Disabilities for COVID Cash Relief

AUCD Professional Fellows alumni in Africa are leading the push for disability inclusion in their countries' fight against COVID-19. These alumni, who trained at UCEDD and LEND via AUCD's State Department-sponsored exchange programs, are driving inclusive response in new directions. In Kenya, one alumnus is spearheading the country's new initiative to provide emergency cash for food to more than 30,000 people with disabilities.



Food Resources Needed for NH Residents with Disabilities

The latest data brief from the New Hampshire (NH) Disability & Public Health Project shows that in NH, people with disabilities and their families are 4 times more likely to report food insecurity than people without disabilities. Food insecurity results from not being able to afford enough food to live an active, healthy life.



Seeking talented trainees for AUCD Emerging Leaders Internship



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) research centers established to support individuals with disabilities, their parents as they enter transition age, seek gainful employment

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) researcher Erik Carter, Ph.D., has introduced two new Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) focusing on supporting youths with disabilities, as well as their parents, as they transition into adulthood and begin to seek employment and adult services.



What We Need - Mitch Simmons

My name is Mitch Simmons and I am a person with an intellectual disability, I am from Mechanicsburg, Virginia. The COVID-19 emergency has made it even harder for me to get services. I have anxiety and get very depressed and I cannot get a ride to get help or medication. I am worried about dying from COVID-19, my mom died last year. I am afraid and sad. People were coming to see me but now they do not. I am very lonely. I know you are working on the fourth relief package for COVID-19. I want to learn more about how you are going to help people with disabilities in this package. Thank you very much for your



EC SIG Webinar Series: COVID and Early Childhood

AUCD's Early Childhood Special Interest Group held a four-part webinar series to explore opportunities for UCEDD/LEND programs to build resilience in families and in early childhood state systems during the COVID19 pandemic.

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