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Advances in Autism Research and Care Webinar Series: 2020 Schedule

Please join the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network/Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health for our upcoming Advances in Autism Research and Care (AARC) webinar series scheduled for 2020!



NH-ME LEND 2020 Cohort Raises Expectations for All by Meaghan Cullinane

"No one rises to low expectations." New Mexican Congresswoman Deborah Haaland's words motivated leaders and trainees alike during the Hill Visit day at the AUCD conference in Washington DC, "Leading Change Together," this past November. These words were shared with the NH-ME LEND cohort and guided us through a rigorous training year working to improve the health and education of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by engaging in training related to interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent systems of care.



ADA30 Spotlight - Jesse Millman

Because of the ADA, Jesse Millman is able to receive accommodations in the workplace environment. Read our latest success story on how Jesse and his boss worked together to create an accessible workplace,allowing him to do well at his job.



ADA30 Spotlight - Nicole LeBlanc

30 th Anniversary ADA Reflection in a time of Mass Uncertainty

Nicole Le Blanc recognizes the accomplishments of ADA30. But, she also shares the areas lacking from the ADA that must be prioritized, espcially during covid19! Read her innovative thoughts on addressing these needs to amplify the lives of the disabled community.



Stories Needed about impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities

Congress is writing the next bill to respond to the needs of Americans in this crisis. In order for the needs of people with disabilities and their families to be addressed in the next bill, members need to hear about the real impacts. Often, a short personal story is helpful for them. Below are tips and tools to share your story.



Va-LEND Welcomes New Faculty With Focus on Cultural Agility

Submitted by Jennifer Drummond

For Dana Yarbrough, this summer marks 21 years at the Partnership with People with Disabilities as a project director, Director of Center for Family Involvement (CFI), and Assistant Director of the UCEDD. But it also marks a new adventure: bringing her vision and perspective to Va-LEND.



Funding Opportunity: Children's Mental Health Champions

Deadline: July 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) will support an additional cohort of Children's Mental Health Champions. This funding opportunity is limited to AUCD network members in any state or territory. These Champions will: serve as state/territorial liaisons to the CDC's Children's Mental Health program and positive parenting resources; act as community champion change agents to increase awareness activities and improvement of positive parenting practices; develop and test strategies for building partnerships to promote identification, screening, referral, and intervention; and implement effective strategies for mental health promotion, prevention supports, and creation of networks (e.g., school, healthcare, and community) and better connections between these systems.



Journey to Full Citizenship

Indiana's Disability History: A Video Overview

Journey to Full Citizenship, a video overview of Indiana's disability history, is a new free educational resource. The short documentary looks at 200 years of change in the lives of Hoosiers with disabilities. It's a story of citizens who were placed behind walls and have struggled for their civil rights, a story of advocacy and continually evolving public attitudes, legislation, and policy.



Program Helps KU Prepare Students with Intellectual Disability Thrive Among Peers

When COVID-19 prompted the closure of the University of Kansas campus, Dana Lattin had faith that students in KU Transition to Postsecondary Education, or TPE, could adapt to their new online experiences



Sherlock Center Initiates New Community of Practice for Teachers of Students with Complex Needs

In response to COVID-19, the Sherlock Center and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) are collaborating on a Community of Practice (COP) for teachers of students with complex needs. Teachers participating in the COP are providing instructions to students that often require unique and adapted instruction, as well as materials and supports to address their sensory, movement, and communication needs. With the COVID-19 national crisis forcing the closure of all Rhode Island schools, teachers had pivot to distance learning quickly. "Creating distance learning tools and strategies for students with complex needs is especially challenging" according to the Sherlock Center executive director, Amy Grattan. Dr. Grattan, along with colleagues, Dr. Susan Dell and Terri LaPlante, hold monthly meetings with the teachers. Recordings of the meetings and related resources are available to teachers via the Sherlock Center website.



VT LEND HDCC Council wins Diversity Team Award 2020 for Profiles in Diversity Journal

Profiles in Diversity Journal has recognized thousands of individuals from around the world who are making a difference. The Diversity Team Profiles spring edition recognized and celebrated the idea of teamwork, the importance of individual contributions, and the unique people organization who have come together to advance the cause of diversity and inclusion every day.



AUCD-NCBDDD/CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Funding Opportunities

In response to emerging needs resulting in part from COVID-19, a nationwide Act Early State and Territorial Team initiative focused on building resilience among families with young children served by early childhood state systems is under development. These teams will focus on parent-engaged developmental monitoring, screening, and referral initiatives to ensure that children with developmental delays are identified early and connected with services that can help children and families. A competitive Act Early Ambassador RFA is also available in conjunction with this funding opportunity. This work will be funded through an existing cooperative agreement between AUCD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).



Caroline Coffield, PhD (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Honored with Distinction of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Caroline Coffield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Director of Pre-service Training at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Training Director of NJLEND, was honored with the distinction of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).



Kennedy Krieger Assists State in Planning Return to School

The Kennedy Krieger Institute's Specialized Health Needs Interagency Collaboration project (SHNIC), funded by the Maryland State Department of Education, supports a group of Kennedy Krieger nurses and educators to provide training and technical assistance to school personnel and parent groups regarding the needs of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in schools throughout Maryland.



Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Elected President of National APSE - the Association of People Supporting Employment First

Margaret Gilbride JD, CT, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director of Transition and Employment at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was elected President of National APSE - the Association of People Supporting Employment First.



Mitchell Levitz Retires from WIHD

Mitchell Levitz, who worked at Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) for close to twenty years, retired on Friday, June 26th. Mitch has made a powerful impact on the lives of people with disabilities, self-advocates, and families. He has been a strong advocate at both the state and national levels since graduating from high school; has shared his personal perspective with students, families, and community members; and has spoken on behalf of all people with disabilities at state and federal legislative events and conferences.

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