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6/27/2022

Statement on Gun Violence and Mass Shootings to Ensure the Safety of People with Disabilities

AUCD is concerned about the increased incidence of mass shootings and gun violence in the past few years, and we are grateful for the bipartisan efforts to address it. We recognize this issue is a complex balancing act of personal freedom and collective safety in the United States. However, we must also acknowledge that among developed economies, the United States has the highest level of gun violence, gun shots are the leading cause of death for children, and many of these deaths occur at home or in other homes and not in schools or mass shootings.

 
 

6/27/2022

Walking Gives the Brain a 'Step-up' in Function for Some

It has long been thought that when walking is combined with a task - both suffer. Researchers at AUCD's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rochester found that this is not always the case. Some young and healthy people improve performance on cognitive tasks while walking by changing the use of neural resources. However, this does not necessarily mean you should work on a big assignment while walking off that cake from the night before.

 
 

6/24/2022

AUCD 360 - June 2022

 
 

6/24/2022

Statement of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities on Reproductive Health

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) issues the following statement. First and foremost, AUCD recognizes the significance and complexity of the impact of the decision on all people, including those with disabilities. For many, this is deeply personal. AUCD fully supports and advocates for people with disabilities to have the right and freedom to make their own decisions about healthcare.

 
 

6/21/2022

Disability Policy News

AUCD, Disability Policy News, every MondayHealthcare; Puerto Rico; Mental Health; Subminimum wage; Social Security and Medicaid; Employment

 
 
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6/21/2022

Finding Our Place in the World

Even though Tribal Nations are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), some tribes have adopted ordinances that protect members with disabilities.

 
 

6/21/2022

Mailman Center ADA Award

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has awarded Alan M. Delamater, Ph.D., ABPP, director of research at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development, the Richard R. Rubin Award one of the highest awards attainable by a behavioral scientist in the field of diabetes.

 
 
Pictured left to right: Michael Bittar, Susan Stotzer, Laura Avery, Jeffrey Strange, Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard. Not pictured: Kimberly Jones, Rusty Tolliver

6/21/2022

PATHS Graduate, Michael Bittar, receives EANSPIRATION Award Educational Impact

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Board on Children, Youth and Families will host a 3-day virtual workshop focused on Supporting Children with Disabilities, Lessons from the Pandemic. The event is designed to explore promising approaches and innovative strategies employed during the pandemic to address challenges faced by children with disabilities and their families, including access to clinical service and treatment needs, home caregiving, and mental health treatment with an emphasis on underserved/under resourced children and families. In addition, the workshop will consider policies and/or practices that might be sustained or implemented beyond the pandemic to support children with disabilities and their families.

 
 

6/17/2022

2021 PATHS Graduate, Brian Berg, passed his CDA license exam and in-class evaluation

The year of COVID (2020-2021) did not stop the PATHS program from teaching students, like Brian Berg, the skills needed to have successful and independent lives. The PATHS Program was forced to transition to an online program, but through zoom trainings and student online interactions the program experienced another successful year.

 
 

6/17/2022

Four Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) TRIAD Practices Accepted into AMCHP Innovations Hub; One selected as award-winner

Four best practices emerging from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) were accepted into the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Innovations Hub Database. The Hub is an online platform that provides maternal and child health professionals and advocates with a variety of resources, including a searchable repository of "what's working" in the maternal and child health field.

 
 

6/17/2022

Georgetown UCEDD Names New Information Dissemination Coordinator

The Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (GUCEDD) has hired a new Information Dissemination & Product Development Coordinator, Jalyn Marks, to lead an effort to partner with disabled persons, their families, and the communities in which they live in the District of Columbia to share their stories of lived disability experiences. These stories will inform policy makers, legislators, and other constituency groups to promote change within the current system of supports and services in DC.

 
 

6/17/2022

Hawai'i UCEDD June 2022 eNewsletter Release

Highlighting Employment First Bill passing; Summer ASD Swim Facts with Dr. Kelle Murphy; 'Worry Time' Tips with Dr. Maya Matheis; Parent Resources Issues with Sandra Oshiro, Meriah Nichols, and Susan Rocco and SPIN (CDS Community Advisory Council members and partners); Dr. Thomas Conway's Retirement; featured artist Eben Hooey; Teen Survey and much more!

 
 

6/17/2022

Herron Named Interim Director of the Early Childhood Center at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

Katie Herron, research scientist with the Institute's Early Childhood Center, has been appointed as interim director of the center. Herron is replacing Michael Conn-Powers, who has retired after serving as the center's director for 28 years. Herron has been with the institute for nearly a decade and brings her extensive background in psychology and belief in the center's research-to-practice mission to the role.

 
 

6/17/2022

Inclusive Pre-K Classrooms: Unlocking Potential

Ms. Diane Appel, Dr. Rebecca Landa, Ms. Shay Roemmich and Ms. Carrie Zetlmeisl were awarded funding from the Maryland State Department of Education for the Prekindergarten Expansion Grant Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders. This was one of only 50 grants awarded in a pool of 150 applicants for the 2022-2023 school year and we are thrilled that it enables us to further our mission of equity, diversity and inclusion at CARD

 
 

6/17/2022

Iowa LEND Trainees Explore the Intersection of Mental Health, Disability, and Incarceration

This year, 27 trainees completed the Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (Iowa LEND) program. Their graduation ceremony was held on May 5, two days after they had presented at the third annual virtual Iowa LEND Research Poster Symposium. As in previous years, the Symposium provided an impressive display of the talent, hard work and dedication of these emerging leaders.

 
 

6/17/2022

Louisiana LEND Scholars Recognized with Allied Health Honors

Louisiana's UCEDD, LSUHSC Human Development Center, is proud to see Louisiana LEND scholars receive honors from the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Professions as they completed their respective programs on May 19th.

 
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