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6/10/2022

MI-DDI Co-hosts Vaccination, Health Clinic for People with Disabilities and their Families

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) co-sponsored a health and resource fair with Disability Rights Michigan, as a part of the Michigan Vaccination Partners. Here, a new ADA-compliant Wayne Health Mobile Unit offered vaccinations and boosters, as well as diabetes, cholesterol and kidney function screenings; blood pressure screenings; COVID-19 testing; HIV testing; mental health screenings; and referrals to health and care resources in the community.

 
 

5/6/2022

Everything I Needed to Know About Leadership I Learned from the NJLEND Cohort Crest Project

Dominique Reminick, MA (she/her); NJLEND Psychology Fellow 2021-2022

Of the multitude of meaningful didactic and experiential learning activities afforded by the NJLEND program, none is quite as unique as the Cohort Crest project. This project, which runs the span of the fellowship, entails the cohort working together as a group to create a crest, or emblem of some sort, which represents our communal identity as a cohort. While a seemingly simple idea, this activity serves several purposes (both overt and covert) that help us to strengthen and hone our skills as emerging leaders.

 
 

5/6/2022

Munroe-Meyer Institute Names New Director of Autism Center

Seeing a perfect fit with her professional expertise and interests, Alice Shillingsburg, PhD, will join the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute as its new director of the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD). Dr. Shillingsburg's hiring fulfills MMI's goal to recruit a nationally recognized expert in autism to iCASD and its redesigned home in the new Munroe-Meyer Institute building.

 
 

5/6/2022

School Board Meeting Toolkit Created by the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

Many decisions that impact students are made by local school boards. As we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these decisions and their resulting consequences significantly impact students with disabilities. The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities has compiled the following tips and resources to help advocate to and with your local school board.

 
 
MNLEND Fellow Julie Li Yang is wearing a facemask and standing next to a table with Help Me Grow children's books, toys, and paper resources.

5/5/2022

Minnesota LEND Fellow Engages with Local Hmong Community

This spring, MNLEND Community Fellow Julie Li Yang is engaging in outreach activities to promote Help Me Grow resources with the Hmong community in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. Yang is mentored by Dr. Jennifer Hall-Lande in the Minnesota LEND program at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota. By promoting early monitoring and early developmental screening resources at tabling events and through social media, Yang found that parents are often reluctant to discuss early intervention services due to the shame and stigma surrounding autism diagnosis, specific to the Hmong community.

 
 

4/25/2022

Request for Proposals: NIRS Technical Assistance

Deadline to submit a proposal: May 27, 2022

The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) is seeking a consultant to support improvements to our technical assistance (TA) related to NIRS. The consultation will contribute to improving the quality of NIRS TA through developing recommendations for the type and delivery of TA resources and developing consistency in branding and formatting for NIRS TA Resources.

 
 

4/11/2022

Free Coaching for UCEDDs Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Free coaching is available to UCEDDs to support efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion from April through September 2022. Coaches can provide different kinds of support including providing one on one consultation, sharing relevant resources, presenting on content related to the ED&I Action Plan, or facilitating an exercise with a UCEDD workgroup, CAC, or executive team.

 
 

4/5/2022

Mailman Center Hosts Successful Conference on Early Childhood Development in a Pandemic

Over 250 childhood personnel and allied health professionals including speech language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, and physicians participated in the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development Innovation and Connection Conference on February 8th, 2022. The conference, "Promoting Early Childhood Development in the Era of COVID: Practice, Policy, and Future Opportunities," brought together experts in early childhood development to discuss challenges and opportunities for the care and wellness of young children as they grow up in a pandemic.

 
 

4/4/2022

AIR-P Pediatrics Supplement Now Published

AIR-P has been developing a supplement issue to be included in the Pediatrics Journal. The first supplement of articles has been published on April 1, 2022. Check out articles written by AUCD Network centers and members in this issue.

 
 

4/4/2022

Can Early Behavioral Therapy Interventions Improve Developmental Trajectories in Down Syndrome

While children with Down syndrome have broad developmental delays and quite often have difficulty with challenging behaviors, there are no standardized behavioral strategies or therapies to treat them. Without a well-researched therapeutic standard, there is great variability in the quality of the services offered and a lack of evidence that can be drawn on by advocates for improved health care services. Dr. Nicole Baumer is currently pioneering the JASPER Clinical Trial research program in Down syndrome. The main objective is to determine whether an intensive, targeted early behavioral therapy intervention can improve developmental trajectories in Down syndrome.

 
 

4/4/2022

Missouri's Month-Long Effort to Increase Awareness Around Sexuality and Sexual Assault

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the UMKC Institute for Human Development and the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council are partnering on a month-long campaign to promote self-advocacy among individuals with I/DD.

 
 

4/1/2022

Aggie Guide Dogs and Service Dogs at Texas A&M University Needs Your Support

Aggie Guide Dogs and Service Dogs (AGS), is a student-run organization that began in 1997. Our purpose is to educate about, fundraise for, and promote the training and use of guide dogs and service dogs and to increase awareness about how these animals help the individuals, with disabilities who use them.

 
 

4/1/2022

Collaboration Between Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND), Meharry Medical College Addresses Disparities in Autism Diagnosis for Black Families, Increases Understanding of Providing Equitable Care

Researchers from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) and Meharry Medical College (MMC) are collaborating to better understand the diagnostic experiences of Black or African American families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

 
 

4/1/2022

Partnering with UCEDDs and LENDs to Develop a Statewide Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems of Personnel Development (CSPD)

The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) provides Technical Assistance to facilitate the implementation of Comprehensive Systems of Personnel Development (CSPD) for all disciplines serving infants and young children with disabilities and their families. A CSPD is a framework used to improve the quantity, quality, and effectiveness of the early childhood intervention workforce who provide services and interventions to facilitate the development and learning of infants and young children with disabilities and their families.

 
 

4/1/2022

Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (MT UCEDD) Announces Recipients of the 2021 Community Investment Fund

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities established the Community Investment Fund (CIF)to support innovative projects or programs that help Montanans with disabilities live, learn, work and play alongside people without disabilities. This year Children's Special Health Services matched Rural Institute funds so awards were given to three projects: Kalispell Mosaic Mural, Pumpkins for a Cause and BASE Film Making Extravaganza.

 
 

4/1/2022

The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities is Recruiting Participants for the Rural Transportation Interviews Project

The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) at the University of Montana is currently recruiting for a project in which researchers are interviewing people with disabilities who live in rural areas with limited transportation options. The one-on-one interviews ask about how they get around their communities and their experiences with different transportation services.

 
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