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2017 Coleman Conference Call for Proposals

Deadline: June 1, 2017

The 17th Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disabilities & Technology, will be held on November 2, 2017 in Broomfield, CO. The call for proposals is now open. This call for proposals includes submissions for breakout sessions and poster presentations. We are seeking proposals that reflect areas pertinent to Applied Cognitive Technologies, including; research, development, and practice.



Tuesdays with Liz - AUCD 2016 Conference Preview

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz gives a preview of the upcoming AUCD Conference, which will take place from December 4-7. Liz highlights important sessions and opportunities to learn more about disability policy at the conference. In last week's episode, Liz provided her thoughts on the presidential election outcome amid the transition to a new administration.



MCHB Expands National Footprint of LEND Training Programs

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced funding awards for a record 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs. These programs, which are located at universities and hospitals across the country, prepare trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in the delivery of services to children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities in clinical practice, research, and public policy.



Friends of NICHD: Research Into Zika, Pregnancy and Child Health

On June 28, 2016, the Friends of NICHD hosted an event on Capitol Hill about biomedical research into the implications of the Zika virus for maternal and child health. Dr. John Columbo, Director of the fe Span Institute at the University of Kansas and a leader of the IDDRC network, presented on prenatal nutrition and early childhood development.



New Webinar Series Launched to Explore Disability & Employment (NH UCEDD)

The Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (EPM-RRTC) would like to announce the launch of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series. Taking place the first Friday of every month, these webinars come on the same day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly Jobs Report. The National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report looks into the numbers as they relate to people with disabilities.



In Memoriam: Priscilla Carlson (CO UCEDD/LEND)

Priscilla Carlson (Feb. 20 1978-May 25 2017), 39 of Louisville Colorado, formerly of Park River, ND, passed away of a brain aneurism, peacefully on Thursday May 25 surrounded by family. Born with a brittle bone disorder known as Ostiogenisis Imperfecta (OI), Priscilla was home schooled until age 12 when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. She graduated from Park River High School in 1995. After graduation, she worked at telemarketing and customer service, eventually becoming assistant sight supervisor and lead trainer. After meeting another individual with OI from Colorado, Priscilla moved out there to take advantage of the accessibility of the Denver Metro area. She attended college at Front Range Community College and the University of Colorado Boulder where she graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast News Journalism and a B.S. in political science. She met her husband in 2011, a year in which she suffered a serious fall from her power wheelchair, breaking 7 bones in her legs and then suffering a massive stroke on her left side. After re-learning how to speak, read, and write, she finished the two bachelor�s degrees in December 2012. She and David were married on June 27, 2014. Prior to her passing, she held a job at the JFK Partners Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder Anschutz Medical campus and as an associate at Walgreens.



Elaine Eisenbaum Selected Associate Director at Texas Center for Disability Studies (TX UCEDD)

Elaine Eisenbaum, PhD, has been selected as the Assistant Director for the Texas Center for Disability Studies in Austin, TX. Dr. Eisenbaum brings with her experience in teaching, research, and evaluation in the area of disability and inclusion in many forms.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Congressional leaders and the White House are getting close to reaching a two-year budget deal, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released guidance to state and local educational agencies to clarify that students with specific learning disabilities , AUCD signed on to a letter in response to National Health Interview Surveyand, and more



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Dyslexia research legislation is sent to the House floor for consideration, there will be no Social Security cost-of-living increases next year, 10 million people will be covered via Health Insurance Marketplaces by the end of 2016, and more



Home Care Rule Advocacy Fact Sheet

To help consumers and advocates take action, we created a guide, Action Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the New Home Care Rule: How to Prevent Service Cuts and Protect Consumer-Directed Programs. Below is an overview of the advocacy steps that consumers and advocates should take in their states, which are described in more detail in the guide.



Think College Documentary Gets First TV Broadcast (UCEDD/LEND MA)

Rethinking College, a documentary about college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, had a screening on WXXI-TV Thursday July 23 at 8:30 PM Eastern. WXXI is the Rochester, NY PBS station, and the screening is a partnership of the station and the Golisano Foundation. This was the first television broadcast of Rethinking College.



CMS Powerpoint on the HCBS Rule

pdf File May 14th SOTA - HCBS Settings (2).pdf [download]


Commonwealth Fund post on the early experiences of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Commonwealth Fund highlights the early experiences of ACOs in Colorado, Minnesota, and Oregon to show that the model is beginning to save money and improve quality through better care coordination.



The Effects of the Medicaid Expansion on State Budgets: An Early Look in Select States

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This brief looks beyond the estimates and examines the early budget effects of expansion in three states: Connecticut, New Mexico, and Washington State. The study was conducted during the Fall of 2014; budgets had been enacted for state fiscal year 2015, the first full state fiscal year with the Medicaid expansion in effect. Budget officials were also in the process of closing the books on SFY 2014, the latter half of which included the first 6 months of the Medicaid expansion in each of these states.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

Negotiations continue on an update to No Child Left Behind. Several new bills were introduced related to health care, employment, and assistive technology, and bipartisan members of Congress launched a family caregiver caucus.

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