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5/10/2022

UCEDD Success Stories - Sonoron UCEDD at University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD) have the right to access competent, accessible care in their own communities. Lack of primary care practices that provide this care contributes to health disparities in adults with IDD. Models of care for primary care practices must be developed and disseminated, and health care providers must be educated, in order to improve access to competent care and reduce health disparities for adults with IDD in Arizona (AZ) and in the nation.

 
 

2/22/2022

2022 AUCD Board Special Election: Official Ballot

Voting Deadline: March 7
 
 

11/22/2021

2021 AUCD Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie A. Fodor, PhD

The 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Julie A. Fodor, PhD during the AUCD Virtual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

 
 
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6/23/2020

2020 AUCD Board Elections: Seeking Members for Nominating Committee

Deadline: July 10, 2020

In order to elect Association members to the AUCD Board of Directors, we first need a Nominating Committee which consists of both Board and network members; at least two (2) individuals from the network are currently being sought to serve on this committee. Members of the Nominating Committee are NOT being nominated to serve on the Board, but rather to serve on the committee that reviews the submissions for people to serve on the Board. Individuals can nominate another individual to serve on the Nominating Committee or can self-nominate.

 
 

4/23/2020

AUCD Central Office is Hiring!

Interested in working for a national disability organization in the Washington, DC area? Passionate about growing diverse and skilled leaders? If you or someone you know can answer "yes" to any or all of these questions, consider working for AUCD!

 
 

4/23/2020

Moving the Needle- A Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Access for Autism Diagnostic Evaluations

Kathleen Kastner, MD, Hayley Crain, PsyD, and Lindsay McCary, PhD

The Waisman Center Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and ongoing medical care for infants, children and adolescents who have or are at risk for autism spectrum disorder or other significant neurodevelopmental disabilities. Our clinic team is composed of developmental behavioral pediatricians, audiologists, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, and medical assistants. Referrals to our clinic come from throughout the state of Wisconsin and northern Illinois. We receive over 900 referrals per year. Similar to other centers through the United States, our wait time for evaluation ranges from 7 months to over 15 months.

 
 

4/23/2020

OAR Offers Autism Webinars on Safety, Self-Determination, and Transportation

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is hosting three free webinar events in the coming months on the topics of crisis safety planning, self-determination, and travel training.

 
 

4/21/2020

AIR-B Network Staying Strong

Every year, the Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B Network; PI: Connie Kasari) partners get together for their annual leadership meeting and on the following day, they host a free autism conference for families. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed plans for the five universities of the network - UCLA, UC Davis, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, and Drexel University. UCLA, this year's hosting site, decided with their local community partners to indefinitely postpone the conference, which usually attracts over 200 people. And for the first time, the leadership meeting was held entirely virtually. On Thursday, March 19th, all members of the network, including principal investigators, post-doctorate scholars, graduate students, research assistants, community members, and HRSA project officers participated in the virtual meeting to discuss the network's main intervention studies, Mind the Gap and Building Better Bridges.

 
 

4/21/2020

AIR-P: Spring 2020

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), led by Karen Kuhlthau, PhD, conducts research on evidence-based interventions to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on reaching underserved communities.

 
 

4/21/2020

College Scholarships for Students with Autism

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is accepting applications for the 2020 OAR Scholarship Program through Monday, May 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants can apply to either the Schwallie Family Scholarship or the Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship. Each offers $3,000 scholarships to students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (DSM-IV or DSM-5 criteria) pursuing full-time, post-secondary, undergraduate education in the United States.

 
 

4/21/2020

Effect of Standardized Patients on Pediatric Clinical Confidence in Audiology Students

The United States is facing a shortage of trained pediatric audiologists. Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs and doctor of audiology programs are striving to provide evidence-based training for pediatric audiology students through use of trained standardized patients. The purpose of the current project was to measure the effect of standardized patients on audiology students' clinical confidence when delivering difficult news in a pediatric setting.

 
 

4/21/2020

Evaluating the Role of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule in ASD Diagnoses by Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians

The Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is conducting an MCHB-funded, multicenter study to evaluate the role of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among children ages 18 months to 6 years.

 
 

4/21/2020

Indiana LEND offers online reflective practice opportunities for state's Part C providers amid Coronavirus outbreak

The Riley Child Development Center's LEND is partnering with Indiana's Part C program, First Steps, and infant mental health association, Infancy Onward, to offer free online reflective practice opportunities beginning this week. The groups are facilitated by RCDC-LEND faculty and regional partners who are infant mental health specialists

 
 

4/21/2020

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Award to RFK Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center

The RFK Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center received an award from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to provide a set of evidence-based interventions for preschool and school aged children in the Bronx with Autism.

 
 

4/21/2020

OAR Offers Autism Webinars on Safety, Self-Determination, and Transportation

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is hosting three free webinar events in the coming months on the topics of crisis safety planning, self-determination, and travel training. The first, Seminar in Crisis Safety Planning for the ASD Population, will be presented by Scott Fowler on Thursday, April 9 at 11a.m. ET. Fowler will discuss wandering and elopement, working with first responders, seclusions and restraints, and bullying in the school environment. Both professionals and parents will come away with best-practice tools to support children and teens with ASD.

 
 

4/21/2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) produces new webinar trainings amid COVID-19 pandemic

The rapidly evolving challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have caused countless disruptions for individuals with disabilities and families across the country. In response, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) has developed a variety of resources for individuals with disabilities, families and caregivers, providers, and diagnosticians.

 
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