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Dr. Bruce L. Keisling Appointed Executive Director of the UTHSC Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Bruce Keisling has been appointed the executive director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has served as associate director of the center for nine years and is the director / principal investigator of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities program. Dr. Keisling is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics.



Predicting Autism: Researchers Find Autism Biomarkers in Infancy

New Research from IDDRC Network

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age.


2/15/2017 Website Update

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 the server hosting crashed. The U.S. Department of Education has not removed the website. Within the same day, the site was redirected to a new page containing pertinent information relating to IDEA. The Department recognizes the concerns you have with the outage and is working on a long-term solution. The server was managed by a contractor, the Department is currently working to move the site and all files to a new stable host.



AUCD 2017 T-Shirts Now Available!

Order Deadline: March 1

Shirts are just $10.07 each when you preorder by March 1 and pick them up at the 2017 Disability Policy Seminar. Hand-designed by Jessica Irwin, a Psychology Fellow at the University of Rochester Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, this shirt is one you'll be proud to wear again and again.



Tuesdays with Liz: Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

In celebration of Jewish Awareness and Inclusion Month, this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Rabbi Michael Safra, one of the rabbis at B'nai Israel congregation.



AUCD Welcomes Intern Jules Schifferes

Juliana "Jules" Schifferes is an intern with AUCD for the Spring of 2017. She comes to us through Broad Futures, an organization designed to help young people with learning disabilities and on the autism spectrum succeed in the workplace.



Tuesdays with Liz: March of Dimes and ZAP Zika

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Jamie Vickery, Director of Federal Affair at March of Dimes, about the Zika virus and how to protect against it.



HDI's National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources: A Critical Time for Essential Information (KY UCEDD)

Given today's sociopolitical climate, now, perhaps more than any other time since the American eugenics movement, it's essential that there be conversations about personal and collective unconsciousness, the nature of prejudice, and scapegoating pertaining to citizens with disabilities. Much is at stake, including decisions made about the rightful place in society for people with disabilities - and in the minds of some, up to and including if there is such a place at all. While we need multiple ways of amplifying the voices of people with disabilities and their allies, accurate information about prenatal testing and its implications represents one critical dimension.



Innovative Trainings in Deaf-Blindness (SD UCEDD)

Children who have deaf-blindness miss out on opportunities for learning that other children receive incidentally or naturally as those without sensory impairment have access to the many sights and sounds from their environment. These missed opportunities can result in a sense of isolation from others and problems in communication skill development, concept formation, and overall learning. In the school setting deaf-blindness is considered a disability of access to the visual and auditory information provided in educational environments.



Talk with Pediatric Dental Students (NY UCEDD/LEND)

Lisa Latten, Family Advocacy Fellow at SCDD/LEND in Rochester NY recently spoke to Pediatric Dental students at University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center about the importance of including families in treatment plans. Lisa is the parent of a child with autism, and a Family Navigator at the Kirch Developmental Center at SCDD.



RTC:Rural Brings National Attention to Importance of Accessible Housing in Rural Communities (MT UCEDD)

The lack of accessible housing is one of the biggest barriers people with disabilities face in their communities. Having a home that suits one's needs facilitates self-care and accessing the community, critical elements of independent living. Living in a home that doesn't meet one's needs can make accessing community more difficult and even impossible.



The American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities names Dr. Dalun Zhang as a 2017 Fellow (TX UCEDD)

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has announced that Dr. Dalun Zhang has been identified to receive the designation of Fellow of the Association (FAAIDD). Founded in1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD advocates for the equality, dignity, and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for their full inclusion and participation in society.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Investigator's Gene Mutation Discovery May Hold Autism Clues

Researchers at Vanderbilt have identified what may be a genetic "smoking gun" for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - a mutation in the gene for the critical neuronal protein CaMKII.

Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy (center) among the panelists at the inaugural Designable 2016 event in Kings Cross, London.


Gilson and DePoy Discuss Branding and Designing Disability at Designable 2016 (Maine UCEDD)

Stephen Gilson, Ph.D., and Elizabeth DePoy, Ph.D., University of Maine Professors of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Social Work, recently presented, "Diversivate: Branding and Designing Disability" at the inaugural Designable 2016 event in Kings Cross, London. The one-day session was sponsored by Rufus Leonard and Lloyds Banking Group.



Shelly Baer Receives Impact Award from Parent to Parent of Miami (FL UCEDD/LEND)

Shelly Baer, LCSW, Director of Leadership Training Initiatives at Mailman Center for Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics, won the Impact Award from Parent to Parent of Miami. The goal of Parent to Parent of Miami's Journey of Dreams Benefit is to honor individuals in our community who are dedicated to improving and promoting initiatives that benefit children and adults with disabilities and their families. Individuals are honored in the following categories: Excellence in Family Advocacy, IMPACT, and Family Empowerment.

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