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Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Patti Killingsworth

In this week's edition of 'Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All', Liz interviews Patti Killingsworth, (Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of TennCare) about long term supports and services, and the Federal Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rule.



Tuesdays with Liz: 2017 Holiday Special

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz shares with the viewers which 5 interviews were her favorite to film this year, and why.



AUCD Emerging Leaders Map

Showcasing Trainees & Early Career Professionals within the AUCD network

The AUCD Emerging Leaders Map aims to highlight trainees and early career professionals, and their contributions to the AUCD network, while demonstrating the diverse backgrounds and professional orientation of trainees. AUCD is currently seeking emerging leaders to spotlight on the map. Selected individuals will be contacted for additional information and the AUCD Emerging Leaders Map will offically launch in February 2018.



NH Occupational Health Surveillance Program Releases Report on Barriers to Breastfeeding (NH UCEDD/LEND)

In New Hampshire 8 out of every 10 mothers initiates breastfeeding after birth, however only 3 mothers continue breastfeeding the full 12 months as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This and other findings are highlighted in a new report from the New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Project (NH OHSP).



Tuesdays with Liz - Tom Sannicandro

In this week's edition of 'Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All', Liz interviews Tom Sannicandro, (Director of the Institute on Community Inclusion) about the connection between his job as a director of a UCEDD and his experience as a state legislator in the Massachusetts legislature.



Announcing 2018 FAST Projects: Five Programs that Increase Diversity, Improve Program Evaluation or Leverage Technology to Provide Statewide TA and Training Awarded Supplementary Project Funds

In July of 2017, AUCD indicated an ability to provide supplementary funding and targeted assistance to programs working to address these identified areas of need in ways that could be replicated by other programs or could benefit the broader network. After careful review of a diverse pool of program proposals, five programs were selected to receive Focused Assistance to Support Training (FAST) Projects which includes up to $8,000 in supplemental funding.



Training Focused Summary of Federal Transition Report

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2017 Report to Congress: Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which found that there is a critical need for research and better coordinated services targeted to youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are transitioning to adulthood. �ITAC staff developed a brief summary of the HHS report that pulled out items relevant to the LEND and DBP training programs.



Transition Bootcamp (OH UCEDD)

This year's Transition Bootcamp event was our largest and most successful to date. Thank you to all of our 65+ vendors and sponsors for your financial contribution, making the event so successful; to our 300+ attendees for taking the time of out your busy schedules to increase your knowledge; to our 40+ committee members and volunteers for selflessly doing whatever was asked; and to our 50+ presenters for sharing your expertise and wisdom with the group.



Update on Tax Bill and Action Needed

Vote on Tax Bill Tomorrow Contact your Members Today!

It is imperative that you continue to call your Members of Congress TODAY to educate them on the devastating impact this bill will have on people with disabilities as well as on Medicaid, Medicare, and other critical programs that support people with disabilities.



Beyond Accessibility: Why Employment Is The Next Benchmark For Disability Advocates

AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato Speaks at Wyoming UCEDD

Recently AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato visited Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) to discuss the benefits of grassroots advocacy. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio & Media's Caroline Ballard about why having real people tell their stories to policymakers results in better laws.



Elise McMillan and Gov. Bill Haslam receive 2017 Freedom Awards (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC)

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) UCEDD co-director Elise McMillan and TN Governor Bill Haslam were both honored with the 2017 Freedom Award from Disability Rights Tennessee (TN Protection and Advocacy). The Freedom Award honors Tennesseans who through their leadership have advanced the rights of people with disabilities.



Would you like to be a CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassador? The RFA is Available Now!

Do you live and work in Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Northern Mariana Islands, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wyoming? AUCD, the CDC, and HRSA are excited to announce the RFA for a new 2018-2019 cohort for the Act Early Ambassadors: State and Territorial Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program.



National Survey Provides New Directions for Expanding Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Workplace (NH UCEDD/LEND)

Kessler Foundation released the results of a new national survey that shows that employers are striving to recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities, and reveals areas of opportunity for even greater successes in the workplace. The 2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives is the first survey to look at the effectiveness of these practices from the perspective of supervisors of employees with and without disabilities. Results of the 2017 Survey, which was commissioned by Kessler Foundation and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), were presented by experts today on Capitol Hill.



Tuesdays with Liz: Amina Shaaban and Angie Stone MacDonald Discuss Disability in Tanzania

In this week's edition of 'Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All,' Liz interviews Amina Shaaban who is a ADA Professional Fellow from Tanzania, about her work in Tanzania with the Save the Children, along with Angie Stone-MacDonald, Amina's project mentor at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston .



AUCD Appreciates our Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our top AUCD 2017 Conference Sponsors! Your support helped to make the conference a success and we appreciate your partnership and commitment to the AUCD network throughout the year.

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