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1/12/2018

Disability Rights and Sexual Health

By Tanisha Clarke, MPH

Sexual and reproductive health are important parts of overall health; however, people with disabilities are not always given the resources they need to achieve it. For many, this topic is addressed in schools, at home, in doctors' offices, or in the care of other human service professionals. Are people with disabilities asked about their sexual needs, or does society assume that they cannot or do not have sex?

 
 

1/12/2018

Former Trainee: Dianey Leal, Bush School of Government an Public Service (TX UCEDD)

Dianey Leal served as a 2016 Diversity Fellow with the Center of Disability and Development at Texas A&M University, where she researched policies on disability-related issues. Dianey graduated from St. Edward's University in 2015 with a double major in political science and English writing and rhetoric. She graduated from The Bush School of Government and Public Service in May with an M.A. in Public Service and Administration. During the summer, she worked as a program aide compiling data for the Bush School's annual diversity accountability report, and also helped Dr. Frank Ashley create a syllabus for his course on Diversity in the Workplace.

 
 

1/11/2018

MCDD's (MD UCEDD) Associate Director Joins a National Advisory Committee for COPAA

Maureen van Stone, the associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute was selected to be on a national advisory committee for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA). COPAA was awarded a grant from the National Council on Disability (NCD) to write a Report on Charter Schools, Choice, & Vouchers - Implications for Students with Disabilities. COPAA has partnered with Center for Law and Education (CLE) to do the research, focus groups and drafting. COPAA invited a cross section of stakeholders, including Ms. van Stone, to participate on the national advisory panel.

 
 

1/11/2018

New Videos Focus on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disability (MA UCEDD/LEND)

A new video series highlights the growing success across the country of postsecondary education programs that include students with intellectual disability.

 
 

1/11/2018

Project HEAL Attorney Honored as a Leading Woman (MD UCEDD)

Mallory Finn, a staff attorney for Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, received the 2017 Leading Women award from The Daily Record. The Leading Women award honors women who are 40 years old or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their careers.

 
 

1/11/2018

Revised Transportation Voucher Toolkit available FREE (MT UCEDD)

Transportation, especially in rural areas, continues to be one of the main issues that people with disabilities deal with on a daily basis. To help address this barrier to community participation, RTC:Rural and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) developed the Rural Transportation Voucher Program. This Toolkit was recently updated and can now be downloaded for free from the APRIL and RTC websites

 
 

1/11/2018

Rose F. Kennedy UCEDD Supports First Bronx Special Olympics Polar Plunge

The day was cold but spirits were high as the Rose F Kennedy UCEDD staff joined in the First Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Bronx Zoo. The event raised over $17,000. in funds to support Special Olympic Athletes in their quest for the "Gold"!

 
 

1/9/2018

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." Project Updates

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts who promote developmental monitoring and screening and improve early identification of DD/ASD practices. It is a collaborative effort on behalf of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP).

 
 

1/9/2018

Center for Leadership in Disability Investigates HIV Prevention for Individuals with Disabilities (GA UCEDD/LEND)

Over the past year, faculty and staff from the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University worked with community partners to conduct a research project identifying the availability and accessibility of HIV prevention resources and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the Atlanta Metropolitan Region.

 
 

1/9/2018

Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Dan Habib

This week, Liz interviews Dan Habib about the shortcomings of assessing intelligence through IQ tests and his upcoming film, 'Intelligent Lives.' Dan Habib is a documentary film director who focuses on disability-related topics and a Project Director at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.

 
 

1/8/2018

Abused and Betrayed: People with Intellectual Disabilities and an Epidemic of Sexual Assault

A NPR Special Series

At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that there's little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8 and runs through January 18th.

 
 

1/8/2018

In Memoriam: Rebecca Carman, MSW

We are deeply saddened to share the sudden passing of a former trainee (NH LEND) and former AUCD staff member, Rebecca Carman. Many of you will remember Rebecca's ready smile and laugh, and her desire to do whatever she could to help. Please keep her family in your thoughts during this very difficult time.

 
 

1/8/2018

Indiana Debuts Disability History Website (IN UCEDD)

Through a collection of oral history interviews and related digital material, the website documents and preserves the memories and experiences of people with disabilities, family members, professional service providers, educators, and public officials. The site's growing collection highlights the history of advocacy for disability rights in Indiana, and features over 80 fully-captioned videos.

 
 

1/8/2018

Kaiser Health News - Running On Empty: CHIP Funding Could Run Out Jan. 19 For Some States

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday.

 
 

1/5/2018

Impact in Education: Cynthia Ellis, M.D.

Cynthia Ellis, M.D., is one of the recipients of an Office of Academic Affairs 2017 Impact in Education Award. She will receive the Interprofessional Education Scholar Award.

 
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