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MCDD's Summer Learning Series

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute hosts a Summer Learning Series from early June through July. The series consist of full-day and half-day workshops with interdisciplinary topics focused on working with individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities and their families. Our training mission is to increase awareness, knowledge and competency in a wide range of settings and across a number of categories of content.



ITAC Bulletin Board - February 2020

As you begin the current academic semester and welcome back your cohort of emerging leaders, we recognize the importance of delivering information and resources that may be timely to MCH training programs. It is our hope that you find the resources contained in this newsletter useful in supporting the work of your faculty, staff and trainees.



WITH Foundation, AADMD, and Ability Central Awards More than $478,000 to Foster Supported Decision-making for AAC Users

The WITH Foundation, the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and Ability Central are pleased to announce that more than $478,000 will be awarded to five organizations as a result of their joint RFP. These grants will fund programs focused on the development of resources, programmatic models, and/or advocacy related to Supported Decision-Making (SDM) for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Applicants were encouraged to develop new partnerships or significantly enhance existing partnerships between disability organizations, advocates, community organizations, and healthcare providers.



Call for Participation: Michigan Older Caregivers of Emerging Adults with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MI-OCEAN) Caregiver Support Project

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University is proud to announce The MIchigan Older Caregivers of Emerging Adults with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MI-OCEAN) Caregiver Support Project. MI- OCEAN is a statewide project funded by The Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

Cover of 2020 Exceptional Parent Guide: Navigating Special Needs Resources


Former NJLEND Family Fellows Partner with Family Voices NJ to Highlight Parent Professional - Partnerships in Training Programs in the Exceptional Parent Guide 2020: Navigating Special Needs Resources

Two former NJLEND Family Fellows partnered with Family Voices NJ recently to highlight parent-professional partnerships in training programs in the Exceptional Parent Guide 2020: Navigating Special Needs Resources. Their article on matching future healthcare professionals with families of children with special needs highlights the NJLEND Mentor Family Experience as well as other opportunities for parents to serve as educators of future health care professionals.



WIHD Staff Featured on Fox 5 New York

WIHD staff members, Naomi Brickel and Brendan Klein, were featured on Fox 5 New York with Ernie Anastos to speak about the vital social opportunities they create for people with disabilities through social groups. Naomi Brickel is the Director of the Community Support Network and Brendan Klein is the Youth Advocacy and Engagement Coordinator at WIHD.



New App Developed by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) to Help Pediatricians Recognize Autism Risk in Young Children

Researchers from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD, TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) and partners from technology start-up Adaptive Technology Consulting have been awarded $1 million from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to evaluate a new mobile app designed to help pediatricians recognize autism risk in young children.



AUCD Invites Host Applications for the Spring 2020 Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE)

AUCD is excited to invite host applications for the Spring 2020 Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE). PFP-IDE is a U.S. Department of State professional exchange program that enables emerging disability rights leaders from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to participate in a five-week Fellowship in the U.S. where they will learn about disability advocacy and inclusive employment. Hosts will provide mentorship to the Professional Fellows and will collaborate to develop an inclusive employment project for their home countries.

Photo of Dr. Szarkowski at Scarlett's Park Conf., Fresno, CA Sept. 2019


BCH/LEND Faculty Presentation on ASD in Children who ared Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Amy Szarkowski, PhD, is a psychologist who specializes in working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and their families. She is a faculty member with the Boston Children's Hospital LEND Program (BCH/LEND), and is part of the Institute for Community Inclusion at BCH and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In September 2019, Dr. Szarkowski gave a keynote address at the Scarlett's Park conference in CA, an annual conference highlighting special topics related to DHH children. This year's conference was on DHH children and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Szarkowski's keynote was entitled, Red Flags: The Presentation of ASD in Children who are DHH & Considerations for Support and Intervention.



Iowa's Money Follows the Person Program Ranked Third in Nation for I/DD Transitions (IA UCEDD)

There are now 761 great reasons Money Follows the Person (MFP) is on display at the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa's UCEDD. Since the launch of the MFP program in Iowa, 761 individuals with disabilities have made the transition from facilities to community living, and that number keeps growing. A total of 649 individuals have completed the 365 days of support, and made the transition to the Intellectual Disabilities Waiver or Brain Injury Waiver.



University of Cincinnati UCEDD Receives Grant to Establish a Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

The University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD), has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to lead a national coalition to establish the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities (CDHPD). The grant is made possible by the Administration on Community Living and the goal is to identify and reduce life-limiting healthcare inequities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by improving access to medical protocols that reduce medical discrimination.



AUCD Policy Fellowship 2020

The Policy Fellowship is an opportunity for an advanced network member to live and work in Washington, DC for one year, learning about AUCD, current legislation affecting people with disabilities and their families, and exercising leadership skills. The Fellow's responsibilities will be developed based on the needs of the Association and the interest and experience of the Fellow. Deadline: March 31; start date: September 2014.



Institute for Disability Studies Transition Programs Win Awards (MS UCEDD)

During the 2019 award ceremony, which also marked the 30th anniversary of the Coalition, the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), Mississippi's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), received two of the six awards presented. One was presented to IDS for its Transition to Adulthood Programs and the other was awarded to Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, IDS' Associate Director, who oversees all transition to adulthood projects.

EHDI scholarship recipients pose for a photo together


2020 EHDI Meeting Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees

Application deadline: February 14, 2020

AUCD has made available six (6) scholarships of up to $500 each to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the in Early Hearing Detect8-10, 2020 in Kansas City, MO. All current LEND audiology trainees, including those in their externship year, are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to trainees from programs that do not currently receive supplemental funding and trainees that have not attended the EHDI Meeting in previous years. Application deadline: February 14, 2020.



ArtAbilities Featured at Kids Basel Miami (FL UCEDD/LEND)

The Mailman Center's Art Abilities Art Collection was exhibited at Kids Basel during Miami's Art Basel week from December 3 to 7th. Miami's Art Basel is an annual international art festival where artists around the world exhibit their artworks. Kids Basel, founded by Ashley and Brian Sidman, held their second exhibit this year showcasing artworks by young famous local and international artists.



National Broadcast Premiere of Intelligent Lives (NH UCEDD)

IOD filmmaker Dan Habib's recent film, Intelligent Lives, reached millions of people this fall through its national broadcast debut on public television's WORLD Channel in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Intelligent Lives explores a central question, which is posed early in the film by narrator and Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper: "Can any attempt to measure intelligence predict a person's value, or ability to contribute meaningfully to the world?"

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