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9/16/2020

AUCD Invests Over $4M In Act Early Network Response to COVID-19

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with an investment of over $4M in the Act Early Network through an Act Early Network-wide Response to COVID-19 made possible by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 
 

9/14/2020

Iowa's UCEDD Hosts Inaugural Summer Youth Leadership Academy

With funding from the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council), and working in partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR), the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD, Iowa's UCEDD) hosted a virtual five-day Youth Leadership Academy during August. Six youth, aged 15 to 22, from east central and northwestern Iowa, participated in the inaugural cohort.

 
 

9/9/2020

2020-2021 Virtual LEND Orientation

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center held the 2020-2021 LEND Orientation virtually on August 26, 2020 and welcomed 19 new, full-time trainees, 2 part-time trainees and 14 returning trainees representing 16 different disciplines. We're excited to start a new academic year and continue training next-level graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and community leaders in neurodevelopmental disabilities!

 
 

9/9/2020

ACES-Talking with Doctors

If you communicate using little or no speech, you can now find ways to get your doctor to listen to you...and get paid $250! The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University's TechOWL program, Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports (ACES), is launching a series called Talking with Doctors. Talking with Doctors is a training series that can teach you about tools to use to make your own health decisions. You will even create your personal video to get doctors to listen so they know what is important to you.

 
 

9/9/2020

Closing gaps: Autism's health disparities

The MN UCEDD has joined a national research network that aims to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adults with autism. Led by UCLA and some of America's best autism researchers, the multidisciplinary team will study autism as it relates to overall healthcare access and quality, primary care utilization, physical activity, stress, sleep, substance abuse, sexual health, neurological issues, and genetics, among others. The project will also explore healthcare disparities among women and people from underserved or vulnerable populations.

 
 

9/8/2020

Georgia UCEDD Researches Effects of COVID-19 on Adults with IDD & DSPs

Since the emergence of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) last year, and its subsequent spread into a pandemic, we have seen a number of communities step up to face this unique challenge. Many doctors, scientists, community leaders, and politicians are using their strengths to combat this disease. Researchers too, are facing a new struggle to address what happens during and after COVID-19 affects the daily lives of millions of people.

 
 

9/8/2020

Kennedy Krieger Institute Launches Office of Health, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Institute appoints Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS as its inaugural chief diversity officer

Kennedy Krieger Institute, a non-profit organization internationally known for providing a wide range of health and education services for children, adolescents and adults with diseases, disorders or injuries that impact the nervous system, announced today that it is launching the Office of Health, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (O-HEID). The new Office is designed to promote the health and well-being of those who work, train, and receive services at the Institute through culturally relevant, evidence- and equity-based approaches that assure diversity and inclusion. Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS, will lead O-HEID (pronounced O-Heed) and serve as the Institute's inaugural vice president and chief diversity officer.

 
 

9/8/2020

Latisha Crockett-Tennell joins the PATHS Program as the PATHS Program Coordinator

Latisha Crockett-Tennell joins the PATHS Program as the PATHS Program Coordinator Latisha Crockett-Tennell has over 18 years of Public-School Education experience. I have been an Elementary Principal, a Special Education Coordinator and Special Education Supervisor.

 
 

9/8/2020

Social Determinants of Health Resources to Support Implementation of Screening and Referrals

Developed by the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet series discussessocial determinants of health (SDoH) screening and referrals for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. Opportunities for collaboration and partnership between Medicaid, Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, and pediatricians are discussed. State-level case studies provide innovative and replicable strategies for implementing SDoH screening and community referrals.

 
 

9/8/2020

Stephan Viehweg receives Indiana University Bicentennial Medal

Stephan Viehweg, Associate Director of the Indiana LEND, has been awarded the Indiana University Bicentennial Medal. Viehweg was honored as "a cherished leader, groundbreaker, and champion of the progress of the IU Alumni Association, the IU School of Social Work, and [the] university, who has broadened the reach of Indiana University." The IU Bicentennial Medal recognizes distinguished and distinctive service in support of the mission of Indiana University.

 
 

9/8/2020

Susanna Miller-Raines Recieves Southeast Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) Award

The Southeast Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) recognizes those individuals who are working tirelessly to promote the ideals of inclusive postsecondary education. SEPSEA acknowledges and awards an outstanding member of their professional community who truly exemplifies the philosophy on which SEPSEA was created each year at their annual Capacity Building Institute. This year Susanna Miller-Raines, the Georgia Inclusive Postsecondary Education Consortium (GAIPSEC) Coordinator, received this honor at the closing of the 2020 SEPSEA Virtual conference on July 30. Susanna, the UCEDD Operations Coordinator at the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University, is co-founder of SEPSEA and the founding board chairperson.

 
 

9/8/2020

The Center welcomes Dr. Eric Roberts as an Associate Research Scientist

The Center welcomes Dr. Eric Roberts as an Associate Research Scientist Eric Roberts received his doctoral degree from Texas A&M and has a wealth of experiences in transition education and services for individuals with disabilities. He taught secondary special education classes in the Houston area; coordinated the Youth Leadership Forum, LEAD, and PATHS projects during his time at the CDD; and he worked in the College Station Independent School District for the past six years as the Transition Coordinator and Instructional Coordinator. In these roles, he provided tremendous support to and collaborated with the CDD on several initiatives, including the Success Conference and Purposeful Lives training events. Eric will take a leadership role in the CDD Capacity Building project and other training initiatives.

 
 

9/7/2020

ACM Gift to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) aims to improve lives of children with autism spectrum disorder

ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, has made a generous gift to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) for programs and research demonstrating the healing power of music to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder. ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, has made a generous gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for programs and research demonstrating the healing power of music to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder.

 
 
Professional Fellows alumnus Goodluck

9/7/2020

AUCD Professional Fellows Alum in Tanzania Wins UN Global Inclusive Education Award

AUCD is proud to announce that Professional Fellows alumnus Goodluck Chanyika has been selected as the winner of the UNESCO One Big Idea Contest on Inclusion and Education. The contest, which is sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), sought ideas on how to achieve inclusion in education by 2030, and Goodluck's submission was chosen as the best of all applicants throughout the world. Goodluck, who hails from Tanzania, took part in AUCD's Professional Fellows Program, an international exchange that enabled him to study inclusive education at the University of South Dakota Center on Disabilities (South Dakota UCEDD) in 2017 and form a partnership with his mentors there.

 
 

9/7/2020

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities and their Caregivers

These videos discuss how to prepare for the impacts of disasters, create an emergency plan with the assistance of a caregiver, and understand the necessary steps for Sheltering In Place, Community Sheltering, and Evacuating. Additional content includes a discussion with an individual who has Cerebral Palsy and his caregiver about their strategy for preparation.

 
 

9/7/2020

Dr. Andrew Rothenberg Receives NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Award

LEND Alumni and current Post-Doc Andrew "Drew" Rothenberg, received the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Award. Use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs (i.e., substance use) is a leading cause of global health burden for 10-to-24-year-olds, according to the World Health Organization. Consequently, leading international health organizations have prioritized the prevention of substance use before it escalates in adolescence and young adulthood.

 
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