AUCD Weekly



May 18, 2022




AUCD 2022: Conference Proposals & Reviewers
The AUCD Conference brings together more than 1,200 researchers, policymakers, practitioners, professionals, advocates, community leaders, and students. This annual event is designed to promote innovative thinking that will launch disability policy, research, and advocacy initiatives to the next level. Do not miss this opportunity to highlight your work! Submit a proposal by June 20. AUCD is seeking network members to serve as reviewers for proposals. Please sign up by June 10.

Building Mental Health-Friendly Workplaces
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 2:00pm ET
Join the U.S. Department of Labor in a virtual Mental Health Awareness Month webinar highlighting the department’s commitment to promoting mental health-friendly workplaces and ensuring workers can access the equitable and inclusive mental health services they need. 

Job Opportunity at Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Service: Service Equity and Inclusion Manager
The Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services is looking for a Service Equity and Inclusion Manager. If you’re passionate about racial justice, disability justice, and community engagement, consider applying. Learn more and apply by June 1.

Call for Participation: Understanding Parent or Guardian Perspectives on COVID-19 Testing in Schools
Are you the parent or guardian of a child with a disability? Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, one of AUCD’s network members, want to hear from you about your child’s experience with COVID-19 testing in school. Learn more.

Focus Group Study at Columbia University Seeks Participants
Columbia University is seeking participants for a study that explores issues of trust in a type of medical research called "precision medicine research." The study looks at a person's genetics, environment, and lifestyle. It can help physicians improve prevention and diagnosis of diseases and develop new treatments.

Call for Comments: Access Board - Low Transfer Surface Height for Medical Diagnostic Equipment
Deadline: May 27, 2022
The Access Board currently has an open comment period regarding the appropriate low height of accessible medical diagnostic equipment. The low-height provision was set as range with a five year sunset to allow the Board additional time to determine the appropriate low height dimension. The study report is available on the Access Board website. The Board is requesting comments from the public on appropriate low height of accessible medical diagnostic equipment. Comments can be submitted via email to [email protected] through May 27, 2022. The Access Board encourages all interested parties to comment on this topic. For more information, visit the published notice or a summary provided in the Access Board’s April 13 news article.

Request for Proposals: NIRS Technical Assistance
Deadline to submit a proposal: May 27, 2022
The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) is seeking a consultant to support improvements to our technical assistance (TA) related to NIRS. The consultation will contribute to improving the quality of NIRS TA through developing recommendations for the type and delivery of TA resources and developing consistency in branding and formatting for NIRS TA resources.

Admin Essentials: Moving Offices

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 4:00pm - 5:00pm ET
This installment of the Admin Essentials Series will focus on how to move offices. The conversation will cover how to evaluate your UCEDD's space needs and the logistics to make the move. The discussion will touch on considerations that are both big and small, expected and unexpected. Bring your questions about and experiences with moving, thinking about physical space moving forward, or any other related topics.

Free Coaching for UCEDDs Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Free coaching is available to UCEDDs to support efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion from April through September 2022. Coaches can provide different kinds of support including providing one on one consultation, sharing relevant resources, presenting on content related to the ED&I Action Plan, or facilitating an exercise with a UCEDD workgroup, CAC, or executive team.

Inclusive Public Health Communication Workshop Series: Content Development for Social Media
Monday, June 6, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET
Content development for social media will help participants plan messaging campaigns to promote and disseminate public health communications during and post-COVID-19. Hosted by AUCD and UCLA, this webinar will focus specifically on reaching neurodivergent populations and those with multiple intersectional marginalized identities.

AIR-P Presents: Autism in Girls and Women  
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 4:00pm - 5:00 pm ET
In this webinar, Dr. Christine Wu Nordahl will provide an overview of current research focused on understanding autism in girls and women. Topics will include biological and clinical theories about: -the difference in the sex ratio of autism -current insights into neurobiological sex differences in autism -unique challenges faced by autistic girls and women.

AIR-P Research Day at Autism CARES
Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 2:00 pm - 5:00pm ET
This virtual, semi-annual event is an opportunity to highlight innovative life course intervention research in the six Research Nodes supported by the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). This event is open to all and will include panel presentations, individual rapid-fire presentations, and time for Q&A.

UCEDD Resource Center Seeking Evaluation Consultant
The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) is seeking a consultant with evaluation expertise to help update the current evaluation process to reflect new requirements in a newly-awarded 5-year contract and evaluate the impact of the URC’s work in equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Employment Opportunities at the AUCD National Office and Across the Network
The AUCD National Office is currently hiring a Communications Specialist and an Equity Diversity & Inclusion Project Intern. There’s also a wide range of employment opportunities across the AUCD network. Explore all openings listed on AUCD's employment page




Administration for Community Living - No Wrong Door System Governance: Improving Access to LTSS for Individuals and Family Caregivers
Deadline: July 5, 2022
Award Ceiling: $450,000
No Wrong Door (NWD) Systems success hinges on the ability of the state to convene and establish an on-going governance structure. Currently, over half of states (28) have no fully functioning governing body for all populations. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FoA) is to provide innovation and infrastructure grants to support 10-15 states for two years to develop and enhance a state governance and administration structure to coordinate, strengthen and streamline access to home and community-based services and supports.

Centers for Disease Control - NCCDPHP - Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans
Deadline: July 8, 2022
Award Ceiling: $125,000 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of funds to develop multi-sector action plans that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) by accelerating action in state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions, and communities that lead to improved chronic health conditions among Americans experiencing health disparities and inequality.

National Institutes of Health - NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network: Clinical Centers
Deadline: August 11, 2022
Award Ceiling: $2,200,000 The purpose of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network is to improve obstetric care, pregnancy health, and outcomes for pregnant and lactating people and their babies. This includes finding ways to: reduce maternal mortality, complications, and morbidities related to pregnancy, labor, and post-partum recovery; reduce prematurity, low-birth weight, infant mortality, and morbidities; and expand the evidence base about the safety and efficacy of therapeutic products used during pregnancy and lactation. NICHD expects the MFMU Network to be its primary and first-line infrastructure involved in implementing multi-site obstetric clinical trials.

Centers for Disease Control - DC John R. Lewis Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program and Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship: Exposure of Undergraduate, Graduate Students, and Postgraduates to Minority Health, Public Health, and Health Professions
Deadline: September 6, 2022
Award Ceiling: $1,517,000
For over 40 years, OMHHE has collaborated with educational institutions, including those serving historically underserved populations, to increase the knowledge, diversity, and skills of students in public health through internship and fellowship programs. The major outcome of this program is the increased awareness of the broad field preparation requirements and career opportunities for public health professionals among undergraduate students, community college and university graduates, Master-level graduate students, and recent postgraduates, particularly, but not limited to, those from historically underserved and socially disadvantaged populations, such as those from racial and ethnic minority groups, persons with a physical disability, low English proficiency, first-generation college students, and members of a sexual and gender minority group, as well as those in geographically underserved areas of the United States and its territories.

Health Resources and Services Administration - Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Research (MCH FIRST)
Deadline: September 6, 2022 (Forecasted)
Award Ceiling: $300,000 The purpose of the MCHB Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (FIRST) Program Portfolio is to advance the health and well-being of MCH populations by supporting innovative, applied, and translational intervention research studies on critical issues affecting MCH populations. 




UCEDD Success Stories
The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) is collecting UCEDD Success Stories every month to share with the network and the Administration of Community Living. We are pleased to highlight Sonoron UCEDD at the University of Arizona’s and the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute work in community services and model services. Submit a story today!

My Disability Roadmap
My Disability Roadmap is out now in The New York Times, no subscription needed to watch! Captions and audio description available. This new film by Dan Habib and Samuel Habib (both from AUCD's UCEDD, Westchester Institute For Human Development!) follows Samuel, a young man with complex disabilities, as he navigates the path to work, college, and relationships while seeking out wisdom from disability activists across the country. Please watch and share!On June 1 at 12pm ET, filmmakers Dan and Samuel will be talking about the Op-Docs short film and their plans for the feature length film during a free, public webinar hosted by WIHD. Learn more and register. 

UCEDD Admin Essentials Tip Sheets
Tip Sheets are intended to provide guidance and share peer practices of specific aspects of UCEDD operations, grant management, and core grant application development. Tip sheets clarify requirements outlined in the DD Act, related federal regulations, and/or ACL's Quality Review System processes as appropriate and share experiences and recommendations from network peers. Read the latest tips on Fostering Organizational Culture in a Remote Environment and Professional Development.

COVID-19 Tests – Order More Today!
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home tests. Order yours today! The tests available for order are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR. They can be taken anywhere and give results within 30 minutes.

New Report on Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities: Research Findings
NIDILRR released a new report, “Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities” which highlights examples of key research findings on the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities as well as available resources from the NIDILRR grantee community. The report includes findings from studies focusing on specific groups that were particularly hard hit, such as people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people from marginalized communities, and people with mental health disorders.

Infocomic: Managing Cognitive Demand
Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative), in collaboration with the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER), published an infocomic, Managing Cognitive Demand. The comic shows how employers can create welcoming work environments for employees with disabilities by helping them manage cognitive demand. In one scene, a new employee is overwhelmed by new tasks every day. In the second scene, a manager works with a new employee to support their training to master tasks one at a time.

Both Employers and Workers with Disabilities Are Feeling the Effects of COVID-19 on Employment and Earnings
In a recent NIDILRR-funded study, researchers examined the effects of COVID-19 on the employment of people with disabilities and on employers. The researchers also sought to understand the subsequent employment and financial challenges experienced by people with disabilities during the pandemic. Researchers surveyed 733 people with disabilities and 67 individuals representing employers, such as hiring managers. The people with disabilities were all 18 years or older and reported a physical or neurologic disability that affected their ability to work. 


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This weekly newsletter is in part supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) through a technical assistance contract for the URC, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) through a technical assistance contract for the ITAC, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a National Professional Organization for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. The content of this material does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of any federal agency. No official support or endorsement by federal agencies is intended nor should be inferred.