AUCD Weekly

September 21, 2022




AUCD 2022 Conference – Registration is Open!
November 13-16, Washington, DC
Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues and peers. Please join us! Learn more about this year’s theme of Health Equity: Serving the Whole Person and register by visiting Important reminders:

  • Amplify the work of your Center or Program by sponsoring or exhibiting.  
  • We provide scholarships to those who need support attending.
  • Concurrent and poster sessions will be added to the agenda in the next two weeks.

AUCD CORE Webinar: Strategies for Writing Manuscript for Peer Review
Monday, September 26, 2022, 4:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
The AUCD Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE), in collaboration with the UCEDD Resource Center (URC), presents the CORE Quarterly Seminar Series. This first writing workshop will offer strategies for writing peer-reviewed journal manuscripts. The workshop will cover topics such as journal selection, manuscript outlines, intention and content of sections, communication with co-authors, response to peer reviews and academic writing techniques. The workshop is directed at undergraduate upperclassmen, graduate students, trainees, postdocs, staff and junior faculty with limited manuscript writing experience.

2022 Emerging Leaders Welcome Webinar
Friday, September 30, 2022, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Welcome (or welcome back) to the AUCD network, emerging leaders! Join us to learn about the Emerging Leaders Community and how you fit within the AUCD Network. Presenters will share resources and opportunities to help you make the most of your traineeship! Former trainees or fellows are also encouraged to attend.

Input Requested: NIDILRR's 2024-2029 Long-Range Plan
AUCD’s Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) will provide written input to NIDILRR for their upcoming long-range plan, but we need to hear from you first! They have asked for input from stakeholders using the guidance below. If you would like to add feedback to what CORE will share, please send it to Katey Burke at [email protected] by Friday, September 30th. We also encourage you to reach out as individuals or centers if you would like. They provide options for virtual listening sessions or written input on the informational site.

AIR-P Presents: Evaluating the Use of Flexible Seating for Neurotypical and Neurodivergent Children 
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
In this webinar, Laura will begin by discussing the research to practice gap in autism education, before emphasizing the need to take a collaborative approach when it comes to meeting the needs of autistic young people in school. Laura will then focus on a case example of a research-practice partnership, where researchers at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) worked collaboratively with staff from an inclusive school for children aged 4-11 years, to evaluate the use of flexible seating in classrooms.

Baylor College of Medicine’s 23rd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference
October 26-28, 2022, Virtual
The 21st Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Virtual Conference will be held virtually on October 29th and 30th. This year’s theme is Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care. In partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, AUCD is providing all network members with discounts on registration. Registration closes Sunday, October 25th.

Employment Opportunities Across the Network
The AUCD National Office is currently hiring an Emerging Leaders Intern, a Meeting Intern to support AUCD 2022, a LEND Audiology Intern, a Program Specialist for the URC Team, a Program Manager for the Act-Early Project, and a Senior Program Manager for the Public Health Team. There’s also a wide range of employment opportunities across the AUCD network. Explore all openings listed on AUCD's employment page. If you think your organization is an affiliated partner, please contact Anna Costalas. Positions will remain on the website for 90 days.




National Association of School Nurses – Application for Research
Deadline: October 31, 2022
Award Ceiling: TBD
To that end, NASN invites applications for its research grants program, which was established to encourage and support research regarding school nursing and the health of school-age children and advance and fund quality school nursing practice and school-affiliated delivery of health care. The principal investigator or a member of the research team who participates in the entire process, including the proposal, design, and implementation of the research project, must be a school nurse(s) engaged in the practice or leadership of school nursing as well as a current member of NASN.  For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the National Association of School Nurses website.

Administration for Children and Families - National Early Care and Education Workforce Center
Deadline: November 7, 2022
Award Ceiling: $6,000,000
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) solicits applications for a National Early Care and Education Workforce Center (the Center). The purpose of the cooperative agreement is to fund a research and technical assistance center that will work to increase recruitment and retainment of a diverse, qualified, and effective workforce across all Early Care and Education (ECE) settings and programs through the provision of technical assistance (TA) at state and local levels and a program of rigorous research that builds the knowledge base and informs TA efforts. The Center will specifically focus on establishing and enhancing career advancement systems and strategies for ECE professionals to pursue credentials and degrees and identifying and encouraging sustainable strategies to increase compensation, provide an adequate compensation, and improve workplace policies (wages, benefits, wellness) in alignment with career advancement.

Health Resources and Services Administration – Service Area Competition
Deadline: November 14, 2022
Award Ceiling: TBD
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC). The Health Center Program supports domestic public or private, nonprofit community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide primary health care services to the Nation’s medically underserved populations. The purpose of the SAC notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to ensure continued access to comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services for communities and populations currently served by the Health Center Program.

Social Security Administration - Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation, and Work
Deadline: November 30, 2022
Award Ceiling: $450,000
The Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation, and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program supports innovative student research on rehabilitation, work, and disability topics by awarding one-year stipends to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research in these areas. The objective of the program is to generate innovative research with fresh perspectives on disability, and to cultivate new scholars in the field of disability research.  

Health Resources and Services Administration - Infant, Child, and Adolescent Preventive Services (ICAPS) Program with Additional Funding for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Activities
Deadline: December 14, 2022
Award Ceiling: $1,566,000
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Infant, Child, and Adolescent Preventive Services (ICAPS) Program. The purpose of this program is to help care providers1 and care teams provide optimal health promotion and preventive services to infants, children, adolescents, young adults and their families.





Mild traumatic brain injury increases risk of behavioral and emotional problems in kids
Researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, one of AUCD's Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Centers, found children with a mild TBI experienced a 15-percent increased risk of an emotional or behavioral problem. The risk was the highest in children around ten years old. This study used MRI and behavioral data from the Adolescence Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. The University of Rochester is one of 21 sites collecting data for this study.

Rounding @Iowa Podcast:  How Neuroscience Informs Our Understanding of autism

Co-directors of the Iowa Hawk-IDDRC, Lane Strathearn, MBBS, PhD, and Ted Abel, PhD discuss the new Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)  and how neuroscience informs healthcare, education, support services, and public policy for individuals with autism. [email protected] is an interprofessional continuing education podcast created by and for the health care team. Join Dr. Gerry Clancy from University of Iowa Health Care as he and his guests explore emerging topics in health care.

UCEDD Success Stories: ExceLens
University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) aim to positively affect the lives of people with disabilities by building and strengthening systems that support full community participation. The ExceLens series highlights the valuable work of the UCEDDs within university systems, the community, and in the lives of people with disabilities across the lifespan and their family members. UCEDD success stories will highlight the impact of the implementation of the UCEDD Core Functions in the community in the areas of: Interdisciplinary Training; Understanding; Community Service and Information Dissemination.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: New Guidance Requires Federally Funded Research to Be Open Access
In a move hailed by open-access advocates, the White House on Thursday released guidance dictating that taxpayer-supported research be made freely and immediately available to the public.

GAO Report: COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
The COVID-19 pandemic caused severe illness and death in many nursing homes across the U.S. We also found that some indicators of resident mental and physical health worsened during the pandemic. The pandemic also highlighted long-standing problems with infection prevention and control in nursing homes. Before the pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began requiring nursing homes to designate an infection preventionist on staff. The preventionist is responsible for the home's infection prevention and control program—playing a critical role during the pandemic. We found that the agency could strengthen the preventionists' role, including by collecting preventionist staffing data.

High School Students with Disabilities Achieve Better Outcomes in Inclusive Academic Settings
Indiana high school students with disabilities who spent 80% of their educational time in general education classrooms scored higher on state reading and math assessments and were better prepared for postsecondary education and employment opportunities than their peers in less inclusive settings, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers. The study, conducted by IU’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, one of seven research centers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, was recently published in the Journal of Special Education.

Updated COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Now Recommended - Find COVID‑19 Vaccines
Protect yourself from current and future variants, as well as the long-term effects of covid by getting yours. Learn more about COVID‑19 booster recommendations. Use to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.

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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.