AUCD Weekly


September 22, 2021


AUCD 2021: Scholarship Opportunities Available!
We are excited to welcome AUCD members, partners, disability experts, individuals with disabilities, family members and trainees to join us for the AUCD 2021 Virtual Conference! We seek to make the conference and all information presented as accessible as possible and recognize that cost can often be a barrier to attending. Learn how our scholarship opportunities can help.

AUCD's Children's Mental Health Champions Complete Projects for the 2020-2021 Year
In 2020, AUCD expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with the launch of a new pilot program, Children's Mental Health Champions. This effort was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the CDC. Learn about the 12 Champions and their projects.

AUCD International Activities Survey
AUCD is collecting information about international activities across all member centers and programs. We are hoping to capture both the competency and capacity of the network. The results of this survey will inform activities of the AUCD Board of Directors and International Committee, and the level of support AUCD Central Office provides to network members regarding international activities.

Research Survey Opportunity for Parents and Guardians of Youth with Disabilities
The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute (Maryland's UCEDD) and the University of Missouri Kansas City's Institute for Human Development (Missouri's UCEDD) are seeking parents and legal guardians of school-age children with intellectual or developmental disabilities to participate in an online survey to help us understand their concerns about their child's return to school in-person during COVID-19.

AIR-P Webinar: Genetics Care in Adults and Children with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Friday, September 24, 2021, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Current advances in our knowledge of the genetic contributions to physical health and its integration into medical care have generated both opportunities for advancing healthcare and critical gaps in knowledge on its impact. This webinar will introduce the landscape of genetic advances for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences, from diagnostics to ancestry and predictive risk.

AIR-P Deadline Extended: Call for Physical Health Research and Education Proposals
Deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021, 7:00 p.m. ET

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is accepting any autistic physical health research and education proposals for e-presentation for the 2021 AIR-P Research Day at AUCD2021 Conference.

The LEND Family Discipline Network (LFDN) Presents: 2021 Family Discipline Summit
September 27-28, 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET
The LFDN, with support from AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, is hosting a series of facilitated workshops and conversations for leaders and trainees in the field of Family Support to discuss critical questions and share best practices for addressing equity for families within their programs and in life beyond their traineeship.

Lessons Learned from AUCD's Language and Communications Access Plan
Monday, September 27, 2021, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
In this webinar, we will share about AUCD's Language and Communications Access Plan and lessons learned from the first two years of implementation. Join us to learn about the work of both groups, what the URC has learned in its efforts to improve the language and communications accessibility of its technical assistance, and how this might apply to the work at your center or program.

Webinar: MHDD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Webinar Series
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Join MHDD for a discussion on how race and ethnicity can affect services for someone with a disability and mental health concern.  

NACCHO: 2021 - 2022 Health and Disability Fellowship Program
Deadline: October 1, 2021
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is recruiting for two graduate students to join the 2021-2022 Health and Disability Fellowship Program. This program offers an invaluable workforce development opportunity for graduate students seeking hands-on experience in the public health disability field. Learn more and apply. For questions about the fellowship, contact Sara Lyons at [email protected].

Webinar: Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Join NIDILRR grantees Dr. Heidi Donovan and Dr. Scott Beach for a discussion on social isolation and loneliness among caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Technical Assistance Opportunity with WIC Developmental Monitoring Project
Application Deadline: October 15, 2021
The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) has been awarded funding for Year 4 of the WIC Developmental Monitoring Project from CDC. With this funding, ASPHN will expand the number of state WIC programs it works with to promote developmental milestone monitoring within the WIC program. Contact Amber Brown at [email protected] for more information. Access the short application.

Baylor College of Medicine's 22nd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference
October 28-29, 2021, Virtual
In partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, AUCD is happy to provide all network members with  discounts on registration for the October 28-29 virtual Conference.

Employment Opportunities
The AUCD National Office is currently hiring a range of positions. View the full list of employment opportunities.


Adira Foundation: Pervasive Needs in Neurodegenerative Disease
Deadline: October 15, 2021
Award Ceiling: $60,000

Grants will be awarded in support of programs that aim to improve the lives of people impacted by neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson's disease and/or their caregivers.

AIR-P Scholars & Pilot and Feasibility Funding Program
Deadline: October 22, 2021
Award Ceiling: TBD

The Autism Intervention Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) seeks applications for the AIR-P Scholars & Pilot and Feasibility funding program during January-December 2022 project year. Proposals must address a topic or topics related to autism and physical health with a focus on enhancing the health and well-being of autistic people. Preference will be given to projects with an emphasis on underserved groups.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses: Impact Research Grants
Deadline: October 29, 2021
Award Ceiling: $50,000

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is inviting applications for its Impact Research Grants program, which is designed to address gaps in high-acuity and critical care areas of clinical research and nursing practice.

National Association of School Nurses: Applications for Research
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Award Ceiling: TBD

NASN is inviting applications for its research grants program, which was established to encourage and support research regarding school nursing and health of school-age children and advance and fund quality school nursing practice and school-affiliated delivery of healthcare.

National Institute on Health: Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Enhance Workforce Diversity (R36 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Deadline: November 16, 2021
Award Ceiling: TBD

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to enhance the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation awards in all research areas within the strategic priorities of the NIMH to individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research. This award supports the completion of the doctoral research project.


Innovative and Promising Practice: Collaborating w/ LatinX Families to Disseminate EHDI Resources
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program is proud to announce The Center for Family Involvement as an Innovative and Promising Practice, focused on systems of care for children and families who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH).

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month offers us an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of people with disabilities to America's workplaces and economy. This year's NDEAM theme, "America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion," reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

National COVID-19 Resiliency Network Spanish Language Resources
The National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) has created Spanish-language #VACCINEREADY animated videos for the Hispanic/Latino community to raise awareness of vaccines and to learn more about vaccine access where they live. The videos consist of three concepts: Hugs highlights getting back to normal activities intensified with an emotional appeal, Homestretch reinforces healthy habits to control the COVID-19 pandemic, and Myths vs. Facts targets misinformation by breaking through vaccine myths. Additional social media videos can be downloaded from the NCRN Toolkit. 

OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served Under IDEA Part B
The factsheet explores data on the racial and ethnic diversity of children with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for the 2019-2020 school year. The data include the percentage of children by race/ethnicity in each disability category, diversity in each state, disciplinary data, and school exit. OSEP also published a companion tool, Hand in Hand, to help parents and other stakeholders understand and engage with the data..

RTC: Rural Research Brief - People with Disabilities Still at Risk at Congregate Care Settings
The brief summarizes data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at county and regional levels to inform community response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing home settings through August 2021. The brief discusses how people with disabilities are over-represented in unsafe congregate settings, such as nursing homes where vaccination rates for residents and staff have stagnated in these settings.


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This weekly newsletter is in part supported by the Administration on 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.