AUCD Weekly

February 8, 2023


Indigenous Engagement Workgroup Meeting
Thursday, February 9, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
The Indigenous Engagement workgroup is open to UCEDD faculty, staff, and other AUCD members partnering with or interested in supporting Indigenous communities. The purpose of the Indigenous Engagement workgroup is to provide a space for UCEDD faculty, staff, and other AUCD network members to learn about best practices from members and guest speakers, share work, and discuss opportunities, challenges, and successes in supporting Indigenous communities. Please reach out to Jeanette Cordova ([email protected]) with any questions or to attend.

Virtual African American Conference on Disabilities - February 2023 
As a preview to the in-person conference on June 16, join us for a virtual seminar on February 8 & 9 in honor of Black History Month.
The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) and its partners are excited to announce the 12th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD). As a preview to the in-person conference in June, a virtual seminar will kick off during the month of February in honor of Black History Month. You may choose to attend one or all four sessions for the same $15.00 registration fee. For more information, please contact Renaldo Fowler, [email protected].

ADvancing States Next Gen HCBS Leaders Program Application
Application Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2023
To encourage younger professionals to seek senior leadership opportunities in long-term services and supports (LTSS), ADvancing States will provide a unique opportunity for young emerging leaders: the Next Gen HCBS Leaders Program. Applicants can be staff members of Aging and Disability agencies or Medicaid agencies.

2023 AUCD Leadership Academy
Application Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023
The AUCD Leadership Academy is a one-year program that is designed for current and emerging leaders from the disability community. The goal is to develop and improve leadership skills. The Academy teaches people how to improve systems of support and services. These systems and services can include federal and state agencies. Examples include HRSA, ACL, and State Councils on Developmental Disabilities. These systems and services can also include disability organizations like the Arc and other local and state advocacy and services organizations.

ThinkCollege National Coordinating Center Webinar: Collaborating with Employers: Strategies and Tips for Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) on the Job
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
For students with ID, access to paid employment while in college is critical to preparing for a career upon graduation. Inclusive college program staff play a vital role in students obtaining paid jobs during college. While assisting students to get a job is one of the first steps to a successful employment experience, it is not the last. Support doesn’t stop once the student gets a job. The next step is to effectively support students on the job site. This includes supporting employers, which may require staff to learn new skills. This webinar will share essential components, strategies, and tips for working with employers.

Employment Opportunities Across the Network
The focus of the AUCD Employment page is on job and fellowship opportunities at AUCD, within our Network, and at organizations affiliated with AUCD. If you think your organization is an affiliated partner, please contact Anna Costalas. Positions will remain on the website for 90 days.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Health Policy Research Scholars Program
Deadline: March 15, 2023
Award Ceiling: $30,000
The four-year national leadership development program provides support for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in which policy is a key driver of change (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, anthropology, education, social work, sociology, engineering, geography, and lab/bench sciences) whose aim is to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge longstanding, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and bolster their leadership skills.

Administration for Community Living - Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Disability in Rural Communities
Deadline: April 3, 2023
Award Ceiling: $875,000
The purpose of this particular RRTC is to generate new research-based knowledge that can be used to improve outcomes in one or more of the following outcome domains for people with disabilities living in rural communities: community living and participation, employment, and health and function. NIDILRR plans to make one grant under this opportunity in FY 2023. The grant will have a 60-month project period, with five 12-month budget periods.

Administration for Community Living - Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation Among People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 
Deadline: April 3, 2023
Award Ceiling: $875,000
The purpose of this particular RRTC is to conduct research, training, and related activities to contribute to optimal community living and participation outcomes of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including those with co-occurring disabilities. NIDILRR plans to make one grant under this opportunity in FY 2023. The grant will have a 60-month project period, with five 12-month budget periods.

Department of Education - OSERS: OSEP: Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities: Center on Dispute Resolution
Deadline: April 4, 2023
Award Ceiling: $750,000
The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Centers for Disease Control – NCIRD- Immunization Barriers in the United States: Targeting Medicaid Partnerships
Deadline: April 12, 2026
Award Ceiling: $600,000
The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to help the CDC continue addressing and reducing income-based disparities in immunization rates and bolster vaccine equity in Medicaid-enrolled children, adolescents, pregnant people, and adults by facilitating and establishing engagements and partnerships between State Immunization and State Medicaid Programs. This opportunity should also augment efforts to foster NOFO award recipient collaboration with these programs to help the CDC better understand barriers to immunization for Medicaid-enrolled children, adolescents, pregnant people, and adults and improve immunization rates. This NOFO is intended for two organizations with reach on a national/regional level and capacity for direct communication with state Medicaid program leadership, with existing relationships with Medicaid program leadership in at least 20 states.



Rates of Autism Increase, but Numbers Don't Paint the Full Picture
Headlines over the past 20 years have signaled ever-increasing recognition of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Now, in a new article, IDDRC network researchers describe their own estimates of how many children across Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) Primary Care Network have been diagnosed with ASD. What they found highlights the importance of tracking and unpacking the numbers of diagnoses to identify areas for continued improvement.

2023 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, Annual Disability Statistics Supplement, and State Reports for County-level Data are web-based tools that pool disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium, Supplement, and State Reports make finding and using disability statistics easier. The Annual Disability Statistics Supplement provides hundreds of tables breaking down the content found in the Compendium by age, gender, and race-ethnicity. The State Reports for County-level Data provide county-level statistics for each state complimenting the content found in the Compendium and Supplement.

CDC MMWR-  COVID-19 Mortality and Progress Toward Vaccinating Older Adults — World Health Organization, Worldwide, 2020–2022
The impact of COVID-19 during the last 3 years has been substantial and COVID-19 mortality is an important outcome indicator for monitoring the pandemic. These COVID-19 deaths and excess mortality estimates show that persons aged 60 years and older accounted for more than 80% of total COVID-19 deaths even when income levels are consistent with the initial SARS-CoV-2–related mortality patterns described in China and subsequently by other countries.

Federal Perspectives: CMS Releases Coverage Resources for Consumers in Multiple Languages
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS/OMH) has released updated Coverage to Care (C2C) resources in additional languages to help consumers understand their health coverage and receive needed primary care and preventative services. Updated resources include the Roadmap to Better Care, Roadmap to Behavioral Health, prevention flyers, and more.

ThinkCollege Resource: What’s Happening in Your State
Use the Think College interactive map to see updates on activities and policies related to college education for students with intellectual disabilities in each state. You can also search for specific legislation and statewide organizations for inclusive postsecondary education by state.

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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.