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Children from the team's 2008 trip to Zambia


MN LEND/UCEDD Team Heads to Zambia to Teach About Leadership, Autism

A team from MN's ICI will be traveling to Zambia on March 30th. This visit will focus on providing training around Autism Spectrum Disorders in the city of Lusaka and beyond.



DDI (MI) Hosts Visitors From Uzbekistan-Inclusive Education the Topic of Interest

DDI and Wayne State University recently welcomed a contingent of educators and administrators from Uzbekistan. The group is in the US visiting various educational destinations and professionals in the field of disability research in an effort to bring inclusive educational practices back to Uzbekistan.



Einstein's Special Care Dentistry Unit Treats Vulnerable Population

The CERC Dental Clinic is the only one of its kind in New York City - able to provide anesthesia through conscious sedation. This permits individuals with severe developmental and behavioral problems to receive the dental care they need

Janie Chobot-Rodd demonstrates how an audiology exam is administered.


Children's Hearing Research Program: Providing Sound Services for Hearing Loss

A program of the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine NY UCEDD/LEND

For more than 30 years, the Children's Hearing Research Program has provided life-changing services to infants, children and adults with deafness and hearing loss. Through its various services, the program has significantly improved the lives of thousands of individuals living in the Bronx and its surrounding communities.



Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment Policy and Measurement at IOD, UNH

A five-year, $4.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) will allow the IOD to study and measure the impact of national policies and programs on the employment of people with disabilities. This grant will establish a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on employment policy and measurement at UNH to meet these needs and facilitate the translation of research findings into policy making and program administration.

Edward Nesbitt


Next Steps at Vanderbilt Students Meet Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates

Two students in the Next Steps at Vanderbilt postsecondary education program met philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates when the Gates visited Nashville's Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) on November 4. In preparation for the Gates Foundation's visit, Edward Nesbitt, Next Steps at Vanderbilt student, was assigned as an intern at the TTC receptionist's desk.

Martha Thurlow and Rachel Quenemoen


New National Center and State Collaborative at Institute on Community Integration (MN)

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has awarded $45 million to the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) to form a partnership that will develop innovative approaches to alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-12.

Dr. Howard Garner (left) and Dr. Fred Orelove Help Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Education


VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities Celebrates 25 Years

The Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Education marked its 25th anniversary by honoring five people for their work in supporting individuals with disabilities and families.

Norma Jean Stodden, Robert Stodden, Charmaine Crockett, and Steve Brown


The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI UCEDD) Represents AUCD at the Third United Nations Conference of State Parties in New York

Nation-states reaffirmed their commitment to the advancement of human rights for persons with disabilities at the Third United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) held at the United Nations from August 30-September 3 in New York City.

Ms. Amy Weinstock and MA Governor, Deval Patrick


University of Massachusetts Medical School/Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center (MA LEND) Alumni and Other Local Notables Level the "Paying" Field

ARICA Bill Passage Mandates Private Insurance Coverage for Autism Services in Massachusetts

Participants in the UMMS/E.K. Shriver Center LEND Fellowship program learn and develop skills to bring about changes within institutions, organizations and communities. Several LEND alumni were instrumental in the passage of the ARICA bill in MA, which will cover evidence-based autism services by private insurance companies in the state.



Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WY UCEDD) Resource Library Develops Award Winning Disability Service Project

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) Resource Library, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming is the 2010 Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) $1,000 award winner for its innovative disability service project "Disability Etiquette and History Infusion Units: Changing Attitudinal Barriers at University of Wyoming, Oct. 2008 - Oct. 2009."



Westchester Institute for Human Development (NY: LEND/UCEDD) Leads the Creation of Website Resource on Families, Disability, and Culture

Families, Disability and Culture: A Guide to Developing Training Curriculum on Families, Disability, and Culture for Trainees and MCH Professionals was developed based on a component of an MCH Distance Learning Project at Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and New York Medical College.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Wade Clapp, M.D., Dr. John Rau, M.D., Dr. Judith Ganser, M.D., Lesa Paddack, Susan Pieples, Dr. Darlene Kardatzke, M.D., and Dr. George Jesien, Ph.D. (Director, AUCD)


Riley Child Development Center (IN LEND) Celebrates 40 Years

The Riley Child Development Center Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program (RCDC-LEND) celebrated its 40th Anniversary of leadership, service and training on Thursday, June 17, 2010. A reception and poster session were held in the afternoon, and the 2010 MCH Leadership Awards presentation followed.



The Institute on Disability Studies (MS UCEDD) Receives the Governor's Community Project of Excellence Award

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) has received its third Governor's Community Project of Excellence Award. Governor Hailey Barbour presented the Institute for Disability Studies' Executive Director Royal Walker with the 2010 Best Homebuyer Assistance Award for the work of the HOYO program. IDS received awards in 2007 and 2002. At the March 25 ceremony, from left, Royal Walker, executive director; Cassie Hicks, coordinator of housing; Cindy Singletary, chair, IDS Community Partnership Advisory Council; and Ruthie Bilal from the MS Home Corporation.



The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD/LEND/IDDRC) to Launch Music Camp at the Grand Ole Opry for People with Williams Syndrome and Other DD

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University, TN, offers campers the opportunity to celebrate music by participating in a songwriting workshop, recording session, songwriter's night, and a live performance on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. The ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp provides persons with Williams syndrome and other developmental disabilities a unique opportunity to focus on what they love and do well? music!

Juan and Metro Councilor Robert Liberty explore the sidewalks of Cornelius in wheelchairs


Community Engagement Comes to Mean a Commitment

ICMA article highlights activity at Portland's OHSU LEND

LEND faculty & students work with city managers to raise awareness, develop resources, and facilitate community engagement for change.

Cromwell Taduran and Rodolfo Nolasco of the Nova Foundation met with Jeff Sheen and Sachin Pavithran of the Center for Persons with Disabilities


Center for Persons with Disabilities (UT UCEDD/LEND) provides consultations in disaster preparedness, employment, and web accessibility in Phillipines

Work with the Philippines National Council of Disability Affairs, Asian Development Bank, Christian Blind Mission, LDS Church Humanitarian Services, and the Nova Foundation for Differently Abled Persons. UCEDD employees hope was to build relationships to improve the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries.

The painting


MN UCEDD Sponsors Art and Disability Symposium

The Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) is holding a symposium focusing on strengthening opportunities for children, youth, and adults with disabilities to participate in the arts on October 30 at the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum.



International Outreach from the UMass Medical School/Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

The Shriver Center conducts a number of research projects and training efforts around the globe that seek to provide greater access and an improved quality of life for people with disabilities, wherever they may live.



IASSID 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Congress Convenes

Several members of the AUCD network attended the Asia Pacific Regional Congress to exchange knowledge with their Asia Pacific counterparts.

Panel Members Jeff Sell, Stuart Spielman, Cathy Pratt, Kenneth DeGraff, Sara Singleton


Congressional Staffers, ASA & Autism Speaks Representatives Participate in 2009 Disability Policy Seminar

Panel members discussed current legislation in Congress, including the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act and the Expanding the Promise for Individuals with Autism Act.

Trainees at the DPS09


Trainees Gather at 2009 Disability Policy Seminar

Over 70 trainees gathered in Washington, DC to learn about legislative issues related to people with disabilities and to network with trainees, faculty, staff, family members, professionals, and individuals with disabilities.



AUCD Staff Participate in Triathlon for Autism

Funds raised will go to autism research, assisting families dealing with autism, advocating for public policy that understands autism, and increasing community awareness of autism.

AUCD Staff at Inaugural Ball


AUCD Staff at Disability Power and Pride Inaugural Ball

AUCD current and former staff, spouses, and friends attended the first ever Disability Power and Pride Inaugural Ball at the National Press Club on Sunday January 18, 2009.



Sonoran UCEDD Launches New Online Health & Wellness Resource Center



MN UCEDD Develops New Voter Participation Resource for Young Adults with Disabilities

The Bruder family (Mary Beth, Elizabeth, Kate, Mary Grace, Annemarie) with Sen. Christopher Dodd


Dr. Mary Beth Bruder, CT UCEDD & LEND, Receives 2008 Angel in Adoption Award

Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH


Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH, Appointed Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability at CDC-NCBDDD

IDDRC Directors (from left) Pat Levitt, PhD, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, TN; Marsha Mailick Seltzer, PhD, Waisman Center, WI; & Steve Warren, PhD, Kansas IDDRC; presented information to briefing attendees on the discoveries & accomplishments of IDDRCs


Three IDDRC Directors and Family Member Present at Congressional Briefing Celebrating 45 Years of NICHD Research

NY UCEDD & LEND Directors: Steve Sulkes (Strong Ctr UCEDD & LEND), Karen Edwards (Westchester LEND), Andy Bacon (Westchester UCEDD), Bob Marion (RFK LEND & UCEDD)


Children in Foster Care: Development, Health, and Well-Being. A Collaborative Conference by New York's Three LENDs and UCEDDs

A day long conference to share successful models and to work on challenges to optimal development.

Katie and Scott Thuleen welcomed the delegation to their home to see how it's been made accessible for their son Zach.


ICI (MN UCEDD) Partners on 'Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection'

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota, is partnering with four local disability organizations to provide advanced leadership training in disability advocacy, policy, and services for a delegation from Zambia in southern Africa.

AUCD President Bill Kiernan (R) presents AUCD's Gold Star Award to Connie Garner


Connie Garner (Senate HELP Committee) Receives 2007 AUCD Gold Star Award



NICHD Renamed for Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Advocate for Institute's Founding

In conjunction with the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a renaming and dedication ceremony was held on March 3, 2008, to reflect the significant contributions of Eunice Kennedy Shriver to the field of Developmental Disabilities.

Autism Family Camp in Hawaii


Easter Seals Hawaii & Hawaii MCH LEND Autism Camp

Easter Seals Hawaii, in partnership with trainers and students from the University of Hawaii's Maternal Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities, successfully held the first annual Autism Family Camp at the YMCA's Camp Erdman in Mokuleia.

ICI staff view 'Changing Landscapes: The Visiting Artists with Disabilities Project'


ICI (MN UCEDD) Launches 'Changing Landscapes: The Visiting Artists with Disabilities Project'

On September 17, 2007, the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota, held the opening reception for "Changing Landscapes: The Visiting Artists with Disabilities Project." This year-long project, funded by a grant from the University's College of Education and Human Development, brings to the University campus over 75 pieces of artwork on loan from three community organizations that support artists with disabilities: Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Partnership Resources, Inc., and Courage Center.



William Kiernan begins Presidency of AUCD Board of Directors

On November 14, 2007, William Kiernan, PhD, took over as President of the AUCD Board of Directors from Royal Walker Jr., JD.



Jan Nisbet, Director Of Institute On Disability, Receives UNH Alumni Association's Highest Honor



New Hampshire Institute on Disability Named Community Organization of the Year



USU CPD Celebrates 35 Years of Service

USU's Center for Persons with Disabilities celebrated its 35th birthday June 14-15 with two days of activities that brought friends from as far away as Puerto Rico to join the party. More than 200 people attended what for some was a coming home of sorts to the place that established their professional careers.



AUCD Welcomes newest International Affiliate member, the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria South Africa

Member Spotlight is a monthly feature that profiles an AUCD Network member and highlights its recent activities and accomplishments. This Member Spotlight highlights the newest International Affiliate to the AUCD Network in South Africa.



AUCD Welcomes Sonoran UCEDD

Member Spotlight is a monthly feature that profiles an AUCD Network member and highlights its recent activities and accomplishments. This Member Spotlight highlights one of the newest UCEDDs in the network.

(Left to Right) Dotty Kelly, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Maggie Nygren, AUCD; Gordon Richins, Utah State University; Roy Fua, Chair, ASCC Department of Education; Seth Galeai, UCEDD Director and ASCC Vice President


TA Team Visits American Samoa UCEDD

The inaugural Member Spotlight features the American Samoa UCEDD.


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