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6/8/2020

#AUCD2020 is Going Virtual

We make this announcement during unprecedented times in our country. The current and anticipated long-term impacts of COVID-19 led to our decision to convene a virtual conference this year. Our conference theme, 'Achieving Equity: Leading the Way in the Next Decade, 'confronts the realities we face as a nation in addressing the long-term inequalities experienced by marginalized communities. AUCD2020 continues to serve as a forum for meaningful collaborations on salient topics, best practices, and critical issues that affect the disability community, our network, and beyond. Read more in the Virtual Event tab.

 
 

5/8/2020

UCEDD 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 AIDD's Quality Review System processes as appropriate; and also share experiences and recommendations from network peers.

 
 

5/4/2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2.0 Re: COVID-19

You can find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Re: COVID-19 on the UCEDD Resource Center. Information in this Frequently Asked Question document is here to help you continue UCEDD core functions during the COVID-19 pandemic. AUCD and the UCEDD Resource Center will continue to update this document as needed.

 
 

4/28/2020

Now Archived: 2020 UCEDD Directors' Retreat and TA Institute

Thank you again to everyone who made our first ever Virtual TA Institute and UCEDD Directors' Retreat a huge success: the planning committee, the speakers, the staff, and the participants. With over 200 participants, this was our most well attended TA Institute ever. We tremendously appreciate the lively engagement, which occurred throughout the two-day event and which stimulated numerous ideas, posed many questions, and generated a variety of new connections. We have already seen some meaningful outcomes from these discussions and AUCD will continue to work toward addressing all the TA requests identified during the TA institute. If you missed all or part of the Institute or Retreat or want to refresh your memory, we invite you to peruse the archived 2020 event materials. Available

 
 

9/19/2019

AUCD Applauds Congress' Passage of Autism CARES Act

AUCD applauds Congress' passage of the Autism Cares Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill to expand research and coordination, increase public awareness and surveillance, and expand interdisciplinary health professional training to identify and support individuals with autism and their families. Passage of the bill, which occurred by voice vote, has been championed by Senators Enzi (R-WY) and Menendez (R-NJ) and Representatives Smith (R-NJ) and Doyle (D-PA), which reauthorizes CARES programs at NIH, CDC, HRSA, and IACC over the next five years.

 
 
Andy met with President Rosevonne Pato and Vice President Lina Scanlan and Tafaimamao Lefu Tua Tupuola, UCEDD Director at American Samoa Community College.

2/27/2017

AUCD's Andy Imparato Visits the Pacific

For the past ten days, AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato has been visiting disability organizations and meetings in the South Pacific, hosted by Tafaimamao Lefu Tua Tupuola and Kiriko Takahashi of the American Samoa UCEDD (Ucedd Ascc). He has met with people with disabilities, families, and numerous staff working on disability issues throughout the South Pacific.

 
 

AUCD Webinars

 
 

4/28/2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Re: COVID-19

Information in this Frequently Asked Question document is here to help you continue UCEDD core functions during the COVID-19 pandemic. AUCD and the UCEDD Resource Center will continue to update this document as needed.

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6/9/2020

Recognize Exceptional Leadership

The annual AUCD Awards gives us an opportunity to recognize individuals, programs, and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions. We honor leadership, advocacy, research, policy, and practice that further diversifies and creates more inclusive communities for people with disabilities and their families. Comprised of 10 categories, the AUCD Awards represent the exemplars within our network, and local, state, and federal partners. We know the depth, breadth, and expertise of our trainees, advocates, professionals, and partners is extraordinary and deserving of recognition. In preparation for this year's conference, we invite you to nominate someone who truly inspires you in the spirit of the conference theme: Achieving Equity: Leading the Way in the Next Decade. Submit a Nomination by September 4.

 
 

6/10/2020

AUCD Launches Children's Mental Health Champions

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) expands its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with the launch of a new pilot program, Children's Mental Health Champions, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Six Champions were selected, representing California, Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico, Virginia, and Washington D.C., to serve as liaisons to the CDC's Children's Mental Health program.

 
 

7/9/2020

Stories Needed about impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities

Congress is writing the next bill to respond to the needs of Americans in this crisis. In order for the needs of people with disabilities and their families to be addressed in the next bill, members need to hear about the real impacts. Often, a short personal story is helpful for them. Below are tips and tools to share your story.

 
 

7/9/2020

Va-LEND Welcomes New Faculty With Focus on Cultural Agility

Submitted by Jennifer Drummond

For Dana Yarbrough, this summer marks 21 years at the Partnership with People with Disabilities as a project director, Director of Center for Family Involvement (CFI), and Assistant Director of the UCEDD. But it also marks a new adventure: bringing her vision and perspective to Va-LEND.

 
 

7/8/2020

Funding Opportunity: Children's Mental Health Champions

Deadline: July 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) will support an additional cohort of Children's Mental Health Champions. This funding opportunity is limited to AUCD network members in any state or territory. These Champions will: serve as state/territorial liaisons to the CDC's Children's Mental Health program and positive parenting resources; act as community champion change agents to increase awareness activities and improvement of positive parenting practices; develop and test strategies for building partnerships to promote identification, screening, referral, and intervention; and implement effective strategies for mental health promotion, prevention supports, and creation of networks (e.g., school, healthcare, and community) and better connections between these systems.

 
 

7/8/2020

Journey to Full Citizenship

Indiana's Disability History: A Video Overview

Journey to Full Citizenship, a video overview of Indiana's disability history, is a new free educational resource. The short documentary looks at 200 years of change in the lives of Hoosiers with disabilities. It's a story of citizens who were placed behind walls and have struggled for their civil rights, a story of advocacy and continually evolving public attitudes, legislation, and policy.

 
 

7/8/2020

Program Helps KU Prepare Students with Intellectual Disability Thrive Among Peers

When COVID-19 prompted the closure of the University of Kansas campus, Dana Lattin had faith that students in KU Transition to Postsecondary Education, or TPE, could adapt to their new online experiences

 
 

7/8/2020

Sherlock Center Initiates New Community of Practice for Teachers of Students with Complex Needs

In response to COVID-19, the Sherlock Center and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) are collaborating on a Community of Practice (COP) for teachers of students with complex needs. Teachers participating in the COP are providing instructions to students that often require unique and adapted instruction, as well as materials and supports to address their sensory, movement, and communication needs. With the COVID-19 national crisis forcing the closure of all Rhode Island schools, teachers had pivot to distance learning quickly. "Creating distance learning tools and strategies for students with complex needs is especially challenging" according to the Sherlock Center executive director, Amy Grattan. Dr. Grattan, along with colleagues, Dr. Susan Dell and Terri LaPlante, hold monthly meetings with the teachers. Recordings of the meetings and related resources are available to teachers via the Sherlock Center website.

 
 

7/8/2020

VT LEND HDCC Council wins Diversity Team Award 2020 for Profiles in Diversity Journal

Profiles in Diversity Journal has recognized thousands of individuals from around the world who are making a difference. The Diversity Team Profiles spring edition recognized and celebrated the idea of teamwork, the importance of individual contributions, and the unique people organization who have come together to advance the cause of diversity and inclusion every day.

 
 

7/7/2020

AUCD-NCBDDD/CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Funding Opportunities

In response to emerging needs resulting in part from COVID-19, a nationwide Act Early State and Territorial Team initiative focused on building resilience among families with young children served by early childhood state systems is under development. These teams will focus on parent-engaged developmental monitoring, screening, and referral initiatives to ensure that children with developmental delays are identified early and connected with services that can help children and families. A competitive Act Early Ambassador RFA is also available in conjunction with this funding opportunity. This work will be funded through an existing cooperative agreement between AUCD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

 
 

7/7/2020

Caroline Coffield, PhD (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Honored with Distinction of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Caroline Coffield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Director of Pre-service Training at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Training Director of NJLEND, was honored with the distinction of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).

 
 

7/7/2020

Kennedy Krieger Assists State in Planning Return to School

The Kennedy Krieger Institute's Specialized Health Needs Interagency Collaboration project (SHNIC), funded by the Maryland State Department of Education, supports a group of Kennedy Krieger nurses and educators to provide training and technical assistance to school personnel and parent groups regarding the needs of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in schools throughout Maryland.

 
 

7/7/2020

Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Elected President of National APSE - the Association of People Supporting Employment First

Margaret Gilbride JD, CT, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director of Transition and Employment at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was elected President of National APSE - the Association of People Supporting Employment First.

 
 

7/7/2020

Mitchell Levitz Retires from WIHD

Mitchell Levitz, who worked at Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) for close to twenty years, retired on Friday, June 26th. Mitch has made a powerful impact on the lives of people with disabilities, self-advocates, and families. He has been a strong advocate at both the state and national levels since graduating from high school; has shared his personal perspective with students, families, and community members; and has spoken on behalf of all people with disabilities at state and federal legislative events and conferences.

 
 

7/7/2020

MMI to Open Autism Clinic in Underserved North Omaha

After months of planning and community feedback, the Munroe-Meyer Institute's Autism Clinic for Toddlers in Omaha North (ACTION) now has an anticipated opening date -- January 2021.

 
 

7/7/2020

MN LEND's 12th Cohort Graduates Virtually

The 12th cohort of ICI's Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MNLEND) program graduated May 14 in an online ceremony that featured a congratulatory message from U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, among others, and video testimonials from graduates themselves about what the interdisciplinary fellowship program has meant for them.

 
 

7/7/2020

Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome: Release of Videos

The University of Cincinnati UCEDD is excited to announce the release of ten video modules on Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS). Nine of the modules focus on medical subspecialty care for patients with RTS and one is dedicated to families' experiences of living a good life with RTS in their homes, schools and communities. We hope these videos will contribute to increased understanding and optimal treatment of individuals with RTS.

 
 

7/7/2020

University of Kansas Researchers Honored for Contributions to Disability Studies

Four University of Kansas researchers join three former presidents and four former senators of the United States as honorees among 87 recognized for transforming the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities during the past 20 years in the U.S. The honors, compiled in the National Honors Recognizing Significant Contributions in the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Between 2000 and 2020, include essays highlighting trends in the field. A consortium of intellectual disability organizations collaborated on the report, which comes 20 years after the group's first report looking back on 20th century achievements in the field.

 
 

7/6/2020

Center for Leadership in Disability Transitions Annual Autism Conference Fully Online

As many organizations, families, and individuals discovered: COVID-19 changes plans fast. With just two months until the Center for Leadership in Disability's (CLD) 6th annual Autism Conference and Expo of Georgia (ACE), hosting the popular research and resource event in person was no longer possible. But the staff at CLD were faced with two choices: Cancel the conference, or forge ahead with one of the many online platforms adapting to a new normal.

 
 

7/6/2020

Center for Leadership in Disability Transitions Annual Autism Conference Fully Online

As many organizations, families, and individuals discovered: COVID-19 changes plans fast. With just two months until the Center for Leadership in Disability's (CLD) 6th annual Autism Conference and Expo of Georgia (ACE), hosting the popular research and resource event in person was no longer possible. But the staff at CLD were faced with two choices: Cancel the conference, or forge ahead with one of the many online platforms adapting to a new normal.

 
 

7/6/2020

Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Applied Behavior Analysis: Treatment of Children with Autism During a Pandemic

The Michigan Taskforce on ABA Treatment During the Pandemic compiled a collection of tools designed specifically for Michigan's ABA providers to assess and mitigate risk to clients, families, and staff while still delivering essential services to the extent that it is safe to do so.

 
 

7/5/2020

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with AUCD

The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Next month, AUCD will celebrate this landmark event to bring attention to the important work that has been done to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities and to highlight the work that is yet to be done. We honor our leaders in the disability community who worked tirelessly for the passage of the ADA and look to our emerging leaders, many of whom have grown up after the ADA became law, to carry on the mission, hope, and vision of the ADA. We are seeking stories that will amplify this achievement by asking what does the ADA mean to you? How has the ADA has impacted your center and its work? How has the ADA impacted areas of your public life such as school, jobs, transportation and accessibility? Most importantly, how has the ADA inspired you to live a successful and rewarding life?

 
 

7/2/2020

ADA30 Spotlight - Kyle Cox

Kyle Cox follows a realistic and positive perspective on life. He focuses on what he can do rather than what he can't. "It's not the disability, but the ABILITY!" is the motto he stands true to. The ADA has impacted Kyle to become a disability advocate, in which he has been an essential voice in bringing change and unique insight from his experience to the university. Check out Kyle's incredible journey!

 
 

6/22/2020

The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Celebrates the Graduation of the 2019-2020 NJLEND Fellows at the 4th Annual Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium

On May 8th, 2020, The Boggs Center celebrated the graduation of the 2019-2020 NJLEND Fellows at the New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program's 4th annual Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium.

 
 

6/22/2020

University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities (SD UCEDD/LEND) Goes Virtual

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the need to practice physical distancing, the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities (SD UCEDD/LEND) quickly adapted and innovated to stay connected. After an unexpected extended spring break caused by the rapidly spreading coronavirus, classes at the University of South Dakota were moved online beginning March 16, 2020. This meant that didactic and clinical activities of the SD LEND Program would also need to shift gears. From March through May, SD LEND trainees met virtually via Zoom video conferencing for presentations and discussions on Native American Culture, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Leadership. Utilizing an online platform enabled SD LEND trainees to maintain engagement, stay connected, and complete all of their LEND requirements.

 
 

6/21/2020

New fact sheet: How will the COVID-19 recession impact people with disabilities in rural America?

While many Americans will suffer in the coming recession, people with disabilities in rural areas are especially vulnerable because they are less likely to have an emergency savings fund, have access to paid leave, or be able to work from home. RTC:Rural's recent fact sheet analyzes data from the 2015 and 2016 Survey of Household Economics and Decision-making (SHED) and the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) 2017-18 Leave and Job Flexibilities Module.

 
 

6/17/2020

Communicating disabilities research in plain language through brand-new Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) podcasts

"The Promise of Discovery" is a new podcast hosted by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) that highlights research in intellectual and developmental disabilities in plain language, making it accessible to the general public. The podcast launched May 8, with the premiere of the first three episodes.

 
 

6/14/2020

AUCD Professional Fellows Alum in Kenya Pinpoints 33,000 Individuals with Disabilities for COVID Cash Relief

AUCD Professional Fellows alumni in Africa are leading the push for disability inclusion in their countries' fight against COVID-19. These alumni, who trained at UCEDD and LEND via AUCD's State Department-sponsored exchange programs, are driving inclusive response in new directions. In Kenya, one alumnus is spearheading the country's new initiative to provide emergency cash for food to more than 30,000 people with disabilities.

 
 

6/14/2020

Food Resources Needed for NH Residents with Disabilities

The latest data brief from the New Hampshire (NH) Disability & Public Health Project shows that in NH, people with disabilities and their families are 4 times more likely to report food insecurity than people without disabilities. Food insecurity results from not being able to afford enough food to live an active, healthy life.

 
 

6/12/2020

Seeking talented trainees for AUCD Emerging Leaders Internship

 
 

6/12/2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) research centers established to support individuals with disabilities, their parents as they enter transition age, seek gainful employment

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) researcher Erik Carter, Ph.D., has introduced two new Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) focusing on supporting youths with disabilities, as well as their parents, as they transition into adulthood and begin to seek employment and adult services.

 
 

6/11/2020

EC SIG Webinar Series: COVID and Early Childhood

AUCD's Early Childhood Special Interest Group held a four-part webinar series to explore opportunities for UCEDD/LEND programs to build resilience in families and in early childhood state systems during the COVID19 pandemic.

 
 

6/10/2020

North Carolina Inclusive Virtual College Fair

Dan Earixson, a LEND/UCEDD trainee and School Psychology graduate student at University of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Inclusive Postsecondary Education Alliance (NC IPSEA) interagency visibility team has worked together to release the first Inclusive Virtual College Fair.

 
 

6/9/2020

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Launches Children's Mental Health Champions

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) expands its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with the launch of a new pilot program, Children's Mental Health Champions, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These Champions act as community change agents to increase positive parenting practices, kicking off a one-year term of service starting in June.

 
 

6/8/2020

Aimee Day receives the EPSY Staff Excellence Award

Aimee Day receives the EPSY Staff Excellence Award The EPSY Staff Excellence Award will be awarded to the most outstanding staff member who has contributed to the excellence of Educational Psychology through outstanding departmental support.

 
 

6/8/2020

Dr. Stough and a Group of Scholars and Practitioners have been Selected as a Disability and COVID-19 Working Group by the Natural Hazards Center

The group includes 14 members from 9 universities and centers representing the 8 disciplines of: Communication, Disability Studies, Education, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Public Health, Special Education, and Social Work. The group includes 3 members representing minority groups, a student researcher, and all of our members themselves have or have family members with disabilities or special health care needs. The primary positions are similarly diverse and include researchers, teachers, practitioners, support personnel, and project directors. As each member of the group already have existing research agendas, teaching positions, or oversee projects aligned with this topic, they will bring knowledge from these experiences to the working group.

 
 

6/8/2020

Faith, Disability, and Mental Health: Faith Leaders Forum

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted its first Faith Leader Forum virtually on May 7, 2020. Over thirty faith-based community leaders from across the state of Maryland engaged in a live, interactive, virtual learning collaborative to increase their awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental illness, and to understand how they can help address those challenges and the stigma associated with mental illness and disability.

 
 

6/8/2020

Faith, Disability, and Mental Health: Faith Leaders Forum

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted its first Faith Leader Forum virtually on May 7, 2020. Over thirty faith-based community leaders from across the state of Maryland engaged in a live, interactive, virtual learning collaborative to increase their awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental illness, and to understand how they can help address those challenges and the stigma associated with mental illness and disability.

 
 

6/8/2020

Iowa Launches COVID Recovery Iowa

The Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) is one of five contractors hired by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to participate in COVID Recovery Iowa, an innovative program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). DHS received nearly $1 million in funding from FEMA to offer free virtual counseling and referral services to any Iowan affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. CDD, Iowa's UCEDD, will focus on getting much needed supports and services to Iowans with developmental disabilities through this program.

 
 

6/8/2020

Jacy Farkas Receives Peter Likins Staff Inclusive Excellence Award

Congratulations to Jacy Farkas on receiving the 2019-2020 Peter Likins Staff Inclusive Excellence Award. The annual Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Awards were established to recognize students, staff and faculty-led programs that enhance the University of Arizona through their inclusive programming and/or leadership. To be considered, nominees should have made a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive community.

 
 

6/8/2020

MCDD Resources and a Toolkit During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many things are uncertain. The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) created guidance documents for individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities and their families to help navigate these challenging times. The MCDD, Maryland's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEED), is located on the campus of Kennedy Krieger Institute, a pediatric hospital serving individuals with disabilities and their families.

 
 
(L-R) Jennifer Burt, Ph.D., and Alison Grennan, Ph.D

6/8/2020

MMI Psychology Department to Offer Free Consultative Clinics

The Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) Psychology Department at UNMC is offering free behavioral telehealth consultative clinics. Families of children age 18 or younger can access two free consultative appointments via the teleconferencing platform Zoom or by phone. Providing the services via telehealth also means they will be available to people across the entire state.

 
 

6/8/2020

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Develops COVID-19 Resources

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, New Jersey's UCEDD and LEND program, has developed training and resources to address informational needs related to COVID-19. In April, the Center launched its "Just in Time" Webinar Series to provide virtual learning opportunities focused on emotional well-being, mental health, behavior supports, creating meaningful days, and DSP skill building and self-ca

 
 
Mary Ball, M.A. LSC, and Cassandra Olmstead, M.A.,

6/8/2020

Two Iowa LEND Trainees Recognized with Annual Healy Award

The Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD, Iowa's UCEDD) is proud to announce that Mary Ball, M.A. LSC, and Cassandra Olmstead, M.A., are the 2020 recipients of the Alfred Healy Leadership Award in Developmental Disabilities. Ball and Olmstead were members of the 2019-2020 cohort of the Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities program (ILEND).

 
 

6/8/2020

Va-LEND Thrives Amid COVID-19

Presentation and discussion of research posters and leadership presentations herald the end of the Va-LEND program for the academic year at Virginia Commonwealth University. They are typically lively events marked by discussion, acknowledgement of trainee achievements, and fellowship. This year was very different due to the commonwealth's response to COVID-19 and need to socially distance.

 
 
Text reads: The toolkit received 11,897 visitors from March 15 to April 30, 2020.

6/8/2020

When Access Goes Viral, Tracking UA Partners' Toolkit for Creating an Accessible Online Course

University of Arkansas - Partners for Inclusive Communities (Partners), Arkansas' UCEDD, has a variety of projects that focus on accessible design. Project staff have created a website called Explore Access: Tools for Promoting Disability Access and Inclusion (exploreaccess.org) which offers several resources and toolkits. Among the target audiences for these resources are those working in higher education settings.

 
 

6/5/2020

Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities Factsheets

The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities is a national coalition that was established to identify and reduce life-limiting healthcare inequities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by improving access to medical protocols that reduce medical discrimination. They have created a couple of fact sheets on how to safeguard against disability discrimination during COVID-19

 
 

6/5/2020

Inclusive National Service Programs Goes Virtual During COVID-19

The Training, Resources and Information for the Advancement of Disability (TRIAD) Service AmeriCorps members from The Institute for Disability Studies' (IDS) Hattiesburg and Long Beach campuses continue to serve their communities, just serving now in a more creative and virtual means. As COVID-19 has kept this AmeriCorps Program from having members meet in-person, the need for virtual service became a priority.

 
 

6/5/2020

Now Available: 2020 NH Disability & Public Health Infographic Report

The New Hampshire (NH) Disability & Public Health project's 2020 infographic report shows that adults with disabilities need better access to health care.

 
 

6/4/2020

Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

TCDS's E4Texmas transition program held a Zoom graduation on May 9, 2020. Nine students celebrated being the second class to graduate from the program. View the recording of the graduation with special keynote speaker Dr. Richard Reddick.

 
 

6/3/2020

Office of Postsecondary Education Recruiting Peer Reviewers

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs is currently recruiting peer reviewers to evaluate applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) program.

 
 

6/3/2020

WIHD Conducts Virtual Training with First-year Medical School Students

Karen Millman, LEND Family Partnership Training Coordinator/LEND Family Faculty, at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, in partnership with Jeanne Wilson, M.D. Course Director, "Foundations of Clinical Medicine", at New York Medical College held a 'virtual' joint training session on 4/22, for first-year medical school students. The session is typically held every year in-person, in the Spring, on the campus of NYMC, but due to COVID-19, this year the session was held via Zoom.

 
 

6/2/2020

AUCD Statement on the Death of George Floyd

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a diverse, interdisciplinary leadership, research, training, and service network focused on people with disabilities with a foundational commitment to inclusion, diversity, and cultural competence. Our work, our experience and our shared humanity unequivocally opposes the ongoing, fatal police killings and other violence against Black individuals across our country. What happened to George Floyd May 25 was not a beginning, it was a continuation. But it was a catalyst for change.

 
 

6/1/2020

UNMC MMI UCEDD Hosts Nebraska Statewide Disability Leadership Training

The Munroe-Meyer Institute University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities program (MMI UCEDD) has hosted Disability Leadership training series across the state, including the communities of Omaha, Scottsbluff, Norfolk, Kearney and Grand Island. This training series is a partnership between UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities Program and several Nebraska disabilities programs; in addition, it has been funded by the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 
 

5/29/2020

The impact of the COID-19 pandemic on the nation's disability community

In a world that often fails to acknowledge the value, contributions, and at times even the presence in society of people with disabilities, the spread of COVID-19 carries a unique set of challenges and dangers for the disability community.Armando Contreras, President, and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy National and other advocates for people with disabilities say there needs to be much more awareness among the general public, the health community, and elected officials about the way in which tens of millions of people with disabilities nationwide are being affected by the spread of the coronavirus.

 
 
Whitney Terrill, MNLEND Community Fellow

5/25/2020

MN LEND Fellows Use Their Training in COVID-19 Response

The MN LEND Fellows at the Institute on Community Integration shared stories of how their work is being impacted by the pandemic.

 
 

5/22/2020

During Unprecedented Times, Kansas LEND Emerging Leaders Take Action

There was a call for action - and Kansas LEND trainees responded. As a statewide Stay at Home Order was announced in Kansas in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Kansas LEND trainees were quick to create and disseminate resources for Kansans with disabilities and their families.

 
 

5/20/2020

Kansas Autism Annual Conference Goes Virtual

This year's Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) bi-annual conference Autism Across the Lifespan co-sponsored by Kansas LEND was quickly and successfully re-imagined to be held virtually on April 10th via zoom. LEND faculty members Leni Swails, Ph.D., Rene Jamison, Ph.D. and Skylar Bellinger, Pd.D. partnered with Matt Mosconi, Ph.D. and Sean Swindler of KCART to present on the unique challenges faced by individuals with ASD, their caregivers, and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 

5/18/2020

Communication is Vital: Learn how the WI UCEDD is helping pave the way for intubated COVID-19 patients

At the Waisman Center, home of Wisconsin's LEND, IDDRC, and UCEDD, clinicians in the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC) join a new international task force designed to help patients on ventilators communicate while intubated. CASC is one of 10 different specialty clinics within the Waisman Center and offers specialized services for those who benefit from augmentative and alternative communication aids (AAC). One clinician in CASC, Sarah Marshall, a speech-language pathologist (SLP), has been working with the international task force to develop free communication supports and tools for patients on ventilators due to COVID-19. For patient's suffering from this potentially life-threatening illness, communication with providers and loved ones can be vital. Due to restrictions placed on visitors and the nature of intubation, patients needing intubation and placed on ventilators often find themselves alone and unable to communicate their needs.

 
 

5/18/2020

COVID-19 Information for People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Others with Functional or Access Needs

Project REDD under the leadership of Dr. Laura Stough has begun to provide resources online for people with disabilities, older adults, and others with functional or access needs. We are updating the site daily and we are working on the REDDy Directory to update and list sources who can also help provide services during this crisis. You can also submit information on the REDDy Site to be included - it's changed slightly since it was hacked into recently and you may submit entries and we will post them.

 
 

5/18/2020

In Crisis, MN UCEDD/LEND Responds

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers and training specialists at the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD/LEND) are launching several new ventures aimed at supporting people with disabilities through the crisis.

 
 

5/18/2020

Telehealth & You

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth practices are increasingly being used to deliver health care services. MI-DDI developed the resource, "Telehealth & You", to communicate information on these services as well as debunk some common telehealth myths.

 
 

5/16/2020

STEP UP Continues Engagement Virtually

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the ability to get together in person for socialization and community service . . . no more recreational events, no going to the mall, no going to the movies, no going to the parks, no more monthly meet ups for different socialization opportunities, and no more community service events. This has certainly affected our inclusive organization, STEP UP to Leadership Advisory Council, a leadership and service council for individuals with and without disabilities. As everyone has moved to social distancing, STEP UP members have expressed their need for social interactions with their peers, weekly routines, and community engagement. The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is offering something new that will keep the STEP UP members engaged and active in a different way.

 
 

5/13/2020

Action Alert: COVID-19

On Tuesday May 12, 2020, Congressional House leadership introduced legislative language for a proposed Package 4 of COVID-19 relief. This 1,815 page bill is a look at Democratic priorities for Package 4.

 
 

5/13/2020

MMI Aids in Effort to Provide Free Communication Tools

Jessica Gormley, Ph.D., assistant professor and speech pathologist at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, was part of a nationwide effort by members of the Patient Provider Communication Forum to produce free online communication resources to patients and their health care workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

 
 

5/13/2020

Paths Program

The PATHS Program was an amazing growth experience for me. But I almost didn't even go. In fact, after visiting the PATHS open house day in Feb 2019, I told my mom that it looked like a nice program but the Texas A&M campus was way too big for me. Plus It would require me to navigate public transportation which I had never done before and I was terrified of doing it . But a week later I got in an argument with my little sister and I asked my mom where that PATHS application was! Now I am so glad I went ! It wasn't easy at first but Bridge 2 Career truly helped guide me into the right direction and grew in so many ways. By the end of Bridge 2 Careers I had fallen in love with CSTX and my mentors. I couldn't wait to get back in the fall to start the PATHS program. I was able to navigate the large Texas A&M campus experienced dorm life, learned about the neat TAMU traditions

 
 

5/13/2020

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Develops Transition Timeline for Families of Young Adults

The ability of young adults with developmental disabilities and their families to successfully navigate the transition to adult life and the various systems through which supports are available hinges upon clear and accurate information. The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, New Jersey's UCEDD and LEND, created Transition to Adulthood for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Timeline for Parents to provide a one-page overview of considerations at different points throughout transition, national resources, and information about services in the state. The Center partnered with a diverse group of parent leaders to develop and design this resource to ensure that the information included is applicable, accessible, and actionable.

 
 

5/12/2020

Dr. Stough and a group of scholars and practitioners have been selected as a Disability and COVID-19 Working Group by the Natural Hazards Center

The group includes 14 members from 9 universities and centers representing the 8 disciplines of: Communication, Disability Studies, Education, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Public Health, Special Education, and Social Work. The group includes 3 members representing minority groups, a student researcher, and all of our members themselves have or have family members with disabilities or special health care needs. The primary positions are similarly diverse and include researchers, teachers, practitioners, support personnel, and project directors. As each member of the group already have existing research agendas, teaching positions, or oversee projects aligned with this topic, they will bring knowledge from these experiences to the working group.

 
 

5/11/2020

AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health Shares COVID-19 Emergency Response Information

One of the most important tasks for AUCD's public health team and the entire network right now is sharing accurate, timely information on COVID-19 for the disability community. AUCD's Network Public Health Webinar Series on COVID-19 did just that, together with programs and centers across the network. This 4-part webinar series, hosted by AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health, reviewed timely public health information on what we currently know on disability inclusion as it relates to this emerging issue, reaching about 2,000 attendees through the live sessions. Fantastic speakers from the Health and Disability SIG, Emergency Preparedness SIG, Mental Health Aspects of I/DD, Nutrition SIG, Sexual Health SIG, FASD SIG, Family Discipline Network, and the Council on Leadership in Advocacy (COLA) participated alongside colleagues from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Please check the webinar series page for the recordings and share the links with partners and colleagues.

 
 
A screenshot taken during the virtual poster presentation.

5/11/2020

NH-ME LEND Virtually Showcases Scholarship, Leadership, and Resilience

On May 1, 2020 twenty-one trainees from the 2019-2020 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program convened the first ever Virtual Capstone Poster Session and end of the year Celebration. Concluding the spring semester online, this dedicated group of trainees remotely collaborated with leadership partners to complete capstone projects throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

 
 
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5/10/2020

AUCD Video Contest!

Emerging Leaders: Submit your ADA video and get featured on Tuesdays with Liz
Deadline: July 1

AUCD current and former trainees are encouraged to submit a brief video sharing what the ADA means to them. Winners may be featured on an episode of Tuesdays with Liz!

 
 

5/8/2020

New Mexico Early Cerebral Palsy Risk Detection and Intervention Task Force

New Mexico Early Cerebral Palsy Risk Detection and Intervention Task Force was developed with leadership from the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (CDD). Sandra Heimerl, PT, DPT, MS training director of the New Mexico LEND leads the task force. Two years ago several colleagues went to a national conference (American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine conference) to learn new clinical guidelines for detecting cerebral palsy early. The twenty-plus person team began working to develop the task force in 2017. In the last state legislative session a house resolution was passed to study how to implement the new guidelines in New Mexico.

 
 

5/7/2020

Dr. Meagan Orsag Receives Award

Dr. Meagan Orsag, Associate Director of the Center on Disability and Development was nominated for the College of Education and Human Development Extraordinary Service Award and will receive special recognition at the Annual Staff Advisory Council Retreat later this spring. The extraordinary service award is issued as a one-time merit to staff who have successfully completed a special project of significant importance to warrant special recognition. Dr. Dalun Zhang, Director at the Center on Disability and Development nominated Meagan for her work on several projects including Aggie Disability Awareness, Educating Every Aggie and UDlize.

 
 

5/7/2020

North Carolina LEND Audiology Trainees Receive Poster Award at Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference

Four NC-LEND students from the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received an award for �best poster' at the national 2020 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in March. The ongoing project, which is focused on improving hearing screening in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), is a collaboration between NC-LEND and the North Carolina EHDI program, NC Division of Public Health.

 
 

5/7/2020

South Dakota LEND Participates in Legislative Session

On February 9th and 10th twelve SD LEND Trainees traveled to South Dakota's state capitol Pierre to observe policy in action. Dr. Marni Johnson Martin, SD LEND Training Director, states, "I am thrilled we are able to offer this opportunity to our LEND trainees as it gives them real-world experience with the legislative process. I feel they came away from the experience much more vested in the process and understand how truly important their voices are. I hope someday I will have the honor and privilege of voting for one of our trainees when they run for office."

 
 

5/6/2020

A Disability Should Not Invalidate a Person's Worthiness, Especially During a Pandemic

Read Dr. Nick Winges-Yanez' Op-Ed piece titled, "A Disability Should Not Invalidate a Person's Worthiness, Especially During a Pandemic". Within the article, Dr. Winges-Yanez shares how people with disabilities are being discriminated against during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
 

5/6/2020

WIHD medical professionals help special-needs children, their parents during pandemic

WIHD was interviewed by Samantha Crawford of News 12 Westchester to highlight our use of telehealth services to protect thousands of patients with disabilities.

 
 
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5/5/2020

Virtual Light It Up Blue! Proves a Success

The Munroe-Meyer Institute and Autism Action Partnership (AAP) collaborated on their first virtual Light It Up Blue! celebration on World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The Facebook event, which took the place of the traditional event on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, included giveaways and a virtual party, as well as members of the MMI/AAP community connecting with each other via the organizations' Facebook pages.

 
 

5/5/2020

WIHD Receives Delivery of Chromebooks for Children in Foster Care

WIHD's Child Welfare program extends its thanks to Staples of Elmsford, NY for helping secure delivery of Chromebooks for children in foster care. These devices were made possible through a grant awarded to WIHD by the Redlich Horwitz Foundation. We thank both Staples and Redlich Horwitz for recognizing the urgency of this need for our clients. WIHD's Tatiana Bracco is pictured accepting delivery of the laptops from Staples management.

 
 

5/4/2020

COVID19 Shifts Family Mentoring Experience

Va-LEND trainees have always appreciated close interaction with their mentoring families through the Family Mentorship Experience (FME) program, a highlight of their time in Va-LEND. However, starting in March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in person visits were no longer feasible due to social distancing.

 
 

5/4/2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) study seeks to improve social competence in adults with autism

Researchers from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are investigating whether participation in a specially designed theatre program can improve social competence in adults with autism.

 
 

4/28/2020

Healthy and Connected: An important message from the UK Human Development Institute

Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Executive Director of the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI), shares an important and timely message with Kentuckians. This short video message includes reminders about landmark civil rights laws and protections in our country, as well as information about resources and services that can help people with disabilities stay safe, healthy, and connected during this uncertain time. #TeamKentucky

 
 

4/28/2020

School for Global Inclusion and Social Development / Asian American Studies

Recent School for Global Inclusion and Social Development graduate Theresa Tran was profiled in the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development's (VietAID) latest newsletter. The bilingual profile highlighted her various roles in the community and how those responsibilities impacted her life.

 
 

4/28/2020

Self-Care Resources from MDDI

Now, more than ever, self-care is one of the most important types of care. Check out Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute's (MI-DDI) compilation of resources to use while self-distancing. Resources are categorized to target your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

 
 

4/27/2020

OHSU UCEDD Research Team Featured by Bloomberg News

The Institute on Development & Disability at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) UCEDD research team specializing in Assistive Technology was featured by Bloomberg News for their groundbreaking Brain-Computer Interface work. The REKNEW lab, led by researcher and UCEDD Co-director, Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC/Sp, specializes in developing technology to address communication needs for people with severe disabilities, such as locked-in syndrome.

 
 

4/27/2020

The Center for Leadership in Disability Hosts Positive Behavior Support Workshop for Caregivers

The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health offered a series of Positive Behavior Support Parent Academies for caregivers of children aged three- to five-years-old who engaged in persistent, challenging behaviors. The Positive Behavior Support Parent Academy is facilitated over five in-person sessions and includes between-session assignments. Each session includes didactic content, hands-on activities, group discussions, and peer-to-peer support. This format allows families to connect with and support one another and build relationships with others in their communities.

 
 

4/25/2020

COVID-19 Resources

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) has compiled COVID-19 resources to assist the community to protect the health and safety of at-risk populations. There are a number of plain and Spanish language resources, as well as resources aimed towards specific age groups, people with I/DD, and direct support professionals (DSPs).

 
 

4/24/2020

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics services at Stanford goes to Remote Telehealth for all visits in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic demanded quick decisions and many changes. Our county was an early hot spot. So, we needed to get to work early in the game. Our DBP team, in consultation with a receptive hospital administration, rapidly determined that we should not bring infants and toddlers from the High-Risk Infant Follow-Up program to the clinic because of their increased vulnerability to infection. However, we did not want to cancel visits, especially at a time of high stress when children may be at risk for other dangers, such as maltreatment or hunger.

 
 
Utah LEND logo

4/24/2020

Empowering Supported Decision Making

As part of their year-long leadership project, five long-term trainees from the Utah Regional LEND program (along with their faculty mentors) worked with the University of Utah Neurobehavior HOME Program to create three brochures to help spread the word about the benefits of Supported Decision Making (SDM).

 
 

4/24/2020

Follow AUCDNews and Phis4Everyone For Disability and Public Health News

AUCD is consolidating its social media presence to better serve and interact with followers. Effective April 2020, AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health Phis4Everyone twitter handle will no longer be active.

 
 

4/24/2020

New Health Care Access and COVID-19 Resources!

The Public Health is for Everyone Toolkit serves to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The online toolkit provides resources to enhance planning efforts in key issue areas such as emergency preparedness, nutrition, obesity, health care access, accessibility, and more.

 
 

4/24/2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Resources and Care Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The rapidly evolving challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have caused countless disruptions for individuals with disabilities and families across the country. In response, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has developed a variety of resources for individuals with disabilities, families and caregivers, providers, and diagnosticians.

 
 

4/22/2020

MN LEND Teams Launch Projects

Hosting a film series and discussions exploring cultural responses to autism. Asking families what services they need most. Evaluating and expanding a promising mentoring program.

 
 
Kristen Kessler (MN LEND, 2015-17), MD, MPD

4/21/2020

Alumni Update--Kristen Kessler (MN LEND, 2015-17), Pediatrician

As insurers lower barriers to telehealth amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kristen Kessler (MN LEND, 2015-17), MD, MPD, is making strides in supporting children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

 
 

4/21/2020

Evaluating the Role of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule in ASD Diagnoses by Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians

The Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is conducting an MCHB-funded, multicenter study to evaluate the role of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among children ages 18 months to 6 years. The ADOS-2 is widely viewed as essential to the diagnosis of ASD in children, despite the fact that the ADOS-2 was developed to be used as one component of a diagnostic assessment for ASD

 
 
Intelligent Lives documentary

4/21/2020

New Hampshire Institute on Disability UCEDD Calendars and Bookstore

For the past 20 years, the Institute on Disabilities has produced beautiful, full-color calendars featuring 13 original works of art coupled with inspirational quotes. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to submit.

 
 
Smiling young female learning how to play wheelchair basketball from her coach on a sunny afternoon. [The Disability Collection / Getty Images]

4/21/2020

The Disability Collection from Verizon

 
 

4/20/2020

Lead On: Leadership & Women with Disabilities in Government Blog

Post from Dr. Kate Caldwell (UIC IDHD) along with Dr. Brenda Parker (UIC CUPPA) about our project looking at leadership and women with disabilities in government was just published on the Gender on the Ballot blog.

 
 

4/16/2020

Opioid Epidemic: MN LEND will Create Statewide Telehealth Hub

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND is the WY LEND) has tapped the MN LEND program at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI is the MN UCEDD/LEND) to create a network of partner organizations across Minnesota that will enhance developmental screening, monitoring and education for families dealing with the effects of opioid exposure.

 
 

4/15/2020

The Science of Hope in a Time of Crisis by Dan Tomasulo

A Webinar co-sponsored by AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of I/DD

In this special Zoom webinar co-sponsored by the Center for START Services and AUCD's MH/IDD Special Interest Group (SIG), Dr. Dan Tomasulo highlighted practical ways to deal with worries and uncertainty.

 
 
Angela Lombardo (center) with other award recipients at A Night of Stars.

4/14/2020

Down Syndrome Program Coordinator Receives Impact Award

Boston Children's Hospital Foundation held its first annual Special Events Award Reception, "A Night of the Stars." At the ceremony ICI's Angela Lombardo, Down Syndrome Program coordinator and LEND Boston family faculty, received the Impact Award.

 
 

4/14/2020

ICI Learning Game Featured at National ED Games Expo

The 7th annual ED Games Expo, held in Washington, D.C., featured a range of educational games and learning technologies for children with and without disabilities. One featured learning tool was Future Quest Island-Explorations (FQI-E), developed and run by staffers on our Education & Transition team here at the ICI.

 
 

4/13/2020

Building Mental Health Muscles in Special Olympians and Bridging Learning Opportunities for Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Trainees

A Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) partnership with Special Olympics Tennessee and the Strong Minds program teaches athletes coping strategies to reduce stress while providing trainees with hands-on learning opportunities.

 
 

4/13/2020

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Facilitates Telehealth Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

The University of Wyoming's Wyoming Telehealth Network (WyTN) is assisting healthcare providers virtually connect with patients to prevent the spread of and assist in the diagnosis of the COVID-19 virus. The network is administered by the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, a unit of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming, in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Health.

 
 

4/11/2020

"See Me for Me"

The Family Advisory Council in our Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, directed and produced a video called "See Me for Me".

 
 

4/11/2020

Announcing the PEERS Certified Teleconference

Social distancing doesn't need to mean social disengagement. Are you looking for ways to help young people foster social connections from a distance? The UCLA PEERS� Clinic is excited to announce our PEERS� for Adolescents Certified Teleconference, which will be held via Zoom on April 22-24, 2020! This certified training teleconference is designed exclusively for mental health professionals; educators and school-based professionals; medical professionals; speech and language pathologists; occupational, recreational, and behavioral therapists; researchers; and other professionals who work with youth with social challenges.

 
 

4/11/2020

Students and Self-Advocates Gather at Georgia State Capitol for IPSE Advocacy Day

Inclusive education policies are necessary to assist Georgians with developmental disabilities in reaching their full potential. Inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs provide students with intellectual and developmental disabilities access to education not otherwise available.

 
 

4/11/2020

Welcome Back, Va-LEND OT Alumni - As Faculty

Welcome back to Lauren Andelin, who earned her doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Andelin graduated in 2013 from Va-LEND and joined our faculty in February 2020. In addition to her faculty position at Va-LEND, Dr. Andelin is a clinician at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also works on the Assistive Technology team.

 
 

4/9/2020

COVID-19 Emergency Supplemental Funding Packages

Funding Directed to State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal Governments

Money will be flowing to states, as part of recently passed federal emergency relief legislation to support COVID-19 response efforts. Consider the following as opportunities to build relationships with key partners and stakeholders in your state and leverage funds to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Sample messaging included to use and customize when contacting state and local partners.

 
 

4/6/2020

Early Intervention Focused Telehealth Support Series

Please join the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD) for a series of web-based training opportunities on the remote delivery of early intervention services to young children with ASD and related developmental delays and disabilities. While many home and clinic based services are currently suspended do to the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to equip early intervention providers with information and resources to continue serving families from a distance.

 
 

4/6/2020

Kessler Foundation Grant to Investigate How Students with Disabilities Find Work After College

Kessler Foundation has awarded a two-year, $250,000 Signature Employment Grant to the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability to investigate the experiences of recent college graduates with disabilities as they transitioned into the workplace, including experiences related to career planning and preparation, searching for a job, disability disclosure, onboarding, and accommodations. The grant is part of over $2.4 million in grants awarded by Kessler Foundation in 2019 to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

 
 

4/6/2020

Supervisors Share Effective Ways to Include People with Disabilities in the Workplace

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), has authored a new article that describes the practices that employers use to facilitate the inclusion of employees with disabilities in their workplaces.

 
 

4/6/2020

The Power of Statistics: StatsRRTC Releases 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium

On February 11, 2020, at the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol, in Washington, DC, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (IOD) released the 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium

 
 

4/6/2020

The Power of Statistics: StatsRRTC Releases 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium

On February 11, 2020, at the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol, in Washington, DC, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (IOD) released the 2019 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium

 
 

4/6/2020

Vanderbilt TRIAD Families First Online Education Series

Please join the VKC TRIAD's Families First team for a series of web-based educational opportunities for caregivers of young children with autism. These will include information on topics such as how to schedule your day at home during this time, how to structure specific activities within your day, and how to continue to work on goal areas while services may be paused.

 
 

4/6/2020

You're Invited to AUCD 2020!

Achieving Equity: Leading the Way in the Next Decade

As we have announced, the AUCD 2020 Conference: Achieving Equity: Leading the Way in the Next Decade, will be a virtual event, still taking place December 7-9. We are committed to provide informative, innovative, and accessible content through plenaries, concurrent and poster sessions. Our virtual platform will offer high visibility and many ways for attendees to connect with our sponsors, exhibitors, and each other. We will keep you updated in the coming months as work through the logistics of a first ever AUCD virtual conference. Read more from conference chair Tawara Goode under You're Invited.

 
 

4/2/2020

ITAC Bulletin Board - April 2020

As you finish the current academic year and look forward to future cohorts, we recognize the importance of delivering information and resources that may be timely to MCH training programs - including items that may support remote training as your programs and our country continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic . It is our hope that you find the content of this newsletter useful in supporting the work of your faculty, staff, and trainees.