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9/16/2020

AUCD Invests Over $4M In Act Early Network Response to COVID-19

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with an investment of over $4M in the Act Early Network through an Act Early Network-wide Response to COVID-19 made possible by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 
 

9/1/2020

John Tschida begins role as Executive Director

The Board of Directors and the Search Committee are pleased to announce, following a competitive national search, John Tschida is the Association's next Executive Director. John assumes the position, effective September 1, and we are eager to begin the next chapter of growth and impact for our organization.

 
 

8/4/2020

Action Alert: COVID - 19

Tuesday, August 4th, is a national call-in day, a chance for the disability community to make sure Congress considers #whatweneed today and every day until the next COVID-19 relief package is passed. Without overwhelming action there is a real risk that human needs, including the needs of people with disabilities, will not be included in this package!

 
 

8/3/2020

AUCD Urges Action to Protect Civil Rights

AUCD urges individuals and organizations to share their objections to any effort that diminishes critical civil rights protections. Members of Congress need to hear from you. Use this opportunity to educate your Senators and Representatives about the importance of civil rights protections to all, including the millions of Americans with disabilities and their families.

 
 

7/23/2020

What is Equity and What does it Mean for the Disability Community?

AUCD2020 Opening Plenary

What is equity? What does it mean in the disability space? We as a network, and the broader disability community, have yet to answer these questions and define equity. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act and look toward the next decade, achieving equity is our highest priority. Join us for a dynamic and thought-provoking presentation and dialogue designed to help define equity and the path forward.

 
 

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.

 
 

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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.

pdf File FAQ Re Covid 19.pdf [download]
 
 

Public Health is for Everyone

 
 
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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.

 
 

9/28/2020

America at a glance: Social isolation and loneliness during the first wave of COVID-19 Organization: RTC:Rural

America at a glance: Social isolation and loneliness Before the current pandemic, people with disabilities reported significantly higher rates of social isolation and loneliness than those without disabilities. When restrictions are put in place to help protect people from COVID-19, what happens to these rates? RTC:Rural's newest research brief explores how COVID-19 and public health responses may contribute to feelings of social isolation and loneliness among people with disabilities.

 
 

9/21/2020

First Autism Diagnosis Certificate Students Set to Graduate

A new certificate program helps nurse practitioners provide early diagnosis and health services for children on the autism spectrum. The program is unique in its inclusion of both UA LEND faculty and UA LEND graduates.

 
 

9/21/2020

Nisonger Dental Clinic

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center Dental Services Program recently welcomed Dr. Stephen Beetstra. With recent modifications to include retro-fitting temporary walls; we can now see more patients in our open-concept clinic. More to come!

 
 

9/14/2020

Iowa's UCEDD Hosts Inaugural Summer Youth Leadership Academy

With funding from the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council), and working in partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR), the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD, Iowa's UCEDD) hosted a virtual five-day Youth Leadership Academy during August. Six youth, aged 15 to 22, from east central and northwestern Iowa, participated in the inaugural cohort.

 
 

9/9/2020

2020-2021 Virtual LEND Orientation

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center held the 2020-2021 LEND Orientation virtually on August 26, 2020 and welcomed 19 new, full-time trainees, 2 part-time trainees and 14 returning trainees representing 16 different disciplines. We're excited to start a new academic year and continue training next-level graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and community leaders in neurodevelopmental disabilities!

 
 

9/9/2020

ACES-Talking with Doctors

If you communicate using little or no speech, you can now find ways to get your doctor to listen to you...and get paid $250! The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University's TechOWL program, Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports (ACES), is launching a series called Talking with Doctors. Talking with Doctors is a training series that can teach you about tools to use to make your own health decisions. You will even create your personal video to get doctors to listen so they know what is important to you.

 
 

9/9/2020

Closing gaps: Autism's health disparities

The MN UCEDD has joined a national research network that aims to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adults with autism. Led by UCLA and some of America's best autism researchers, the multidisciplinary team will study autism as it relates to overall healthcare access and quality, primary care utilization, physical activity, stress, sleep, substance abuse, sexual health, neurological issues, and genetics, among others. The project will also explore healthcare disparities among women and people from underserved or vulnerable populations.

 
 

9/8/2020

Georgia UCEDD Researches Effects of COVID-19 on Adults with IDD & DSPs

Since the emergence of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) last year, and its subsequent spread into a pandemic, we have seen a number of communities step up to face this unique challenge. Many doctors, scientists, community leaders, and politicians are using their strengths to combat this disease. Researchers too, are facing a new struggle to address what happens during and after COVID-19 affects the daily lives of millions of people.

 
 

9/8/2020

Kennedy Krieger Institute Launches Office of Health, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Institute appoints Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS as its inaugural chief diversity officer

Kennedy Krieger Institute, a non-profit organization internationally known for providing a wide range of health and education services for children, adolescents and adults with diseases, disorders or injuries that impact the nervous system, announced today that it is launching the Office of Health, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (O-HEID). The new Office is designed to promote the health and well-being of those who work, train, and receive services at the Institute through culturally relevant, evidence- and equity-based approaches that assure diversity and inclusion. Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS, will lead O-HEID (pronounced O-Heed) and serve as the Institute's inaugural vice president and chief diversity officer.

 
 

9/8/2020

Latisha Crockett-Tennell joins the PATHS Program as the PATHS Program Coordinator

Latisha Crockett-Tennell joins the PATHS Program as the PATHS Program Coordinator Latisha Crockett-Tennell has over 18 years of Public-School Education experience. I have been an Elementary Principal, a Special Education Coordinator and Special Education Supervisor.

 
 

9/8/2020

Social Determinants of Health Resources to Support Implementation of Screening and Referrals

Developed by the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet series discussessocial determinants of health (SDoH) screening and referrals for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. Opportunities for collaboration and partnership between Medicaid, Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, and pediatricians are discussed. State-level case studies provide innovative and replicable strategies for implementing SDoH screening and community referrals.

 
 

9/8/2020

Stephan Viehweg receives Indiana University Bicentennial Medal

Stephan Viehweg, Associate Director of the Indiana LEND, has been awarded the Indiana University Bicentennial Medal. Viehweg was honored as "a cherished leader, groundbreaker, and champion of the progress of the IU Alumni Association, the IU School of Social Work, and [the] university, who has broadened the reach of Indiana University." The IU Bicentennial Medal recognizes distinguished and distinctive service in support of the mission of Indiana University.

 
 

9/8/2020

Susanna Miller-Raines Recieves Southeast Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) Award

The Southeast Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) recognizes those individuals who are working tirelessly to promote the ideals of inclusive postsecondary education. SEPSEA acknowledges and awards an outstanding member of their professional community who truly exemplifies the philosophy on which SEPSEA was created each year at their annual Capacity Building Institute. This year Susanna Miller-Raines, the Georgia Inclusive Postsecondary Education Consortium (GAIPSEC) Coordinator, received this honor at the closing of the 2020 SEPSEA Virtual conference on July 30. Susanna, the UCEDD Operations Coordinator at the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University, is co-founder of SEPSEA and the founding board chairperson.

 
 

9/8/2020

The Center welcomes Dr. Eric Roberts as an Associate Research Scientist

The Center welcomes Dr. Eric Roberts as an Associate Research Scientist Eric Roberts received his doctoral degree from Texas A&M and has a wealth of experiences in transition education and services for individuals with disabilities. He taught secondary special education classes in the Houston area; coordinated the Youth Leadership Forum, LEAD, and PATHS projects during his time at the CDD; and he worked in the College Station Independent School District for the past six years as the Transition Coordinator and Instructional Coordinator. In these roles, he provided tremendous support to and collaborated with the CDD on several initiatives, including the Success Conference and Purposeful Lives training events. Eric will take a leadership role in the CDD Capacity Building project and other training initiatives.

 
 

9/7/2020

ACM Gift to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) aims to improve lives of children with autism spectrum disorder

ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, has made a generous gift to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) for programs and research demonstrating the healing power of music to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder. ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, has made a generous gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for programs and research demonstrating the healing power of music to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder.

 
 
Professional Fellows alumnus Goodluck

9/7/2020

AUCD Professional Fellows Alum in Tanzania Wins UN Global Inclusive Education Award

AUCD is proud to announce that Professional Fellows alumnus Goodluck Chanyika has been selected as the winner of the UNESCO One Big Idea Contest on Inclusion and Education. The contest, which is sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), sought ideas on how to achieve inclusion in education by 2030, and Goodluck's submission was chosen as the best of all applicants throughout the world. Goodluck, who hails from Tanzania, took part in AUCD's Professional Fellows Program, an international exchange that enabled him to study inclusive education at the University of South Dakota Center on Disabilities (South Dakota UCEDD) in 2017 and form a partnership with his mentors there.

 
 

9/7/2020

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities and their Caregivers

These videos discuss how to prepare for the impacts of disasters, create an emergency plan with the assistance of a caregiver, and understand the necessary steps for Sheltering In Place, Community Sheltering, and Evacuating. Additional content includes a discussion with an individual who has Cerebral Palsy and his caregiver about their strategy for preparation.

 
 

9/7/2020

Dr. Andrew Rothenberg Receives NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Award

LEND Alumni and current Post-Doc Andrew "Drew" Rothenberg, received the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Award. Use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs (i.e., substance use) is a leading cause of global health burden for 10-to-24-year-olds, according to the World Health Organization. Consequently, leading international health organizations have prioritized the prevention of substance use before it escalates in adolescence and young adulthood.

 
 

9/7/2020

Dr. Jacqueline Turner recognized as the 2020 Outstanding Staff by the College of Education and Human Development Staff Advisory Council

Dr. Jacqueline Turner recognized as the 2020 Outstanding Staff by the College of Education and Human Development Staff Advisory Council The SAC Staff Awards are to recognize and reward staff in the College of Education & Human Development. These annual awards provide special recognition to four (4) individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the College of Education & Human Development through their dedication, initiative, achievements, enthusiasm and attitude in their work.

 
 

9/7/2020

Dr. Stough summarized research regarding the impact of disasters on children with disabilities

Dr. Stough summarized research regarding the impact of disasters on children with disabilities "The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine invited Dr. Laura Stough as a discussion on children and youth in disaster as part of the panel From Hurricane Katrina to Paradise Wildfires, Exploring Themes in Disaster Human Services. Dr. Stough summarized research regarding the impact of disasters on children with complex needs or disabilities.

 
 

9/7/2020

Grant Will Fund Potentially Game-changing PT study

The Munroe-Meyer Institute Department of Physical Therapy will take part in a nationwide study that may fundamentally shift the way PT is provided for young children at high risk for or diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Sandra Willett, PhD, director of the department, will be the site principal investigator of a five-year study evaluating START-Play (Sitting Together And Reacting To Play), an intervention that incorporates play into PT treatment with the idea that key motor skills, such as sitting up and reaching, promote attention span and problem solving in infants ages 7-24 months.

 
 

9/7/2020

GSU UCEDD Opens PEERS Clinic

The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University (GSU) is excited to announce the PEERS Clinic at GSU. The Program for the Education & Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) Curriculum is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated individuals, who are interested in learning new socialization activities, including how to make and keep friends. PEERS may be appropriate for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other social and behavioral disorders.

 
 

9/7/2020

MMI Assists Autism Action Partnership to Aid Families

By John Keenan

The Munroe-Meyer Institute is one of the community partners joining forces with Autism Action Partnership (AAP) to provide COVID-19 activity kits for children with autism throughout Nebraska. The kits were funded by AAP supporters. Created with input from local and national experts, they contain materials to provide fun and therapeutic activities for parents and children, as well as links to activity modeling videos and additional online resources.

 
 

9/7/2020

PATHS Graduate Shelbi Davenport graduates from Texas A&M University

Former PATHS Graduate Shelbi Davenport graduates from Texas A&M University Howdy! My name is Shelbi Davenport and I recently graduated from Texas A&M. I received a Bachelor�s degree in University Studies-Leadership with minors in Communication and Youth Development. I see myself becoming a policymaker for individuals with disabilities based on my educational background. I also achieved my goal of getting my drivers license last April!! I accepted a teaching assistant job at the Rise School of Austin!!! I recently moved into my new apartment in Austin and am currently trying to figure out driving in this crazy city.

 
 

9/7/2020

Researching COVID-19's Effect on People with Autism with SPARK

Members of the Kennedy Krieger Institute UCEDD were part of a team effort to research the effects of the pandemic on people with autism and to communicate coronavirus-related information this year. The Autism Research and Engagement Core of Kennedy Krieger's Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is working with SPARK, the nation's largest autism research study.

 
 

9/7/2020

Rural Institute Diversity Fellows Publish Article

Teaching the Intersectionality of Disability, American Indians, and Rurality at Tribal Colleges

Recent Rural Institute Diversity Fellows Helen Russette and Dr. Salena Beaumont-Hill, with Dr. Anna-Margaret Goldman, recently published an article titled "Teaching the Intersectionality of Disability, American Indians, and Rurality at Tribal Colleges".

 
 

9/7/2020

Summer LEND Trainee Project Yields Youth Transition Data and Reinforces Career Path for Trainee

During summer 2020, the Wisconsin LEND Program at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison had an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a first-year medical student on a UCEDD project examining the needs and barriers to quality healthcare and healthcare transition for adults with Down syndrome (DS). The project was conducted by Kelly Kuehl, a medical student at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), as part of the Shapiro Scholarship Program. This program offers medical students an opportunity to explore areas of interest on a project for 40 hours per week for 10 weeks over the summer in collaboration and with matching funds from a partner program. For Kuehl's DS transition project, she partnered with WI LEND and was mentored by Anne Harris, PhD, director of the WI LEND program, and Maria Stanley, MD, medical director of the Waisman Center Clinics.

 
 

9/7/2020

Survey for Diverse Parents of Children with Disabilities

Are you a diverse parent (Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, Indian/Pakistani) of a child/adult with a disability? A doctoral student in Special Education at Texas A&M University is conducting a survey for diverse parents of children with disabilities. Her goal is to amplify the voices of diverse parents to understand their expectations and needs when planning for their child's future. The survey will directly impact transition-related support training to parents in the near future. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

 
 

9/7/2020

The 2020 PATHS Program - Bridge to Career

The 2020 PATHS Program - Bridge to Career PATHS students began this new year with the challenges brought on by COVID-19. The students began the summer part of the PATHS program (Bridge to Career) with online classes while sheltering in their homes. 14 students completed the Bridge to Career summer session and received their certificates. Those student are Ivan Barrera, Brian Berg, Morgan Cook, Bryce Cyr, Trey Easterling, Karlee Gardner, Abigail Junek, Jacob McKenzie, Erreel Mercado, Preeti Nayak, Brandon Reeder, Isabella Rowe, Arin Slaughter, and Caleb Sprague. 13 students began the Online PATHS program on August 17 with them sheltering in their homes throughout this year.

 
 

9/7/2020

The National Arts and Disability Center Announces the Recipients of the Arts and Accessibility Program Awards to Artists with Disabilities and Arts Organizations in California

With support from the California Arts Council, the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) a project of the Tarjan Center at UCLA has awarded $136,000 to 58 recipients of the Arts and Accessibility Program. In 2020 we will award $384,000 in grants, triple the amount awarded than in previous years.

 
 

9/7/2020

TOPS Program at The Nisonger Center

When he isn't recording books, Jason has been writing articles for the LENN Foundation's newsletter. He is hoping to write a book someday. Jason is a junior in the TOPS program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center. The TOPS Program offers individuals ages 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) a unique opportunity to engage in academic coursework at Ohio State and gain meaningful work experiences while developing independent living skills and participating in campus and community organizations, social and volunteer activities, and other events.

 
 

9/7/2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) continues as national Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has been awarded a $6.8 million, five-year grant to continue as a national Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). The VKC, founded in 1965, is one of the nation's original research centers dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 
 

9/4/2020

Census Information Packet for People with Disabilities

Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition (Chicagoland DPOCC), Institute on Disability and Human Development, and Counting on Chicago Coalition came together to create a helpful tool for those who want to learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census and how it impacts disability communities throughout the country, including people with disabilities who live in Chicago.

 
 

9/4/2020

Dr. Alan Cobo-Lewis Appointed to UMaine President's Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ME UCEDD)

ME UCEDD Director Dr. Alan Cobo-Lewis has been appointed by University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy to serve on a 30-member Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The President announced her intention to form the council on June 10, following the death of George Floyd, and in the context of protests nationwide and global reckoning on racism. The Council will advise campus leadership and report on institutional efforts and actions to ensure inclusive excellence.

 
 

9/4/2020

Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (MT UCEDD) announces recipient of the 2020 Community Investment Fund

The 2020 CIF award goes to the Montana Independent Living Project (mILp) to continue and expand their successful Feel Great and Recreate - All-Ability Adaptive Ice Skating project. This all-ages project offers adaptive, inclusive, cross-disability recreational programming. In the 2019-20 season, over 160 people skated over 450 times!

 
 

9/4/2020

Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (MT UCEDD) announces recipient of the 2020 Community Investment Fund

The 2020 CIF award goes to the Montana Independent Living Project (mILp) to continue and expand their successful Feel Great and Recreate - All-Ability Adaptive Ice Skating project. This all-ages project offers adaptive, inclusive, cross-disability recreational programming. In the 2019-20 season, over 160 people skated over 450 times!

 
 

9/3/2020

ITAC Bulletin Board - September 2020

As you finish begin the current academic year and look forward to a new cohort of trainees, 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.

 
 

9/1/2020

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). In May 2020, 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. In August 2020, the project was expanded and now supports a total of 12 Champions.

 
 

8/31/2020

AJP Editorial: The Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Clinical and Scientific Priorities

Authored by AUCD Network Members: John N. Constantino, M.D., Mustafa Sahin, M.D., Ph.D., Joseph Piven, M.D., Rylin Rodgers, B.S., John Tschida, M.P.P.

The goal of this communication is to provide clinicians and behavioral scientists with a scoping perspective on the diverse array of effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the United States.

 
 

8/27/2020

Announcing our 2020-2021 Emerging Leaders Interns!

We are excited to announce the AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns for the 2020-2021 training year. These trainees will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.

 
 

8/19/2020

AUCD Announced as Partner in AIR-P Network

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects 1 in 54 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As autistic children age into adulthood, health-related behaviors that may develop in childhood can have long-term consequences. Diet and exercise can impact cardiovascular risk, particularly in families with a history of hypertension, diabetes or cardiac complications. Autistic children and adults often do not get the recommended preventive services, such as immunizations or lab tests for cholesterol and diabetes. Autistic adults often do not get screened appropriately for cancer.

 
 

8/14/2020

I Vote Because...

AUCD is excited to join partners across the disability community working to increase the political power of people with disabilities by sharing resources, getting folks registered, supporting voters in navigating the planning processes, and making sure that we are all voters in 2020. This effort includes plans to continuously share information and resources up to Election Day: November 3, 2020.

 
 

8/11/2020

Save-the-Date Virtual Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference

Save-the-Date September 22, 2020 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Virtual Room to Grow: 10th Year Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference "Understanding and Using Equity Approaches to Promote Health, Leadership, and Well-Being" Registration will be available at www.kennedykrieger.org/CenterforDiversity by July 27,2020 For more information, please email [email protected]

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8/7/2020

2020 Summer Enrichment Academy Goes Virtual

Summer typically provides opportunities for youth and young adults to go on vacations, soak up the sun, spend time with family and friends, and have a break from school. In Mississippi, 19 youth and young adults with disabilities chose to make their summer a work learning experience instead.

 
 

8/7/2020

ADA 30th: Community Voices Series

The Texas Center for Disability Studies is excited to share our ADA 30: Community Voices Series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part 1 of this series highlights what the ADA means to local self advocates, activists, and community leaders. Stay tuned for part two!

 
 

8/7/2020

Attain BA/BS and MS in Rehabilitation Counseling in 5 Years

SGISD's newest 4+1 master's program allows UMass Boston students to attain their BA/BS and their MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling on an accelerated time frame. With careful planning and summer courses, students can graduate with both degrees in just 5 years.

 
 

8/7/2020

ICI Tools for Inclusion:Employment and Employment Supports: A Guide to Ensuring Informed Choice for Individuals with Disabilities

As individuals with disabilities consider their employment options, questions often arise: Does the person want to work in competitive integrated employment? What kind of a job do they want? What are their career interests? And who is really making the decision: Is it the individual, or others on their behalf?

 
 

8/7/2020

MI-LEND Fellow Sean Jones Awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Congratulations to MI-LEND Fellow and Wayne State University School of Medicine student Sean Jones on being awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for 2020-2021! Jones will address the specific health needs of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. His project involves the creation of a student-run clinic that promotes the overall quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families.

 
 

8/7/2020

MN LEND Project Responds to Opioid Crisis

What can you do if your baby, or a loved one's baby, has neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)? How can a toddler's development be affected by NAS? Where can Minnesotans find support?

 
 

8/7/2020

MN LEND Project Responds to Opioid Crisis

What can you do if your baby, or a loved one's baby, has neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)? How can a toddler's development be affected by NAS? Where can Minnesotans find support?

 
 

8/7/2020

New Research Brief: COVID-19 and disability in rural areas

To learn more about COVID-19 impacts on rural people with disabilities, RTC:Rural conducted a survey in late April/early May to explore rural and urban differences in COVID-19 health risks, adherence to public health recommendations, and trust in different information sources. We focused on people with disabilities because they often experience higher rates of secondary health conditions that place them at heightened risk of COVID-19 complications.

 
 

8/7/2020

NH-ME LEND Graduates Convince State to Extend Deadline for Submitting National Examination Scores

During the Spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the lives of graduating LEND trainees in New Hampshire in unprecedented ways. After years of dedication to complete their master's degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders, students were told there would be a delay in launching their careers. The closure of national examination centers, due to COVID-19, was delaying the processing of test results and subsequently delaying the granting of provisional licenses to speech language pathologists (SLP) in New Hampshire (NH).

 
 

8/7/2020

Nisonger Center Welcomes Dr. Stephen Beetstra

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center UCEDD/LEND welcomes Stephen Beetstra, DDS, MHSA, as Program Director of the Nisonger Center Dental Services. Dr. Beetstra will be an Assistant Professor of the Clinical Dentistry in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, College of Dentistry.

 
 

8/7/2020

Now Available! COVID-19: Anti-discrimination Training for Triage Teams

The Lifespan Inter-professional Collaborative (IPC), along with our Disability Awareness and Sensitivity in Healthcare (DASH) leads, created a brief on-line training course for the triage teams that may have to be activated in case of a shortage of ventilators.

 
 

8/7/2020

NOW AVAILABLE! COVID-19: Anti-discrimination Training for Triage Teams During Resource Shortages Organization: Mailman Center for Child Development/UM

Mailman Center's Lifespan Inter-professional Collaborative (IPC), along with our Disability Awareness and Sensitivity in Healthcare (DASH) leads, created a brief on-line training course for the triage teams that may have to be activated in case of a shortage of ventilators. The creation of this training module was a collaborative effort, led by Dr. Ashley Falcon with contributions from Shelly Baer, Damian Gregory, and Jairo Arana. Ashley Falcon is an ETLP alumni from class 7. Alexander Milne, a SALT graduate, is featured in the training. MCCD is thrilled to witness some of our leadership pipeline alumni making such an impact.

 
 

8/7/2020

Partnership Helps Students "Self-Determine" Ways to Improve Learning

For three years, a collaboration between Free State High School and researchers at the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities has grown to include more than 20 teachers at the school and hundreds of students with and without disabilities. It is led by KUCDD director, Karrie Shogren. "We intuitively know that identifying goals and things we want to work towards are critical for us to move forward in our lives," Shogren said. "We've spent a lot of time in disability supports and in schools in general talking to students about goals" even getting them to start being able to identify those for themselves. But what they've never really had is the strategy to move forward

 
 

8/7/2020

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

MI-DDI is excited to announce a document written by the Michigan ABA Taskforce on ABA Treatment During the Pandemic: Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Applied Behavior Analysis: Treatment of Children with Autism During a Pandemic

 
 

8/7/2020

Supporting Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Setting and Pursuing Self-Determined Goals

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC)(TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has collaborated with local partners to create a free toolkit and online course, now available for dissemination. "Supporting Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Setting and Pursuing Self-Determined Goals" is designed to help parents and caregivers, teachers, siblings, service providers, and others who support teens and young adults on the autism spectrum as they set and pursue self-determined goals. Teens and adults on the autism spectrum may also find this toolkit helpful. This toolkit may also be beneficial to people who support individuals with a range of disabilities.

 
 

8/7/2020

TCDS Welcomes Dr. Swanson to TTAP Team

The Texas Center for Disability Studies is excited to welcome Dr. Anita Swanson as the new Project Coordinator for the Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP). Dr. Swanson will work with current TTAP staff to increase connections and awareness locally and across the state.

 
 

8/7/2020

The ECHO Effect

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently launched two new initiatives - ECHO AAC and ECHO Autism WI. Both programs are targeted to help improve and expand teletraining services using the Project ECHO� (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) platform. Project ECHO (the mantra for which is "All teach, all learn") uses video-conferencing technology to provide education and case consultation on best practice clinical services, training, and resources for individuals with specific healthcare needs that are difficult to meet locally.

 
 

8/7/2020

Three New Briefs from ThinkWork

Three new briefs from ThinkWork this month covering topics on; Finding Tasks and Jobs; DataNote Examines Employemnt Rates Among SSI Recipient and Comprehensive Model of Employment Support.

 
 

8/7/2020

UC Davis MIND Institute ECHO Autism: Special Edition

Project ECHO aims to disseminate evidence-based practices, build provider capacity and develop a community of practice for complex medical conditions such as autism. Using virtual learning networks of providers with access to interdisciplinary autism expertise, this model has been empirically tested and allows professionals and caregivers to increase their confidence in providing autism services.

 
 

8/7/2020

UK Human Development Institute Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the ADA

Staff from the UK Human Development Institute reflect on the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed in to law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26,1990. The ADA provides protections of the rights and opportunities for people with disabilities in our nation. Although the ADA has brought progress, our work has just begun.

 
 

8/7/2020

University of Kentucky HDI Leads Effort to Increase Higher Ed Access for Students With Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities

The University of Kentucky has a new opportunity to provide statewide leadership focused on increasing higher education access and success for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

 
 

8/7/2020

Va-LEND Faculty Shares Impact of ADA

This July marked the 30th year of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), put into place to protect people with disabilities from discrimination. Jack Brandt, the Disability Advocacy (DA) track coordinator for the Virginia LEND (Va-LEND) program, mentors trainees in understanding the legislative process and how policies such as ADA impact people with disabilities and their families. He shares, "I have been impacted by the physical accessibility that the ADA provides for. I also utilize a reasonable accommodation to do my work. I have been fortunate to dedicate my career to the goals of the ADA and the DD Act."

 
 

8/7/2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) publishes Discovery e-newsletter dedicated to COVID-19 response

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) recently published its annual Discovery newsletter in June, with its theme being "Research, Training, and Service from a Distance: The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Adapts and Innovates During COVID-19"

 
 

7/29/2020

AUCD Welcomes New Staff and Interns

AUCD is pleased to welcome new staff and interns joining us working on a variety of topics across different departments.

 
 

7/24/2020

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).

 
 

7/20/2020

COVID 19

Today begins the negotiations for Package 4 of the COVID relief effort. That means your voice is needed right now.

 
 

7/20/2020

NH-ME LEND 2020 Cohort Raises Expectations for All by Meaghan Cullinane

"No one rises to low expectations." New Mexican Congresswoman Deborah Haaland's words motivated leaders and trainees alike during the Hill Visit day at the AUCD conference in Washington DC, "Leading Change Together," this past November. These words were shared with the NH-ME LEND cohort and guided us through a rigorous training year working to improve the health and education of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by engaging in training related to interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent systems of care.

 
 

7/17/2020

COVID-19

The voices of constituents from every state are needed to ensure critical actions are taken.

Congress is expected to move an additional COVID-19 relief package forward during the work period from July 20-August 7. There is a real risk that human needs, including those of people with disabilities, will not be included in this package!

 
 

7/16/2020

Call for Consultation: Developing a UCEDD Network TA Plan to Implement the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan

AUCD's UCEDD Resource Center (URC) is looking to fund ten (10) network members who would be interested in participating in a set of 2020-2021 TA activities related to the implementation of the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan to serve on an advisory group to inform a network TA plan for said activities and one (1) network member to serve as a process facilitator.

 
 

7/16/2020

Join us in congratulating Susan Hetherington (twice!) on her retirement and her Community Health Improvement Award!

The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (Rochester, NY UCEDD) is excited to announce that our Director, Susan Hetherington, is the 2020 Awardee of the David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award for Senior Faculty. This award recognizes University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) faculty for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice, and/or service programs. Dr. Hetherington was recognized for her contributions to health equity and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

 
 

7/13/2020

2020 AUCD Board Elections: Nominations Requested

Deadline: September 11, 2020

AUCD is currently seeking nominations to the AUCD Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning in November 2020.

 
 

7/13/2020

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

The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990. This 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?

 
 

7/13/2020

ICI Researcher Co-Authors "Employment and Earnings Among Ex-offenders with Disabilities"

Ngai Kwan has recently co-authored a journal article with Glacia Ethridge, Angel Dowden and Michael Brooks from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (a HBCU), and Debra Harley from University of Kentucky.

 
 

7/13/2020

New College of Employment Services Course Focuses on Path from School to Adulthood

The ICI partners with the University of Minnesota and Elsevier Publishing to produce the DirectCourse College of Employment Services, or CES. This suite of online courses allows disability support professionals to build their skills in supporting their clients to find fulfilling community employment. The latest CES course is titled "Transition: Preparing for a Seamless Move from School to Adult Life."

 
 

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

New Research Brief: COVID-19 and disability in rural areas

To learn more about COVID-19 impacts on rural people with disabilities, RTC:Rural conducted a survey in late April/early May to explore rural and urban differences in COVID-19 health risks, adherence to public health recommendations, and trust in different information sources. We focused on people with disabilities because they often experience higher rates of secondary health conditions that place them at heightened risk of COVID-19 complications.

 
 

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

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.

 
 

7/2/2020

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.