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7/26/2021

Learning Together: Finding Common Ground and Language Between Research and Lived Experience

AUCD 2021 Opening Plenary

We are excited to announce the Opening Plenary keynote speaker Diana W. Bianchi, MD, Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. During the Opening Plenary, Dr. Bianchi will share about her leadership at NICHD and her push for more meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities in the research process as well as a stronger connection between clinical and translational research.

 
 

4/22/2021

You're Invited to AUCD 2021!

Learning Together: Connecting Research and Lived Experience

We are excited to have our AUCD community explore the connection between people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who carry out research about disabilities.  How we talk about research and the words we use make a big difference in how we think about research.  We hope the conference will give us a chance to learn about ways to talk about research that everyone can understand. 

 
 

2/2/2021

ICI Welcomes Julie Bershadsky, Ph.D., as Director of Community Living and Employment

Julie Bershadsky, Ph.D., will join the Institute on Community Integration on January 27 as the director of ICI�s Community Living and Employment area and co-director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living. Dr. Bershadsky spent the past eleven years with Human Services Research Institute, a longtime partner of ICI, providing analytic and methodological guidance and expertise to numerous agencies, organizations, and systems.

 
 

1/25/2021

Watch Plenary and Awards Ceremony Videos from the AUCD 2020 Conference

AUCD is pleased to provide video recording of our conference plenary sessions, "Opening Plenary: What is Equity and What does it Mean for the Disability Community,","Leading Change to Achieve Equity: Conversations We Need to Have," and the Closing Plenary: Engaging with Congress to Achieve Equitable Communities."

 
 

12/11/2020

AUCD 2020 Virtual Conference Statistics

 
 

11/5/2020

Closing Plenary: Engaging with Congress to Achieve Equitable Communities

AUCD2020 Closing Plenary

Join us on Wednesday during the conference for the pre-recorded Closing Plenary: Engaging with Congress to Achieve Equitable Communities to learn about the legislative work and priorities of elected disability advocates in Congress. This year, we are pleased to announce that Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), Senator Patty Murray (Washington), and Legislative Assistant Gil Ruiz with the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York) have pre-recorded their parts for the plenary. John Tschida, AUCD's Executive Director, and Rylin Rodgers, AUCD's Director of Public Policy, are the co-moderators for the discussion. In prior years, we have heard from leaders on both sides of the aisle, including Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), Senator Steve Daines (Montana), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Congresswoman Deb Haaland (New Mexico), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington) and Senator Patty Murray (Washington).

 
 

11/1/2020

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

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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.

 
 

8/2/2021

ICI Partners on Two US Department of Labor Awards to Expand Inclusive Apprentiship Opportunities

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) will partner with Jobs for the Future and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to modernize and diversify registered apprenticeship programs. Jobs for the Future's Diversity and Inclusion Technical Assistance Center of Excellence will focus on expanding opportunities in Registered Apprenticeships for justice-involved individuals, people of color, people in rural communities, people with disabilities, women, and youth.

 
 

8/2/2021

ICI Staffer Elected Chair of Melrose Commission on Disability

David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston was elected in May as chair of the City of Melrose Commission on Disability. The 7-member commission, formed in 2020, is working to enhance inclusion of people with disabilities.

 
 

8/2/2021

SELN Kicks Off Membership Year 16

July 2021 signals the start of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) membership year 16! Founded in 2006 this collaborative effort is jointly managed by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI)/University of Massachusetts Boston and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). Currently 23 state IDD agencies have committed to improving integrated employment outcomes for the 2021-2022 membership year. Common strategic themes will be explored through state-specific technical assistance and network-wide discussions.

 
 

8/2/2021

The Latest ThinkWork State Date Blue Book is Here - What's happening in your state?

What does the data say about employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in your state? Since 1988, the ICI has collected data from state intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) agencies, the vocational rehabilitation (VR) system, the Social Security Administration, US Census, the Department of Labor, and other entities to describe trends in day and employment services for individuals with IDD.

 
 

7/27/2021

30 Years of Community Living

"30 Years of Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities," a free digital book from the Administration for Community Living written in accessible language, features infographics, photos, and personal perspectives on community living and inclusion shared by people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, who served as advisors to the project.

 
 

7/26/2021

Recognize Exemplary Leadership - Submit an AUCD Award Nomination by September 3rd  

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.

 
 

7/23/2021

2021 AUCD Board Elections: Nominations Requested

Deadline: September 10, 2021

AUCD is currently seeking nominations to the AUCD Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning in November 2021.

 
 

7/22/2021

Free Coaching Available for UCEDD Staff to Implement the ED&I Action Plan

Free Individualized Coaching is available for UCEDD members on Implementing the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan. Meet the coaches and sign up for a free coaching session.

 
 

7/19/2021

Mailman Center for Child Development's Families First Program: The Impact of a Community-Based Program on Parenting

The University of Miami's Families First Program, funded by The Children's Trust since 2004, delivers free parenting services to at-risk families with children ages birth to 3 throughout Miami-Dade County. Goals include building resources for parents, strengthening families, promoting optimal child health and development and reducing parental stress. Families First partners with over 20 community organizations including childcare facilities, places of worship and healthcare sites to offer two evidence-based/best practice parenting groups in English and Spanish at times and locations convenient to families. Baby & Me, developed by the University of Miami's Perinatal C.A.R.E., is a ten-session curriculum for parents and their infants ages birth to 12 months.

 
 

7/19/2021

Path's Graduate Abigail Junek

Abigail is excited about working at River Bend Elementary School and feels confident and prepared to begin her work as a paraprofessional in a SpEd setting in the fall. She is looking fo growing and learning in her career. Her ultimate goal is to earn a degree from Texas A&M University and become a certified Special Education Teacher. She stated that the PATHS program was a great first step for her.

 
 

7/16/2021

29 MN LEND Fellows Complete Year

Capping a year of learning and interacting almost entirely online, the 29 graduates of MN LEND certificate program recently closed out their final ceremony with messages from Minnesota's lieutenant governor, state senators from both political parties, a former MN LEND fellow, and others.

 
 

7/16/2021

Louisiana DeafBlindess for Youth (Louisiana UCEDD)

Louisiana's UCEDD, Human Development Center (HDC), is featured in Helen Keller National Center's 2021 DeafBlind Awareness video campaign. DeafBlind Awareness Week 2021 runs from June 27- July 3. HDC's DeafBlind initiative, Louisiana DeafBlind Project for Children and Youth (LADBP), is supported by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. LADBP identifies and supports students with varying degrees of combined hearing and vision losses throughout the state of Louisiana.

 
 

7/16/2021

Nisonger In 'Sights' Photo Contest

The Nisonger In'Sights' Photo Contest first began in 2014 as a way to help increase positive images of individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities and their families. Since then, with themes varying from 'at work' , 'technology' and 'families'; we've received over 500 photos and been able to use them in a multitude of settings and variety of media including our website, facebook page, and various promotional, educational and research materials - THANK YOU!

 
 

7/15/2021

All in the Family: Salma Hussein (MN LEND, 2012-13)

Salma Hussein (MN LEND, 2012-13), recently selected as a 2021 Bush Fellow, will use the $100,000 fellowship to complete her doctorate degree in educational leadership and continue the non-profit organization she runs with her sister, Fatimah, the Girls Initiative in Recreation and Leisurely Sport (GIRLS). Trained as a social worker while attending MN LEND, she is now an assistant principal at a Saint Paul, Minnesota high school.

 
 

7/15/2021

Celebrating ADA in Good Health

Jennifer Hall-Lande of MN UCEDD/MN LEND in 2016 at the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where, as the Minnesota Act Early Ambassador, she was trained to promote early identification, screening, and intervention for autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities in culturally- and linguistically-diverse communities across Minnesota.

 
 
Dan Habib, Film and Project Director, stands next to a poster of his film

7/15/2021

Dan Habib of UNH's Institute on Disability Accepts New Role at the Westchester Institute for Human Development

Dan Habib, Project Director and Filmmaker at the UNH Institute on Disability (IOD), has accepted the position of Inclusive Communities Project Director at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) in Valhalla, NY. Habib will assume his new role on July 26.

 
 

7/15/2021

HHS Announces New Membership of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee: AUCD Network Members Added

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the appointments of new and returning members to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). Several AUCD Network Members were appointed.

 
 

7/15/2021

Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic at Rose F Kennedy UCEDD Site

On Friday June 11th, the RFK UCEDD's clinical site held a 'Pop- Up' Vaccination Clinic. The day was a huge success! A total of 40 patients were scheduled and 34 were vaccinated!Our space was carefully configured and even allowed for a safe, separate area for children and adults with behavioral or sensory issues.

 
 

7/15/2021

Prenatal Laws: Down Syndrome Information Acts

A state-by-state guide to Down Syndrome Information Acts. On October 8, 2008, the "Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act" was signed into law "to increase the provision of scientifically sound information and support services to patients receiving a positive diagnosis for Down syndrome or other prenatally and postnatally diagnosed conditions." Unfortunately, the federal law was never funded; therefore, several states have proposed and/or passed similar legislation.

 
 

7/7/2021

CLD Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Initiative

The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University is launching a new public health initiative: COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence for People with Disabilities. This initiative is focused on building vaccine confidence in the disability community through conversations among people with disabilities, families, and the direct support workforce during the 2021 summer months.

 
 

7/7/2021

Congratulations to Marc J. Tasse, PhD

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center Director Marc J. Tass�was awarded the AAIDD Exceptional Service to the Field and Association Award during the AAIDD 2021 Annual Meeting held on June 22nd. Dr. Tass�, is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and is also the Director of Nisonger Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, at The Ohio State University. Marc has more than 30 years of experience in conducting research and providing clinical services in the field of intellectual disability (ID), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and other related neurodevelopmental disorders.

 
 

7/7/2021

IMPACT: A Special Issue on Crisis Management for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Impact contains contributions from researchers at Texas A&M University's Center on Disability and Development and the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Center for Disability Studies. Dr. Laura M. Stough, served as edition editor, along with Mary Sowers, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, and Ren�ta Tich�, Co-Director of the Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education at the Institute on Community Integration. Note that this interactive digital edition also provides a voiced reader to increase accessibility.

 
 

7/7/2021

Kennedy Krieger Institute Hosted Special Vaccine Clinics for People with Disabilities

Kennedy Krieger Institute recently partnered with Johns Hopkins Medicine to offer a series of free, drive-through vaccine clinics for people with disabilities. The clinics were held at the Baltimore-based Institute. More than 100 volunteers helped to plan and carryout the well-attended clinics, which were designed especially for individuals with intellectual disabilities, serious mental health disorders, behavioral disorders and those with complex medical conditions. Volunteers administered 580 shots.

 
 

7/7/2021

OHSU UCEDD has been developing disability professionals for 20 years

The Institute on Development & Disability at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) UCEDD starts each summer with a group of fresh-faced interns hoping to inspire a career path that includes helping people with disabilities. Sometimes the UCEDD is lucky enough to be part of students� journeys beyond the eight-week summer internship program. �We are so fortunate to be a part of shaping the next generation of disability and health professionals. I am especially proud that our program focuses on training opportunities for students with disabilities or students who are from diverse communities and backgrounds. Occasionally we come across a student with a strong passion for the work who then continues on with us as they finish their high school or college career, such as Aleena West. It is a mutual learning experience as our students contribute so much.� says Rhonda Eppelsheimer, UCEDD Director.

 
 

7/7/2021

Ribbon Cut on New Home of Munroe-Meyer Institute

The UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute celebrated its new home June 8 with a ribbon-cutting event that showcased the innovation, care and commitment that went into creating the building at 6902 Pine St., near the University of Nebraska at Omaha Scott campus.

 
 

7/7/2021

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center receives $3.6 million grant from HRSA

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded a $3.6-million, 5-year grant to the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center.

 
 

7/7/2021

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center's Early Learning Program Collaborates with Early Head Start

The Early Learning Program at the Nisonger Center just received an expansion to collaboration with Early Head Start; they will be providing social-emotional, developmental, and behavioral supports for an increased number of children/families, and will be hiring a social worker to assist their existing staff with these activities.

 
 

7/7/2021

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Announces Partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado and Wyoming

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado and Wyoming. The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado has expanded their territory to include the State of Wyoming as of July 1, and WIND will provide infrastructure and support that will assist the Epilepsy Foundation's advocacy and outreach across the state.

 
 

7/7/2021

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) TRIAD and TEIS Partnership Continues, Expands Early Intervention Services

The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) has renewed its contract with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to continue and expand a partnership with Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS). The $4 million grant will continue to be driven by a shared mission to facilitate quick access to high quality early assessment and intervention services.

 
 

7/6/2021

New COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Tools and Videos for People with Disabilities

AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health is excited to share new COVID-19 Vaccine Resources to promote vaccine confidence for people with disabilities, their families, and Direct Support Professionals. The new resources include Vaccine Confidence Plain Language Talking Points to support and promote conversations around the COVID-19 vaccine for people with disabilities; Social Media Graphics featuring plain language text and a diverse array of characters; and short Videos of Vaccine Stories from individuals with disabilities and their family members from across the country. New videos and messaging tools are added continuously, and all are available for your use!

 
 

7/2/2021

Texas Center for Disability Studies Receives LEND Grant

Texas has taken an important step forward in training leaders in service to children and adolescents with autism and other disabilities. The University of Texas at Austin�s Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS) was awarded the prestigious LEND grant to develop the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders prepared to improve the lives of youth with disabilities and their families

 
 

6/25/2021

HRSA Expands National Access to the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded 60 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) grants to universities and children's hospitals across the United States, expanding national access to interdisciplinary leadership training to meet the complex needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disorders (DD).

 
 

6/21/2021

#AUCDsleeveup Tuesdays with Liz Contest

Deadline: July 16, 2021

We are excited to announce the new #AUCDsleeveup Tuesdays with Liz Contest! We are looking for short videos from persons with disabilities, their family members, and other friends of the disability community sharing why you got the COVID-19 vaccine! Videos will be posted to AUCD social media and available for you and others to share with your own social media. The top 3 videos with the most likes, comments, and shares on social media will *win* AUCD gear and the person with the top video will also win an interview on Tuesdays with Liz episode!

 
 

6/7/2021

Alaska LEND Alumni Erin Main Joins the Alaska AgrAbility Program

The Alaska LEND Without Walls is pleased to announce that Erin Main, a 2020 LEND alumni, has joined the Alaska AgrAbility program as service administrator. Erin will work part-time and assist with program development to include work with partnerships and community stakeholders. She will be developing the relationship with the AgrAbility program and UAA students in the Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. She will also work with the team to continue to expand outreach to build understanding around occupations, health, disabilities and agriculture. Erin's work with AgrAbility was synthesized throughout her LEND experience and LEND leadership project.

 
 

6/7/2021

Funded Through NSF Grant, Researchers Strive to Increase Neurodiversity in STEM Fields

There is wide agreement that the United States needs to grow our STEM workforce to remain globally competitive, but how can we ensure the workforce reflects the neurodiversity of our population? Importantly, do our higher education institutions serve as facilitators or barriers to neurodiversity in STEM?

 
 

6/7/2021

MI-DDI to Promote COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute is excited to #VaccinateByADA! Follow us on Facebook (@MIDDIatWSU) and Twitter (@DDIatWSU) to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and why they are important for people with disabilities and their caretakers, family, and friends. Help spread the word by reposting and sharing our content to help reduce access barriers and promote vaccine confidence.

 
 

6/7/2021

National Vaccine Month of Action

Beginning June 4, Made to Save is launching a month-long mobilization effort in support of the Department of Health & Human Services' We Can Do This campaign to ensure as many people as possible get vaccinated by July 4th. From June 5th through July 4th, we're hosting community-level events across the country and online to encourage people-especially those in communities hit the hardest by the pandemic-to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community.

 
 

6/7/2021

Second Annual Iowa LEND Virtual Research Poster Symposium

Iowa's LEND trainees participated in the second annual virtual research poster symposium in May. Twenty-eight trainees from a variety of disciplines presented. Though the poster session went virtual last year due to the pandemic, and was held virtually again this year, the format has proven to be a very successful platform for the event.

 
 

6/7/2021

Va-LEND Cohorts Complete New Pediatric PT Residency

May 2021 marks the first-year anniversary of the accreditation of the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The program officially started in July of 2019 with its Director Terry Solano, PT, DPT. Solano is also a Va-LEND Faculty member and former Va-LEND Trainee. Jennifer Brashears, PT, DPT was one of two Va-LEND Trainees who were accepted into the program for the 2020-2021 academic year. "Residency programs are a relatively new idea in physical therapy, and even more so in pediatrics, so the process is competitive. Not all programs allow two residents, so this was unique and quite beneficial," said Brashears.

 
 

6/2/2021

Center Director Dr. Daniel Crimmins to Retire After 12 Years of "Leadership in Disability"

Dr. Daniel Crimmins celebrated his retirement from the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) on May 28, 2021 - after an illustrious 12 years at the helm of the organization, which was established at Georgia State University in 2008. Through multiple virtual celebrations, Dr. Crimmins was joined by friends and colleagues alike to mark the occasion.

 
 

6/2/2021

Congratulations to Katherine Walton!

Kathern Walton, Program Director of the Early Learning Program at The Nisonger Center, was selected as the recipient of the Department of Psychology Distinguished Teaching Award for 2020-2021!

 
 

6/2/2021

Innovation in Self-Advocacy and Family Networks Award Winner

Tracey Manz, the lead parent facilitator and program coordinator of Aspirations at the Nisonger Center, was awarded the Innovation in Self-Advocacy and Family Networks Award by the National Charting the LifeCourse Nexus.

 
 

6/2/2021

Invited lecture at the Boggs Center at Rutgers University

On May 21st, Andrea Witwer, Director of Training for the Nisonger Center and LEND Co-Associate Director, was invited to give a Lecture for the Boggs Center Developmental Disability Lecture Series sponsored by the Boggs Center at Rutgers University. "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities".

 
 

6/2/2021

OSU TOPS Program Celebrates 2021 Graduating Class

The TOPS Program celebrated its seventh graduating class yesterday in an intimate, socially-distanced ceremony. The four graduates of the Class of 2021 were recognized for their hard work and effort, especially the ability to navigate their college experiences during a global pandemic. The TOPS Program staff are incredibly proud of these students, Congratulatons!

 
 

6/2/2021

Providing Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Direct Support Professionals Survey, 12-Month Follow Up

Over the past 12 months, direct support professionals have experienced high risks of infection, financial hardship, and exhaustion. Many have become ill and lost loved ones. The voices of DSPs matter, now more than ever. Show them you care about their wellbeing by passing along this confidential survey. The University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration, in partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, developed this survey to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support.

 
 

6/2/2021

The Boggs Center Celebrates the Graduation of the 2020-2021 NJLEND Fellows at the 5th Annual Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium

The Boggs Center celebrated the graduation of the 2020-2021 NJLEND Fellows at the New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program's 5th annual Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium. Held virtually this year in response to COVID-19, the event featured a keynote address, "The Meaning of Resilience: Building Self-Healing Communities," by Dave Ellis, Founding Executive Director The Office of Resilience New Jersey Department of Children and Families, and was attended by those from the Rutgers community, New Jersey's Department of Children and Families and Department of Health, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, and other state and community organizations. There were brief video presentations by each of the 20 graduating NJLEND Fellows sharing their personal definitions of leadership, the culmination of the year-long Defining Leadership: Charting Your Trajectory Learning Exercise.

 
 

6/2/2021

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities Hosted a Virtual Graduation Ceremony to Celebrate the Accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2020-2021

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members available through The Boggs Center with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. This year's graduates included 11 self-advocates and 14 parents prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.

 
 

6/2/2021

The Experts in the Room: Sonoran UCEDD students train Reid Park Zoo staff on accessibility, inclusion

Kayla was one of three other students who helped create and deliver a training focused on accessibility and inclusion at a local Tucson zoo. Kayla and her colleagues agree that the experience to apply what they learned and help make a difference in the community was a fulfilling experience.

 
 

6/1/2021

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities Community and Professional Development Training Program Hosts its 2021 Summer Learning Series Virtually

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is hosting its 2021 Summer Learning Series, consisting of 15 virtual workshops with interdisciplinary topics focused on working with children, youth, and adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities, and their families. The workshops will run from June 1 through July 29 to help disseminate critical information to providers, parents and caregivers, and people with disabilities across a wide range of topics.

 
 

6/1/2021

MN LEND Fellows Help Faith-based Organizations with Inclusion

Plenty of mission statements for faith-based organizations talk about welcoming everyone. When it comes to people with disabilities, however, it takes more than words and a wheelchair ramp to achieve true inclusion. MN LEND fellows, along with the MN UCEDD, are working with a Twin Cities-area church and mosque to think differently about how they serve worshippers with disabilities. MN LEND is an interdisciplinary leadership development program, funded by the U.S. Maternal & Child Health Bureau, that spans more than 16 disciplines across the University of Minnesota.

 
 
Physical therapist Marne Iwand works with a client using the ZeroG Gait and Balance System at the new Munroe-Meyer Institute building.

6/1/2021

New Tech Opens up Physical Therapy Opportunities

The new Munroe-Meyer Institute building was created to be on the cutting edge of clinical care and therapy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and one improved technology already is in use and garnering a positive response from therapists and clients. The ZeroG Gait and Balance System includes a safety harness that runs along an 80-foot-long track in the mobility lab in the department of physical therapy, but it is far from a traditional body weight harness, said Sandra Willett, PhD, director of the MMI Department of Physical Therapy.

 
 
Physical therapist Marne Iwand works with a client using the ZeroG Gait and Balance System at the new Munroe-Meyer Institute building.

6/1/2021

New Tech Opens up Physical Therapy Opportunities

The new Munroe-Meyer Institute building was created to be on the cutting edge of clinical care and therapy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and one improved technology already is in use and garnering a positive response from therapists and clients. The ZeroG Gait and Balance System includes a safety harness that runs along an 80-foot-long track in the mobility lab in the department of physical therapy, but it is far from a traditional body weight harness, said Sandra Willett, PhD, director of the MMI Department of Physical Therapy.

 
 

6/1/2021

NH-ME LEND Trainees Display Scholarship and Leadership in 2021 Capstone Poster Session

On May 7, 2021, twenty-four trainees from the 2020-2021 New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program shared their scholarship and leadership development during the annual Capstone Poster Session and Celebration. In keeping with federal and state Centers for Disease Control (CDC) health and safety guidance, the event was held online. For the second year in a row, the trainees remotely collaborated with faculty mentors and leadership partners to complete their capstone projects throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

 
 

6/1/2021

Rett Syndrome Clinic Headed by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Researchers is Redesignated as International Center of Excellence

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of 15 institutions across the U.S. being honored with the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF)'s Center of Excellence designation or redesignation. The award recognizes the Vanderbilt Rett Syndrome Clinic's continued dedication to providing best-in-class clinical care for Rett syndrome, a rare neurological and developmental disorder.

 
 

6/1/2021

Rural Institute Launches Montana Voices Amplified

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, based at the University of Montana, has launched Montana Voices Amplified, a collaboration between the Montana Family to Family Health Information Center and the Rural Institute. Montana Voices Amplified (MVA) provides a microphone and audience so the stories, lessons, causes, and advice of individuals with disabilities and their families are heard. The project offers a stage so people can speak for themselves.

 
 

6/1/2021

The University of Miami Mailman Center LEND Program Empowers the Next Generation of Physicians

The Mailman Center LEND program has teamed up with the medical school's NextGenMD program to develop a pathway in Child Health, Development, and Leadership. The Next GenMD curriculum pathway provides a longitudinal, structured learning opportunity for a non-dual degree medical student in the form of didactic sessions, required coursework, research under the direction of faculty mentors, experiential learning, professional development through participation in organizations, societies and scientific meetings, and self-directed learning activities, both conventional and web-based.

 
 

6/1/2021

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and ACM Lifting Lives Welcome New and Returning Campers to Virtual 2021 ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp

New and returning Music Campers from all over the U.S. and Canada came together via videoconference from Apr. 25 through May 2 to participate in a week of virtual activities and sessions, joined by ACM recording artists and songwriters including Priscilla Block, Ross Copperman, J.T. Harding, HARDY, Parmalee, Restless Road, Payton Smith, and Lainey Wilson.

 
 

5/26/2021

Seeking Conference Proposal Reviewers

Deadline: June 4. Timeline of Work: late June to mid-July, at your own pace

AUCD is seeking network members to serve as reviewers for proposals received for the AUCD 2021 Conference. Your time and expertise will have a direct impact on ensuring the content presented at one of the nation's premier disability conferences is of the highest caliber and relevant to attendees. Our goal is to have the task be interesting while not requiring an overwhelming time commitment from reviewers. We are seeking individuals with expertise in a variety of topical areas and a diversity of perspectives and representation.

 
 

5/21/2021

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Organizations Leaders Object to Offensive Language Made by Albert Watkins

AUCD and leading intellectual and developmental disability organizations object to the offensive language made by Albert Watkins. Read our joint statement below

 
 
Our PN Team, left to right, consists of Fran Goldfarb (Parent Specialist and Director of UCEDD Community Education), Helen Setaghiyan (Project Coordinator), Guadalupe Lorena Eaton (Parent Navigator), Lucia Babb (Parent Navigator), Dr. Christine Mirza

5/12/2021

Parent Navigator Team's COVID-19 Response at the USC UCEDD

The Parent Navigator (PN) Project provides three full-time Parent Navigators, who are parents of individuals with developmental disabilities themselves and have extensive experience in system navigation, to assist families with linkage to Early Intervention Services, the CA Regional Centers, and other appropriate community resources.

 
 

5/11/2021

AUCD2021 - Submit Your Proposal Today!

NEW Deadline: Friday, June 11th

AUCD has made the decision to conduct the 2021 Conference as a fully virtual event. With the theme of "Learning Together: Connecting Research and Lived Experience," AUCD2021 will continue to serve as a forum for meaningful collaborations around important topics, best practices, and issues that affect the disability community, our network, and beyond. AUCD is also excited to continue 50th anniversary celebrations during the virtual conference. The 2021 AUCD Conference will take place online November 15-17 and more details on exact times and other potential events will be shared going into the summer. Submissions are now closed.

 
 

5/11/2021

New RTC Rural Research Brief: COVID-19 vaccination among disabled people

RTC:Rural's newest fact sheet explores how people with disabilities are experiencing COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the United States. Addressing this knowledge gap is critical to ensuring that people with disabilities are considered as vaccination efforts progress during the ongoing pandemic and future health crises.

 
 

5/10/2021

RETAIN Kentucky Receives Grant to Expand Services

The UK Human Development Institute will collaborate with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to implement the $21.6 million RETAIN Kentucky award from the US Department of Labor to deliver return-to-work/stay-at-work services through strategic partnerships, early intervention strategies, and innovative support services for people who have acquired an injury or illness outside of the workplace that makes it difficult to work.

 
 

5/10/2021

RETAIN Kentucky Receives Grant to Expand Services

The UK Human Development Institute will collaborate with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to implement the $21.6 million RETAIN Kentucky award from the US Department of Labor to deliver return-to-work/stay-at-work services through strategic partnerships, early intervention strategies, and innovative support services for people who have acquired an injury or illness outside of the workplace that makes it difficult to work.

 
 

5/10/2021

RETAIN Kentucky Receives Grant to Expand Services

The UK Human Development Institute will collaborate with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to implement the $21.6 million RETAIN Kentucky award from the US Department of Labor to deliver return-to-work/stay-at-work services through strategic partnerships, early intervention strategies, and innovative support services for people who have acquired an injury or illness outside of the workplace that makes it difficult to work.

 
 

5/7/2021

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Initiative to #VaccinateByADA

Just in time for Mother's Day, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is launching a new public health initiative, COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence for People with Disabilities, engaging 23-AUCD network centers strategically located across the country to reach local disability communities, reduce access barriers, and promote vaccine confidence. The goal is to vaccinate all eligible people with disabilities by the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th.

 
 

5/7/2021

HDI Collaborates on NIH Research Education Program Grant

The UK Human Development Institute in collaboration with the UK College of Engineering and the UK College of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine have received a National Institutes of Health R-25 Research Education Program grant: Team-Based Design of Assistive Technology Devices. This program invites students to apply for an opportunity to complete courses in engineering and universal design, participate in a clinical immersion experience at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, and gain practical skills and knowledge by working with people with disabilities who use assistive technology devices.

 
 

5/7/2021

Koeller Named WKU Child Studies 2021 Alumnus of the Year

Stephanie Koeller, a Professional Development Coach at Child Care Aware of Kentucky / University of Kentucky Human Development Institute has been named WKU Child Studies 2021 Alumnus of the Year. Stephanie has been a great leader and advocate for children during her more than two decades of service in the early childhood community.

 
 

5/7/2021

Public Health Learning Agenda Toolkit: Apply to be a Pilot Tester!

The Public Health Learning Network is recruiting 20 pilot testers (individuals or teams) from around the country to better understand how the Public Health Learning Agenda Toolkit can be used to strengthen learning for systems change. Each individual or team will be asked to complete the activities listed below, and will receive a $1500 stipend for their effort.

 
 

5/7/2021

Putting Faith to Work Highlighted on Disability Podcast

Putting Faith to Work (PFTW), an employment model created by four UCEDDS (TN, MN, KY, TX), was featured on a recent episode of the podcast Navigating Life as We Know It. Developed in 2014 through a Signature Employment Grant awarded by the Kessler Foundation, the PFTW model focuses on building the capacity of faith communities to support employment for members with disabilities.

 
 

5/7/2021

Request for Proposals: UCEDD Leadership Development

Deadline to submit a proposal: May 26, 2021.

The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) is seeking consultation to develop a UCEDD Network Leadership Development Map ("Map") and TA plan. The Map will provide UCEDD network members with concrete information about the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they need to advance their careers within the UCEDD network and about existing strategies, resources, and opportunities to acquire those knowledge, skills, and abilities. The TA plan will identify gaps in the UCEDD network career pathways and provide the URC with recommended activities to address those gaps. Both documents will specifically attend to the unique needs of the network and network members to enhance career opportunities for individuals from historically underrepresented communities.

 
 

5/7/2021

Supporting Families in Crisis

Recently I read a blog that shared how families that have a loved one with a disability are just waiting for the next battle to happen. That life seems to be going well and then the rain begins and the storm moves in. This blog written by the mother of a child with a developmental disability resonated with me. Even in the good times, it seems like that storm or battle could come at any time. It swoops in and changes our perspective and our priorities. At that moment, nothing else matters except winning that battle and coming out on the other side of the storm.

 
 

5/7/2021

The Cicadas are Coming - Social Narrative

The cicadas are coming if they are not here already. This social narrative talks about what to expect with the cicadas and how to deal with them.

 
 

5/6/2021

Arizona's UCEDDs Collaborate, Provide Support for National Events

Arizona's University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) helped support two virtual conferences, the 2021 African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD) and the 17th Annual American Indian Disability Summit.

 
 

5/6/2021

HDI to Partner with the Adaptive Martial Arts Association

The Kentucky Inclusive Health Collaborative at the UK Human Development Institute is excited to partner with the Adaptive Martial Arts Association (AMAA) to develop training modules for a web-based certificate course for instructors to increase capacity for adaptive martial arts in their academies.

 
 

5/6/2021

Person Centered Planning comes to Nebraska

During a person's education, people with disabilities usually get an IEP (Individual Education Program). When a person leaves school, they often can feel lost. This may be good time to consider a person-center plan. Just what is person-center Planning?

 
 

5/6/2021

TCDS Joins Steve Hicks School of Social Work

The Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS) is excited to announce its move to the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin."Along with the shift to the Steve Hicks School, TCDS welcomes their new director,"Sandy Maga" a, Ph.D., who is Professor in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at UT Austin.

 
 

5/6/2021

UNH Contract Expands Treatment for Youth and Young Adults with Substance Use Disorders in NH

The NH Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Children's Behavioral Health and Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services recently awarded UNH's Institute on Disability (IOD) a $244k contract to expand the Creating Connections NH program, a behavioral health initiative that supports youth and young adults with substance use disorders.

 
 

5/6/2021

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researcher Zack Warren Named Director of Vanderbilt Division of Developmental Medicine

Zachary Warren, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Special Education and executive director of the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND), has been named director of the Division of Developmental Medicine in the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics. His appointment began April 1.

 
 

5/6/2021

WebAIM Celebrates Anniversary by Offering Scholarships to People with Disabilities

WebAIM celebrated its 20th year by giving back. The WebAIM team, located in the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, trains individuals and corporations on web and digital document accessibility. As part of their anniversary celebration, they are offering free enrollments to their accessible documents course to people with disabilities, many of whom work in the accessibility field.

 
 

5/3/2021

$6M Grant Gives IU' Indiana Institute Ability to Continue work of Indiana Center on Teacher Quality

Indiana University's Center on Education and Lifelong Learning has received funding to continue the work of the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality as part of a federally funded $6 million state personnel development grant to the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Special Education. Indiana was one of only five states to receive funding in this award cycle. The grant will focus on rural Indiana schools and communities.

 
 

5/3/2021

Dr. Marcia Montague was recognized as a 2021 Sustainability Champion by the Texas A&M Sustainability Office

The Sustainability Champion Awards recognize individuals and teams who have demonstrated exemplary effort, dedication, and leadership throughout the year to make Aggieland more environmentally, economically, and/or socially sustainable and those who foster a campus culture of sustainability. Faculty Sustainability Champion Marcia Montague, Ph.D., after attending a town hall event in early August, recognized that PK-12 students and parents would need support to make it through the COVID-19 crisis.

 
 

5/3/2021

Pathway Program Adjusts to Remote Internships During Pandemic

Pathway at UCLA Extension has taken great pride in our robust internship program, which matches students with internship sites based on their career interests. For the last 15 years these internships have been in person. When Covid-19 restricted in-person internships for our safety in Los Angeles, Vocational Advisor, Rachael Ambler, started thinking outside the box. "Internships give our students a sense of purpose and responsibility, and even though in person opportunities were on hold, this need remained."

 
 

4/29/2021

Effect of Family Navigation on Diagnostic Ascertainment Among Children at Risk for Autism: A Randomized Clinical Trial From DBPNet

 
 

4/29/2021

MCHB Minute - April 2021

In the DC area, signs of spring are all around us - a welcome appearance after what felt like an especially long winter. They bring renewed hope and energy for what is ahead. I am also feeling energized about the opportunities in front of us, particularly around achieving equity for children, adolescents and families with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities (DD). With a focus on achieving health equity at all levels of the Biden-Harris Administration, we are poised as the Autism CARES network to take stock of our equity goals and of the current and potential impact of our work. This may include reflection on our collective accomplishments over time and charting a course for equity for the next 10 years.

 
 

4/29/2021

Now Available: AUCD 2020 Annual Report

We are pleased to present the Annual Network Report for AUCD covering fiscal year 2020. Throughout the pandemic crisis, AUCD's national network has proven to be an invaluable resource in amplifying the voices of the disability community and providing support to an otherwise overlooked population. Learn more about the policies, personal stories, supports, lessons learned, and resources developed and shared by our network of experts.

 
 

4/29/2021

Updates from the State Public Health Autism Resource Center

2021 has arrived! Despite the challenges we have all faced during COVID-19, our Community of Learners have persevered and made excellent progress in their work. To learn more about each grantee's work, check out their state profiles on the SPHARC webpage.

 
 

4/28/2021

A Fellow's Perspective: Virtual Opportunities through Rochester LEND's Collaborations in Central America

It has been more than a year since we started adapting to the "new conditions" of living in a world with the COVID-19 pandemic. Transitioning from face-to-face to all-virtual interactions was not as much fun as the option of "working and studying from the bedroom" sounded. Not only did we start missing familiar faces, but we had to limit new relationships to connections traveling through router devices and Zoom platforms. Despite these limitations, the pandemic has triggered a virtual realm of opportunity. It has challenged our creativity and our passion to keep pursuing the visions and missions we sought out in "normal" times. It invited us to think outside the box and has extended connectivity and networking beyond local boundaries. The 2021 LEND cohort has experienced this firsthand.

 
 

4/28/2021

AIR-B Network Continues Outreach in Diverse Communities

Although much of the research activity has moved virtual, the Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B Network; PI: Kasari) continues its research-community partnership in the COVID-19 era. The AIR-B is a network of researchers at UCLA, UC Davis, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, Drexel University, University of Kansas, University of Washington and each site's local community partners working to increase equity in access to ASD information and interventions for families of children with ASD.

 
 

4/28/2021

AIR-P (UCLA): Progress to Date

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-site network that supports innovative life course intervention research and promotes optimal health and well-being of autistic individuals across the lifespan. In September 2020, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was awarded funding by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration to lead and develop the network with the primary goal of increasing the life expectancy and quality of life for autistic individuals.

 
 

4/28/2021

Autism Friendly Initiative

Patients on the autism spectrum have various sensory and communication needs which can make the fast-paced and often over-stimulating hospital environment particularly challenging. In response, Boston Medical Center (BMC) launched the Autism Friendly Initiative in order to improve the healthcare experience for patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

 
 

4/28/2021

Increasing Access to Diagnostic Evaluations and Ongoing Care for Autism Across Washington State

University of Washington LEND is excited to report initial outcomes of ECHO Autism Washington: our new ECHO program supporting primary care providers (PCPs) in Washington State in diagnosing and managing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ECHO Autism Washington is supported by UW LEND in collaboration with the Washington State legislature and Washington State Health Care Authority. We launched our first cohort of 28 PCPs from 15 counties in Washington in December 2019 (see Map).

 
 

4/28/2021

Interprofessional Group of NJLEND Faculty and Nutrition Fellow Write Article for Exceptional Parent Magazine

An article on oral health and nutrition concerns for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) written by an interprofessional group of NJLEND Faculty and Nutrition Fellow was published in the February 2021 issue of Exceptional Parent Magazine. Jane Ziegler, DCN, RDN, LDN, NJLEND Nutrition Faculty, Evan Spivak, DDS, NJLEND Dental Faculty, and Karen Stanfar, MPH, RDN, LD, NJLEND Nutrition Fellow, authored "Oral Health and Nutrition Concerns in Autism Spectrum Disorders" to provide information about autism-related behaviors, dietary habits, medical comorbidities, and medication use which may contribute to oral health and nutrition concerns.

 
 

4/28/2021

Nisonger LEND Leadership Project: Pilot ECHO with AMSEN School in Tanzania

Nisonger LEND Leadership Project: Pilot ECHO with AMSEN School in Tanzania This year a team of LEND trainees and faculty developed an Extensions for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) pilot project with an AUCD Professional Fellow and other teachers from the Al Muntazir Special Needs School (AMSEN) in Tanzania. According to the 2012 Tanzania Disability Monograph only one major university in Tanzania produces teachers for students with ASD/DD.

 
 

4/28/2021

Reflection on CCSN Experience Three Years Later

Megan Yung, Tufts Child Health Intern Spring 2018

During my time as an undergraduate at Tufts University, I interned at the Center for Children with Special Needs. Prior to this experience, I did not have much experience with children with special needs. Through this internship, I had the opportunity to not only learn about different developmental-behavioral disorders, but also to interact with and learn from children with these disorders as well. I began to see and understand how much support these children require, and I was inspired to help and learn more about the field. This internship inspired me to take my current job as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). 

 
 

4/28/2021

Southern LEND Regional Collaborative

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) trainees and faculty from the states of Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas participated in the Southern Regional Collaborative Seminars on November 20th and March 5th virtually via Zoom. The Southern Regional Collaborative Seminar is an opportunity for each state's program to come together to learn more about each other's programs and to give trainees an opportunity to network.

 
 

4/28/2021

UCLA All Brains

UCLA All Brains was established in 2017 after students recognized the unmet need of UCLA as a neurodiverse-friendly campus. At the first town hall meeting, many neurodivergent students expressed the lack of resources and communities. As a result of this need, All Brains was formed. All Brains works as a community intervention model with three branches including socials, peer mentoring, and training/workshops. Although we are UCLA based, all of our services are open to all students.

 
 

4/26/2021

Females with Autism Reach Puberty Earlier, says Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Researcher

Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and investigator with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND), recently led a study which found that on average, females with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experienced the onset of puberty 9.5 months earlier than their peers.

 
 

4/26/2021

LEND an Ear: On-Demand Disability Training

Fellows from the Institute on Community Integration are contributing to a podcast series that delivers on-the-go training and insight to child welfare workers. The current and former fellows are from ICI's Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) program, an interdisciplinary leadership training program that brings together more than 16 disciplines across the University of Minnesota.

 
 

4/26/2021

Request for Application: Vaccine Confidence Dissemination Innovation Mini-grants

Deadline: May 7, 2021, 5 pm EST

Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is pleased to support a selection of AUCD network members to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence in the disability community with targeted outreach and messaging efforts through Dissemination Innovation Mini-grants. The Mini-grants will be used to adapt messages and materials in local regions across the country, either directly or through community partners or cultural brokers, to support sharing of accessible and credible vaccine information to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence in the disability community.

 
 

4/26/2021

UC Davis MIND Institute Takes Its Social Skills Group Online

The UC Davis MIND Institute has offered Social Skills Groups for children, preteens, teens, and young adults since 2001. Traditionally, groups ran for 25 weeks, and catered to 8-15 children at a time. Groups were offered for children (ages 8-10), tweens (ages 11-13), and teens (ages 14-17).