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11/23/2020

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Considerations for the Disability Community

An FAQ to support state and local disability leaders advocate for the role of individuals with disabilities in the allocation and distribution plans for a COVID-19 vaccine. Includes information on the approval, manufacturing, allocation, and distribution processes for a COVID-19 vaccine, AUCD network vaccine resources, and links to addition federal, state, and local public health resources.

 
 

11/20/2020

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.

 
 

11/11/2020

nTIDE October 2020 Jobs Report: Job numbers hold steady for Americans with disabilities

October's job numbers showed small changes for Americans with and without disabilities, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment - Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Although people with disabilities have remained engaged in the labor market, the ongoing effects of the pandemic and uncertainty about continued federal aid are major concerns as the year draws to a close.

 
 

11/9/2020

ICI UMN Parent Resource Videos: Supporting Your Child's Learning at Home

Two U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) national technical assistance centers --TIES Center and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)-- of the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) at the University of Minnesota have jointly created a video series addressing how parents of students with significant cognitive disabilities can support their child's learning at home during distance learning brought about by COVID 19. The first four videos in an eleven part series are available to share with parents.

 
 

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 annouce that Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), and Congresswoman Katherine Clark (Massachusetts) 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.

 
 

10/19/2020

Telehealth: What is it? And how to make it work for you!

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Oregon Health & Science University is excited to share a recently created series of 4 animated video modules on Telehealth. They were designed for adults with I/DD and, more specifically, for people who use communication supports. They would also be appropriate for kids (and families), and individuals who experience cognitive or language or literacy challenges.

 
 

10/13/2020

MN UCEDD Pinpoints Autism's Reach

To better quantify the prevalence of autism across Minnesota, investigators at University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) will tap into large statewide education and social services databases under a new grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 
 

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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IHD staff member Sakenya McDonald meeting with students Leyevsca Santos Espinoza and Jacob Alexander (and their mothers/guardians) for their monthly coaching sessions at Coconino Community College

11/20/2020

IHD Awarded Large Federal Grant to Support Students with Intellectual Disabilities - Radically-Inclusive Support and Coaching Program Coming to Northern Arizona

The Institute for Human Development (IHD) at Northern Arizona University was recently awarded a five-year, approximately $2.5M grant from the United States Department of Education, Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) to develop and implement a radically-inclusive support and coaching program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) to attend postsecondary educational institutions throughout Northern Arizona.

 
 

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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.

 
 

11/24/2020

DSP COVID19 Follow Up Survey

The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals, is conducting a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals. After more than eight months since a national emergency was declared, we want to know how DSPs are doing and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support. Direct Support Professionals can complete the survey here. Their answers will be anonymous. National and state-specific results from the survey will be shared widely in March 2021.

 
 

11/23/2020

Hope Link is the Director of CLE's Newest Nashville Location

College Living Experience (CLE) is thrilled to announce that we now are enrolling students at our new center in Nashville and to welcome Nashville Program Director Dr. Hope Link. CLE provides wrap-around post-secondary supports and services for students with a variety of exceptionalities, including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, NVLD, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities.

 
 

11/23/2020

Voting: National and State Perspectives - Podcast Intierview with Maureen van Stone, Esq, MS

Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS, director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) was recently featured on a new podcast series presented by The Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center. Ms. van Stone is the director of the Maryland UCEDD, and was the first guest speaker on the new podcast series titled Included: The Disability Equity Podcast. This inaugural episode focused on the process of educating candidates on issues important to the disability community, voting accessibility for those with disabilities, and the importance of the disability vote.

 
 

11/23/2020

Access for All at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Since the beginning of the Zoo Access for All program, LEND's Program Director, Dr. Jen Smith, has collaborated with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG) to train zoo employees and identify priority areas to increase accessibility. Over four hundred CZBG employees have gone through the unique training with Dr. Smith, learning some of the types of developmental disabilities they may encounter at the zoo, how they can support those with developmental disabilities, and how they can assist families when issues arise.

 
 

11/23/2020

CDD Affiliated Faculty, Dr. Marcia Montague and Dr. Carly Gilson Awarded Two Major Grants from the U.S Department of Education

CDD Affiliated Faculty, Dr. Marcia Montague and Dr. Carly Gilson, have been awarded two major grants from the U.S Department of Education Dr. Linda Castillo (PI) and Dr. Marcia Montague (Co-PI) received a Heart of Texas GEAR UP Partnership grant. This grant totals $6.3 million over the next seven years to provide comprehensive support services to over 1,200 7th grade students to help them prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education. Partner districts include Bryan and Hearne ISDs. Dr. Carly Gilson received a Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities(PSID) grant. This grant will provide approximately $2.2 million in funding over the next five years to support our staff, students, research, program expansion, and outreach efforts to other schools across Texas.

 
 

11/23/2020

Former Trainee- Making A Difference in the Latinx Community

Recent Va-LEND graduate Fiorella Carrillo-Kimbrough volunteers with Caminos, a Richmond-based support group that works with Spanish-speaking families with children who have autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities. The group incorporates the use of cultural brokers and provides culturally appropriate education and support.

 
 

11/23/2020

HDI Staff receive the Tom Gravitt Advocacy Award

Tom Gravitt Advocacy Award from the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). This award recognizes individuals who have had an exemplary impact on the SCI community and the disability community at large. These individuals enrich the lives of people with disabilities by being an advocate who fosters respect, access, and equal opportunities for all.

 
 

11/23/2020

Institute for Human Development Launches Fully-Online Disability Resource Specialist Graduate Certificate Program

The Institute for Human Development, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities housed at Northern Arizona University (NAU), will launch its brand new Disability Resource Specialist Graduate Certificate in Spring 2021

 
 

11/23/2020

Iowa's UCEDD Welcomes Back Caitlin Owens

The Iowa UCEDD is excited to welcome Caitlin Owens back to the team as our new operations manager. A social worker by training, Owens has many years of experience working across the spectrum of mental health and disability services, from job coaching to behavioral intervention to systems change work. She is a former LEND trainee, a recipient of the Alfred Healy Leadership Award in Developmental Disabilities, a graduate of the AUCD Leadership Academy, and she previously worked at the Iowa UCEDD from 2015-2018.

 
 

11/23/2020

Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Receives Grant to Improve Statewide Transition Practices for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

The Federal Administration for Community Living has awarded a Community-Based Transition Partnership Planning Grant to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC UCEDD). The VKC UCEDD, one of 10 UCEDDs awarded, will convene partnerships to develop a framework to ensure community integration, through the creation of a sustainable, high quality, community-based transition pilot.

 
 

11/23/2020

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute 2019-2020 Annual Report

MI-DDI is proud to share its accomplishments for 2019-2020. Although our building on Wayne State University's�campus has been closed and staff are working remotely due to COVID-19, this continues to be an exciting time of growth and change for MI-DDI. The numbers shared are just part of the story. The real story is how our nationally recognized faculty, staff and students are making a positive difference in individual lives across Michigan and beyond. The growth and change MI-DDI has experienced this past year is due to the outstanding work of our team.

 
 

11/11/2020

The UNC Department of Neurology's Hunter, Cejas Receive 2020 Broyhill Research Award in Child Neurology

The UNC Department of Neurology is proud to announce that child neurologists Senyene Hunter, MD, PhD, and Diana Cejas, MD, MPH, are this year�s recipients of the UNC Broyhill Research Award in Child Neurology. The goal of the Broyhill Research Award in Child Neurology is to support novel studies of the developing nervous system or the impact of diseases on the developing nervous system.

 
 

11/4/2020

MHDD Crossroads Podcast: An Interview with Rylin Rodgers of AUCD

In this episode of the MHDD Crossroads Podcast, Matt Wappett interviews Rylin Rodgers about her role at AUCD and policy issues relating to mental health and developmental disabilities.

 
 

11/1/2020

Bobbi Rohwer (MN LEND, 2018-19): Making Life Easier

Bobbi Rohwer sums up her work in autism as simply trying to make life easier, to which the busy researcher, student, employee, and mother of three can relate.

 
 

11/1/2020

INNOVATE with #PacRim2021 Call for Presentations

The Center on Disability Studies, in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education, is accepting presentation proposals to be featured at the 36th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (PacRim).

 
 

10/23/2020

Welcome Newly 2020 Elected Board Members

On behalf of AUCD Nominating Committee Chair, Amy Hewitt, and Board President, Sachin Pavithran, AUCD is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the AUCD Board of Directors. These new members will begin their three-year term in November 2020.

 
 

10/15/2020

Leading Change to Achieve Equity: Conversations We Need to Have

AUCD 2020 Tuesday Plenary

Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking conversation with change-makers from around the country who are facing equity challenges head on. Led by disability advocate and attorney Britney Wilson, and AUCD President-elect and Conference Chair, Tawara Goode, this year's virtual Tuesday Plenary will consist of two panels of leaders who will explore equity from the perspectives of lived experience, individual with significant disabilities, race and ethnicity, LGBTQI identities, family members, mental health, rural communities - and how they intersect.

 
 

10/14/2020

#FightFlu

A mini-toolkit for social media advocacy

Help us leverage existing community relationships to educate the disability community on the importance of the flu vaccine in protecting the health of everyone in accessible, relevant messaging.

 
 

10/14/2020

TOPS Program Celebrates Ten Years of Promoting Inclusion at Ohio State

The Transitions Options in Postsecondary Settings (TOPS) Program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is celebrating its tenth year of providing alternative college experiences for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. O

 
 

10/14/2020

US Commission Urges Repeal of Subminimum Wage After VT Visit

In a report published on September 17, 2020, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recommended repealing section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities. During the agency's investigation, they heard testimony from Dr. Bryan Dague before coming to Vermont as one of two field visits to employment and service provision sites.

 
 

10/13/2020

AUCD Expands Children's Mental Health Champions!

The Children's Mental Health Champions, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has expanded to support champions in American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Georgia, New Mexico, Maine, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia. We now have a total of 12 Champions supporting efforts in states and territories across the nation!

 
 

10/13/2020

AUCD Network Contributes to "Public Health Perspectives on Disability" for Rethinking Disability in Public Health Study and Practice

In this new edition, the editors and contributors update and expand on the educational framework that was introduced in the first edition for rethinking disability in public health study and practice and for attaining the competencies that should accompany this knowledge. The second edition highlights key areas of research that have emerged since the first edition was published.

 
 
The Colorado Office of Employment First team (left to right: Aryn Taylor (Grant Writer/Evaluator), Teresa Nguyen (Curriculum Developer/Trainer), Patricia Henke (Director), Brian Dean (Program Developer/Trainer), Deirdre Sage (Curriculum Developer)

10/13/2020

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month - an Employment First Resource in Colorado

Sitting under JFK Partners at the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Colorado Office of Employment First (COEF) is a new resource for training and learning communities on a variety of Employment First topics including Individual Placement and Support, Customized Employment, Supported Employment, Youth and Family Education, and Benefits Counseling.

 
 

10/13/2020

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.

 
 

10/13/2020

Kentucky Students Participate in 2020 Summer Leadership Experience

The University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI), with support from the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) welcomed high school students with disabilities to the 2020 Summer Leadership Experience. This three-day virtual camp provided participants an opportunity to connect with peers across the state to gain knowledge, develop skills, and identify resources to support a successful transition beyond high school.

 
 
Jennifer Maeverde

10/13/2020

Maeverde Named Children's Mental Health Champion by AUCD (ME UCEDD)

ME UCEDD Research Associate, Jennifer Maeverde, has been selected as a Children's Mental Health Champion by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) as part of a new pilot program made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 
 

10/13/2020

New National Technical Assistance and Training Center on Disability Inclusion in Emergency Preparedness Seeks Input from Emergency Managers and Public Health Preparedness Personnel

The newly formed National Technical Assistance and Training Center on Disability Inclusion and Emergency Preparedness through AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health seeks input from local emergency or public health preparedness planners.

 
 
Wordmark for the Institute on Community Integration.

10/13/2020

Seeking Participants for Research Study on Autism

"Ecological Momentary Assessment of Leisure Activity"

Leisure participation is a key leading to physical and mental wellbeing, social inclusion, independence, self-worth, and quality of life. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are recruiting adults with autism who live alone or independently with roommate(s) and have access to a computer or a smartphone to study the types and frequency of leisure activities they do in their free time.

 
 

10/13/2020

Sheppard-Jones selected for UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team

Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Executive Director of the UK Human Development Institute and adjunct assistant professor of the College of Education, has been selected as a member of the University of Kentucky Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team. This team supports the execution of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implementation Plan that was recently announced by the University.

 
 

10/13/2020

The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Hosts First NJLEND Alumni Leadership Symposium, "Leadership in a Time of Crisis: The COVID-19 Pandemic"

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Pediatrics hosted the first Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities - NJLEND Alumni Leadership Symposium. This virtual symposium, "The Challenge of Leadership in a Time of Crisis: The COVID-19 Pandemic" was a collaboration with systems across the state and RWJMS to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on children and young adults with Autism and other early onset disabilities and their families.

 
 

10/13/2020

The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LENHosts First NJLEND Alumni Leadership Symposium, "Leadership in a Time of Crisis: The COVID-19 Pandemic"

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Pediatrics hosted the first Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities - NJLEND Alumni Leadership Symposium. This virtual symposium, "The Challenge of Leadership in a Time of Crisis: The COVID-19 Pandemic" was a collaboration with systems across the state and RWJMS to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on children and young adults with Autism and other early onset disabilities and their families.

 
 

10/9/2020

Action Alert: National Call-in Day on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Barrett

On Monday, October 12th, the disability community is coordinating a national call-in day to voice our opposition to the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court due to her record of hostility toward the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has greatly improved the lives of people with disabilities and their families by securing crucial healthcare access and protections from healthcare discrimination.

 
 

10/3/2020

MNLEND Trainee jumps into coordinating a public health response to COVID with community partners

Whitney Terrill typically supports Minnesotans living with disabilities to access home and community based services through her role at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division Fiscal Policy Team. Whitney is deeply interested in value and outcomes based payment design, and currently works on a legislatively mandated project to explore options for how Minnesota might pay for disability services in the future.

 
 

10/2/2020

Edward Esbeck Leads the Way for Iowa's Self-Advocates

Before 2020, Iowa's LEND program did not have a Self-Advocacy Coordinator serving as Core Faculty for trainees in the program. Before 2019, Iowa's UCEDD, the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), did not have a Self-Advocacy Coordinator as a member of its staff. Before 2017, Iowa LEND had never had a Self-Advocacy Trainee. But since 2016, when he became a member of the UCEDD's Community Advisory Committee, CDD has had Ed Esbeck. For the past year, since he was hired as CDD's Self-Advocacy Coordinator in the fall of 2019, Esbeck has championed inclusion for Iowa LEND, and has led the way for more self-advocates to become leaders, as he has.

 
 

10/2/2020

Georgia State University UCEDD Trainees Step-up for COVID-Tracing Research

Universities across the country are adapting to take on the unique challenges COVID-19 has brought to their campuses and larger communities. The Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH) offered opportunities for public health students and alumni at Georgia State University (GSU) to train and serve as contact tracers who work to track and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Students were assigned to work as contract tracers within any one of the 18 public health districts in Georgia. Three students affiliated with the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at GSU have engaged in the volunteer-led contact tracing effort.

 
 

10/2/2020

Staying Connected During COVID-19: Waisman Center Outreach Supports AAC Remotely

The Communication Development Program (CDP) is an outreach program of the Waisman Center UCEDD at University of Wisconsin, Madison. This program was developed over 30 years ago in partnership with the Dane County Department of Human Services, and specifically the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) unit. The mission of CDP is to enhance community participation, health, safety, and self-determination for individuals with disabilities through specialized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) services.

 
 

10/2/2020

Transition Supports for Parents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Partnership (Georgetown UCEDD)

The Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (GUCEDD) is one of 10 programs awarded a Community Based Transition Partnership Planning grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Disabilities (AoD) (https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USACL/bulletins/29bbc5e). The goal of the grant is to convene a partnership in the District of Columbia to develop a sustainable plan that addresses the unique needs of parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to support the transition of their children with and without disabilities throughout the life course.

 
 

10/1/2020

AUCD 2020: Registration is now open!

We welcome network members, non-network organizational partners, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and trainees to learn and share together during the virtual conference. AUCD2020 will virtually feature pre-recorded plenary sessions, pre-recorded concurrent sessions and on-demand poster sessions that cover a broad spectrum of disability topics.

 
 

10/1/2020

AUCD Opposes the Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) opposes the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The mission of AUCD is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities.

 
 

10/1/2020

EPCAMH Call for Papers: Special Issue on Mental Health Interventions for ASD/IDD

Submissions are due January 1, 2021

EPCAMH Call for Papers: Special Issue on Mental Health Interventions for ASD/IDD Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (EPCAMH) is now accepting papers for a special issue on evidence-based practice in mental health interventions for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), guest edited by Meghan Miller, Ph.D., Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D., and Judy Reaven, Ph.D..

 
 

9/30/2020

Mailman Early Autism Intervention Program

The Mailman Early Autism Intervention program uses the evidence-based, manualized Project Impact model, to provide telehealth-based parent coaching to families of children ages 18 months to 4 years with social communication challenges. This project was developed in response to COVID-19 to replace in-person services. This program includes 6 pre-recorded webinars for parents and 6 live coaching sessions. If needed, there is an optional 7th webinar and related coaching session focused on managing challenging behavior.

 
 

9/29/2020

In Memoriam- Fred J. Biasini

The Alabama LEND and UCEDD experienced a heartbreaking loss on 9/23/2020 in the unexpected passing of Dr. Fred J. Biasini. During his nearly 40 years of involvement with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Civitan-Sparks Clinics and the Department of Psychology, Dr. Biasini was a mentor to innumerable trainees and professionals and was a strong advocate for families. His presence and passion was felt throughout UAB, the state, and the nation. It is difficult to find a person or project within the disability community that did not have a connection to Fred Biasini. Dr. Biasini is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan, three children, six grandchildren, a sister, and a niece and nephews.

 
 

9/29/2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) investigators to lead $5 million NSF-funded expansion of ASD workforce program

The National Science Foundation has awarded a highly competitive $5 million grant to multiple Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) (VKC) researchers to greatly expand a project for creating novel artificial intelligence (AI) technology and tools and platforms that train and support individuals with autism spectrum disorders in the workplace.

 
 

9/29/2020

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND)'s UCEDD program funded for five more years, welcomes new co-director

The Federal Administration on Community Living has awarded a five-year, $2.7 million grant to continue the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND).Erik Carter, Ph.D., is Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of Special Education. He now joins McMillian as co-director of the VKC UCEDD. Carter is no stranger to the VKC or to its UCEDD partners.

 
 

9/29/2020

WVU CED Launches New Website to Provide Resources for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorders

The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) launched a new website designed to provide resources to help educate families and providers on the effects of substance use on the family unit and child development.

 
 

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.

 
 

9/24/2020

New: A Guide to Interacting with Police for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

The University of Cincinnati UCEDD has developed a new brochure on: A Guide to Interacting with Police for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. People with intellectual, cognitive or developmental disabilities get involved as both victims and suspects/offenders with law enforcement and with the criminal justice system. The police are ready to help in many different ways to help us feel safe.

 
 

9/23/2020

Office of Health, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Opens at Kennedy Krieger

The office is preceded by yearslong efforts encouraging equity, inclusion and diversity at the Institute and in the community.

Kennedy Krieger Institute's new Office of Health, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (O-HEID), established last month, represents a significant step in the Institute's journey to cultivate and encourage a community of equity, inclusion and diversity.

 
 

9/21/2020

Dr. Kelly Nye-Lengerman Named Director of Institute on Disability/UCED

Dr. Kelly Nye-Lengerman, a leader in employment policy and services, workforce development, person-centered practices, and evaluation, has been named director of the Institute on Disability/UCED (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire effective June 8, 2020. Before joining the IOD, Dr. Nye-Lengerman served for 11 years at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota.

 
 

9/21/2020

Dr. Kelly Nye-Lengerman Named Director of Institute on Disability/UCED

Dr. Kelly Nye-Lengerman, a leader in employment policy and services, workforce development, person-centered practices, and evaluation, has been named director of the Institute on Disability/UCED (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire effective June 8, 2020. Before joining the IOD, Dr. Nye-Lengerman served for 11 years at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota.

 
 

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

IOD Awarded $600,000 to Extend New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN )

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has received a four-year renewal for the New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN) from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 
 

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!

 
 

9/16/2020

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).

 
 

9/14/2020

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

8/31/2020

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.