MCHB Minute - December 2018

As we near the end of 2018, we want to thank our Autism CARES programs for all that you do to improve the care and outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DDs). Our collective efforts are increasing access to early and appropriate developmental screening, diagnostic, and intervention services, improving the effectiveness of support services available to youth making the transition to adulthood and enhancing care coordination and service delivery for children and adolescents with ASD and other DDs.



Doctoral Student, Ching-Yi Liao (TX UCEDD), Selected for the 11th Cohort of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars (DRDSS)

Ching-Yi Liao is a doctoral student in Special Education at Texas A&M University and the Project Coordinator for Coach 2 Communicate (C2C), a parent-directed treatment project to teach parents and caregivers with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and complex communication needs across Texas. The C2C project is under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Ganz, an affiliated faculty member with the Center on Disability and Development. Ching-Yi was selected as an outstanding scholar through an internationally competitive review process. Dr. Jennifer Ganz nominated Ching-Yi as well as the department chair and college dean. The DRDSS inquiry question for the program is "What makes for excellence in special education research?"



Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities Presents Inclusive Recreation Video Campaign (NY UCEDD/LEND)

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, the UCEDD at the University of Rochester is excited to present our Inclusive Recreation & Leisure Video Campaign! Sponsored by the Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (RRCASD) and the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), the video campaign was created to advocate for full inclusion in recreation and leisure settings. Through discussion in SCDD's Community Advisory Council (CAC), we heard from the community that advocacy in this area was a need. Based on this need, we developed a planning committee, which included self-advocates, family-advocates, and professionals, to help guide us in the process of developing the campaign.


Past Events

OAR Hosts Webinar on Autism & Sexuality

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Monday, October 15, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) will be hosting a free webinar on the topic of sexuality on Monday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET featuring Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., OAR Scientific Council chairman and executive director of the EPIC School (Paramus, NJ), and Amy Gravino, M.A., president of A.S.C.O.T. Consulting. They will provide an overview of the many challenges associated with sexuality and sexuality education for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and offer recommendations as to the role individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them need to play in this complex and important area of adult life.

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  • 2018 Congressional Autism Caucus

    Learn about the members of the Autism Caucus, which was founded by Representatives Mike Doyle (PA) and Chris Smith (NJ) who also Co-Chair the Coalition for Autism Research and Education ("CARE" or "Autism Caucus"), the first-ever Congressional Membership Organization dedicated to autism advocacy on Capitol Hill.



The Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) provides technical assistance to LENDs and DBPs to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The ITAC website contains news, resources, and information tailored for LENDs and DPBs as well as the medical and public health communities and families of children with ASD/DD. ITAC and its projects were designed in collaboration with federal staff, program directors, and families of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.