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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.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Upcoming Events

2021 Autism CARES Grantee Meeting: Committing to Health Equity Across the Lifespan

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom

This virtual event is an opportunity for HRSA-funded CARES grantees (representing research, training, and state systems) to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration. This event includes both asynchronous and synchronous elements.

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Past Events

AIR-P Presents - Brain and Body in Motion: Understanding and supporting motor dysfunction in Autism

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Friday, May 21, 2021
4:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar

Motor dysfunction are prevalent and pervasive in autistic individuals. However, due to the heterogeneity of motor dysfunction and the categorization in DSM-5 as an associated deficit, this condition often goes undetected and undertreated. Improving our understanding of motor dysfunction in autism is important so that we can adequately screen for these difficulties and ultimately provide the best interventions.

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AUCD Autism Special Interest Group Open House

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Location: Zoom

Join Autism Special Interest Group co-chairs, Brian Be and Dr. Laura Carpenter for this opportunity to learn more about the SIG's activities, network with other members, and share ideas.

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Caregiver Coaching through Telehealth: Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

We will provide a discussion of caregiver coaching strategies over telehealth using two different Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBIs) and consider options for multiple formats (synchronous and asynchronous). Benefits and challenges to using telehealth technology for caregiver coaching will be explored. A parent of a young child with autism who participated in coaching, both in-person and through telehealth, will share her experiences.

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Learning to Face Fears from Home: Unexpected Benefits and Discoveries

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Friday, April 23, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

The purpose of this webinar will be to describe an evidence-based, manualized group cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) program for youth with ASD and anxiety, called Facing Your Fears (FYF). Following a brief description of FYF, we will discuss specific ways that FYF has been adapted for virtual delivery, including successes and challenges. Presenters include clinicians who co-facilitate the FYF virtual groups, as well as parent of a teen with ASD and anxiety who participated in the FYF groups.

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AIR-P and ARRB Present: Conducting Quality Participatory Autism Research

AIR-P and ARRB Present: Conducting Quality Participatory Autism Research  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

In this webinar, the AIR-P Autistic Researcher Review Board (ARRB) will discuss how autism researchers can respect and include the autistic community in their work from participants to co-researchers. ARRB researchers will discuss autistic experiences with participatory research approaches that include diverse autistic people from across the autism spectrum as members of research teams. Furthermore, ARRB researchers will present concrete recommendations about how participatory research practices can be implemented. Considerations around appropriate and respectful autism terminology will be addressed.

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The Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center: Improving the Healthcare Experience for Patients with Autism

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

This webinar will introduce participants to the work of the Autism Friendly Initiative, and to strategies of care optimization that are tailorable to any kind of healthcare practice. At the end of this webinar, participants will understand more about the specific challenges that face patients with ASD when seeking healthcare and will feel more prepared in determining how to address those challenges at their respective practices.

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ITAC

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.

www.aucd.org/itac.