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Autism CARES/LEND Act Funding Alert

The President's FY 2019 Budget Request eliminates funding for the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Autism CARES Act programs. This $47 million cut includes the $31.3 million appropriation for LEND programs. The national network of LEND programs would be eliminated. LEND directors, health professionals, trainees, families and allies must educate their Members of Congress about why this training program is important and why it must not be eliminated.



UCEDD Funding Alert

The President's FY 2019 Budget Request cuts the funding for UCEDDs by $6 million from $39 to $33 million, or more than 15%. In fact, a $5.5 million increase over the expected FY 2018 level is needed to meet the growth of scope of work as related to assisting states to effectively implement recently enacted Federal laws, and the growth of need around autism, Zika, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. UCEDD directors, health professionals, trainees, families, and allies must educate their Members of Congress about why this training program is important, how it serves your state, and why increased funding is needed.



Continue to Educate your Members of Congress on the importance of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program

Help people living in nursing facilities and other institutional settings move back into their community!

We applaud all advocates for their continued engagement around the important MFP program. This week is crucial for advocates to continue educating Members of Congress on the positive impact this program has had on the lives of people with disabilities. It is AUCD's hope that MFP will be included in the March 23 omnibus appropriations package. Contact your senators and representatives to educate them on the importance of MFP in order to increase co-sponsors: 03/07: call. 03/08: social media. 03/09: email.



Spread the Word to End the Word

Join us on March 7

The R-word hurts. It's offensive. It's derogatory. This worldwide campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.



Easi-CRISPR Recipe Outlined in Nature Protocols (NE UCEDD/LEND)

By Elizabeth Kumru

Earlier this year, Dr. Gurumurthy, associate professor of developmental neuroscience at UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute, announced his breakthrough in genome engineering with his up to 100 percent accurate way to genetically alter a mouse. The method is called Easi (Efficient additions with ssDNA inserts)-CRISPR. The highly efficient knock-in and gene replacement method uses long single-stranded DNA donors in mice to genetically custom engineer animal models. Scientists can now create these much-needed animal models at previously unheard of rates rapidly and at significantly lower cost.


About CORE

The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.

The Council on Research and Evaluation encourages sound research and evaluation in the field of disabilities. It promotes collaborative research and evaluation endeavors among AUCD network members and across funding agencies and organizations, advocates for broad acceptance of the many valid research and evaluation methodologies utilized, supports the training of tomorrow's professionals to provide quality research and evaluation activities, advances the involvement of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of research and Council activities, and recognizes quality research and evaluation accomplishments.


The Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) is AUCD's most recently formed Council (2006).


Research and evaluation involve methodologies which can assure the systemic change, advocacy, and capacity building for individuals with disabilities. In many ways, the AUCD network is the partner that can bring data to decisions which are made about programs and policies. The mission of the Council on Research and Evaluation is to encourage quality research and evaluation, promote collaborative studies across the AUCD network, advocate for broad acceptance of the many research and evaluation methodologies utilized across both the disciplines and the network Centers, support enhanced training to perform quality research and evaluation activities, advance the involvement of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of research, and to recognize quality research and evaluation across the AUCD network.

The Council shall: serve as a focus for the identification and discussion of issues regarding research and evaluation; serve as a representative voice of the research and evaluation activities within the Association's network; and influence the development and implementation of initiatives relevant to achieving and sustaining appropriate research and evaluation activities to guide the development of national policies.

The Council fulfills its mission and purpose for AUCD and its constituent membership by serving as a conduit for technical assistance, providing input into policy, and engaging in other support activities deemed necessary to advance the mandate for research and evaluation.

For more information, contact Dan Zhang.



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Monday, June 25, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018

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