Welcome Fall 2019 Profesional Fellows!

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The Fall 2019 Professional Fellows were at the AUCD office on Friday, October 18 for their orientation. For the next five weeks, they will participate in an intensive learning exchange at a UCEDD or a LEND. The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) supports mid-career professionals (Fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, who are committed to promoting inclusive employment for people with disabilities. View more... 

 
 

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9/9/2019

Register Today for AUCD 2019!

Leading Change Together

Join us at AUCD 2019 as we come together to celebrate the many ways we lead change, as we work with diverse communities and people, create programming, conduct research, practice, and advocacy that impacts the broad spectrum of disability. We welcome network members, non-network organizational partners, experts from all across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and trainees to learn and grow together during this exciting event.

 
 
James Booth, Vanderbilt Peabody College, principal investigator

10/21/2019

$3.2M Grant to Fund Study of Reading Skills in Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at Vanderbilt (TN IDDRC/UCEDD/LEND)

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Investigator James R. Booth, Ph.D., has been awarded a $3.2 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to better understand how children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) excel at reading.

 
 

10/21/2019

Kicking off the 2019-2020 NH-ME LEND Year!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 cohort of 22 trainees, 16 from New Hampshire and 6 from Maine who began the LEND year on August 30. Consistent with the program's goal of recruiting trainees from diverse backgrounds, we welcome self-advocates, family members, graduate students, and professionals representing a wide variety of professional fields including early intervention, education, family medicine, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, occupational therapy, journalism, humanities, human services, mental health, social work, public policy, and political science.

 
 
Screenshot of the first page of the ACA and Medicaid Expansion Associated with Increased Insurance Coverage for Rural Americans with Disabilities fact sheet.

10/21/2019

RTC:Rural Fact Sheet Explores Insurance Coverage Rates Before and After ACA and Medicaid Expansion (MT UCEDD)

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and adoption of Medicaid expansion was associated with substantial increases in insurance coverage across the United States (see Changes in coverage and access, MACPAC 2019). However, RTC:Rural researchers wanted to know how ACA policy changes and Medicaid expansion impacted people with disabilities, particularly those who live in rural areas. To explore this question, RTC:Rural researchers analyzed microdata from the 2008-2013 American Community Survey from IPUMS-USA. Using these data, they were able to compare how insurance coverage has changed over time for people with and without disabilities in rural and urban places, and in expansion and non-expansion states.

 
 

10/21/2019

UCEDD Network Engagement in ABLE Act Implementation Efforts

A wide range of UCEDDs have engaged in the implementation of the ABLE Act at the national, state, and local levels. UCEDDs are both developing new initiatives and resources specific to the ABLE Act and incorporating content on the ABLE Act into existing programs and projects.

 
 
 

AUCD Webinars

Model Services by UCEDDs

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Monday, October 28, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will address the Model Services UCEDD core function. This is the fifth installment of a multi-part series titled "Coffee and TA," addressing the UCEDD core functions as categorized in NIRS. This webinar features two UCEDDs doing innovative work around Model Services, classified in NIRS as Direct/Model Services and Direct Clinical Services.

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New Leadership Opportunity: Council Trainee Representative

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Calling all IDDRC, LEND, and UCEDD trainees! Join this webinar to learn about a NEW leadership opportunity! AUCD includes 5 Councils that address emerging trends and issues to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network, including community education, leadership and advocacy, research and evaluation, diversity and inclusion, and interdisciplinary training. This year, one trainee per Council will be selected as a Council Trainee Representative and act as a liaison between the Emerging Leaders Community and the Council.

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IDefineMyWellness

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of ID/DD SIG and the Wellness and Mental Health Learning Group, formed by AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health, to hear updates on how people living with disabilities define wellness. Timed in conjunction with Mental Health Month, AUCD hosted a Twitter chat, IDefineMyWellness, to solicit input from people with disabilities on what wellness and mental health means to them. Lessons learned and experiences from facilitating this learning group, as well as the resource developed will be showcased.

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Public Policy

 

Tuesdays with Liz: Accommodating Employees and Creating Access for Customers with Walmart's Russell Shaffer

"One person's convenience is another person's access." Russell Shaffer, Director of Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc, spoke with Liz about the importance of large businesses like Walmart accommodating ALL of their employees, and considering how their products and services help ALL of their customers, including people with disabilities.

 
 

Tuesdays with Liz: The ADA, Marca Bristo, and The Wheelchair Rule with Senator Duckworth

Senator Tammy Duckworth, veteran and ADA advocate, talked with Liz about The Wheelchair Rule, which was passed into law in December 2018.

 
 

Tuesdays with Liz: The DD Act in Alabama with Linda Russo and James Tucker

Liz visited Alabama to see what these three groups look like in that state. Linda Russo is from the Alabama UCEDD which is at the Civitan International Research Center & Sparks Clinics. James Tucker is from the Alabama Disabilities Advocacies Program which is the P&A in Alabama.

 
 
 

Events

20th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Friday, October 25, 2019
Location: Online Broadcast

Each year, AUCD supports the live broadcast of Baylor College of Medicine's Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care. This is a unique and low-cost professional development and learning opportunity for faculty, staff, and trainees from LENDs, DBPs, UCEDDs, and IDDRCs. It can also be a great way to engage community partners, including leaders from self-advocacy and family organizations. CART captioning will be provided for all broadcast sessions.

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National Neurodiversity Conference

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Friday, November 8, 2019
Location: Baltimore, MD

Attendees will glean practical and actionable tools to not only understand the positive impacts of neurodiversity initiatives on one's own workplace or learning environment, but also how to build a team that includes individuals with neurodiverse traits, and the benefits of doing so. Attendees will develop a better understanding of neurodiverse traits and how to accommodate and leverage these skills as part of a more inclusive and diverse workplace.

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PacRim2020

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Monday, March 2, 2020 - Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Location: Honolulu, HI

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Center on Disability Studies, in the College of Education, is accepting presentation proposals to be featured at the 35th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity at the Hawaii Convention Center, March 2-3, 2020. Submissions are being accepted from June 1, 2019-December 1, 2019 at www.pacrim.hawaii.edu.

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