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E-Learning Module: Autism CARES Act 101

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), is pleased to share the e-Learning module, "Autism CARES Act 101." This free, self-paced module addresses key facets of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, including grassroots and legislative origins, how it has evolved since 2006, and resulting federally-funded programming. It also delves into the impact that the Autism CARES Act has had on services and systems that support autistic individuals and their families.



Haben Girma to Speak at AUCD2019

Haben Girma will speak at this year's AUCD2019 opening plenary panel along with other leaders in the disability space, to discuss her lived experience, what leading change together means to her, and how we can elevate the conversation around the rights of people with disabilities and their families to bring about change.



Access All Day (OH UCEDD/LEND)

The LEND Program at the University of Cincinnati UCEDD provides training to Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden staff to help make the zoo more accessible for people with disabilities and their families. The last two years, the zoo has hosted an Access for All Day, where they invite the community to take part in the progress they've made to make the zoo more accessible such as: adult changing tables, sensory friendly restrooms, planning maps, social narratives, visual supports, sensory bags and more.



ICI (MA UCEDD/LEND) Wins Grant to Examine Transfer-of-Rights and Guardianship

Recently, ICI was awarded funding from the Institute of Education Sciences through its Special Education Research Grants Program. The project is entitled "Exploring How Transfer-of-Rights and Guardianship Discussions May Affect Transition Outcomes for Students with Intellectual Disabilities." Funding will begin September 1, 2019, is anticipated through 2023, and will be in the amount of approximately $360,000 per year for the 4-year grant period.



Maryland LEND Faculty Receives Grant to Increase Access

Mary L. O'Connor Leppert, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., a former LEND trainee and current LEND faculty, and Dr. Joyce Harrison, MD received a grant from the state of Maryland to continue their work to increase access of children with neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders by building capacity of primary care physicians to identify and manage these disorders.

A child works on an art project at Camp Munroe while recreational therapy staff member Anna Reelfs looks on.


Munroe-Meyer Programs Harness Arts' Positive Impact (NE UCEDD/LEND)

By John Keenan, the Munroe-Meyer Institute

"It's never the finished product. It's the process." That's how Carolyn Anderson, director of Why Arts, an organization that provides Omaha's underserved populations with access to inclusive quality arts programming, views artistic creation --it's a journey.



Promising Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Study on Treating Core Symptoms in Rett Syndrome Supports Further Trials

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Director Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues studied the safety and effectiveness of the drug trofinetide in female children and adolescents (age 5-15) with Rett syndrome (RTT). Findings were recently published in the journal Neurology and show promise for improving core features associated with the rare disease, supporting further trials.



CT LEND Students Sign Bill with CT Governor to Enhance Communication Between First Responders and Children and Adults with Disabilities

The UConn UCEDD staff and LEND students were invited to a bill signing of HB 7000 (PA 19-147) with Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. Governor Lamont praised the students and UCEDD for all the work they had done on the bill. Governor Lamont told the students how proud they should be for making a real difference in the world for the disability community. Representative Linehan, who met with the LEND students at the Capitol, worked with them on enhancing the UConn UCEDD's Emergency Preparation Flipbook to include a communication aid that would enhance communication between first responders and children and adults with disabilities.



Kansas LEND CARE-A-Van

Kansas LEND faculty "hit the road" bringing services and training to rural parts of Kansas. As part of our mission to improve access to care and build capacity, LEND faculty drove a CARE-A-Van nearly 800 miles from Kansas City to Garden City and Hays, Kansas. While there, the team worked closely with local school districts and providers to conduct autism and developmental evaluations.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Welcomes 2019 ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp Campers

ACM Lifting Lives and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) partnered again to bring a week of country music and research to campers with Williams syndrome. 2019 marks the 10th year of the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp and the 15th anniversary of the VKC's involvement. This creative and celebrity-filled week of discovery continues to put individuals with Williams syndrome in the spotlight, both on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and in the research labs at the VKC.


AUCD Webinars

Including the AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules in your Curriculum

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Monday, August 26, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

As the new academic year begins, many programs/centers are beginning to think about how to orient their trainees to the AUCD network. Developed in 2017, the AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules provide information about the structure and purpose of AUCD, how trainees "fit" in the network, connecting with experts from across the country, getting involved by contributing their experiences, and growing as leaders.

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Public Policy


Jennifer Longdon on Gun Violence

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz Weintraub interviewed Jennifer Longdon, is a person with a disability as a result of gun violence. They spoke about her experience following the gun violence and how she became a disability advocate.


Congressional Recess Guide

A Congressional Recess is an opportunity for you to be able actually to meet with your members in your community when they are less busy. A recess is a good time to talk to members or their staff.


Tuesdays with Liz: What is a Congressional Recess?

Members of Congress are already filling up their calendars for the August recess, which lasts through Labor Day. Now is a good time to request meetings with them. Think about hosting a community event and inviting your members of Congress or invite them to visit your programs or centers.



UNC Autism Fathers Conference

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Saturday, September 14, 2019
Location: Chapel Hill, NC

The UNC Autism Fathers Conference will be a one-day event for fathers with children of any age with autism spectrum disorder. This conference is an outgrowth of one father's journey - award-winning sports broadcaster Dwayne Ballen - and our efforts to expand some of his insights and experiences to a wider audience of fathers.

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Continuing Education Seminar Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference

Continuing Education Seminar Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference "Ensuring Enclusion"  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Baltimore, MD

Each year the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training organizes the Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency. The conference brings national speakers to present on the latest research and practice related to addressing and reducing socially determined health disparities.

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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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