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AUCD2018: You're Invited

Colleagues, I am excited to invite you to join me in Washington, DC, on November 11-14 for the 2018 AUCD Conference - We ALL Belong Here! Achieving Inclusive Communities. This year's theme has a strong message of belonging and inclusion. I cannot think of a time in my life when it was more important to remember, celebrate, and remind others that all human beings have value, and a right to be included in their communities. This means opportunity, access, and equity in education, housing, employment, healthcare, faith communities, transportation, activities, and all aspects of community living. I am very much ...


Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders: How the Nisonger LEND Program at The Ohio State University Provides Training in Technology Supports

Understanding technology is a critical leadership skill in neurodevelopmental disabilities. Leaders in our field interface with technology in almost all aspects of our work: Electronic Medical Records, telehealth, wearable devises, assistive and environmental technologies. One challenge our LEND program faces is how to provide information and skills about technology to a diverse group of LEND Trainees. To start to address the "technology" issue we have implemented a two-pronged strategy to provide introductory didactic and advanced interdisciplinary clinical experiences to LEND trainees.


Submit a Proposal for AUCD 2018 Today

Deadline: June 15

The AUCD Conference is one of the nation's premier places to highlight your work. Over 200 different presentations will be accepted to the conference in several different types of sessions, formatted for maximum visibility and interaction with attendees. Proposals are encouraged from students, self-advocates, family leaders, clinicians, and researchers in over 25 topics. Don't miss your chance: submit a proposal today!


New! The AUCD Emerging Leaders Map

Showcasing Trainees & Early Career Leaders within the AUCD Network

The AUCD Emerging Leaders Map highlights diverse trainees and early career leaders across AUCD's network. Each person was selected for inclusion on the map based on their contributions to the network, how they have demonstrated leadership, and their values and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect for others. The Map provides an opportunity for you to explore and learn more about each trainee and early career leader. When clicking on a pin from a Program/Center, you'll learn more about each trainee about their passions, how they have leveraged their traineeship, how they are emerging as leaders, and advice for individuals who are interested in joining a traineeship.


Nutrition is for Everyone Ambassador Updates - Oklahoma

The Nutrition is for Everyone Tennessee Oklahoma (NIFE OK) Deputy Nutrition Ambassadors taught a class for Spanish-speaking families on how to add more fruits and vegetables to the diet. They also provided nutrition handouts and advertised for nutrition classes at "On the Road", a one-day conference designed to help people with disabilities and their friends and families find resources. Deputy Ambassadors participated in "People with Disabilities Awareness Day at the Capitol" in Oklahoma City and met with legislators to advocate for better services for people with disabilities.


Reflection of My Visit to a New LEND Program (WA LEND)

By Courtney Davis, MS RD CD LEND Nutrition Fellow University of Washington

My visit to JFK Partner's LEND program at the University of Colorado began 3 months prior with a simple question, "what do other LEND programs look like?" I was cognizant of the 51 other programs operating around the country, but had little knowledge of their clinical focuses and expertise. I had lived in Colorado while attending college and was curious how their state's program compared to my own. I approached my nutrition faculty member about a potential visit who thought it was be a positive way to immerse myself further into the LEND program.


Colorado LEND/UCEDD Fellow Policy Day

Colorado's JFK Partners LEND and UCEDD fellows and faculty visited the state capitol on Feb 28, 2018. JFK Partners collaborated with The Arc of Colorado and Alliance Colorado to host IDD Awareness Day 2018 with nearly 400 participants from each of the three agencies and invited guests from state agencies and the legislature.