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February 21, 2024


Announcement of AUCD-ASTHO Grant Awardees

The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) through a partnership with The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2024 grants for the Disability and Health Secondary or Existing Data Analysis funding opportunity. These grants will support three organizations to conduct timely analyses of existing data to answer targeted research or policy questions related to disability and health.  

LEND Lived Experience Virtual Summit

March 4-5, 2024, Virtual
The LEND Self-Advocacy Discipline Network and LEND Family Discipline Network have joined forces this year to showcase the work and best practices of leaders and trainees in the Self-Advocacy and Family discipline. With facilitated workshops and poster presentations, it’s an opportunity to discuss critical questions and share best practices for addressing equity within their programs and in life beyond their traineeship.

2024 SDBP Annual Meeting Request for Workshop Proposals

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

This call is for the Half-Day Interactive Workshops and the Teaching DBP Interactive Workshop only. A call for oral Research, Symposia, and Poster Abstracts will come out under a separate notice in March. This year, the half-day workshops may be offered on Friday or Saturday. In addition, SDBP plans to offer a virtual winter mini-meeting in February 2025 (exact date to come) with a focus on interactive workshops and small group topical discussions. Workshop Guidelines for Submission

Applied Positive Psychology: Learning to Help People with IDD-MH Through Theory, Practice, & Technique 

March 6 to April 17, 2024 (No session on March 20)
Register now for Applied Positive Psychology: Learning to Help People with IDD-MH Through Theory, Practice, & Technique with Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP, hosted by the National Center for START Services. Starting March 6, this six-week live virtual course will provide attendees with the skills and tools needed to implement foundational positive psychology approaches within their respective practice settings, starting with themselves. This course is intended to promote the wellbeing of the attendees themselves, engaging in positive therapeutic practices so that the benefits attendees experience may be extended to the people they support and treat.

UCEDD Administrative Essentials Webinar: Organizational/Structural Models for UCEDDs

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
The Spring 2024 installment of the Administrative Essentials Series will be an engaging Director-hosted roundtable with a focus on organizational and structural models for UCEDDs. Fellow UCEDD Directors will share insights into their organizational/structural models, staffing patterns, interaction and dynamics between their UCEDD and the LEND/IDDRC, and blending or braiding of funding. Together, we will explore creative strategies and promising practices across the UCEDD Network in this area.

Disability Policy Seminar 2024

April 8-10, 2024, The Westin Hotel, Washington, DC
The Disability Policy Seminar is an annual federal legislative conference co-sponsored by The Arc, Autism Society, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy, and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (the partners). The Disability Policy Seminar strengthens our federal advocacy efforts by providing training, learning opportunities, and updates, and opportunities to visit their Members of Congress. The Disability Policy Seminar promotes unity, movement building, and amplifies the concerns of people with IDD before Congress. 

Employment Opportunities Across the Network

The AUCD Employment page focuses on job and fellowship opportunities at AUCD, within our Network, and at organizations affiliated with AUCD. If you think your organization is an affiliated partner, please contact Anna Costalas. Positions will remain on the website for 90 days.

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Centers for Disease Control - NCBDDD, Documenting outcomes associated with Persistent Tic Disorders (including Tourette Syndrome) in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults through Surveillance

Deadline: April 15, 2024
Award Ceiling:

Eligible applicants should have the infrastructure and capacity to identify, collect, and disseminate information on outcomes associated with persistent tic disorders (PTD) including Tourette syndrome (TS) among children, adolescents, and young adults. Specifically, this entails: 1) access to a population of children, adolescents, and young adults with PTD/TS; 2) expertise in identification of PTD/TS; and 3) capacity to collect and analyze survey data and summarize and disseminate findings. CDC proposes to allocate funds to implement a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), Surveillance of Public Health Burden of Persistent Tic Disorders including Tourette Syndrome in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults. The purpose of the NOFO is to conduct surveillance of persistent tic disorders (PTD) including Tourette syndrome (TS) among children, adolescents, and young adults to: Document the public health burden (i.e., outcomes) of these disorders, Generate data that can be used to inform education and outreach activities to improve the health and well-being of individuals with tic disorders and their families. 

Department of Education, OSERS: OSEP: Model Demonstration Projects to Develop Equitable Family Engagement with Underserved Families of Children with Disabilities

Deadline: April 24, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Administration for Children and Families, Secondary Analyses of Head Start Data

Deadline: May 12, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting applications for Secondary Analyses of Head Start Data awards. These awards aim to support researchers conducting secondary analyses of data of relevance to Head Start (HS) programs and policies. This includes research of relevance to HS programs serving families with children 3 to 5 years old, Early HS programs serving pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers, American Indian Alaska Native (AI/AN) HS programs serving families in tribal communities, and Migrant and Seasonal HS programs serving families engaged in migrant and seasonal farm work. The goals of the awards are to: 1) Address topics of current relevance to the goals and outcomes of HS programs; 2) Encourage active communication, networking, and collaboration among prominent HS researchers and policymakers; and 3) Increase the capacity of HS researchers to analyze existing data sets and disseminate their findings to multiple audiences.

Administration for Children and Families, Child Development Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: May 22, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is funding a cooperative agreement to sponsor the Child Development Research Fellowship that gives child development professionals from across the national academic research community the opportunity to experience policy research relevant to programs serving low-income children and families. This award is for an organization to lead the Child Development Research Fellowship Program. The organization must be a Professional Membership Organization for researchers who can support the Child Development Research Fellowship Program. A Professional Membership Organization aims to support individuals professionally and aid them in progressing within their career/profession. The goal of the fellowship program is to expose researchers to policy environments, particularly at the federal level, whereby they gain skills and expertise for policy-relevant research. 

National Institutes of Health, BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Deadline:October 11, 2024
Award Ceiling:

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Maternal Health Training and Resource Center (MHTRC) program. The purpose of this program is to support MCHB’s maternal health recipients, with a primary focus on the State Maternal Health Innovation (State MHI) program, to improve maternal health and to respond to the needs of populations impacted by maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (SMM). The MHTRC will also provide limited support to MCHB’s maternal health recipients with the implementation of maternal health projects, innovations, and initiatives in their respective states, where funds are available.

National Institutes of Health, BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

Deadline:October 11, 2024
Award Ceiling:

Guided by the goals established in BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision and reinforced by the Advisory Council to the Director Working Group on BRAIN 2.0 Neuroethics Subgroup, this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) from the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is intended to support efforts addressing core ethical issues associated with research focused on the human brain and resulting from emerging technologies and advancements supported by the BRAIN Initiative. This NOFO encourages research project grant applications from multi-disciplinary teams focused on key ethical issues associated with BRAIN Initiative supported research areas. Efforts supported under this NOFO are intended to be both complementary and integrative with the transformative, breakthrough neuroscience discoveries supported through the BRAIN Initiative.


Lessons Learned: COVID-19 vaccinations and people with disabilities

"CDC partnered with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and their Direct Support Professional (DSP) partner organizations, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, and American Network of Community Options and Resources, to address vaccine confidence and promote COVID-19 vaccination among people with disabilities and DSPs. Materials in plain language supporting vaccination were distributed and translated into other languages. Preliminary evaluation indicates an increase in COVID-19 vaccinations among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and DSPs."

All of Us Data Shows Resilience Lessened Effects of Discrimination During COVID-19

Discrimination can increase feelings of sadness and hopelessness. But discrimination affects people’s mental health differently. Researchers want to learn more about why.  In a new study, researchers looked at All of Us survey data to learn about discrimination’s effect on participants’ mental health during the pandemic. Specifically, does discrimination increase feelings of depression? Also, can resilience protect mental health? Resilience is the ability to cope with stress during difficult times. Having resilience lessened feelings of depression during COVID-19, even for participants who experienced discrimination. These findings were published in Frontiers in Psychology.

How No-Cost Accommodations Helped a School Retain a Teacher with a Disability

Dianna Ivey, a middle school teacher in Vermont, has been teaching for 20 years. Fourteen years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In a video produced by the ODEP-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), Ivey describes the simple, no-cost accommodations her school has provided—including flexibilities in her daily start time and tasks—that have allowed her to continue teaching and fully meet her responsibilities even as her disease has progressed. Her openness and honesty have helped empathy bloom among her students and colleagues across the school.

Think College Blog: Reflections on Debra Hart and the Power of Inclusion

Debra Hart demanded inclusion for people with intellectual disability: inclusion in the community, at work, and of course, in college. Here, Denise Rozell and Liz Weintraub from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, share memories of working with Debra to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Social Media and Adolescent Health

The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Social Media and Youth Mental Health states that children and adolescents who spend more than 3 hours a day on social media face double the risk of mental health problems including experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety. The new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers nearly a dozen recommendations for social media companies, Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and others to minimize the harm of social media use on adolescents’ health while maximizing its benefits.

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