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February 28, 2024


Join the New Emerging Leaders Community Listserv
Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024

Subscribe to the new ELC listserv by Friday, March 1, 2024. Current and Former Trainees as well as Training Directors and related staff are encouraged to join the listserv. This new system will allow us to share relevant updates and a monthly newsletter with each subscriber. Email for any questions.

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.

NTDC Presents: Recruiting and Supporting Diverse Trainees
Friday, March 8, 2024, 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET
Join us for an interactive discussion on recruiting and supporting diverse trainees within your training programs. The panel will highlight three training programs in the AUCD Network with experience recruiting and supporting diverse trainees, including trainees across states, trainees utilizing distance learning, trainees with lived experience and finally, second-year trainees. Come prepared with questions and plan to participate in a facilitated discussion! We encourage you to share your own program's recruitment strategies, successes, and challenges.

Call for Abstracts: National Virtual LEND Trainee Research Conference
Deadline: March 11, 2024

AIR-P and the UC-LEND are hosting a National Virtual LEND Trainee Research Conference on May 2, 2024, 4-6 PM PT. Submit an abstract by March 11 for an opportunity to present your research at this event! All topics are encouraged, including: unpublished work in progress, research recently published, and research presented at other scientific meetings. View Flyer

AIR-P Presents: Skillflix: A Community-Engaged Process to Create Short Videos that Enhance Skills Across Populations

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET
In this webinar, the research team will tell the story of a community-engaged, academic-industry partnership to create online video libraries for autistic young adults and parents of autistic youth. Our first collaboration was a video library presenting short, 2 minute “Microskills” videos to help parents gain the skills needed to talk to autistic youth about sexual and reproductive health and relationships. Building on the success of that project, our second project is an online video library for autistic young adults interested in enhancing skills in relationships, employment, self-advocacy, and more – all areas that our advisory group of autistic young people requested. 

UCEDD Administrative Essentials Webinar: Organizational/Structural Models for UCEDDs

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
The Winter 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.

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.


Administration for Community Living, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) Program: RERC on Technologies to Enhance Independence and Community Living Among People with Cognitive Disabilities

Deadline: April 23, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The purpose of the RERC program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities. The purpose of this particular RERC is to conduct research, development, and related activities toward technologies that support the community living and participation of adults with cognitive disabilities. NIDILRR plans to make one RERC award under this opportunity.

Administration for Community Living, OSERS: OSEP: Preservice Improvement Enhancement Grants to Support Related Service Providers to Effectively Serve Children with Disabilities and Their Families

Deadline: May 1, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants, toddlers, and youth with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research, to be successful in serving those children.

National Institutes of Health, NIDCD Mentored Career Development Award for Postdoctorate AuD/PhD Audiologists, (K01 Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)

Deadline: June 13, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The purpose of the NIDCD Mentored Career Development Award for Postdoctorate Au.D./Ph.D. Audiologists (K01) is to support comprehensive and rigorous postdoctoral research and career development experiences in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences of promising Au.D./Ph.D. audiologists who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to NIDCD's mission.

National Institutes of Health, NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) Award

Deadline: June 18, 2024
Award Ceiling:
$375, 000

The NIDCD Early Career Research (ECR) Award (R21) is intended to support both basic and clinical research from scientists who are beginning to establish an independent research career. It cannot be used for thesis or dissertation research. The research must be focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and behavioral scientific mission of the NIDCD: hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language. The NIDCD ECR Award R21 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; translational research; outcomes research; and development of new research technology. 

National Institutes of Health, INCLUDE (INvestigation of
Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

Deadline: July 1, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The purpose of the INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE (INCLUDE) Predoctoral to postdoctoral Fellow Transition award (F99/K00) is to recruit exceptional graduate students from diverse research fields to pursue postdoctoral training focused on Down syndrome related research. Talented graduate students from disciplines including, but not limited to, genetics, biochemistry, data science, imaging, engineering and neurobiology are invited to apply to this opportunity. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the INCLUDE Program Staff prior to initiating plans for application submission.


New TA Opportunities and Resources To Address the Dire Shortage of Direct Care Professionals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced several new initiatives and resources from ACL’s Direct Care Workforce Strategies Center to address the dire shortage of professionals who provide the services many older adults and people with disabilities need to live in the community. These include two technical assistance opportunities to help states strengthen their systems for recruiting, retaining, and developing direct care workers; an online hub to connect states, stakeholders, and communities to best practices and other resources related to the direct care workforce; and a webinar series for states and stakeholders focused on a range of direct care workforce topics. On Friday, March 8, at 2 p.m. EST, the DCW Strategies Center will host an informational call to provide more information about these technical assistance opportunities. Advance registration is required. Complete details about these opportunities, including application instructions, also can be found in the call for applications.

Video Podcast Series: Life After LEND!

In this episode, meet Sharon Williams, LEND Class of 2019-2020. Sharon was a LEND trainee from the US Virgin Islands. She lives on the island of St. Croix with her husband and daughter. Sharon joined the Virgin Islands UCEDD (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) in 2012 and is the Assistant Director of Assistive Technology.  

This Black History Month, ODEP’s Own Tonya Brown Remembers “Cousin Rosa”

ODEP Senior Communications and Outreach Advisor Tonya Brown grew up in Detroit, celebrating her Black heritage and culture. Her father was a member of the Soul R&B group The Dramatics; her mother surrounded her with books on Black history. One year in school, she wrote an essay about Rosa Parks and her impact on the civil rights movement. Tonya proudly showed the essay to her grandmother, who responded, “Cousin Rosa!” This Black History Month, Tonya writes about meeting the courageous civil rights leader—and family member—and how the experience continues to guide the work she does at ODEP today. 

CeKTER Video: A Framework for Investigating Living and Working with Disabilities and Long COVID

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) released a video, A Framework for Investigating Living and Working with Disabilities and Long COVID. Presenters discussed the impact of Long COVID on the lived experiences of people with disabilities in terms of healthcare utilization and employment. The presenters reviewed current and prior research on Long COVID and identified research gaps on COVID-related issues among people with disabilities. Participants also shared the development of a novel coaching-based intervention to help people with disabilities succeed at work.

Office of Health Equity Blog: Promoting Equity in Health

CDC’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) has launched a new webinar series that showcase the power of partnerships in reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. In January, OHE held the second partnership webinar to discuss Promoting Health Equity in Health Communications. Topics covered during the webinar included information about health equity messaging, health equity communication principles, and the importance of accessible and inclusive communication. 

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This weekly newsletter is in part supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) through a technical assistance contract for the URC, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) through a technical assistance contract for the ITAC, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a National Professional Organization for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. The content of this material does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of any federal agency. No official support or endorsement by federal agencies is intended nor should be inferred.

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