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October 2023  I  Volume 8  I  Edition 10

 AUCD Office News

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who uses a wheelchair is handed his Conference lanyard by an AUCD employee. Bottom left image: Liz Weintraub poses with 4 other smiling AUCD Conference attendees. Top right image: A poster presenter speaks to a Conference attendee about their work. Bottom right image: A woman and man speak on a stage to an audience.

AUCD 2023: Last Day to Register!

We welcome AUCD Network members, organizational partners, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, students, and trainees to learn and grow together during this year's AUCD 2023 Conference.

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About College!

Think College Policy Advocates are Heading to Washington, DC

We are getting really excited for the AUCD Conference in November where the Think College Policy Advocates will be gathering. All ten teams, along with the coaches, will come together for some final preparation before heading to Capitol Hill to talk with state representatives about inclusive postsecondary education, employment, housing, and other disability-related issues.

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Text Aging & Disability Vaccination Collaborative powered by USAging - You've Got this. We've got you.

AUCD Partners with USAging

AUCD is thrilled to be a partner with USAging for the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative, thanks to vital funding from the Administration for Community Living. AUCD’s selected Network Centers and Programs are providing needed flu and COVID-19 shots to people with disabilities and older adults to help keep them healthy.

 Network Recognition

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smilting at the camera.

Dan Habib and Samuel Habib Win a National Emmy for My Disability Roadmap

Dan Habib and Samuel Habib of the Westchester Institute for Human Development won a News & Documentary Emmy Award for their short film, My Disability Roadmap. Their New York Times Op-Docs film was honored at the September 27, 2023, ceremony held at the Palladium Times Square Theater in New York City. "My goal for this film is that people won't talk down to people with disabilities."

 Network News

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The State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awarded a 5-Year Grant

First documented two decades ago among a small group of men who had grandchildren with Fragile X Syndrome, Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) has more recently been identified in women. Researchers at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute (Kansas IDDRC) and colleagues now are working to learn more about its effects in women.

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Episode 20 of BoggsCast Now Available: Inclusion and Employment Advocacy with Wendy Lacey

The Boggs Center is excited to share the latest episode of BoggsCast, a podcast where faculty and staff explore best practice, showcase success stories, and help listeners envision possibilities for innovation through interviews with state and national experts.

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) Expansion: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Services

For many patients at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a lifeline, offering crucial support to vulnerable populations. However, the system is complex and often does not favor those who need assistance the most.

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UConn UCEDD and Rhode Island UCEDD Present to International Network on Inclusion for Early Childhood Education in Athens, Greece

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD, Director of the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Amy Grattan, PhD, Director of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, Rhode Island College, were invited to serve as members of an international leadership group focused on the development of an International Network on Inclusion for early childhood education in Athens, Greece. 

ASK NDCPD North Dakota Cente for Persons with
Disabilities of Minot State University Questions about Disability-Related Topics? Contacdt us at 800-233-1737 Toll Free / /

North Dakota UCEDD Introduces "Ask NDCPD" Program to Provide Assistance on Disability-Related Inquiries in the State (ND UCEDD)

This is a service NDCPD offers to any individual with any disability-related question from anywhere! Finding answers and maneuvering today’s systems can sometimes be difficult and confusing. Staff at NDCPD can help by researching questions until we find an answer, or we’re able to direct you to someone who can help, whether it be from one of the many projects at NDCPD or another agency, individual, or resource.

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New Grant to Increase Health Disparities Training for WVU Medical Learners

Patient groups who are often underrepresented in healthcare will benefit from increased health disparities training for medical students and residents at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. A $3 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Health Workforce-funded grant focuses on health disparities caused by a growing diversity in patient primary language and disability status.

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that reads Welcome Maryland

UMass Boston Hosts the 2023 Tribal and Indigenous Health Summit

On September 28, 2023, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) joined the Tribal and Indigenous Health Summit, led by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Elizabeth Solomon, Elder of Massachusetts Tribe at Ponkapoag, opened the Summit with a Tribal land acknowledgement, and welcomed attendees to her territory.

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Responsive Practice: Accessible & Adaptive Communication

Two free, virtual health care education courses are available for health professionals from the NH Disability and Health Program. These modules enhance healthcare professionals’ ability to provide disability-competent care that is accessible to people with disabilities. The Responsive Practice modules can be taken online and on-demand.

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Assisting and Adapting: Highlighting the Utah Assistive Technology Program at USU

The goal of USU’s Utah Assistive Technology Program is to put assistive technology into the hands of people who need it — and by doing so helping to promote their independence while remaining affordable. Student journalist Anna Johnson recently featured this work by speaking with a technician about how they repair, rebuild, or custom develop solutions for people.

 Emerging Leaders Voices

AUCD Emerging Leaders Community

Announcing AUCD's 2023-2024 Emerging Leaders Interns!

The Emerging Leaders Community is excited to announce three Interns for the 2023-2024 training year! These trainees will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD Network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.


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Surveys for Parents and Healthcare Providers

TASP got a grant from the WITH Foundation. The grant is to make Training Materials for Health Providers to Effectively Support Parents with Intellectual Disabilities. TASP is working with AUCD on this grant. We want to hear from parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). We want to know what it is like for you to get healthcare. We also want to hear from healthcare professionals. Your thoughts and ideas will help us build training for healthcare professionals.

 Upcoming Events

Emerging Leaders Shaping hte Future

AUCD 2023 Conference

November 5-8, 2023, Washington, DC

The AUCD 2023 Conference will be held November 5-8 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme of Emerging Leaders: Shaping the Future recognizes and focuses on the thousands of Emerging Leaders that we welcome to the AUCD Network each year and how they continue to propel our Network forward, positively shaping the future. Join us by registering today!

iTAC - A project of AUCD to support Autism CARES

Save The Date: LEND Lived Experience Virtual Summit

March 4-5, 2024 via Zoom
We are excited to announce the date for the LEND Lived Experience Summit! The LEND Self-Advocate Discipline Network and LEND Family Discipline Network voted to join forces for future summits to showcase the work and best practices in both LEND disciplines.

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2024 START National Training Institute 

May 6-8, 2024, Philadelphia, PA

Want to present your work in intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health (IDD-MH) to a nationwide audience? Join us at the 2024 START National Training Institute (SNTI). The National Center for START Services is now accepting presentation proposals for SNTI. New this year, proposals are open to all! This year's theme is "Building Resilience Through Systemic Collaboration." Proposals are due November 15.

IASSIDD - International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

17th IASSIDD 2024 World Congress

5-8 August 2024, Chicago, IL
The Congress theme is 'Reimagining Connections'. Anticipated attendance will be approximately 1200 to 1500 attendees from member countries across the world. IASSIDD Congresses, particularly the 3-yearly World Congresses, are the leading international research and practice meetings in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Proposals are due November 17.


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This newsletter is in part supported by the Administration on Community Living (ACL) through a technical assistance contract for the URC, 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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