AUCD is happy to announce the Early Career Professionals' June guest blogger - Julia Nelson. She is a recent LEND graduate from the University of Arizona, and shares her message of proactive unemployment prevention for students with disabilities. Please take a moment to read "One Simple Goal."
Beginning in July 2015, the MCH Navigator will conduct a monthly series that explores each of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, provides learning opportunities and implementation strategies, and culminates in an interactive learning session with an expert from the field. The series will consist of an easy-to-follow format designed to increase your knowledge and skills through 5-minute intensive learning sessions emailed to you each week and available through the Navigator's web portal.
by Kate Forster, CHDD, University of Washington
When a family first receives news confirming that their child has a developmental disability, they enter a world where the challenges can seem insurmountable. While raising any child is hard, raising a child with a developmental disability brings a host of new challenges and complications. A diagnosis such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example, affects every aspect of a family's life-from education, childcare, and transportation, to areas that may not be immediately apparent, such as nutrition and parental self-care. "Developmental disabilities, because of their complex nature, require an interdisciplinary approach," said Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, clinical professor of pediatrics, and director of the UW LEND program at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD). "This is why professional training programs that take an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis of developmental disabilities, such as that offered by LEND, are so valuable."
Today The US Supreme Court released a decision in the King v. Burwell case, which challenged a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Members of the AUCD Network have a Congressional mandate to educate policy makers. This guide (free to download) describes the processes involved in legislation and provides suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of your interactions with policymakers.
Find out what on tap for the House and Senate this week; ESEA reauthorization action; letter urging a ban on aversive conditioning devices; and more.
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
The conference will take place at a time when we are witnessing a positive shift into the language of human rights, strengthened by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which enhances the concept of equal opportunities for all. The conference will enable us to discuss and share different models of implementation and enterprises for turning these declarations into possible actions.For the first time, the USC UCEDD/LEND at Children's Hospital Los Angeles will be a partner in organizing and sponsoring the conference.
Location: Bethesda, MD
This bi-annual meeting is an opportunity for MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grantees representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders to share information about activities within their respective networks, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration.
Location: Washington, DC
The 2015 Healthy Aging Summit will specifically highlight the science of healthy aging and preventive services and identify policy gaps that can be pursued to improve the quality of life for older adults. A greater understanding of the social, environmental and emotional factors that influence health in the later years of life can improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.