Since 1963, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) have been working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision. Currently, sixty-seven UCEDDs in every state and territory are located in a university setting.
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While it's still fresh in your mind, please take a couple of minutes to give us feedback on AUCD 2013 so we may continue to improve and enhance the conference. What did you love? What should we think about changing? Suggest a theme, topic, or speaker for next year! Questions about the app are included on the survey and we look forward to your feedback on its usefulness.
Take the conference survey here, or access the survey on the second screen of our app under "Conference Evaluation."
"Percy Learns to Fly" awarded a 2013 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award
Percy Learns to Fly, a children's book by Patricia Schetter, project coordinator at the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received a gold medal for outstanding contributions to children's literature in the 2013 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award competition. The book was honored in the "motivation and inspiration" award category.
The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the UMass Boston (MA ICI UCEDD) Announces Official Opening
New school receives unanimous approval from the MA Board of Higher Education, prepares for first class this spring
The new School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) received full approval for its curriculum in both masters and doctoral programs in global inclusion and social development from the MA Board of Higher Education. With this exciting news, the school is now officially open and accepting applications for its first masters class in January 2014.
The Boggs Center, New Jersey's UCEDD, celebrated its 30th anniversary and namesake Elizabeth Boggs' 100th birthday year on Friday, September 27th, with an invitational colloquium focusing on "The Power of Listening in Building a Valued Future." The theme of listening to those for whom we work was woven throughout the event by featured speakers including state and university officials, AUCD colleagues, former students and trainees, self-advocates, and family members.
On Sept. 25 when the STEP UP (Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating) to Leadership Council hosted the Arc's Rise and Shine adult program, winning ruled the day. The STEP UP to Leadership Council is composed of youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Council members serve as leaders within their schools, colleges/universities, and communities.
The award was established by the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. Read the article at the above URL, which includes a video link to her award presentation by Dr. Glen Dunlap and her acceptance speech.
This five year grant will identify and implement policies and practices that will serve as a national framework for states to use to support families with members with I/DD across the lifespan. 5 states will each form a team that is facilitated jointly by the state I/DD service system office and the state Council on Developmental Disabilities with additional membership from self-advocacy and family organizations, university, education, aging and other organizations.
Dr. Amanda Reichard joined the Institute on Disability as an Assistant Research Professor. Dr. Reichard was previously a part of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas. There Dr. Reichard worked as a health services researcher using national survey data and state Medicaid claims data to analyze health care access, utilization, and disparities among people with disabilities. Her recent research focuses on health disparities, multiple chronic conditions (MCC), and public health surveillance of people with disabilities.
The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Psychology graduate program at The Ohio State University Department of Psychology has been designated by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register Designation Committee!
Available on YouTube, the 25-minute video delineates between behavior challenges that teachers can address on their own and those behaviors that might require outside assistance from behavior specialists. The toolkit provides free downloadable tools such as visual schedules and behavior modification charts that were developed with a teacher's busy schedule in mind.
UNC & Stanford Collaboration Project on Brain Development in Fragile X Syndrome Receives Grant Award
The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University would like to inform you of an exciting new research project involving families who have a child diagnosed with fragile X syndrome. This innovative, five-year, NIMH funded research project was awarded $5 million in funding in the fall of 2012 and the study is now underway.
The Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-UCEDD), the Michigan Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Task Force, along with several sponsor organizations, presented a day-long conference on September 12, 2013 entitled Our Journey of 40 Years and Beyond: Living and Learning with FASD. Ann Carrellas of the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit coordinated the conference planning and implementation.
The independent living movement in South Korea is young, vibrant and ready to make South Korea accessible for all people with disabilities. In August, Dr. Craig Ravesloot, Director of Rural Health Research for the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, supported that vision by conducting Living Well with a Disability facilitator training in Seoul. More than 85 staff and directors from Centers for Independent Living (CIL) attended the training.