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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December 4-7 in Washington, DC
The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.
Dr. Cheryl Grenwelge wears many "hats" at Texas A&M University. She is dually appointed as an Associate Professor the AgriLife Sciences and the Center on Disability and Development as the Director of Transition Service Programs. Her research interests include transition services, postsecondary education, self-determination, and youth leadership development.
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has released a film, "Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization." The film explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities. It also features the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea.
Deadline: June 20
The AUCD Conference is one of the nation's premier places to highlight your work. Over 200 different presentations will be accepted to the conference in several different types of sessions, formatted for maximum visibility and interaction with attendees. Proposals are encouraged from students, self-advocates, family leaders, clinicians, and researchers in over 25 topics. Don't miss your chance: submit a proposal today!
University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Joseph Steiner announced Sandy Root-Elledge, a skilled administrator and advocate for persons with disabilities, has been selected as the new Executive Director of WIND, slated to begin her post this month.
During the month of April, AUCD joins people with autism, their families, and those who serve and support them to increase public acceptance and appreciation of the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and recognition of the diverse range of abilities and talents people with autism possess.
Munroe-Meyer Institute researchers Anna Dunaevsky, PhD, and Woo-Yang Kim, PhD, were honored at the 2015 University of Nebraska Medical Center Distinguished Scientists Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 11 at the UNMC campus in Omaha. The awards are the highest honors for UNMC researchers.
Since January, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) has provided preparatory mock legislative visits for trainees and students, facilitated the sharing of personal stories with legislators and policymakers through Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability, created helpful tools for attending Disability Day on the Hill, and educated state legislators during in-person meetings.
Kara Ayers Appointed New Associate Director of the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
The University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD) has named Kara Ayers, PhD as its new Associate Director.
The Double Burden: Health Disparities among People of Color Living with Disabilities: The Ohio State University Nisonger Center (OH UCEDD)
The Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) has released an evidence-based policy brief, "The Double Burden: Health Disparities among People of Color Living with Disabilities," which explores the health disparity-amplifying phenomenon experienced by racial and ethnic minorities who have disabilities and discusses the need to collect disability data and/or identifiers, together with racial and ethnic data, to improve the health of all people.
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) named Maureen van Stone, Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, to the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors for 2016-2017.
The Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Children and Education hosted a legislative forum entitled '"Hands Off" Behavioral Interventions' sponsored by the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities on January 27, 2016. The forum focused on the prevention and de-escalation strategies for students with complex behavioral challenges by applying the principles of school wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
Living Well with a Disability Featured by CDC as Intervention to Reduce Health Disparities (MT UCEDD)
Living Well with a Disability, a health promotion program for people with disabilities, was featured by the CDC in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) as an intervention to reduce health disparities experienced by people with disabilities. It was developed nearly 25 years ago by researchers at the University of Montana, Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) and Kansas University Research and Training Center on Independent Living with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The program focuses on the specific health self-management needs of people with disabilities by addressing and building skills to prevent and reduce secondary conditions.