AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement

You're invited to AUCD2014; Submit a Proposal by June 2!

The 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Ink your calendars, get your submissions in, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.



Request for Information (RFI): Impact of DSM-5 Changes to Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on Research and Services

NIH released a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input from the scientific community, health professionals, self-advocates, family members, and other community stakeholders on the biomedical and services research implications of recent changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).



Now Available! A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

A workbook-style document for individuals with disabilities as they think about what they need for a successful transition

Geared for individuals with disabilities, this paper was produced by members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) because they want to help people work together to support the self-determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life.



Senator Harkin Announces New 6x15 Campaign

Six organizations commit to six goals by the end of 2015

At the Disability Policy Seminar on Monday night, Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA.



IACC Issues Statement Regarding Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for ASD

On World Autism Awareness Day, IACC issued a statement regarding the implications of changes in the diagnostic criteria for ASD that were made in the most recent update of the DSM. Of particular interest are the scientific, practice, and policy implications as DSM-5 is implemented in real-world settings, especially with respect to allocation of services.



AUCD Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month

On December 18, 2007, the UN General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, which was first observed in 2008. This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days that brings world attention to autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects as many as 1 in 68 children, according to new estimates from the CDC.



New Prevalence Data Finds 1 in 68 Children Have Autism Spectrum Disorders

Numbers represent a 30% increase from previous estimates

This new estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in communities from 11 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin.


Upcoming Events

Applied Behavior Analysis: Statewide Issues and Solutions Webinar  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Thursday, April 24, 2014
3:00 PM EST - 4:00 PM EST

In this webinar, issues around the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs will be discussed including licensure, funding, diversity of practices and quality, understanding of ABA and collaboration between ABA providers and other organizations. Both Tennessee and Indiana have addressed these issues and in different ways. This webinar will highlight the processes both states have followed in trying to reach some consensus and to promote legislation in this area.

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2014 CAAI Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transition  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
3:00pm ET - 4:30pm ET

This webinar will begin with a presentation from Got Transition staff who will speak broadly about transition and an upcoming Federal transition plan, followed by CAAI grantee presentations on research, training, state-specific successes and best practices for advancing transition for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Health, Behavior and Healthy Behavior for Children and Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Friday, May 16, 2014 - Friday, May 16, 2014
2:00pm EDT - 3:00 EDT

Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) are more likely to have health related problems and also likely to challenges in accessing appropriate health care. These realities are complicated by limitations in communication and by some behavioral expressions of distress. This presentation will review some of the health related considerations and the importance of understanding health promotion in preventing unnecessary medical and behavioral complications for people with IDD.

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Past Events

CAAI Training CAAI Training and State Health Systems Programs: What is happening in Maryland?  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, April 17, 2014
1:00pmET - 2:00pmET
Location: Webinar

Hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB), this webinar will feature three Maryland Combating Autism Act grantees as they provide an overview for MCHB staff and intersted participants on current CAAI training and state systems initiatives in Maryland.

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2014 Combating Autism Act Initiative Virtual Series

2014 Combating Autism Act Initiative Virtual Series  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Thursday, July 31, 2014

This year, CAAI grantees have an opportunity to share their successes and discuss topics of mutual interest in a virtual environment. Activities will begin during Autism Awareness Month (April) and will end with an interactive poster symposium in late July.

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Disability Policy Seminar Orientation For Students, Trainees, and Early Career Professionals  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This webinar, presented by Kim Musheno, Director of Public Policy at AUCD, offered students, trainees and early career professionals an orientation to the policy issues and current legislation one can expect to learn more about at the 2014 Disability Policy Seminar. In addition to this content, attendees learned the basics of how to meet with Congressional representatives and deliver a unified message about federally funded programs that benefit people with disabilities.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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  • Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    AUCD webinar - February 2014

    Funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the LEND Pediatric Audiology Training Program supports 10 LEND programs to increase the didactic content and clinical experience of trainees in pediatric audiology. This webinar used a combination of information from the literature, retrospective chart review of children with a dual diagnosis and feedback from family and professional focus groups to assist the learner in understanding the unique needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with an autism spectrum disorder. Red Flags for atypical communication were presented as well as information about the needs related to communication, functional skills, and integrated care models.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    The 2014 LEND Pediatric Audiology Pre-EHDI Workshop

    Join us for this interactive workshop designed to encourage active learning and case-based discussions. Participants will learn about issues and challenges surrounding hearing loss and autism spectrum disorder while learning about strategies currently used by LEND programs. At the workshop, participants will be placed in large and small group settings and will be encouraged to share personal examples while learning best practices used by other LEND programs.



The Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) provides technical assistance to LENDs and DBPs to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The ITAC website contains news, resources, and information tailored for LENDs and DPBs as well as the medical and public health communities and families of children with ASD/DD. ITAC and its projects were designed in collaboration with federal staff, program directors, and families of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.