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AUCD2015 Registration Is Open

Deadline: October 30

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.


Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs: A Policy Statement from ED and HHS

UCEDD members from KS and MO attend release of new ED and HHS policy statement highlighting the importance of ensuring all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive, high-quality early childhood programs.


Plain Language Summaries for Publications

Kate Caldwell and Carli Friedman, University of Illinois at Chicago

Accessible plain language summaries of publications provide individuals with something they can print out that is easy to understand, and which they can use in advocating and talking to policymakers. Carli Friedman and Kate Caldwell of the University of Illinois at Chicago share the importance of plain language summaries and describe how to create this accessibility tool.


Six Programs That Engage People with Disabilities, Family Members, and Community Professionals Awarded Supplementary Project Funds Through AUCD

AUCD is providing supplemental funding and targeted assistance to six training programs to engage people with disabilities, family members, and community professionals in innovative ways.


AUCD Conference Scholarships Available

For Emerging Leaders and Network Trainees; Deadlines 09-18 & 10-02

AUCD places great importance on having a diverse group of participants at the AUCD Conference. We seek to make the conference and all information presented as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, and recognize that cost can often be a barrier to attending. AUCD features significantly reduced registration for students, individuals with disabilities, and family members of individuals with disabilities. As funding allows, we also offer a limited number of travel scholarships; learn about the opportunities available this year and see if you qualify to apply.


AAP Policy on Telemedicine and Workforce Shortages

The AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce developed a policy statement regarding the workforce implications of telemedicine. The statement, "The Use of Telemedicine to Address Access and Physician Workforce Shortages," published in Pediatrics this month, reviews issues including pediatric patient access, barriers, incentives, research, funding and payment. It can be used as a tool to advocate on behalf of telehealth technologies in the pediatric health care arena.


2015 Autism CARES Meeting Materials Now Available

Presentation slides, discussion group notes, and resources for grantees from the 2015 Autism CARES Meeting are now available for download and printing at the ITAC website.




The Importance of Plain Language Summaries for Publications

An Early Career Professionals Guest Blog from Carli Friedman and Kate Caldwell of the University of Illinois at Chicago

In this blog, Kate and Carli share their goal of creating plain language summaries for research publications. This approach to knowledge translation is to break down complex concepts into the most essential form by using plain language and universal design so that the widest possible audience will be able to understand it -- including people with I/DD.