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Thanks for a Great AUCD2015 Conference!

We had a great time at #AUCD2015 and hope you did too. There were tons of great ideas shared and new connections made--it was clear that all 800+ people in attendance were passionate about growing leaders and driving change! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your participation, expertise, and enthusiasm for the network and all that we collectively do.


Hope for Families Experiencing Homelessness in Cincinnati (OH UCEDD/ LEND)

Soon families experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati may be receiving an essential, game-changing resource: childcare. Every family needs good, reliable childcare options to secure and maintain employment, and families experiencing homelessness are no different. However, understanding the high-priority nature of this need required some research. So the LEND team (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) at Cincinnati Children�s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) sat down with caregivers experiencing homelessness to truly understand their perspective and most pressing needs.


HHS Announces Appointment of New Membership and New Chair for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

Appointees Include AUCD's Shannon Haworth

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell appointed this group of individuals to provide her with advice to advance research, strengthen services, and increase opportunities for people on the autism spectrum. The public member appointees include three adults on the autism spectrum, several family members of children and adults on the autism spectrum, clinicians, researchers, and leaders of national autism research, services, and advocacy organizations. Many of the appointed individuals serve dual roles, dedicating their professional careers to helping people on the autism spectrum because of their personal experiences with autism spectrum disorder.


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 from the IL UCEDD/LEND

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.




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.