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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.


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.


Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults - United States, 2013

New Report from CDC-NCBDDD

NCBDDD's new report describes the percentage of adults living with disabilities in each state and select functional disability types, and presents estimates of disability by select demographic groups. Health officials and other stakeholders invested in the health and well-being of people with disabilities can use this information to better understand and address the needs of this population in the United States.


AUCD Welcomes Alysa Vos (LoneStar LEND) as the 2015-16 Virtual Trainee

Alysa Vos is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and director of an organization that serves individuals with neurodevelopmental differences in Houston, TX. Alysa became a LoneStar LEND trainee in 2014 where she has worked towards building and sustaining interdisciplinary communication and collaboration and advocacy for persons with neurodevelopmental differences and special healthcare needs. As the Virtual Trainee, Alysa seeks to continue to strengthen the community of trainees within the network, and facilitate the engagement of trainees through information sharing, networking, social media, and other platforms.


Call to Action on Community Living from AUCD & AAIDD

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the continued areas of discussion about services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has been around residential supports. In this joint paper, AUCD and AAIDD provide an accessible summary of the research from the past 30 years and recommendations for residential services.

Dr. Ellen Davis and Christina Carrano, Au.D. candidate and LEND fellow, at the 2015 UW LEND Leadership Presentations.

Interdisciplinary Professional Training in Developmental Disabilities: An Update (WA LEND)

by Kate Forster, CHDD, University of Washington

When a family first receives news confirming that their child has a developmental disability, they enter a world where the challenges can seem insurmountable. While raising any child is hard, raising a child with a developmental disability brings a host of new challenges and complications. A diagnosis such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example, affects every aspect of a family's life-from education, childcare, and transportation, to areas that may not be immediately apparent, such as nutrition and parental self-care. "Developmental disabilities, because of their complex nature, require an interdisciplinary approach," said Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, clinical professor of pediatrics, and director of the UW LEND program at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD). "This is why professional training programs that take an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis of developmental disabilities, such as that offered by LEND, are so valuable."