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AUCD is pleased to announce new opportunities to continue the effort begun with the Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit.
In September of 2015, the USD Center for Disabilities was one of 14 centers across the country to receive a National Training Initiative (NTI) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living. This grant gives the Center an opportunity to partner with Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Indian Reservation to design a Diversity Fellowship opportunity. The Center's project focused on supporting a collaborative, immersion, experimental learning approach for two Sinte Gleska University students. The selected fellows are Whitney Jones and Vanessa Sully, both Human Services majors from Mission, SD. They were selected, and receive support and guidance from tribal elder Burdette Clifford, M.S., Human Services Department Chair at Sinte Gleska University. Principal Investigator and Project Director for the NTI program, Eric Kurtz, Ph.D., states that while many current efforts are being pursued to promote the values of diversity and inclusion, there is still much work to be done and much to learn from the perspectives of those residing in reservation communities.
Rhyanne McDade is the diversity fellow for the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD). Rhyanne is also a recent graduate, and obtained her doctoral degree in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati in Spring 2016. Dr. McDade�s research interests include the examination of social-cultural and economic influences impacting minority youth involvement in risky behaviors. As a diversity fellow, Dr. McDade is expanding her knowledge base via examination of social-cultural and economic barriers impacting families and individuals with developmental disabilities.
Deadline: September 9
We know the depth, breadth and expertise of our trainees, young professionals, advocates, professionals, and partners is extraordinary and deserving of recognition. Consider nominating someone from your Center or a valued collaborator for one of the 2016 AUCD awards.
In concert with April as Autism Awareness and Acceptance month, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) hosted a webinar entitled "Parents Taking Action: Empowering Latina Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)." Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the US, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing ASD populations. Despite this growth, they are one of the most underserved groups with respect to diagnostic services, health care, and specialty autism services. "There are huge gaps in identifying and supporting Latino children with ASD leading to serious and significant long-term health disparities. I'm thrilled that we were able to share with the network one promising community-based model for addressing those gaps by empowering their family members," said Cathy Pratt, chair of AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group.
Dianey Leal is a Master's Student at Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University and AUCD Diversity Leadership Fellow. During her first semester as an AUCD Diversity Leadership Fellow, Dianey complied scholarly papers on seclusion and the effects it has on students with disabilities for publication through the Center on Disability and Development (CDD).
The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.
The Multicultural Council advocates for training, direct service, outreach, technical assistance, clinical services, research, and dissemination to be provided in a culturally competent manner and secure the meaningful participation of individuals from diverse racial and ethnic and linguistically diverse backgrounds at all levels of the Association's membership.
The Multicultural Council is established as an integral part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).
The mission of the Council is to advocate on behalf of the cultural diversity and cultural competence mandates of the Developmental Disabilities Act and other relevant legislation and policy as amended. The Council fulfills this mission to the Association and its constituent membership by serving as a conduit for technical assistance, providing input into policy, and engaging in other support activities deemed necessary to advance the area of cultural competence as mandated by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
The primary purpose of the Council is for training, direct service, outreach, technical assistance, clinical services, research, and dissemination to be provided in a culturally competent manner and secure the meaningful participation of individuals from diverse racial and ethnic and linguistically diverse backgrounds at all levels of the Association's membership.
The Council shall: serve as a focus for the identification and discussion of issues regarding cultural competence and cultural diversity; serve as a representative voice of the cultural diversity and cultural competence interests and concerns within the Association's network; and influence the development and implementation of national policies and initiatives relevant to achieving and sustaining cultural competence and cultural diversity within each member program.
The Council membership shall consist of one representative, endorsed by Director of the member program, who shall serve an unlimited term as long as s/he is the Multicultural or diversity Director/Coordinator. If no such position exists, a designee who best represents the overall cultural diversity and cultural competence interests of that Association member shall be designated to the Council by the program's Director.