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July 2010
Volume 10, Issue #7
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Member Spotlight
AUCD Network Employment Opportunities
AUCD Central Office News
Network News

Member Spotlight

Westchester Institute for Human Development (NY UCEDD/LEND) Leads the Creation of Website Resource


Families, Disability and Culture: A Guide to Developing Training Curriculum on Families, Disability, and Culture for Trainees and MCH Professionals was developed based on a component of an MCH Distance Learning Project at Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and New York Medical College. The website emphasizes active learning, guided by adult learning principles and MCH Leadership Competencies, and includes strategies for distance learning. Barbara Levitz MSEd, the Director of Family Partnerships Training at WIHD, has taken the lead in developing this guide, in collaboration with Ingrid Allard, MD, MSEd and Karen Edwards MD, MPH. The Guide provides support and technical assistance for developing or enhancing an integrated curriculum on families, disability, and culture, along with active learning experiences. Click here to visit it.


2010 AUCD Annual Meeting & Conference

"Going to Scale: Making What Works Accessible to All"

2010 AUCD Awards Nominations

The presentation of AUCD Awards is our opportunity to acknowledge some of our best during our annual Awards Ceremony and Gala. Nominate a deserving individual or program before August 27.

Early registrants to AUCD 2010 will receive a complimentary Personalized Lanyard with their name on it. To get one, be sure to register before September 27.

October 31 - November 3, 2010
Location: Crystal City, VA

View Program

AUCD Employment Opportunities

AUCD is currently seeking an individual to support, create, and coordinate capacity development activities and technical assistance for participating sites under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

The Policy Fellowship is an opportunity for an advanced network member to live and work in Washington, DC for one year, learning about AUCD, current legislation affecting people with disabilities and their families, and exercising leadership skills.

Please check our Employment page for more opportunities.

AUCD Central Office News

AUCD Launches New "Health Reform Hub"

Health HubThis user friendly "Hub" provides easy access to specific Health Reform content areas, including the text of the law, AUCD summaries of the legislation including prevention and wellness, long term services and supports, and workforce provisions, funding opportunities for the AUCD Network, implementation, regulations, and guidance, and information on the Home Visiting Program. Visit the Hub.

Network News


Kennedy Foundation Selects 2010 Fellows: Two AUCD Network Members Selected

Kennedy fellows AUCD is proud to congratulate two network members on their acceptance into the 2010 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Foundation Public Policy Fellowship program. Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD (DE UCEDD) and Jeffrey Okamoto, PhD (HI LEND) began their fellowships on July 1, 2010. Click here to read more.

Marie Anzalone, ScD (VA LEND) Receives 2011 Fulbright Scholarship

Marie_AnzaloneThe Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Click here to read more.

Paul Lipkin, PhD (MD LEND) Named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow

Dr. Paul Lipkin, Director of the Center for Development and Learning at the Kennedy Krieger Institute has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. Dr. Lipkin will be working on Capitol Hill, bringing his perspectives regarding children with special needs to major health care policy decisions. Click here to read more.

Molly Cole (CT UCEDD) Recognized As One of the Groundbreakers Who Made the Promise of the ADA a Reality in Connecticut

Molly Cole, Associate Director at the A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is being recognized as one of the groundbreakers that made the promise of the ADA a reality in Connecticut. These groundbreakers are the advocates who were willing to picket, fight and litigate to disrupt the status quo and demand a new inclusive society. Click here to read more.

People on the Move

Karen Edwards, MD, MPH Assumes the Role of LEND Director at CCHMC

Karen Edwards, MD, MPH joined the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as Director of Training and Director of the LEND Training Program in July 2010. Dr. Edwards was the Director of the LEND Program and Director of Education and Training at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) in Westchester, NY. Click here to read more.

Cathy Pratt PhD (IN UCEDD) Has Stepped Down as Chair, Board of Director's of the Autism Society of America (ASA)

Dr. Cathy PrattCathy Pratt, Director of the Indiana Institute and Disability and Community's Indiana Resource Center for Autism has stepped down as Chair, Board of Director's of the Autism Society of America (ASA), after six years in that position according to James Ball Ed.D., BCBA-D, President and CEO of JB Autism Consulting and newly appointed Chair of the ASA Board. Pratt will continue her work on the ASA Board as the Immediate Past Chair. Click here to read more.

Sandra Friedman, M.D., M.P.H, Appointed as the Associate Director of the Colorado UCEDD and LEND

Sandra FriedmanJFK Partners, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (UCDSOM), is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandra Friedman, MD, MPH, Section Head of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, UCDSOM, as Associate Director of the Colorado University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. Click here to read more.


MCHB, AUCD, and LENDs Represented at International Newborn Hearing Screening Conference

test1The 10th Anniversary of the International Newborn Hearing Screening Conference was held in June 2010 in Cernobbio, Italy. The theme of this year's conference was Beyond Newborn Hearing Screening: Infant and Childhood Hearing in Science and Clinical Practice. Approximately 500 delegates from 60 countries attended. Several AUCD members and partners presented at the conference. Click here to read more.

UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute Hosts Special Olympics Health Symposium

A recent Special Olympics Health Symposium, sponsored in part by the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), highlighted the health concerns faced by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Click here to read more.



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This newsletter is in part supported by the Association, Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) through a technical assistance contract for the URC, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) through a technical assistance contract for the ITAC, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a National Professional Organization for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
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