AUCD Newsletter 2010
AUCD Central Office News
Disability Policy Seminar, February 14-16, 2011, Washington, DC
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The 2011 Disability Policy seminar is your chance to come together with advocates from across the county to have your voice heard. More than 100 new representatives are heading to Washington. Your help is needed to educate to educate, illuminate and cultivate new champions on Capitol Hill. Read more and register...
Network News - Accomplishments
Elisabeth Dykens, PhD
Elisabeth Dykens, PhD
Special Olympics International has elected three new members to its Board of Directors, including a renowned figure skater, a Special Olympics athlete and a leading scholar in the field of intellectual disabilities. The new Board Members are figure skating champion Michelle Kwan, Special Olympics Canada athlete Matthew Williams, and Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Co-Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Professor of Psychology & Human Development, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics. Read more...
Network News - Activities & Resources
Audiology screeningThe primary purpose of the new CIDD Hearing and Development Clinic (HDC) is to determine if the child is experiencing developmental delays, and if so, to provide recommendations for follow-up and treatment. Typical referral concerns include speech and language development, processing difficulties, cognitive delays, or questions regarding socialization, communication, and sensory function. This is the first multidisciplinary team of its kind in North Carolina. Read more...
A new community-based study by UC Davis researchers has found that children with developmental disabilities in Southeast-Asian-American families face significant obstacles to receiving intervention services. Barriers include lack of accurate information, language difficulties, lack of trust and limited outreach.
Entitled "Understanding Developmental Disabilities in Families of Southeast Asian Origin," the study is the first to examine the perceptions of families of Hmong and Mien children with disabilities as well as the barriers to service. It is published online in "Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs from Traditionally Underserved Communities.", a special supplement to the journal Pediatrics. Read more...
Texas A&M logoPromoting Adolescents' Comprehension of Text (PACT) - The purpose of PACT is to establish a national research and development network designed to improve reading comprehension in students from preschool to high school.
Texas AgrAbility Project - This will provide customized assessments, home modification, and adaptive equipment to help farmers/ranchers with disabilities.
Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL) - The BVCIL is a cross-disability, consumer-directed organization that will provide peer counseling, independent living skills instruction and other support services to individuals with disabilities in the Brazos Valley.
Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services Certificate Program (PATHS) - This will develop and evaluate a one-year occupational training program that will prepare individuals with and without disabilities for careers as Direct Support Professionals.
Person-Centered Practices Training Initiative - This initiative provides professionals, family members, and individuals with disabilities with specific strategies and tools to develop person-centered plans in education and human service agencies. Read more...
The medical home model developed in pediatrics and has been subsequently embraced by major medical organizations as an effective way to provide preventive and holistic care with a focus on reducing hospitalizations and increasing quality of life. Read more...

News items may be submitted for consideration to Corina Miclea.

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Network News - Accomplishments
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Member Spotlight
AUCD Employment Opportunities
Member Spotlight

Vanderbilt (TN UCEDD) Next Steps Students Meet Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates

Edward Nesbitt
Two students in the Next Steps at Vanderbilt postsecondary education program met philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates when the Gates visited Nashville's Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) on November 4.
In preparation for the Gates Foundation's visit, Edward Nesbitt, Next Steps at Vanderbilt student, was assigned as an intern at the TTC receptionist's desk. "Edward proudly and proficiently performed his duties as a greeter," said Tammy Day, Next Steps at Vanderbilt Program Director. Read more...
AUCD Employment Opportunities

CDC Project Manager

The Project Manager will work under the supervision of the AUCD-NCBDDD Project Director to coordinate activities under AUCD's cooperative agreement with the the Centsr for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

LEND Project Manager

The Project Manager will coordinate technical assistance activities of AUCD's cooperative agreement with the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB).  

For more details and other opportunities, please check our Employment page.