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Longtime Va-LEND Faculty Member Moving On

Va-LEND's (Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) tagline states, "Celebrating Over 23 years of Training the Next Generation of Maternal and Child Health Leaders." However, Va-LEND is also celebrating 23 years of unwavering leadership of Laura Duncan, MPH, RD, CRC. A faculty member since 1995, this pillar of Va-LEND is leaving the program. Duncan, whose area is in nutrition, specializing in the field of inborn errors of metabolism was asked to be part of Va-LEND in the very beginning of the program.


Munroe-Meyer Institute (NE UCEDD/LEND) Nets $1.2 million Department of Education Grant

Mark Shriver, Ph.D., professor of psychology and pediatrics at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, will be the project director on a new $1.2 million Department of Education grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. The five-year grant, which runs through a development year and four years of implementation, will train graduate students to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams to address significant behavior problems in schools.


2019 EHDI Meeting Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees

Application deadline: January 20, 2019.

AUCD has made available seven (7) scholarships of up to $500 each to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting on March 3-5, 2019 in Chicago, IL. All current LEND audiology trainees, including those in their externship year, are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to trainees from programs that do not currently receive supplemental funding and trainees that have not attended the EHDI Meeting in previous years. Application deadline: January 20, 2019.


Registration Closes October 31st! Pre-Conference Summit on Early Childhood

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Early Childhood/Intervention Special Interest Group (EC SIG) of AUCD have joined with The National Early Childhood Personnel Technical Assistance Center (ECPC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (OSEP), to host the Third Annual Summit on Early Childhood Personnel at AUCD's 2018 Annual Meeting.


Change in Leadership for the Oklahoma LEND Program

Oklahoma LEND is excited to welcome our new Program Director, Dr. Ami Bax. She is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician who completed Oklahoma LEND long-term training in 2011 and has served as Instructional Faculty in our LEND program since then. Ami is taking over from the previous Program Director, Dr. Mark Wolraich who has retired after 17 years at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.


AUCD Strongly Opposes Decision to Let Electric Shock Treatments Continue

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) stands with many other national disability organizations in strongly opposing the recent decision by a Probate and Family Court judge to allow a school in Canton, Massachusetts, to continue administering electric shocks to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

LEND Trainees and Faculty pose with Senator Shenna Bellows (third from left) and Kim Humphrey (far right.

Grassroots Advocacy Strategies in the State of Maine (ME LEND)

The Maine LEND Program hosted an Advocacy and Strategy Forum on April 27, 2018, in Lewiston, Maine. LEND Trainee, Kim Humphrey, a public health advocate, founder of Community Connect ME, and mother of a child with autism, led the charge with key decision makers who work with and/or have children with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in the state. State Senator Shenna Bellows and former Maine State Legislator Peter Stuckey led one key aspect of the Strategy Forum. Speakers and presenters also included University of Maine professor and Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies Director, Alan Cobo-Lewis; LEND trainee and occupational therapist, Taylor Cahill;LEND trainee and family member, Sanaa Abduljabbar; Coordinator of Education and Autism for the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Alan Kurtz. There were approximately 40 leaders and advocates in attendance.