East Tennessee State University and Milligan College have joined the Vanderbilt LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Consortium. The Vanderbilt LEND Consortium is a 5-year project with a variety of institutions across the state. This year we had 11 trainees in East Tennessee complete our 300 hour inter-professional training program in learning more about Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) along with leadership skills. Over the next 4 university academic years (annually Fall and Spring), we will have approximately 15 trainees per year with the possibility of more given other funding opportunities.
We will be taking applications for any person who is a parent of a child with a disability or a person who is working on a graduate degree who is interested in working with young people with disabilities. The topics covered in the LEND program range from Down Syndrome, educational services for early intervention to adult transition, prematurity, Autism and genetics, patient- and family-centered care, and legal and ethical issues in serving young people with NDD.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying to be a trainee for the 2017-18 academic year, please complete our application and submit by June 1st, 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call the office at 423-439-7586.
Julie Sears, M Ed/EAL
LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Coordinator, East Tennessee
The ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) revises civic action procedures for businesses and organizations found to be in noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provision requiring access public accommodations. The Autism Society strongly opposes H.R. 620. The ADA has been the law of the land for nearly three decades, giving businesses ample opportunity to remove existing barriers. The bill significantly affects the ability of people with disabilities to legally enforce their rights under ADA and shifts responsibility for educating business owners about rights denied under ADA to people with disabilities.
The Autism Society is closely monitoring recent developments surrounding a possible health care compromise in the House of Representatives. A new amendment is winning support making it more likely that a vote could happen as early as this weekend. Action is needed immediately to stop the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from being approved by the House of Representatives. The latest proposal would enable states to seek waivers that would allow them to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities. The new amendment also would allow states to seek waivers from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide essential health benefits, including crucial services for people with disabilities such as rehabilitative services and devices and preventative and wellness services. Advocates must keep up the momentum and prepare for the possibly of a full House vote on the new legislation. While rumors swirl on the latest contents, we remain committed to ensuring any legislation put forth by Congress protects Medicaid so millions of people with disabilities can receive the services and supports needed to take part in the American dream.
In the second of two special Director’s Messages about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), NIMH Director, Dr. Joshua Gordon talks about NIMH funding of research aimed at developing interventions and services for people across the lifespan with autism spectrum disorder.
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April 18-24, 2017 onlyFrom April 18th to April 24th, proceeds from the Love You To Pieces Necklace will go back to the Autism Society of America.
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