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2012 Center News and Events
Tierney Giannotti, the UCEDD’s Associate Director, recently returned from a week-long Leadership Institute at the University of Delaware. The Leadership Institute was conducted by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities and the Association for University Centers on Disabilities with support from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the UCEDDs. Ms. Giannotti participated in the training with 15 leaders from 13 other UCEDDs throughout the county who had the opportunity to interact with developmental disability experts throughout the week. “It was a challenging and inspiring experience that broadened my understanding of how our Centers need to be positioned to best support the needs of people with disabilities and their families. My personal and professional network of support was greatly enhanced.” Read more about the Institute.
2012 National News and Events

AUCD Celebrated the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Urged Passage of Disability Treaty
On July 26, 2012, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) joined many other disability organizations in celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and urged the Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Click here to learn more.

President Obama Issues Proclamation on 22nd Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
President Obama proclaimed July 26, 2012, the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The proclamation encourages individuals to celebrate the passage of this historic legislation. Click here to learn more.  

Autism Spectrum Disorders
The CDC estimates 1 in 88 children in United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder according to a new study released today. Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 54 boys identified. The data underscore the need for ongoing efforts such as those of the CDC: Learn the Signs. Act Early campaign. It is critical for families and professionals to be aware of developmental milestones and to act early if there are concerns. Research clearly shows that the earlier a child is diagnosed and linked with evidence based services, the more the child and family will benefit from intervention. In Connecticut, families of children age newborn through 21 can call Child Development Infoline (1-800-505-7000) if they have a concern about their child’s development.

2012 State News and Events

Save The Date: PATH/FVCT 25 Year Anniversary Conference: You're invited to attend a Fall conference in celebration of 25 years of PATH/FVCT providing Parent to Parent Support, Leadership and Partnerships for families of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities in CT.  Click here to learn more.

Connecticut Partners in Policymaking 2012: A Connecticut Developmental Disability Network (DDN) Initiative leading partnerships to make a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities”.

The Partners in Policymaking training is a Self Advocacy and Leadership Training Program. The goal is to foster a collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, and policy makers at national, state and local levels. Read more.

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