ICI in the News

Past FYI newsletters (phased out)

ICI in the News (2008-2016)

The following are archives of stories about ICI's work, staff, and resources that appeared in media, beginning in 2008.

Vermont Questions Price Hike for Common-Core Aligned Alternate Test
(September 23, 2016)
The board that oversees Dynamic Learning Maps, a testing and instructional system for students with severe cognitive disabilities, is raising the test's price from $39 to $459 per student in Vermont – a move that may prompt the state to work with another test provider. ...
Education Week

UCP Releases 2016 Case for Inclusion Report
(September 20, 2016)
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) released the 2016 Case for Inclusion today, an annual report and interactive website used to track state-by-state community living standards for Americans living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). ...
United Cerebral Palsy

Reducing chronic school absenteeism should be high on school and community priority lists
(September 18, 2016)
It’s been said democracy belongs to those who show up. The same holds for education — if you regularly miss class, it’s harder to learn. That’s why discouraging data on chronic absenteeism in American schools demand action. ...
Star Tribune

Baltimore policy a national model in special education
(September 17, 2016)
Stop the presses and hold the tweets: The beleaguered Baltimore city school system is an acclaimed national model in special education. The spotlight is shining on its first-in-the-nation reform policy to fulfill the academic and civil rights of students with disabilities. ...
The Baltimore Sun

2015-16 High School Assessment Accommodations Policies
(September 7, 2016)
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has published a report, 2015-16 High School Assessment Accommodations Policies: An Analysis of ACT, SAT, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced (PDF). This report provides a snapshot of how accommodations for students with disabilities and English learners were included in policies for standardized high school tests such as the ACT and SAT. These exams are often used to measure whether graduating students are college- and career-ready. The exams are also used in state assessments for accountability.
NARIC News and Notes

MN UCEDD Partners with State to Increase Graduation of Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities
(September 2, 2016)
The Check & Connect program of the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) has received a five-year, $750,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for a new project, "Using Check & Connect to Improve Graduation Rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities." Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention developed at the Institute that is designed to enhance student engagement in school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12. In this project, Check & Connect will serve as a targeted or intensive intervention that will complement MDE's Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), coordinating and collaborating with existing practices and supports such as response to intervention (RtI) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). The project goal is to ensure a comprehensive approach that leads to increasing graduation rates for Black and American Indian students with disabilities in four Minnesota school districts: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Osseo. "We look forward to the benefits that African American and American Indian students with disabilities will experience both academically and socially working closely with Check & Connect mentors in these four districts," says project director Jean Echternacht.
AUCD 360

Self-Advocacy Online
(September 2016)
Self-Advocacy Online is a project of the Research and Training Center on Community Living at The University of Minnesota and The Arc. It provides links to self-advocacy groups, includes stories from self-advocates and provides self-advocacy news and resources.
UCEDD Resource Center

Minnesota scrambles to act on new rules about pay for disabled workers
(August 17, 2016)
After years of deliberation, state workforce regulators are preparing to enforce tough new limits on paying people with disabilities less than the minimum wage, a practice that has long been decried by civil rights advocates as discriminatory. …
Star Tribune

Research explores autism prevalence among children
(July 28, 2016)
How common is autism spectrum disorder among children? Recent studies show that’s a complex question, and the answer can vary significantly by variables such as geographic location, race and cultural group. …
Inquiry

ICI partners with Armenian university on new UNICEF-funded project
(July 18, 2016)
To promote inclusive education in Armenia, the Institute on Community Integration is building a sustainable partnership with Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU), the only university in that central Asian country that trains both general and special education personnel. Armenia is making education more inclusive, triggering a critical need in the country for training, knowledge dissemination, and technical assistance to assist with this endeavor. This has paved the way for a new ICI project called Enhancing the Inclusion of Children and Youth with Disabilities in Armenia: University of Minnesota – Armenian State Pedagogical University Partnership. The 20-month, $150,000 project is funded by UNICEF Armenia and began May 16, 2016. Renáta Tichá is principal investigator and Brian Abery is co-principal investigator. …
CEHD News

MN LEND funding renewed through 2021
(July 18, 2016)
Federal funding for the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (MN LEND) at the Institute on Community Integration has been renewed and increased through a new five-year, $3.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that began July 1. “This renewal will allow continued opportunities for collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Human Services, Minnesota Disability Law Center and a number of non-profit agencies in areas that support policy innovation, service delivery, translational research, and other dissemination activities,” says Joe Reichle, MN LEND director.
CEHD News

MN UCEDD Co-hosts Education Summit in India
(July 8, 2016)
Over 250 education leaders from seven nations attended the first International Summit on Inclusion and Response to Intervention on June 8-10, a milestone gathering organized by the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) and Avinashilingam University for Women in Coimbatore, India. …
AUCD

Bringing Early Intervention Services for Children under one Roof
(July 5, 2016)
Rates of childhood developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), continue to climb in Minnesota. St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development provides convenient access to comprehensive clinical developmental disability services. …
Minnesota MD News

In Memoriam: Ely remembered for kindness
(June 10, 2016)
Carol Lynn Ely is remembered as an effective community advocate, who used a combination of kindness and tenacity to achieve her goals. Friends said she will be also missed for her beautiful smile, her ready laugh and her strong opinions on an array of topics ranging from disability rights to movie stars. Ely will also be missed for her flair for fashion, with a great love for the color purple in clothing, accessories or lipstick. …
Access Press

College of Direct Support Expands National Advisory Board Focus to Improve DirectCourse Educational Training and Funding Opportunities
(June 9, 2016)
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, in collaboration with the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) at the University of Minnesota, have announced an expanded national advisory board (NAB) for the College of Direct Support (CDS). The expanded NAB has more broad-reaching knowledge of the changing federal landscape to better inform and guide CDS leaders on funding opportunities for DirectCourse educational programs targeted to direct support professionals. …
PR Newswire

DirectCourse Launches Person-Centered Counseling Training Program Pilot for the No Wrong Door System Through the Administration for Community Living
(June 6, 2016)
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, in collaboration with the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) at the University of Minnesota's Institute for Community Integration, today announced that its new Person-Centered Counseling Training courses are available to purchase. These courses were created after DirectCourse was selected by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to develop and provide content for a newly-developed Person-Centered Counseling (PCC) Training Program pilot designed for systems navigators working in the No Wrong Door (NWD) System.. …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in WDRB.com [Louisville, KY] and Knowledge Speak

RTC/CL Film Receives AIVA Awards
(June 1, 2016)
Of the Community: Eight Stories of Community Living, Participation, and Inclusion, a film released by the NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019/H133B130006), received two awards at the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards in New York City on April 26th. "Of the Community" was among the recipients of the 2016 Award of Excellence (Gold Award) in the Video/Film - Social Issues category, and also received the Award of Distinction (Silver Award) in the Film/Video - Documentary category. The awards, given by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), honor creative excellence for communication professionals.
NARIC News and Notes

New Film Spotlights Professor and His Groundbreaking Theory
(June 2016)
"Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization," a just-released film, explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities. The challenger was Wolf Wolfensberger, an iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of normalization. …
Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

MN UCEDD Films Receive Awards in NYC
(May 31, 2016)
The films "Of the Community" and "ICI: 30 Years of Innovation, Collaboration, and Influence," released by the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), were recognized at the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards in New York City on April 26. "Of the Community" was among the recipients of the 2016 Award of Excellence (Gold Award) in the Video/Film - Social Issues category, and also received the Award of Distinction (Silver Award) in the Film/Video - Documentary category. "ICI: 30 Years of Innovation, Collaboration, and Influence" was among the recipients of the Award of Distinction (Silver Award) in the Film/Video - Education Institutions category. …
AUCD

Derek Nord Named New Director of Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IN UCEDD)
(May 24, 2016)
Following a national search, Derek Nord has been appointed the new director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. Nord is currently associate director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living, a part of the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration. …
AUCD

Why Are Students with Disabilities Failing Standardized Tests?
(May 2, 2016)
At least in part, it's because students with disabilities are not being exposed to the kind of instruction that would allow them to pass these tests. …
Education Week

MN UCEDD to be Honored by The Arc Minnesota
(May 2, 2016)
MN UCEDD to be Honored by The Arc Minnesota The Institute on Community Integration will be honored for its contributions to public policy and community inclusion by The Arc Minnesota at the agency's annual Public Policy Recognition Event on May 25. …
AUCD

Wolf Wolfensberger Documentary Available from the RTC (MN UCEDD/LEND & PA-Temple UCEDD)
(May 1, 2016)
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has released a film, "Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization." The film explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities. It also features the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea. …
AUCD

College of Direct Support - Supporting People in Developing More Fulfilling Lives with the Power of Knowledge
(May 2016)
The College of Direct Support (CDS) is an online curriculum designed for those who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The courses are presented by DirectCourse, and the CDS is administered in Pennsylvania by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. …
Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

Spotlight On: Institute on Community Integration
(April 29, 2016)
When we started writing this week’s Update, there was a lull in activities at the State Capitol. We decided instead to devote this week’s space to spotlighting the work of the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). We will honor ICI at our Public Policy Recognition Event on Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, Minnesota. …
Public Policy Update [The Arc Minnesota]

Arc to Receive Moving Mountains Award
(April 28, 2016)
NEW WINDSOR – The Arc of Orange County to receive the 2016 Moving Mountains Best Practice Award given by the National Association of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and The University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center. …
Hudson Valley News Network [New York State]

Alternative Tests Aligned With Common Core Find Niche in Special Ed.
(April 26, 2016)
While intense political pressure has prompted several states to move away from shared tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards, a set of aligned assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities has managed to maintain support. …
Education Week

Hall-Lande appointed MN Act Early Ambassador
(April 22, 2016)
Dr. Jennifer Hall-Lande (Institute on Community Integration) has been selected as Minnesota’s 2016-18 Act Early Ambassador by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. This marks the start of her second two-year term as the Minnesota point-of-contact for the CDC’s nationwide “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) program to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. “Over the past five years, Minnesota’s Act Early team has partnered with state agencies, early childhood and parent organizations, and cultural organizations from diverse communities to share the message of “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” with thousands of parents of young children,” says Dr. Hall-Lande. “We greatly appreciate this additional support to further grow our efforts in our communities across the state.” On April 18 she took the message of “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” to the “Mom Enough” Podcast, where she was interviewed by mother-daughter co-hosts Marti & Erin Erickson on the topic of “Early Identification and Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Resources That Change a Child’s Life” (listen here).
CEHD News

EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: RESOURCES THAT CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE
(April 18, 2016)
Thanks to new research, it is becoming easier to identify autism spectrum disorder at earlier ages than ever before. Although parents understandably may fear having their child identified as having special needs, early identification and intervention greatly improve a child’s chances for lifelong success and wellbeing. Dr. Jennifer Hall-Lande, autism researcher at the U of M’s Institute of Community Integration, joins Marti & Erin to help parents understand the process of developmental screening, assessment and intervention, highlighting the value of Help Me Grow as a source of information and support for parents of all young children. (A special thanks to Help Me Grow for supporting this important show and for being an ongoing partner of Mom Enough.) …
Mom Enough

ICI releases film on Wolf Wolfensberger and normalization
(April 13, 2016)
“Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization” is a newly released film from the Research and Training Center on Community Living in CEHD’s Institute on Community Integration. The film explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities, and the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea. His book Normalization, published in 1972, became wildly popular and provided a theoretical blueprint for community inclusion as the deinstitutionalization movement was gaining strength. His formulation of normalization swept through the field of disabilities and had a significant effect on the design of services and supports in North America and internationally, representing a sea change in thinking at a time when it was considered normal to warehouse nearly 200,000 Americans with intellectual disabilities in large institutions. “Today, there are still institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, and it is time for a new generation of leaders to rediscover the principle of normalization,” says the film’s director, Jerry Smith. To learn more, visit the “Valuing Lives” Web site.
CEHD News

Impact Feature on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities Highlighted by AAHD
(April 6, 2016)
The April 5th edition of Disability & Public News from the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) features the NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center on Community Living and Institute on Community Integration publication – Impact:  Feature issue on supporting wellness for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. …
NARIC

Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(April 5, 2016)
This issue of the Impact newsletter discusses ways that disability service providers, community fitness and recreation program operators, employers with workplace wellness programs, faith communities, disability advocacy organizations, health care providers, and others can help ensure that opportunities to engage in wellness activities are available to individuals with disabilities.
Health and Wellness News [Mid-Atlantic ADA Center]

MN LEND Webcast Will Address Neurobiology of Poverty
(April 5, 2016)
The 2016 Minnesota LEND Forum, "The Neurobiology of Poverty - Children Living in Poverty: Neurodevelopmental and Biological Correlates," explores what is known about the life-long effects of growing up in poverty via the perspectives of two leading researchers in the field. Dr. Seth Pollak of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will discuss, "Child Poverty and the Income-Achievement Gap: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience" and Dr. Megan Gunnar from the University of Minnesota will present, "Poverty, Allostatic Load and the Stress Neuraxis: A Mechanism or a Bridge Too Far?" …
AUCD

2016 MN LEND Forum addresses the neurobiology of poverty
(April 4, 2016)
Researchers increasingly are aware that conditions in the first few years of a child’s life can influence their physical, emotional, and mental health throughout their lifespan. The 2016 MN LEND Forum, “The Neurobiology of Poverty – Children Living in Poverty: Neurodevelopmental and Biological Correlates,” explores what is known about the life-long effects of growing up in poverty via the perspectives of two leading researchers in the field. …
CEHD News

Val Bradley Included in New Documentary on Wolf Wolfensberger
(April 2016)
The new documentary Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities, and the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea. In addition to archival images and footage, the film features dozens of interviews with leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including HSRI President Val Bradley. …
HSRI News

Resource Highlight: In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
(March 30, 2016)
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has released a report, In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2013. The report, based on RTC/CL's National Residential Information Systems Project (RISP), presents national and state-level data on publicly-funded residential service setting types, setting sizes, funding authorities, and expenditures for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the United States. In addition to the national report, data are available in brief state profiles that highlight specific findings in an interactive graphic format that allows readers to quickly access state data and see comparisons between states.
News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond

Low graduation rate for disabled students haunts Miss. educators
(March 26, 2016)
WASHINGTON – It took five years for Dawlton McMillan to finish high school in Holly Springs, Mississippi. …
McClatchy DC
Reprinted in Star Telegram [Fort Worth, TX], The Olympian [Olympia, WA], The Kansas City Star [Kansas City, MO], The Charlotte Observer [Charlotte, NC], The News & Observer [Raleigh, NC], Miami Herald, Lexington Herald Leader [Lexington, KY], and The Fresno Bee [Fresno, CA]

Impact Feature
(March 21, 2016)
Congratulations to Summit’s Andrea Dahl and Connie Lewis of People First in Missoula for being featured in Impact, a publication by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) & Research and Training Center on Community Living. …
Summit Independent [MT]

Resource Highlight: Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(March 16, 2016)
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has published Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This issue presents ways in which disability services, community fitness and recreation programs, workplace wellness programs, faith communities, disability advocacy organizations, health care providers, and others can help ensure that opportunities to engage in wellness activities are as available to individuals with disabilities as to anyone else.
News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond

California moves to bring special education students 'into the fold' of mainstream education
(March 14, 2016)
Ordered by the federal government to elevate academics for students with disabilities, and by the state to raise low-income student achievement, the California Department of Education is working to create a unified system that will do both, a move that aims to bring special education students into every school district initiative to improve achievement. …
Ed Source [Oakland, CA]

Check and Connect: Keeping kids in school
(March 14, 2016)
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota program, now 25 years old, is focused on keeping more students in school. …
KARE-11 News

Webinar: National Data on People with IDD Living with Family Members
(March 9, 2016)
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) will host a webinar, National Data on People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Living with Family Members, March 22nd, 2-3:30pm ET. The webinar will present state and national data collected by the Supporting Individual and Families Information Systems Project on individuals with IDD who receive support services while living in the home of a family member. Presenters will discuss how this information may be useful in assessing state systems of support available to individuals and their families. Registration is free and required. To register, email Jennifer Negus at jnegus@hsri.org by March 17th.
News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond

New Resource on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Disabilities
(March 2016)
Wellness is a rapidly growing area of focus for Americans. But for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, access to wellness activities and programs can be limited. How can we open up participation? Find out in the new publication, Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. …
NCHPAD

RI Senate President Favors Reforms in Developmental Disability System
(February 25, 2016)
The time has come to reform the way Rhode Island supports people with disabilities, in particular by elevating the status of an underpaid workforce that provides direct care, the state Senate’s top leader says. …
Developmental Disability News [Providence, RI]

MN UCEDD Partners with University in India to Organize International Summit on Education
(February 19, 2016)
The Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) and Avinashilingam University for Women in Coimbatore, India, are co-sponsoring an international summit titled, Inclusion and Response to Intervention - A Global Perspective, to be held June 8-10, 2016, at Avinashilingam University. The summit is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Institute and the Department of Special Education at Avinashilingam, a collaboration funded by the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative. …
AUCD

Big boost from state targets Duluth graduation rates
(February 12, 2016)
To help combat low graduation and higher dropout rates for black and Native American students with disabilities, the state education department has chosen the Duluth school district for a large five-year grant. …
Duluth News Tribune

NCEO: Working Nationwide for Students with Disabilities and Educators
(January 26, 2016)
As President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act on December 10, Martha Thurlow was meeting with several states to ensure that students with disabilities who are English learners are appropriately identified and served. It’s this kind of careful, ground-level work that the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) has been doing for over 25 years with one goal in mind: improve the nation’s ability to educate students with disabilities and help them succeed. …
CEHD News

Combining Theory and Practice to Promote Community Integration: The Graduate Certificate in Disability Policy and Services
(December 17, 2015)
In the U.S., close to five million individuals have intellectual and developmental disabilities and over 20 million people experience limitations affecting one or more major life areas. In the last twenty-five years, legislation and policies aimed at helping people with disabilities become fully integrated into their communities have changed drastically. For graduate or professional students looking to enter a public service profession, understanding these changes is critical to serving this demographic. However, most graduate programs don't include or require courses about serving the needs of those with disabilities. …
The Graduate School [University of Minnesota]

Supporting Individuals with I/DD and Their Families: Reports and Infographics
(December 9, 2015)
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has published Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2013 (PDF), the annual report for the Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project. The report and related infographics describe the age and living arrangements of people with I/DD, and how these factors impact the use of and spending for long-term services and supports.
News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond

ICI 30th Anniversary Video (MN UCEDD/LEND)
(December 1, 2015)
The University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration reflects on 30 years of innovation, collaboration, & influence. Includes interviews with past and present staff, community leaders, and allies in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
View the video here: http://z.umn.edu/118m
AUCD

Keeping kids in school – 25 years of Check & Connect
(November 2015)
For some of us, thoughts of high school produce fond memories: school activities, forming friendships, even learning a thing or two. For others, it may have been a more challenging time punctuated by learning disabilities, absenteeism, or feeling alienated from classmates or school in general. …
CEHD Connect

In Indiana, Raising The Bar Raises Questions About Special Education
(November 30, 2015)
A generation ago, a high school diploma could open doors, especially to well-paying manufacturing jobs. But today, with technology radically reshaping the U.S. economy, many of those doors have closed. The high school diploma is as important as ever — but as a stepping stone to a higher degree, no longer as a destination. …
National Public Radio
Reprinted in WGBH [Boston], KUOW Radio [Seattle], Miami Sun Times, KVLU Radio [Beaumont, TX], Georgia Public Broadcasting, North Carolina Public Radio, KUNC Community Radio for Northern Colorado - Greeley, New England Public Radio, Rhode Island Public Radio, KWBU Heart of Texas Public Radio [Waco, TX], KPLU Radio [Seattle-Tacoma], Spokane Public Radio [WA], and WVIS Radio [Rock Island IL].

New National Center at The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) Examines Outcome Measures (MN UCEDD/LEND)
(November 30, 2015)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI)  has received a five-year, $4.4 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to launch the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community Based Services Outcome Measurement (RRTC/OM). The center will help improve instruments and procedures used to collect data nationwide on how well HCBS-funded programs do what they're intended to do in supporting quality-of-life outcomes important to people with disabilities. …
AUCD

The Power of High Expectations for Special Education Students
(November 25, 2015)
For the past four decades, I have, along with many others, worked to make changes to special education programs and services, focusing on creating better outcomes for students with disabilities. For me, these are very personal issues. Growing up, my older brother Vance had significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the time, there were few resources or services for the individuals with disabilities or their families. My parents had two options: place Vance in a state institution or care for him at home with no help or support from the state or county services. They chose to care for him – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – until my mother’s death and my father’s failing health forced us to place him in a regional treatment center. By 1989, the available community-based options had developed to the point where he could move into a group home with three other adults and a live-in staff. He remained there until he passed away in 1998. …
CEHD Vision 2020 Blog
Reprinted in The Hub [Oak Lawn, IL]

For troubled Minnesota youth, a map out of the chaos
(November 10, 2015)
Six years ago on the night before Thanksgiving, Cody Nelson had a chaotic night. With four buddies, he broke into an abandoned house on the east side of St. Paul. After firing at a rival gang for beating up their friend, they returned to the abandoned house to drink, smoke and play a gun game they called "flinch." …
Minnesota Public Radio
Reprinted in San Francisco Gate, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Marshall Independent [MN], Minneapolis News Net, Times Union [Albany, NY], Connecticut Post, LaCrosse Tribune [WI], Houston Chronicle, My San Antonio, Beaumont Express [TX], Watertown Public Opinion [SD], Greenwich Time [CT], Faribault County Register [MN], Albert Lea Tribune, Crookston Times [MN], Winona Daily News [MN], Fairfield Citizen [CT], San Antonio Express News, and KXRA's Voice of Alexandria [MN].

Dead-end jobs, low pay
(November 8, 2015)
In a field on the outskirts of town, a man with Down syndrome is spending another day picking up garbage. …
Star Tribune

U finds ties to mentors, families help keep at-risk kids in school
(October 8, 2015)
The middle school and high school students who Jerome Graham mentors face an uphill battle to make it to graduation. He's the project coordinator for the Map Project, which reaches out to young people held in Ramsey County juvenile correction facilities to try to keep them in school. …
Minnesota Public Radio

CHECK & CONNECT
(October 7, 2015)
In observation of how our local school counselors are changing lives, we recently visited a Middle School where the school counselors shared with us the Check & Connect program that she has implemented at her school. It is a mentor program that she has personally seen work at all grade levels. She mentioned that peer-to-peer programs are wonderful for students still engaged at school, but Check & Connect really draws in those who are starting to, or have already, disengaged. Check & Connect pairs at risk students directly with a faculty mentor. …
Gonzaga University School Counseling Program

MN UCEDD Partners with Russian University to Improve Education of Students with Disabilities
(October 2, 2015)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota, is partnering with Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (KSPU) in Siberia to improve the inclusion of Russian students with significant cognitive disabilities in elementary and secondary schools. Through the Global Signature Grants Program of the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and the Eurasia Foundation's U.S.-Russia University Partnership Program, the Institute's Brian Abery and Renáta Tichá have recently received additional funds to help grow an existing collaboration between ICI and KSPU that resulted in establishment of the International Institute on Progress Monitoring (IIPM) in Fall 2014. The new funding will go toward supporting ongoing academic and cultural exchange of ideas, research, priorities, and policies between the two countries, and help sustain IIPM long-term. …
AUCD

2015 Check & Connect Conference: Celebrating 25 Years of Student Engagement
(October 1, 2015)
In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, Check & Connect was established in 1990 with the goal of implementing comprehensive interventions designed to enhance student engagement for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12. We’ve seen great success in the 25 years since—compared to control groups, many more students who received the Check & Connect intervention stayed in school and were, by ninth grade, on track to graduate within five years. …
CEHD Vision 2020 Blog

Connecting Individuals With Disabilities And Community Members – Webinar September 18
(September 11, 2015)
Families, Guardians, Service Providers, and other interested individuals are welcome to attend this webinar! …
Fifth Freedom

National Award Goes to Institute Staff Members (MN UCEDD/LEND)
(September 1, 2015)
Derek Nord and Kelly Nye-Lengerman of the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living were part of a Minnesota team from the Employment First Coalition who received APSE's Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award during the 2015 APSE National Conference in Philadelphia, June 23-25. …
AUCD

U.S. Education Department bars states from offering alternative tests to most students with disabilities
(August 31, 2015)
A new rule issued by the U.S. Education Department requires all states to stop offering alternative standards and aligned standardized tests to nearly all students with disabilities after the 2015-16 school year. …
Washington Post

International exchange, growing cultural understanding leads to better understanding of autism
(August 18, 2015)
Mikala Mukongolwa, one of Zambia's leading experts in inclusive, community-based education practices for children and youth with disabilities, concluded a three-week visit to St. David's Center in Minnetonka last week. …
InsightNews.com

Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(July 24, 2015)
Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 and particularly since the Supreme Court Olmstead v. L.C. decision in 1999, the question of where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live has been a major part of disability policy. …
AUCD and AAIDD

UCP Releases Case for Inclusion Rankings and Report
(July 16, 2015)
Washington, D.C. – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) released the 2015 Case for Inclusion today, an annual report and interactive website used to track state-by-state community living standards for Americans living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). …
United Cerebral Palsy

Lakin and Mellum are among Age and Disabilities Odyssey award honorees
(July 10, 2015)
Two individuals and four organizations were recognized for improving and enriching the lives of older adults and people with disabilities at the 2015 Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference, held June 15-16 in Duluth. …
Access Press

Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities
(July 1, 2015)
The National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota recently released their sixteenth report. This report analyzed how states publicly report online assessment data for students with disabilities in K-12 schools across the United States. For the report, researchers explored websites for the 50 states, the District of Columbia and 10 other areas including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While the availability and type of data disclosed by each state varied, the report found that there continues to be persistent, deep divisions between the performance of those with and without disabilities across the country on both reading and math exams.
Council for Exceptional Children

Employment teaches youth important skills necessary for adulthood
(June 25, 2015)
INDIANAPOLIS - In today's world, there is no one recipe for a successful transition to adulthood. However, being able to financially support oneself and one's family is an important part of that transition. According to youth.gov, early work experiences directly correlates with career opportunities and therefore financial sustainability.
WTHR Channel 13 [NBC affiliate]

Choosing Accommodations for CCSS-Based Assessments
(June 5, 2015)
This poster presentation by the National Center on Educational Outcomes provides a five-step, decision-making process for school and district educators to use when selecting accommodations for assessments based on the Common Core State Standards.
The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation

Elsevier DirectCourse collaborates with CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership
(June 3, 2015)
STM publisher Elsevier will collaborate with CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership, an international provider of training, accreditation, consultation and certification services for human service organizations. The collaboration will result in the creation of a comprehensive online resource for the educational needs of direct support professionals, who work to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). …
Knowledge Speak

Students With Special Needs Face Double-Digit Achievement Gaps
(June 2, 2015)
A new report finds that students with disabilities are faring far worse on standardized tests than their typically-developing peers. …
Disability Scoop

Elsevier DirectCourse Collaborates With CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership
(June 2, 2015)
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, will collaborate with CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership, an international provider of training, accreditation, consultation and certification services for human service organizations. The collaboration will result in the creation of a comprehensive online resource for the educational needs of direct support professionals, who work to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). …
PR Newswire

Achievement Gaps on State Tests Remain Wide for Students with Disabilities
(June 1, 2015)
Students with disabilities continue to score much lower than their peers on state tests, even as graduation rates for students with disabilities inch upwards, according to a new report. …
Education Week

Advocates Hope Common Core Will Rub Off on Special-Needs Students
(May 29, 2015)
As nearly all states adopted college- and career-ready standards in the past five years, many advocates in the special education community crossed their fingers, hoping that the trend would press the K-12 world to extend those higher expectations to students with special needs, too. …
Education Week

Graduation Rate Hits High, But Some Groups Lag
(May 29, 2015)
The on-time graduation rates in the nation’s public high schools have hit historic highs. The U.S. Department of Education reports that 81 percent of the class of 2013 graduated within four years, as tabulated by the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR). The ACGR, which states use to fulfill accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind law, has climbed 2 percentage points since 2011, when the Education Department first started requiring states to calculate and report graduation rates using this method. Other methods for calculating…
Education Week

RTC/CL Receives Awards from Parent Support Organization
(May 13, 2015)
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (H133B130006) received two awards from the Somali Parents Autism Network for its work on the Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Prevalence Project. The first award was presented in appreciation for partnering with the Network for the community engagement phase of the project and the second was given in appreciation for the project's 2014 report. The awards were presented to Project Director Amy Hewitt, PhD, at the organization's World Autism Day annual event in Minneapolis.
NARIC News and Notes

Community Conversation: A time for open dialogue and learning about diversity and inclusion
(May 11, 2015)
AUCD’s Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint team hosted a community conversation for UCEDDs and LEND to engage in open dialogue about the challenges they face in services, programming, and recruitment in regards to diversity and inclusion. This was an opportunity to also share strategies to better improve practices, as well as the operational and infrastructure considerations to support those practices. The conversation was facilitated by Anab A. Gulaid, Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration and Dana Yarbrough, Virginia, Partnership for People with Disabilities. …
Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities [AUCD]

Learn about work options under state programs
(May 8, 2015)
People with disabilities have voiced loudly and clearly that they can and want to work. It’s also clear that Minnesota wants employment to increase for people with significant disabilities. The Olmstead Plan and Employment First Policy paves the way for better employment outcomes. However, people are unclear about how these changes will affect their services and supports. …
Access Press

Institute on Community Integration showcases artist Jimmy Reagan
(April 30, 2015)
On April 24th, the College’s Institute on Community Integration hosted Celebrating Artist Jimmy Reagan, an art exhibit and reception in its Changing Landscapes series that showcases the work of artists with disabilities. Jimmy Reagan is a Twin Cities artist with a passion for color, texture, and the simplicity of an image. Diagnosed with complex autism at age 2 1/2, today he is a young adult whose artwork offers him a means to illustrate his perspective of the world. As his mother, Peg Reagan, observed about the exhibit, “Jimmy’s art helps to tell a story. His story impacts people in very different ways, causing us to think about many aspects of life: art, disability, access, communication, different visual perspectives, healthcare… the list goes on.” The event drew nearly 150 participants, and in addition to showcasing Jimmy’s artwork, a portion of proceeds from sale of items will go to support the Stephanie Evelo Arts & Disability Memorial Fund at the Institute. The exhibit continues through June 11th in Pattee Hall on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus and is available for viewing Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, and the Institute’s arts initiatives, visit http://ici.umn.edu/art or call 612/626-8649. To learn more about artist Jimmy Reagan visit http://www.throughjimmyseyes.com.
CEHD News

Schools in state defer calling law
(April 19, 2015)
It happens all the time throughout every state in the country. …
The Journal Gazette [Fort Wayne, IN]

RTC/CL Celebrates ADA at 25
(April 8, 2015)
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (H133B130006) has published a feature issue of Impact focusing on the ADA and people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. This special issue includes articles by and interviews with individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, service providers, and others describing how the ADA has made a difference in their lives. The issue also discusses barriers people with disabilities still face as they seek equal opportunity and full inclusion in the community. Companion videos are available on the RTC/CL's Self Advocacy Online website.
NARIC News and Notes

April is the Autism Awareness Month: Learn the Signs of Autism and Act Early
(April 6, 2015)
What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. It is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). There is often nothing about how people with autism look that sets them apart from other people. Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. …
Hiiraan Online

The New Impact ADA
(April 2, 2015)
The new Impact: Feature Issue on the ADA and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities from the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, is now online at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/281/281.pdf
http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/281 (text version) …
The Arc Mississippi

New Resources on the ADA from Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
(April 2, 2015)
The new Impact: Feature Issue on the ADA and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities, from the Insititute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota is now available online. …
Six by '15

Apr. 24 - Changing Landscapes: Supporting Artists with Disabilities
(April 1, 2015)
The Institute on Community Integration will celebrate the prolific and internationally known artist Jimmy Reagan on Apr. 24, 4-6 p.m. in Pattee Hall, where more than 25 of Reagan's pieces are currently on display. The celebration includes self-guided tours with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. The art will be on display until mid-June. The work of Reagan, who was diagnosed with complex autism at age 2 1/2, offers him a means to illustrate his perspective of the world.
Brief [University of Minnesota]

New Resources on the ADA (MN UCEDD)
(March 31, 2015)
The new Impact: Feature Issue on the ADA and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities from the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, is now online at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/281/281.pdf
http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/281 (text version) …
AUCD

Nonprofit and its 'voluntourists' play to strengths of adults with autism
(March 28, 2015)
Most volunteer experiences don't involve a limousine ride to the Cathedral of St. Paul. …
TwinCities.com (Pioneer Press)

Self-AdvocacyOnline.org Provides Accessible Research Articles for People with Disabilities
(March 25, 2015)
Self-Advocacy Online (www.selfadvocacyonline.org) is a portal operated by the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living and The Arc, designed to provide self-advocacy resources that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities can use independently. The “Research for All” section makes research more understandable and accessible to people with disabilities. The site breaks up research findings into understandable chunks of information, adding audio clips, pictures and brief summaries to help communicate the research, then helps users apply the information in order to practice self-advocacy and pass along the findings to others. In addition, the site offers information on self-advocacy groups, user stories, and self-advocacy lessons.
The Interagency Committee on Disability Research

RTC/CL Co-Sponsors Forum on Transition to Retirement
(March 25, 2015)
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) recently co-sponsored a forum on retirement for individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The forum brought together disability advocates and service providers to learn about Transition to Retirement (TTR) (YouTube), an approach developed in Australia that involves older people with I/DD in gradually developing an active, socially-inclusive retirement lifestyle while still working at least part time. The forum was co-sponsored with Arc Minnesota and Living Well Disability Services.
News and Notes from the NIDRR Community and Beyond

View Paintings Through Jimmy’s Eyes
(March 2015)
The Institute on Community Integration is featuring the works of internationally renowned artist Jimmy Reagan on Friday, April 24th , 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota’s Pattee Hall. The event will feature videos, slide shows, merchandise, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Jimmy Reagan lives in St. Paul, MN with his family; he has been creating art since 2009. Reagan has a passion for color, texture, and the simplicity of an image. The subjects of Reagan’s portraitures often depict a clear, sometimes striking, direct gaze. Eye contact is an interesting and recurring theme in his work. Diagnosed with complex autism at age 2 ½, Reagan's work offers a means to illustrate his perspective of the world. To learn more about his art, visit his website (www.throughjimmyseyes.com) or watch this YouTube video of him in action. His works will be displayed in the common spaces of all three floors of Pattee Hall until mid-June.
Snap Shots [The Arc Minnesota]

Resources of Interest to Self-Advocates, Families
(March 2015)
The Institute on Community Integration’s (ICI) Quality Mall website has opened a new page of resources on assistive technology. This page showcases quality resources from across the country.
Snap Shots [The Arc Minnesota]

Support system: Program for at-risk teens has promising debut
(March 4, 2015)
By the time they arrive in Dan Heath’s courtroom, young people may already be caught in a downward spiral. Poor home life and lack of parental guidance can lead to a lack of success or interest in school. Tardiness and truancy can lead to the ill-considered choice of dropping out of school. The lack of employment and direction can lead to crime and, ultimately, prison. Another life ruined, and lots of collateral damage, including crime victims and police, court and prison costs. …
The Journal Gazette [Fort Wayne, IN]

Elsevier's DirectCourse Can Help States Meet and Exceed New CMS Requirements for Home and Community-Based Services
(March 3, 2015)
Elsevier's DirectCourse is offering a new crosswalk tool to help providers of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) implement competency-based training for direct service workers as a means to comply with new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations. …
PR Newswire

NCD Releases Paper Examining Impact of Size, Other Characteristics of HCB Settings
(March 2, 2015)
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a paper titled “Home and Community-Based Services: Creating Systems for Success at Home, at Work and in the Community.” The report was authored by staff of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), in collaboration with colleagues from the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University, the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota (ICI/UMN), and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). …
ANCOR

Court's new anti-truancy program shows promise, judge says
(February 25, 2015)
A new program to reduce truancy and school suspensions is showing promising results, according to Allen Superior Judge Dan Heath. …
News-Sentinel.com [Fort Wayne, IN]

Employment for People with Disabilities in Poverty: A Need for National Attention
(February 25, 2015)
Employment for People with Disabilities in Poverty: A Need for National Attention, a new policy brief from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL), is bringing attention to issues of employment, poverty, and disability on the state and national levels. This interactive brief investigates how people with disabilities in poverty fare in the labor force and employment, compared to those without disabilities. The brief also provides a series of state-specific infographic tools that can be used in advocacy and educational efforts.
News and Notes from the NIDRR Community and Beyond

Martha Thurlow (MN UCEDD) Receives Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award
(February 23, 2015)
Martha Thurlow (MN UCEDD) Receives Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award Martha Thurlow, Director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the Institute on Community Integration (Minnesota UCEDD), has been selected to receive the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) J. E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015. …
AUCD

Nevada to Use Elsevier DirectCourse to Train Employment Professionals
(February 17, 2015)
Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that Nevada's Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) will provide a new online curriculum from Elsevier DirectCourse to train about 75 ADSD staffers. These professionals work to improve employment outcomes for Nevada adults and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). …
PR Newswire

Out-of-Level Testing
(February 13, 2015)
Never before has there been as much scrutiny of the results of public education. …
The School Superintendents Association

Teaching Children about Love on Valentine's Day and Everyday
(February 13, 2015)
On Valentine’s Day and everyday dads have opportunities to teach their children about love when they: …
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

Why You’ll Be Able to Work Longer Than You Think
(February 6, 2015)
As I go around the country talking to people about my book Unretirement and its thesis (that today, retirement often includes part-time work, often with a purpose), I frequently hear people say: “I don’t think I’ll be able to work in retirement.” …
Time

Professional Awards
(February 2, 2015)
The CEC J.E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities. …
CEC 2015 Convention

Act Early Forum Webinar: State Systems Grantees Program Implementation and Lessons Learned
(February 2015)
Join this Act Early Network webinar to hear from State teams in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Oklahoma as they present an overview of their state systems project, activities, and lessons learned, so other states can learn from their findings! The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 3 pm-4 pm ET. The Act Early State Systems Grantees aim to strengthen their state and community systems for the early identification and improvement coordination of early intervention services for children with signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD). There will be ample time for you to ask questions on what works, what doesn't, and why. We hope you will be able to join us! …
AUCD

As New York Moves People With Developmental Disabilities to Group Homes, Some Families Struggle
(January 29, 2015)
Long after lunchtime one recent afternoon, John Cosentino sat at his usual table, eating his usual snacks. On this day, he was the only resident of the Brooklyn Developmental Center in its cavernous cafeteria, drafty and lit with the bleakness of an earlier era. …
The New York Times

Kennedy Center’s Caring for the Caregiver Program Receives $15,000 Grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
(January 21, 2015)
The Kennedy Center’s Caring for the Caregiver program was awarded a $15,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support Greater Bridgeport parents age 60 and older, who provide care for adult children with disabilities in their home. …
The Kennedy Center

SAVE mentoring program at NHS yields positive results for students
(January 11, 2015)
NORWALK -- To say that Norwalk High School Check and Connect mentor Linda Ross is proud of her mentees would be an understatement. …
The Hour [Norwalk, CT]

National Study will Monitor Children With Autism, Focusing on a Better Treatment Plan
(January 9, 2015)
A federally funded project will seek researchers from several universities to study prevalence of autism among 4 and 8 year olds. The study hopes to procure accurate data on how widespread autism is in the U.S. …
International Center for Autism Research & Education

U of M selected as new site for CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network
(January 7, 2015)
To identify the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability among 8-year-old children in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, as part of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI) has been awarded a four-year, $450,000 annual grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). …
Discover: Campus + Community
Reprinted in My Science

CDC funds new project on prevalence of autism and intellectual disability in Twin Cities area children
(January 7, 2015)
To identify the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability among 8-year-old children in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration (ICI) has been awarded a four-year, $450,000 annual grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The work is part of the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. …
CEHD News

U selected to join national autism study
(January 7, 2015)
The University of Minnesota has been tapped to participate in a federally funded project to determine the prevalence of autism among the nation’s 8-year-olds. …
Star Tribune
Reprinted in Somali Diaspora News

University of Minnesota joins nationwide autism study
(January 7, 2015)
The University of Minnesota is joining a national study that aims to get a more accurate picture of how many children in the U.S. have autism. …
Rick Kupchella's Bring Me The News

U of M New Site for CDC's Autism, Developmental Disabilities Monitoring
(January 7, 2015)
Just how prevalent is autism in the heart of the Twin Cities? …
Channel 5 Eyewitness News

CDC Expands National Autism Monitoring to Include Preschoolers
(January 5, 2015)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is expanding its national autism monitoring to include preschoolers. It will continue monitoring rates among grade-schoolers, with a focus on possible changes resulting from the recent overhaul of the criteria used to diagnose the disorder. …
Autism Speaks

New CDC funding will expand knowledge about children with autism spectrum disorder
(January 2, 2015)
CDC has launched a new phase of funding for the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, the only collaborative network to monitor the number and characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities in multiple communities throughout the United States. Over the next four years, CDC will invest over $20 million to enhance tracking at eight existing sites and to launch two new sites. All 10 sites will track ASD among school-aged children, and six sites will also track ASD among preschool-aged children. “Thanks to the infrastructure we’ve built over the past decade, we know so much more about the number and characteristics of children with autism. Continuing this important work will help us shed light on emerging issues, such as the impact of the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria on prevalence and gaps in early identification of children with autism,” says Dr. Coleen Boyle, Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. In addition to tracking, sites will also conduct analyses of the data to better understand increases over time in the number of children identified with ASD, and carry out education and outreach activities in their local communities. …
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MHCP Provider News
(December 30, 2014)
As part of its commitment to more person-centered supports, DHS contracted with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota to offer a year-long training and technical assistance program. The intent of this program is to help agencies implement organizational changes for more person-centered supports. Review the Summary of Opportunity for details. The anticipated start date is April 2015. Applications are open to lead agencies (counties and tribes) and provider agencies. The application deadline is Jan. 30, 2015. For questions email Anne Roehl at vand0202@umn.edu.
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Staff Training Department receives Agency-wide award
(December 17, 2014)
To operate at its best, a human-service organization must develop exemplary employees who can effectively carry out the agency’s mission. The Resource Center recently honored the members of its Staff Training Department for their successful efforts in developing TRC’s employees, especially those tasked with the critical responsibility of providing direct support to people with disabilities. …
The Resource Center

Exploring Issues is Access to Students with Disabilities
(December 10, 2014)
While English learner population continues to grow in number and diversity in the United States, the challenge and the importance of assessing all students, including students with disabilities, also grow. A new report from Educational Testing Service (ETS) explores issues of accessibility for English learners with disabilities, including test design, delivery, uses high-level responsibility and the need for further investigation.
Minnesota Today [translated from Spanish]

NIDRR Grantee Delivers AAIDD Presidential Address
(December 10, 2014)
Amy Hewitt, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL), presented the 138th Presidential Address, Embracing Complexity, Community Inclusion, Participation, and Citizenship (YouTube), at the annual conference of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Dr. Hewitt discussed research in community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including work by the RTC/CL and other NIDRR-funded projects. The lecture is available free in full text (PDF) in the most recent issue of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
News and Notes from the NIDRR Community and Beyond

Accessibility of English-language Proficiency Tests for English Learners and English Learners with Disabilities
(December 4, 2014)
PRINCETON, N.J. -- As the English-learner population continues to increase in number and diversity in the U.S., the challenge and importance of assessing all students, including students with disabilities, increases as well. A new white paper from Educational Testing Service (ETS) explores issues of accessibility for English learners with disabilities, including test design, delivery, uses in high-stakes accountability and the need for additional research. …
PR Newswire

Resource Highlight: Status and Trends Reports from RTC/CL
(November 2014)
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has published two reports on the status of, and trends in, long-term services and supports for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2012 (PDF) focuses on findings for small community living settings. In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2012 (PDF) focuses on findings for both small community living settings and large state facilities. Both reports are based on the RTC's annual nationwide surveys of directors of state intellectual and developmental disability agencies and large state residential facilities.
News and Notes from the NIDRR Community and Beyond

Resource Highlight: Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability
(November 26, 2014)
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has released Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability, the latest issue of Policy Research Brief. This interactive issue discusses how local-level poverty affects people with disabilities across the US and how disability poverty rates relate to local housing issues. Previous Policy Research Briefs are available in the archive. …
News and Notes from the NIDRR Community and Beyond

Adult Services Town Hall Held in St. Paul, Minnesota
(November 24, 2014)
The national series of Town Halls on Adult Services focused on housing, residential supports, and community living continued last Thursday in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Over 100 people from the community came together to discuss the many facets of adult life with autism. …
Autism Speaks

"Motiv'action" a Franco-Quebec Partnership for persistence
(November 13, 2014)
Following the international conference on persistence held in the Academy in November 2013 and continued in Montreal in October 2014, an academic action plan is implemented on three devices, including the Motiv'action experiment in four colleges of the academy. …
Academie Rouen

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert H. Bruininks, PhD
(November 11, 2014)
The AUCD Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals ororganizations making a lifetime commitment to serving people with developmental disabilities and their families. …
AUCD

Resource Highlight: Status and Trends Reports from RTC/CL
(November 5, 2014)
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has published two reports on the status of, and trends in, long-term services and supports for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2012 (PDF) focuses on findings for small community living settings. In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2012 focuses on findings for both small community living settings and large state facilities. Both reports are based on the RTC's annual nationwide surveys of directors of state intellectual and developmental disability agencies and large state residential facilities. …
News and Notes from the NIDRR Community and Beyond

LT students & graduates present at ELearn 2014 conference in New Orleans
(November 5, 2014)
Five LT student researchers presented six papers at the 2014 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education October 27-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. E-Learn is an international conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) and is co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning. …
LT Media Lab [CEHD, University of Minnesota]

Important Reference in Inclusive Education
(November 4, 2014)
The website of our choice this week fell to the Institute on Community Integration website at the University of Minnesota. In the following pages, there are a number of interesting books and reports that you can download. …
PLD UIN Sunan Kalijaga [Indonesia]

Training Volunteers to Help Children in Malawi
(November 4, 2014)
Dr. Amy Hewitt from the Institute on Community Integration UCEDD and LEND at the University of Minnesota recently completed a visit to Africa where she participated in a collaborative training project with long-time colleague Mikala Mukongolwa of the Baulini Project and Dr. Jason Paltzer, Director of the Kingdom Workers Lutheran Health Alliance. The team made stops in Lusaka, Zambia, and Blantyre, Malawi, working with volunteers and families. …
AUCD

MHCP Provider News
(November 3, 2014)
As part of its commitment to more person-centered supports, DHS has contracted with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota to offer a year-long training and technical assistance program. The intent of this program is to help agencies implement organizational changes for more person-centered supports. Review the Summary of Opportunity for details. The anticipated start date is April 2015. Applications are open to lead agencies (counties and tribes) and provider agencies. The application deadline is Jan. 30, 2015. For questions email Anne Roehl at vand0202@umn.edu.
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Checking and Connecting
(October 2014)
“I have an office, but my job doesn’t allow me to sit in it that much,” says Darnell T. Logan, ’02. “My day is always full, and I put tons of miles on my car.” …
Connect

The Arc Minnesota 2014 State Conference: Person-Centered Thinking: Putting YOU in Charge!
(October 2014)
Learn more about how you can take charge of your life and services. The keynote speaker will be Anne Rohl, a leader in Person-Centered Thinking and Person-Centered Planning at the University of Minnesota’s Community Institute on Community Integration. Participate in afternoon breakout sessions. Visit the vendor exhibits. …
Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

MN UCEDD Collaborates with Educators in India
(October 31, 2014)
This month four faculty and students from Avinashilingam University for Women in Coimbatore, India, are at the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) working with ICI staff on strategies for helping students of all abilities and backgrounds in India reach a level of education that will make them competitive in the job market and everyday life. …
AUCD

New Reports on Long-Term Supports and Services (MN UCEDD)
(October 29, 2014)
The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) has released two new reports containing detailed data on services for people with disabilities and their families nationwide. …
AUCD

ICI collaborates with educators in India to improve elementary education
(October 20, 2014)
Faculty and students from Avinashilingam University for Women in Coimbatore, India, have arrived at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) to work with ICI staff on strategies for helping students of all abilities and backgrounds in India to reach a level of education that will make them competitive in the job market and in everyday life. Since 2013, ICI’s Brian Abery and Renáta Tichá have been working with Avinashilingam University, the Coimbatore school district in Tamil Nadu, India, and school districts in Minnesota on a project titled, “A Sustainable ‘Response to Intervention’ Model for Successful Inclusion of Students with Disabilities: An India-U.S. Partnership.” It is focusing on adapting the Response to Intervention educational model developed in the U.S. to the needs of elementary students with and without disabilities from underprivileged backgrounds and low-achieving schools in India. …
CEHD News

New Policy Research Brief Focuses on Relationship Between Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability
(October 15, 2014)
The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota has published a new report, "Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability." The report looks at how local-level poverty affects people with disabilities across the country, and how poverty rates among the disabled relate to local housing issues. It examines U.S. Census data from 2008-2012 relating to the economic and housing status for people with disabilities. …
ANCOR

Learn about person-centered service
(October 10, 2014)
Having person-centered services is increasingly important for self-advocates and their families Helping individuals, families, and direct care staff to think in person-centered ways and create services that meet those needs, dreams, and desires is a priority. The Arc Minnesota and its local chapters statewide host “Person Centered Thinking: Putting YOU in Charge!” the 2014 annual conference, Sat. Nov. 15 at the Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview. …
Access Press

Congratulations CoD Grads!
(October 8, 2014)
Heart Havens, in collaboration with SupportOne and Richmond Residential, was proud to celebrate the graduation ceremony for the first class of graduates of the College of Direct Support! The graduation ceremony was held at the Virginia United Methodist Conference Center, and featured an encouraging and inspiring commencement speech by India Sue Ridout from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Afterwards, the graduates and their guests enjoyed refreshments. …
Heart Havens [North Chesterfield, VA]

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2012
(September 30, 2014)
This technical report describes results from a survey of state intellectual and/or developmental disabilities agencies for FY 2012 on the status and trends of long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, focusing on supports provided in individualized settings (the home of a family member, a person's own home, a host home or foster family setting or group homes shared by three or fewer people with disabilities). …
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities [Providence, RI]

MN LEND Brief on Positive Behavior Support Released
(September 29, 2014)
This issue of the LEND Brief focuses on person-centered positive behavior support (PBS) and on individuals living in community settings who have benefitted from systematic and longitudinally delivered positive behavior support and person-centered planning (PCP). …
AUCD

Flipping the Script
(September 28, 2014)
He looks like he works there. He’s got an office at New Haven High School with computer, desks, chairs and books. He’s got an athletic build but, with his measured, friendly tone, he reminds one of a thoughtful guidance counselor rather than an employee of the Allen County Juvenile Court. …
The Journal Gazette [Fort Wayne, IN]

Computer Literacy and Kids with Disabilities
(August 11, 2014)
With the small amount of information currently available regarding the STAAR A assessment, teachers may be looking for resources around computer based learning and students with disabilities. A recent paper, from the National Center on Educational Outcomes, looks at some of the factors that affect students with disabilities on computer based assessments: Computer-based Testing: Practices and Considerations. Some of the key findings: …
What's So Special… about special ed?

Employment First Across the Nation: Progress on the Policy Front
(August 11, 2014)
Employment First (EF) "… is the vision of making employment the first priority and preferred outcomes of people with disabilities" (MN Employment First Coalition, 2007 p. 4). A number of EF policy strategies have been implemented throughout the country in response to the critically low labor force participation and employment rates for people with disabilities. Investigate the various Employment First policy approaches states implemented over the last decade by interacting with this brief. You can also follow embedded links to read the text the formal policy actions developed and passed. …
Six by '15

Monarch receives national honor for best practices in direct support staff development
(August 4, 2014)
Today, Monarch was presented with the national 2014 Moving Mountains Best Practices Award recipient by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Research and Training Center at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration during the 2014 Reinventing Quality Conference held in Baltimore, MD. Aug. 3-5. Monarch CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune was recognized and accepted the award on behalf of the agency. …
Monarch [Albemarle, NC]

SAVE receives boost in funding from state
(August 2, 2014)
NORWALK -- Incoming Norwalk High School junior Cedric Thigpen readily admits that he had been following the wrong path in terms of grades and academic motivation in his initial year at the school. …
The Hour [Norwalk, CT]

North Jersey state center resident won't be silent about relocation
(July 13, 2014)
In spite of her crippling cerebral palsy, Wendy English can make her own legal decisions, vote in local and national elections, and communicate with the help of a specially programmed iPad that utters phrases she has chosen when she taps the screen. …
The Record [Woodland Park, NJ]

Study of Somali children among Top 20 in autism research
(July 10, 2014)
In April, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released its top 20 picks for the most significant studies in autism research in 2013. In the top 20 was the study of the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among Somali children, ages 7-9, in Minneapolis conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. The study’s report, “Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project: Community Report 2013,” summarizes the findings of this study, the largest to date to look at the number and characteristics of Somali children with ASD in any U.S. community. …
Inquiry

Policy Research Brief Examines Relationship of Residential Setting Size to Quality Outcomes
(July 7, 2014)
The new CMS rule that sets new standards for home and community based settings will mean that states will have to evaluate their existing services to ensure that settings meet the standards set forth. …
ANCOR

A graduation conundrum for students with disabilities
(July 2, 2014)
Rarely has the education field produced a set of initials as necessary but as troublesome as these: IEP. They stand for individualized education program, the plan that governs how each child with a disability should be taught and what he or she should learn. …
The Washington Post

Research to improve lives: David Johnson, ’87, expands opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
(June 2014)
Little did David Johnson know, growing up in Minneapolis, how his older brother would shape his career path. Vance developed a significant developmental disability during infancy, one that required care at a time with no in-home supports available – in Minnesota or anywhere else in the nation. …
College of Education + Human Development

Self-Advocacy Online – new website
(June 2014)
A new website developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota has a large selection of short video clips of stories from self-advocates and useful information about self-advocacy including research and resources. One of the people featured is New Zealander, David Corner. …
IHC New Zealand

State of Minnesota to Use Elsevier DirectCourse Curricula for Training and Development of Direct Care Professionals
(June 25, 2014)
PHILADELPHIA - Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that the State of Minnesota will provide new online curricula from Elsevier DirectCourse to train those who support people with disabilities using long-term services and supports. …
PRNewswire
Reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and Market Watch

The Future is Now: Making the Connection
(June 17-18, 2014)
The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Mental Health Foundation in partnership with the Missouri Developmental Disability Council and the Institute of Human Development at UMKC hosted a conference for people with disabilities, family members and support organizations to discuss the future of supports in Missouri. In attendance for this two day conference in Columbia were over 350 advocates, family members, provider organizations, county SB40’s and state employees. …
University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development, UCEDD

KSU Receives Grant to Help At-Risk Youth
(June 16, 2014)
Kentucky State University was awarded a $662,999 grant to develop afterschool programs for at-risk children in kindergarten through eighth grade. …
Kentucky Ag Connection

Grant puts faith to work for people with disabilities
(June 13, 2014)
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will serve as the lead site for a $500,000 grant focused on building capacity of faith communities, such as churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious organizations, to support employment for members with disabilities. …
The Lebanon Democrat & Wilson County News [Lebanon, TX]

Faribault Public Schools host summit on Somali student success
(June 11, 2014)
The Minnesota Department of Education is focused on closing an education gap that is much too wide in the state of Minnesota. …
Faribault Daily News

Check & Connect: An Evidence-Based Student Engagement Model
(June 6, 2014)
One of the questions we hear most often with Check & Connect is what makes our comprehensive intervention different? My colleague Angie Pohl addressed this question in her first CEHD Vision 2020 post last year. The short answer is that our mentors look at student performance such as grades, test scores and attendance—the “check” component—to monitor progress and develop intervention strategies for students. Other programs often focus only on relationship-building, and while that represents the “connect” component for Check & Connect, it’s the combination that leads to improving student engagement. Another differentiator is our dropout prevention program rating from the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. …
CEHD Vision 2020 Blog

La. Bill Would Empower IEP Teams
(May 30, 2014)
In an effort backed by state advocacy groups and families of children with disabilities, Louisiana lawmakers approved a bill last week that would give teams of teachers, administrators, and parents wide latitude in determining grade promotion and graduation requirements for students with disabilities. …
Education Week

Schools train mentors to aid truant pupils
(May 29, 2014)
FORT WAYNE – Eileen Klemm stood at the head of a South Side High School classroom filled with a few dozen students. …
The Journal Gazette [Fort Wayne, IN]

FWCS, EACS Tackling Truancy Issues
(May 28, 2014)
Every year, thousands of Allen County students are skipping school and putting a burden on our juvenile legal system. …
FortWayneHomePage.net [Fox News affiliate in Fort Wayne, IN]

ICI and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa offer youth entrepreneurship program
(May 21, 2014)
American Indians have a long tradition of entrepreneurship, and for the past five years the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) has partnered with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) and the Fond du Lac reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota, to build on this tradition with today’s youth. Through a summer program titled The Young American Indian Entrepreneur (YAIE) Academy, American Indian high school students from northeastern Minnesota have had the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurial interests, and grow as individuals. …
CEHD News

AUCD Network Projects Promote Education for Students with Disabilities
(May 21, 2014)
Across the country, AUCD members are working to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities. …
Six by '15

Common Core: More students expected to refuse exams
(April 30, 2014)
Some Dutchess County students will refuse to take the Common Core-aligned state math assessments, as they did with the English language arts tests a month ago. …
Poughkeepsie Journal

Bethesda Adds Community Integration Expert to Board of Directors
(n.d.)
Watertown, Wis. – Kurt D. Rutzen, Minneapolis, has been appointed to the Bethesda Lutheran Communities Board of Directors. Bethesda is a national provider of community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. …
Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Institute on Community Integration (MN UCED) Staff Elected to APSE Board
(April 29, 2014)
Institute on Community Integration (MN UCED) Staff Elected to APSE Board. The board of Minnesota APSE (Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst) has newly elected two Institute on Community Integration staff to board positions: Kelly Nye-Lengerman as Board Co-President and Jeffrey Nurick as Board Secretary. …
AUCD

Caregivers for disabled lament Medicaid cuts
(April 26, 2014)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - The job is hands-on. …
The Washington Times
Reprinted in The Washington Examiner

MN UCEDD Report Among IACC's Top 20
(April 24, 2014)
The "Minnesota Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project: Community Report 2013" from the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) has been selected by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) as one of its top 20 picks for the most significant studies in autism research in 2013. The Minnesota research appears in IACC's "2013 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research" at http://iacc.hhs.gov/summary-advances/2013/SummaryofAdvances-2013.pdf, under Question 7.
AUCD

High School Diploma Options and Students With LD
(n.d.)
In this podcast from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Candace Cortiella interviews two experts about high school diploma options and their implications for students with learning disabilities (LD). Her guests are Laura Kaloi, public policy advisor for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and Dr. Martha Thurlow, director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes. …
National Center for Learning Disabilities

Minnesota court: Mental impairment doesn't negate parental rights
(April 21, 2014)
The Minnesota Court of Appeals says a mental impairment is not sufficient grounds to terminate a parent’s rights. …
Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews

Juvenile center
(April 18, 2014)
Also approaching the council for funding were members of the Allen County Juvenile Center, who asked for $33,873 for an abbreviated version of a mentoring program called Check and Connect that was introduced by Allen Superior Court Judge Dan Heath in December. …
The Journal Gazette [Fort Wayne, IN]

Study Links Autism and Somalis in Minneapolis
(n.d.)
A long-awaited study has confirmed the fears of Somali residents in Minneapolis that their children suffer from higher rates of a disabling form of autism compared with other children there. The study — by the University of Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the research and advocacy group Autism Speaks — found high rates of autism in two populations: About one Somali child in 32 and one white child in 36 in Minneapolis were on the autism spectrum. The national average is one child in 88, according to Coleen A. Boyle, who directs the C.D.C.’s Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. But the Somali children were less likely than the whites to be “high-functioning” and more likely to have I.Q.s below 70. (The average I.Q. score is 100.) The study offered no explanation of the statistics. “We do not know why more Somali and white children were identified,” said Amy S. Hewitt, the project’s primary investigator and director of the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living. “This project was not designed to answer these questions.” The results echoed those of a Swedish study published last year finding that children from immigrant families in Stockholm — many of them Somali — were more likely to have autism with intellectual disabilities. The Minneapolis study also found that Somali children with autism received their diagnoses late. Age 5 was the average, while autism and learning disabilities can be diagnosed as early as age 2, and children get the most benefit from behavioral treatment when it is started early. Black American-born children and Hispanic children in Minneapolis had much lower autism rates: one in 62 for the former and one in 80 for the latter. © 2013 The New York Times Company …
BioPsychology NewsLink

Accommodation Revelation: A new online training helps instructors support learners with disabilities
(Spring/summer 2014)
In the video, a special education teacher and a math teacher are talking about a student. The student has a learning disability, and the special education teacher suggests an accommodation. Initially, the math teacher is skeptical about the process and not sure it is her job to do anything about it. But at the conversation’s end, she is willing to give it a try. …
Connect

Answering the Call to Understand Autism: Research estimates higher rates of autism spectrum disorder in Minneapolis Somali children
(Spring/summer 2014)
About 1 in 32 Somali children, ages 7–9 in 2010, was identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Minneapolis, according to new data released by CEHD’s Institute on Community Integration. While Somali and White children were about equally likely to be identified with ASD, both groups were more likely to be identified with ASD than non-Somali Black and Hispanic children. …
Connect

IACC Releases its 2013 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research During Autism Awareness Month
(April 17, 2014)
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has released its top twenty picks for the most significant studies in autism research in 2013. Published in the 2013 IACC Summary of Advances, these studies include major advances in understanding the complex causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), prevalence and identification of ASD in diverse communities, novel methods for early detection and intervention, and the impact of different services approaches on outcomes for individuals with autism and their families. The Summary's release during National Autism Awareness Month underscores the need for continued investment in high quality research to help meet the needs of the autism community. …
Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The State of Health and Wellness for Individuals with IDD
(April 8, 2014)
Historically, people with IDD have experienced health disparities related to many different factors including: lack of access to care, inadequate health care providers, and social determinants to name just a few. Recently though, a greater effort has been made to identify and address such disparities through programs that help encourage healthier lifestyles and educate health professionals. In this webinar, Lynda Lahti Anderson from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration will identify the implications that will hinder future research on this these disparities and ways to improve methods of addressing health care needs for this population in efficient through specialized programs and cost-effective methods. …
Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Educational Testing Service Developing Test Items for ELPA21 Consortium
(April 7, 2014)
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) Consortium has selected Educational Testing Service (ETS) to be its contractor for the design and development of items for the screener and summative English Language Proficiency Assessment. …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in CBS8.com [San Diego], 2 News [Reno, NV], wistv.com [Columbia, SC], and ¡Hola! Arkansas

Employment First Across the Nation: Progress on the Policy Front
(n.d.)
This research brief from the Institute for Community Integration uses an interactive format to show how states are adopting Employment First policies. It includes detailed information about Employment First policies in states and provides resources to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. …
Disability.gov

Registration Now Open fo the Reinventing Quality 2014 Conference (MN UCEDD)
(March 31, 2014)
Registration is now open for the Reinventing Quality 2014 Conference, "Ensuring Quality in Rapidly Changing Times,"to be held in Baltimore, August 3-5, 2014. The conference is jointly hosted by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, Research and Training Center on Community Living (Institute on Community Integration - MN UCEDD), Human Services Research Institute, University of Delaware National Leadership Consortium, American Network of Community Options and Resources, and American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. …
AUCD

Columbia Heights High School graduation trend remains fairly stable
(March 23, 2014)
The Columbia Heights School Board on March 11 was presented with graduation rate and trend information. …
SUN Focus [Osseo, MN]

Arc United to conduct conference in Breezy Point
(March 18, 2014)
The Arc United will conduct a two-day conference Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, at Breezy Point Resort for parents of children with disabilities, direct care providers, professionals and self-advocates. …
Pine and Lakes Echo Journal [Brainerd, MN]

Conference discusses disabilities
(March 14, 2014)
The Arc United will be conducting a two day conference at Breezy Point Resort for parents of children with disabilities, direct care providers, professionals and self-advocates. …
DL-Online [Detroit Lakes, MN]

AVID, Check & Connect headed for expansion
(March 10, 2014)
Two programs in Minneapolis schools with track records of helping students stay in school and head to college are among the big winners in a proposed shift of how the district spends its state integration aid. …
StarTribune

Children with Disabilities Learn & Succeed! How Baltimore Public Schools are Transforming Special Ed
(March 6, 2014)
To borrow from Mark Twain’s quip about the weather, everyone complains that special education focuses too much on procedural compliance and too little on academic achievement, but no one does much about it. …
The Wrightslaw Way

MN UCEDD Launches New Partnerships in India
(February 25, 2014)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota (MN UCEDD) has launched two new projects that bring together educators in India and the U.S. to improve supports for children, youth, and adults with disabilities. The Institute's Brian Abery and Renáta Tichá are collaborating with educators in India and Minnesota on a three-year, $250,000 project titled, "A Sustainable 'Response to Intervention' Model for Successful Inclusion of Students with Disabilities: An India-U.S. Partnership." Funded by the United States-India Foundation through the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, the project brings together ICI, Avinashilingam University and the Coimbatore school district in Tamil Nadu, India, and the Hiawatha Valley Education District in southeastern Minnesota. …
AUCD

FAQs for Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines Now Available
(n.d.)
Developed by Smarter Balanced member states, with assistance from the National Center on Educational Outcomes, these frequently asked questions address common inquiries from schools and districts about the delivery of universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations. This document supports the Consortium’s Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines—unanimously approved by Governing States in September 2013. …
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Global Scholar Profiles: Highlighting the University of Minnesota’s international scholars
(n.d.)
Dr. Vitaliy Shyyan, originally from Ukraine, is a Research Associate at the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) in the College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Shyyan works with state departments of education to improve the accessibility of assessments for diverse students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and English language learners with disabilities. Dr. Shyyan has made a number of significant contributions in his short time at NCEO, namely: …
International Student and Scholar Services

Varying formulas muddy state comparisons
(February 2, 2014)
Mississippi students with disabilities are twice more likely to drop out or get a worthless certificate than graduate from public school, according to national data that show the Magnolia State failing more special-needs kids than anywhere else. …
Courier-Post [Camden, NJ]

Dealing with dropping out
(January 29, 2014)
J.D. Diaz remembers when thoughts of dropping out of school were a reality for him. …
Chanhassen Villager

Autism Prevalence in the Minneapolis Somali Community
(January 28, 2014)
The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota released a report in late December on the Minneapolis Somali Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Project. Technical assistance and funding for this project was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Autism Speaks. It focused on comparing Somali and non-Somali children in Minneapolis in response to concerns about autism in the Somali community. In 2008, Somali parents and others expressed concern to the Minnesota Department of Health that they believed there was a large number of Somali children with autism in Minneapolis preschool special education compared to the overall percentage of Somali children enrolled in the city’s public schools. …
Center for Engaging Autism

Increased rates of autism means rise in cost for St. Cloud schools
(January 25, 2014)
Special education spending on autism spectrum disorders in the St. Cloud school district has nearly doubled in the last seven years. …
sctimes.com [St. Cloud, MN]

Putting Faith to Work: Kessler Foundation Employment Grant Awarded to Four (KY, MN, TN, TX) UCEDDs
(January 24, 2014)
A collaboration of four UCEDDs were awarded a nearly half-million dollar Signature Employment Grant from the Kessler Foundation focused on building the capacity of faith communities to support employment for members with disabilities. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD) will serve as the lead site for the Putting Faith To Work project, under the direction of Erik Carter and Courtney Taylor. Partners include the Human Development Institute (KY UCEDD; Milt Tyree and Harold Kleinert), the Texas Center for Disability Studies (TX UCEDD; Penny Seay and Bill Gaventa), and the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD; Angela Amado, Derek Nord, and Joe Timmons). All UCEDDs are members of the recently launched National Collaborative on Disabilities, Religion, and Spiritual Supports. …
AUCD

SelfAdvocacyOnline website offers great tips, spotlights day of acceptance
(January 14, 2014)
According to a recent Disability.gov news release, the Self-AdvocacyOnline website (http://www.selfadvocacyonline.org/) is a partnership between the Research and Training Center on Community Living and The Arc. …
Star News Online [Wilmington, NC]

Special education: Are standards for our teachers acceptable?
(January 8, 2014)
Two professional educators weigh in on the subject and how it pertains to Teach for America, a group that helps local districts fill those positions:. …
Idaho Press-Tribune

College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities, GED Test-takers
(January 6, 2014)
While the national dialogue on college and career readiness tends to focus on the needs of the general high school student population, there are other populations who are also impacted by the college and career readiness discussion, including students with disabilities and youth and adults taking the GED test. …
Association for Career & Technical Education

New program aims to break link between truancy and crime: 'Check and Connect' will provide mentors to at-risk students
(December 19, 2013)
Allen Superior Court Judge Heath is beginning a program designed to break what several studies suggest is a strong link between truancy and juvenile crime. …
The News-Sentinel [Fort Wayne, IN]

Verbatim: Judge announces program to fight truancy, crime
(December 19, 2013)
Judge Dan Heath, of the Family Relations Division of the Allen Superior Court, announced a major new program aimed at fighting school truancy and crime in Allen County. The program, called "Check and Connect" is a program developed at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. In the program, mentors intervene with truant students to keep them in school and in the classroom. "This program has been in place in a number of counties around the country and has been very effective in improving school attendance, lowering the number of tardies, and improving grades especially for high risk students," Heath said. Studies indicate that some 60 percent of juvenile crime takes place during school hours. "As a result of this new mentoring program, we hope that not only will more kids have a better life, but also that crime will be reduced in our community," Heath said. …
The Journal Gazette [Fort Wayne, IN]

Putting College and Career Ready Courses to the Test for Students with Disabilities
(December 18, 2013)
It is important that every student that is preparing to graduate from high school be college and career ready. The National Center on Educational Outcomes in collaboration with Achieve released a report titled Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Ensuring Meaningful Diplomas for All Students which emphasizes the need for students with disabilities to be held to high standards for earning a state’s standard diploma, an objective that requires courses that will better prepare them to enter the postsecondary and employment world. …
CEC Policy Insider

Survey looks at autism rates among Minneapolis kids
(December 17, 2013)
A new survey from the University of Minnesota suggests that autism rates are roughly equal between Somali children and white children in Minneapolis. …
MPR News

Study: Autism High in Minneapolis Somali Children
(December 17, 2013)
A University of Minnesota study finds the incidence of autism spectrum disorder is higher among Somali children in Minneapolis than the city's children as a whole - and it appears to affect them more severely. …
KSTP 5 Eyewitness News

Autism a growing concern in Somali community
(December 17, 2013)
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Evidence is clear that growing concern is warranted about autism rates in the Somali community, and the next step is to figure out why. …
FOX9.COM

Study: Autism higher in Minn. Somali children
(December 17, 2013)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The incidence of autism spectrum disorder is higher among Somali children in Minneapolis than the city’s children as a whole and it appears to affect them more severely, University of Minnesota researchers said Monday, validating the suspicions of many parents in the city’s large East African community. …
Somali Diaspora News

Study Links Autism and Somalis in Minneapolis
(December 16, 2013)
A long-awaited study has confirmed the fears of Somali residents in Minneapolis that their children suffer from higher rates of a disabling form of autism compared with other children there. …
The New York Times

Study: Autism High In Minneapolis Somali Children
(December 16, 2013)
For years, parents in the Somali community in Minneapolis have said autism is unusually common in their kids. Now, a U of M study confirms those claims, reports Mike Binkley (1:44). …
WCCO 4 News

New Project Findings--Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Somali and Non-Somali Children in Minneapolis
(December 16, 2013)
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Autism Speaks, supported the University of Minnesota through a cooperative agreement with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities to conduct the largest project to date looking at the number and characteristics of Somali children with autism spectrum disorder in any U.S. community. Today, the University of Minnesota released key findings from this project …
AUCD

Study Finds High Rate of Autism among Minneapolis Somali Community
(December 16, 2013)
In October 2010, a Minneapolis-Somali mother asked the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee to investigate reports of high numbers of Somali preschoolers with autism. Her concerns were backed by preliminary information from the Minnesota Department of Public Health. In response, Autism Speaks, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered to further investigate. …
Autism Speaks

U of M study finds autism affects Somali children differently
(December 16, 2013)
In the largest study of its kind, University of Minnesota researchers found young Somali children with autism in Minneapolis fare worse than other children with the developmental disorder, the Star Tribune says. …
Bring Me The News

Autism hits Somali kids harder, University of Minnesota study finds
(December 16, 2013)
Autism might not be any more prevalent among Somali-heritage children in Minneapolis than it is among white children in the city, but the severity of the developmental disorder appears harsher in this minority group. …
Star Tribune
Reprinted in Caasimada and Somali Page

Going Global: ICI (MN UCEDD) in Oman, Costa Rica, and Siberia
(December 12, 2013)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) has long shared its expertise internationally. In recent months, Institute staff have connected with new international partners in Oman, Costa Rica, and Siberia to do innovative work focusing on young people with and without disabilities. …
AUCD

Lower expectations for students with disabilities?
(n.d.)
A majority of U.S. states offer multiple paths in high school graduation requirements to students with disabilities, according to a new report. However, what some likely intended as a way to help these students may be hurting their chances at entering post-secondary education and the workforce, which begs the question: Are states ensuring that students with disabilities are college- and career-ready? …
eSchool News

New Report: Students with Disabilities Can and Should Get a College- and Career-Ready Diploma: Graduation policies for these students differ from state to state resulting in altered expectations
(November 13, 2013)
Washington, D.C. - Now that all states have moved to college- and career-ready (CCR) standards, do their graduation requirements ensure that students with disabilities (SWD) are prepared for postsecondary education or the workforce? Achieve and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) today released a report to guide state policies with the goal of ensuring all students have access to a diploma that means something - that they are academically prepared. …
Achieve

How to Improve Post-School Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities
(October 18, 2013)
For young adults with disabilities finding employment to achieve financial independence following high school completion is one of the highest priorities within Minnesota and nationwide. One significant way states can help is to ensure that these young people have access to postsecondary education programs that prepare them for future employment. Researchers have projected that 63% of all U.S. jobs by 2018 will require some postsecondary education, and that 90% of all new jobs in growing industries with high wages will require at least some postsecondary education. …
CEHD Vision 2020 Blog

Elsevier Expands DirectCourse for Mental Health Practitioners
(October 17, 2013)
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today the launch of a new curriculum, The College of Recovery and Community Inclusion. In conjunction with the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, Elsevier has made this new curriculum available via DirectCourse, a suite of online curricula designed to help the workforce who support the social and employment needs of people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. This new curriculum now offers five web-based courses. …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in The Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, finanzen.ch, and KnowledgeSpeak.com

Person-Centered Active Support (pp. 9-12, 17)
(Fall 2013)
Bay Human Services has provided group residential settings for people with severe, often multiple disabilities and significant mental illness since 1982. Our services are conventional – five or six people living together supported by three shifts of support staff. Supporting persons with very substantial disabilities within a group residential model presents many challenges. We’d like to share an approach that is leading us to a better way. …
Connections [Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards]

The forgotten minority
(October 2, 2013)
John Wilson doesn’t consider his lack of hearing a disability. It’s a language barrier. …
Minnesota Daily

Apple Valley, Costa Rican students pair up on climate change
(September 28, 2013)
A new School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley class will partner with another class to learn about climate change, leadership skills, world cultures and service learning. …
Star Tribune

Many Talents Shown – Meet the other 2013 Charlie Smith Award nominees
(September 13, 2013)
For more than 40 years, Cliff Poetz has been one of Minnesota’s leading champions of human rights and social justice for people with developmental disabilities. He is a founder of the self-advocacy movement, giving people with disabilities a voice in decisions that affect their lives. …
Access Press

2013 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
(n.d.)
The Collaborative on Disability, Religion, and Inclusive Spiritual Supports, a network of 12 UCEDDs, is one of the sponsors of the 2013 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability. The members are: The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (NJ); Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State; Partnership for People with Disabilities (Virginia); Institute on Community Integration (MN); University of Kentucky Human Development Institute; Institute for Human Development, UMKC; Community Inclusion and Disability Institute (Maine); Texas Center for Disability Studies, University of Texas; University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University; JFK Partners, University of Colorado Denver; and Institute on Disability and Development, Oregon Health and Science University. …
AUCD

New Resources Available on Self Advocacy Online
(June 13, 2013)
In 2010, The Arc asked people with I/DD and their families a series of questions about the services they and their loved ones receive in the FINDS survey. The results were compelling and shed new light on the challenges facing individuals with I/DD. In the “Research for All” section of the Self-Advocacy Online website, you can read, see, and listen to the results of this and other research presented in a way that empowers self-advocates to educate others and advocate for themselves. …
The Arc[eNewsletter]

Former University of Minnesota president receives Peabody Distinguished Alumnus Award
(May 10, 2013)
Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development bestowed its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award on educational psychologist Robert H. Bruininks during Commencement on May 10. …
Vanderbilt News

SASD: Fox Prairie gets national interest
(May 6, 2013)
This time, it’s grown-ups who will come to Fox Prairie Elementary School to learn. …
Connect Stoughton [WI]

Making a map, finding a way back
(Spring 2013)
In correctional facilities across the nation, youth with disabilities are overrepresented-especially those with emotional and behavioral disabilities and learning disabilities. A new program, “Making a Map: Finding My Way Back,” aims to support them in getting and staying out of the corrections system. CEHD is a partner with Ramsey County, St. Paul Public Schools, Amicus, Twin Cities postsecondary programs, and the state. Read the Institute on Community Integration update.
Connect

SW Colorado's Check & Connect Partnership Receives National Attention
(May 2013)
RSAPP communities are using the evidence-based Check & Connect program to address the pervasive risk factor of Low Commitment to School in our region, and our unique approach is gaining national attention. …
RSAPP (Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners)

Scholarships benefit staff
(April 10, 2013)
Schenectady-- Like many nonprofits in New York state, Wildwood Programs is absorbing the realities of sobering budget news, but found reason to celebrate last month. …
Albany Times Union [NY]

Common-Assessment Groups Differ on Special Ed. Rules
(April 8, 2013)
Champions of students with disabilities have long complained that those students are often an afterthought in state testing plans. Only after a test design is completed are educators asked to go back and adapt the questions for a student who is blind, who needs help accessing text or calculating numbers, or who must use a specialized device to register responses. …
Education Week

Study could decide future of Wyoming Life Resource Center
(April 7, 2013)
LANDER — An oversized yoga ball held Tracy Carr’s frail, bent body. Scoliosis has contracted her spine so much it nearly collapsed a lung, making her more susceptible to pneumonia. At 40 years old and only 70 pounds, pneumonia can mean death. …
Billings Gazette [MT]

MN ICI (UCEDD/LEND) Working to Benefit People with Autism Across the Lifespan
(March 13, 2013)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are among the fastest-growing developmental disability diagnoses in the United States. "The increase in the prevalence of children, youth, and adults with ASD diagnoses is evident across the service systems in Minnesota and nationally," observes Amy Hewitt, director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living in the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota. …
AUCD

MN ICI (UCEDD/LEND) Collaborates on Study of Autism in Minneapolis Somali Community
(March 13, 2013)
Advocates in the Somali community have reported that children of Somali descent living in Minneapolis have, in the past few years, been classified as having Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at a higher-than-usual rate. A preliminary study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health identified higher rates of Somali children with labels of ASD in Minneapolis early intervention programs. Somali advocates have pressed for answers about what's going on with their children. As one effort to provide answers, the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), the University's Department of Pediatrics and Department of Educational Psychology, and the Minnesota Department of Health are collaborating on a project called, "Do Children of Somali Descent Have Higher ASD Prevalence?" …
AUCD

Elsevier Providing Online Education and Training to United Cerebral Palsy National Affiliates
(March 1, 2013)
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has entered into an agreement with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) to offer the College of Direct Support online education and training, included in the DirectCourse curricula portfolio, to UCP's network of nearly 100 affiliates across the U.S. The College of Direct Support online curriculum consists of more than 50 courses for direct support professionals and is managed in collaboration with Elsevier and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living. …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in SYS-CON Media, Justmeansand The Telegraph [Calcutta, India]

Smart Cities: Twin Cities is no Wobegon but on the Rise
(February 17, 2013)
A Literacy Specialist in the Eden Prairie School District said, "I am thinking about the thousands of iPads being handed out to kids right now in districts around the Twin Cities and I'm curious to see what we will be able to do with them and to what degree we will be able to differentiate for our students." …
Education Week

New Juvenile Justice Project at MN ICI UCEDD: Making a Map, Finding My Way Back
(February 15, 2013)
Youth with disabilities, in particular, youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD) and learning disabilities (LD), are overrepresented in correctional facilities across the U.S. They also have a high rate of recidivism. In response to the need to support these youth to make a lasting transition out of the corrections system, the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) is partnering with Twin Cities area organizations and agencies on the new project, Making a Map: Finding My Way Back. To learn more see http://ici.umn.edu/news/fyi/jan13.html
AUCD

Tips for Mentors on How to Engage Students with School and Learning
(January 29, 2013)
With high school dropout rates alarmingly high, our teaching and learning research shows student engagement is a critical element to high school dropout prevention. Last week I shared how the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is helping reduce high school dropout rates and improving lives through Check & Connect. Check & Connect is designed specifically to enhance student engagement at school and with learning through mentorship. …
CEHD Vision 2020 Blog

Prevent High School Dropout with Check & Connect
(January 25, 2013)
High school dropout rates are astonishing. The Alliance for Excellent Education reports that in 2011 approximately 1.2 million students did not graduate from high school. The report also indicates that 28% of all students fail to graduate, with rates approaching 40%+ for Black, Hispanic and American Indian students. Students that drop out of school are more likely to become unemployed, incarcerated or dependent on social programs than their peers who do receive their high school diplomas. These students also significantly diminish their chances of earning a living wage to secure a bright and promising future. …
CEHD Vision 2020 Blog

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Learning the facts and how to respond. The Institute on Community Integration works to improve knowledge and services
(Winter 2013)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are among the fastest-growing developmental disability diagnoses in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about one in 88 children has been identified as having an ASD. …
Connect

Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) To Start Four New Projects
(November 9, 2012)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota has received funding for four new projects that build on earlier ICI work and reach across the lifespan. The newly-funded projects in the areas of juvenile justice, wellness, English language learners, and residential services, are: …
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

High school dropouts: Should we let them go?
(November 5, 2012)
During a Friday Roundtable discussion last month, former Metropolitan Council Chairman Peter Bell theorized on what could be done to tackle the number of high school dropouts, especially minorities in inner-city schools. Bell's idea: Let them go. …
Minnesota Public Radio News [this article also contains an audio link to the broadcast]

Man on a Mission
(October 2012)
When Kurt Rutzen testified in front of members of the Minnesota legislature last year regarding cuts to programs that serve people with disabilities, he struck a nerve. Big time. It’s impossible not to be moved by his compelling speech that’s garnered thousands of views on YouTube. In it, he says he’ll never be a rich man because of his cerebral palsy, but a loving family and group of friends makes him the wealthiest man in the world. …
Apostrophe [Anaconda, MT]

Connecting parents, educators, and others who work with people with developmental disabilities
(October 24, 2012)
Educators, psychologists, social workers, and behavioral therapists were all part of the mix. Moms, however, comprised the largest portion of the audience at an October 8 Get Connected! community meeting focused on the importance of addressing challenging behaviors early in life. This helps children with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience full inclusion as they grow up, then fit more successfully into the workplace as adults, participate fully in the community, and lead happy, productive lives. …
Twin Cities Daily Planet

Measured Progress INNOVATION LAB to Partner with States on Guidelines of Accessibility of Assessments Project
(October 16, 2012)
DOVER, N.H., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Measured Progress INNOVATION LAB will serve as research partner for the Guidelines for Accessibility of Assessments Project (GAAP). The 18-state* collaboration is led by the State of Maryland and funded through a U.S. Department of Education Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG). …
WCAX.com[Burlington, VT]

Elsevier Adds the College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving to Expand DirectCourse’s Web-based Learning Curricula
(October 3, 2012)
Philadelphia, PA, October 3, 2012 – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that Elsevier’s DirectCourse has expanded, adding a new curriculum, College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving (CPAC). This interactive, web-based curriculum is designed to train and educate personal care assistants, home care providers and family caregivers caring for people with physical disabilities and older adults to live independently in their communities. A pilot program has been launched in several states, including Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin and Tennessee. …
Elsevier
Reprinted in PR Newswire, The Street, STM Publishing News, Daily Markets, KUAM News, Pharma Licensing, and The Business Journals

AIDD Funds Data Collection, Supporting Families, and Training and Technical Assistance Projects
(October 2, 2012)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) has awarded funding to support data collection and information dissemination, supporting families, and training and technical assistance projects under AIDD’s Projects of National Significance and the Help America Vote Act. Together, these projects will promote the self-determination, integration, and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their communities. …
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

San Diego Schools Use Mentoring To Keep At-Risk Students On Graduation Track
(September 7, 2012)
SAN DIEGO — When California released dropout and graduation data for the class of 2011 earlier this summer, San Diego city schools stood out. The district’s dropout rate was just 5.9 percent. The next best rate for a large, urban school district in the state was 10.6 percent. According to school officials, part of the district's success comes from combing through data to identify and reach out to students like Jesus Najera. …
KPBS [San Diego, CA]

Under the lens: U of M reviews 241 institutes
(July 31, 2012)
A months-long probe into the 241 specialty centers at the University of Minnesota finds no obvious waste but some of the centers face closure or further scrutiny. …
Star Tribune

Elsevier/DirectCourse Curriculum Aligns with APSE Certification Process
(July 30, 2012)
Elsevier/DirectCourse's College of Employment Services (CES) curriculum is now aligned with the national certification from APSE, the Association for People Supporting Employment 1st, a national organization dedicated to integrated employment and career advancement for people with disabilities. APSE recently developed the first national certification program for employment support professionals. …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in The Telegraph [Calcutta, India]

Rise in students exempt from exams raises questions
(July 11, 2012)
One of every 20 students in Connecticut is being directed to take standardized tests created for children with either severe or moderate disabilities, a significant increase in the past five years. Poor results on these alternative or modified tests will not penalize a school district, unlike weak results on standardized tests that the majority of students in the state must take. …
The Connecticut Mirror

Spotlight on U research funding
(June 6, 2012)
When the U.S. Department of Education announced a $45 million grant competition for the development of a special education assessment, the University of Minnesota’s National Center on Educational Outcomes was one of the first to apply. …
Minnesota Daily

McDonald: Senate committee passes legislation dealing with care for the disabled
(May 31, 2012)
State Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, announced that the Senate Mental Health Committee, which he chairs, passed a package of four bills on Wednesday dealing with care for the disabled. …
Glen Falls Post-Star [NY]

Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge
(May 23, 2012)
Washington -- Although more students with disabilities than ever are included in state testing programs, the task of giving these students high-quality assessments in the future that measure how adept they are at mastering the Common Core State Standards seems to have an endless number of hurdles to overcome before students face these new assessments in the 2014-15 school year. …
Education Week

Measured Progress to Develop Systems Architecture for Multi-State Alternate Assessment Project
(May 22, 2012)
DOVER, N.H., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Center and State Collaborative - General Supervision Enhancement Grant (NCSC GSEG) has chosen Measured Progress to create the systems architecture for a technology-enabled platform to deliver next-generation assessments for students with disabilities. …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in Fox Carolina and The Business Journals

Addressing the Dilemma of High School Dropouts with LD
(May 1, 2012)
Dropping out of high school has negative consequences for most students, but they may be even more severe for students with learning disabilities (LD). My colleague, David R. Johnson, and I prepared a recent report focused on the dropout dilemma for special education students, including those with LD. We explored the varying definitions of “dropout,” the incidence of dropping out among special education students compared to their peers, and the consequences of dropping out. We also identified approaches and programs that have been shown to promote school completion and reduce the dropout rate. …
National Center for Learning Disabilities

Autism rate is up on campus, in U.S.
(April 26, 2012)
April’s National Autism Awareness Month brings to light the increasing rates of autism spectrum disorders in the United States and the challenges those children will face upon adulthood, like attending college. …
Minnesota Daily

Judge orders Medicaid to cover autism therapy
(March 28, 2012)
In a case that could jolt Medicaid programs across the country, a federal judge in Miami has ordered Florida officials to cover behavioral therapy for autistic children. …
Health News Florida
Reprinted in Catalyst Center

Department of Justice defends Va. institutions settlement
(March 20, 2012)
An agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Justice and Virginia over the state's care of people with intellectual disabilities does not require the closure of state institutions, federal attorneys argue in a court brief filed Friday. …
newsleader.com [Staunton, VA]

AT&T Announces Additional Aspire Grants, Track Record of Success in Minnesota Schools
(March 19, 2012)
MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL, Minn., March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As access to skilled workers becomes increasingly vital to the U.S. economy, AT&T* is launching a quarter-billion-dollar campaign to help more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college, and to ensure the country is better prepared to meet global competition. …
PR Newswire

Ongoing study examines rates of autism among Somali children in Minneapolis
(March 12, 2012)
Is there a higher prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders among Somali children in the Twin Cities? In a word: maybe. According to a study published by the Minnesota Department of Health in 2009, there might be a higher incidence of autism, but the evidence is not complete. …
Twin Cities Daily Planet
Reprinted in New Somali

Online training tested at the Village
(March 1, 2012)
Opportunity Village is one of only 15 providers selected by the Iowa Association of Community Providers to participate in a two-year free trial of online training for direct support professionals. …
Opportunity Village

Wooster City Schools are 'Excellent with Distinction'
(February 23, 2012)
WOOSTER DISTRICT -- Against great odds, the district achieved an Excellent rating from the state on the 2011 report card for only the second time in Wooster City Schools' history, the superintendent said. …
The-Daily-Record.com

Chris Christie claims only Texas institutionalizes more developmentally disabled people than New Jersey
(February 2012)
There’s a fact of life in New Jersey that Gov. Chris Christie considers "shameful." …
The Star-Ledger PoliFact Check New Jersey

Mentoring Program Helps Youth with Disabilities: ICI’s E-Mentoring Program Helps Prepare Youth with Disabilities for Life After High School
(February 23, 2012)
Among young adults in general, young people with disabilities have the highest unemployment rates, lowest participation in postsecondary training and education, and highest likelihood of remaining dependent on public assistance programs after high school. Participation in mentoring programs can help change these outcomes. …
Exceptional Students, Extraordinary Teachers[Blog, King George County, VA]

With better capital investments come rewards -- Guest viewpoint
(February 12, 2012)
At Wednesday’s 21st annual economic forecast sponsored by The Register-Guard and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, most attention will focus on forecasts of Eugene-Springfield’s housing permits and prices; Lane County’s jobs; and Oregon’s jobs and housing prices for New Year’s Eve 2012. …
The Register-Guard [Eugene, OR]

Kentucky Postpones Ending Read-Aloud Accommodation on State Tests
(February 9, 2012)
Kentucky is putting off a change to its state testing program that would have cut back on the use of readers on reading tests for some students with disabilities. …
Education Week

Obama's Call to Action: Political Theatrics or Authentic School Reform?
(February 6, 2012)
A student drops out of high school every nine seconds, according to a recent study conducted by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. In his recent State of the Union address President Obama proposed a relatively simple solution: require every state to keep all students in school until they graduate or turn 18. "When students are not allowed to drop out, they do better," he stated. Is this merely political theatrics -- a sound bite solution to a complex problem that has multiple causes -- or is there authentic value in extending the mandatory school attendance age? …
The Huffington Post

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability
(February 1, 2012)
Our society has clear expectations regarding students who don't fit the norm. In a 2004 national survey reported in Education Week, 84 percent of 800 surveyed special and general education teachers did not believe that students in special education should be expected to meet the same set of academic standards articulated for students without disabilities. These beliefs are important, as they guide policies that either encourage or hinder students with disabilities from receiving the same opportunities to flourish as everyone else. …
The Huffington Post

The Country's Most Ambitious Digital Learning Project
(January 31, 2012)
Educators from coast-to-coast will celebrate the nation's first Digital Learning Day on Wednesday. Amidst the cool technology demonstrations, shiny gadgets, and debates about online learning, it's essential not to overlook the country's most expensive -- and perhaps most ambitious -- initiative to use digital technology. …
The Huffington Post

Outside firm will check for cheating on District’s standardized test
(December 24, 2011)
A D.C. government education agency is seeking an outside firm to investigate the city’s 2011 standardized test scores. …
The Washington Post

Changing Landscapes
(December 16, 2011)
The Art Abilities Gallery at the Ridgedale Library recently went on the road. The art has traveled this year to the University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. The art under the title of “Changing Landscapes” will be on display from November 2011 – February 2012 at Pattee Hall.
The purpose of Changing Landscapes is to bring people closer to the artistic lives of people with disabilities, while brightening their workplace and providing exposure to artists in the area. …
Homeward Bound

The College of Direct Support (CDS) is pleased to learn of the approval of The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Competency Set on the Department of Labor Competency Model
(December 8, 2011)
The College of Direct Support (CDS), an online curriculum for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in collaboration with Elsevier/MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living, is pleased to announce that the NADSP Competency Set is now recognized on the Department of Labor (DOL) Competency Model for Long-Term Care Supports & Services. This is the first Tier 5 Competency Set that has been built into the model. …
Elsevier
Reprinted in College of Direct Support, TMCnet.com and PR-Canada.net

Appointed
(Winter 2012)
Amy Hewitt is the new director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living in the Institute on Community Integration. She succeeds Charlie Lakin, who was appointed director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education. Hewitt has worked at the center for the past 20 years and has an extensive background of research, publishing, and training in services, support, and policies affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Connect

Honored
(Winter 2012)
Jean Bauer (family social science) and Martha Thurlow (Institute on Community Integration) won the 2011 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the University community. Bauer, at the University since 1983, has had an extraordinary career as a professor and extension specialist, earning numerous awards and accolades, including commendations from the governor of Minnesota. Thurlow (M.A. ’71, Ph.D. ’93) has worked at the University for more than four decades and was part of the team that founded the National Center on Educational Outcomes in 1992. Her efforts have been focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities in the context of a strong public education system.
Connect

Elsevier Introduces DirectCourse, an Expanded Suite of Online Curricula to Train Professionals Who Support People with Intellectual, Developmental and Physical Disabilities
(November 30, 2011)
DirectCourse is anchored by the renowned College of Direct Support (CDS), plus the addition of the College of Employment Services Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today introduced DirectCourse, an expanded suite of online curricula to train professionals who support people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, as well as older adults. DirectCourse is anchored by the College of Direct Support (CDS), an online curriculum for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in collaboration with Elsevier/MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living. In addition, DirectCourse contains the College of Employment Services, a new online training curriculum developed by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at University of Massachusetts Boston. …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in PharmaLive and ASE Labs

UCEDDs Developing Collaborative on Disability, Religion, and Inclusive Spiritual Supports
(November 30, 2011)
With leadership from the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (NJ UCEDD) and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD), development of a National Collaborative on Disability, Religion, and Inclusive Spiritual Supports is underway. The Collaborative will develop and provide coordinated training, technical assistance, research, and product development to people with disabilities and their families, clergy, congregations, and service providers (both professional and direct support staff) in the arena of inclusive spiritual supports. …
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Elsevier Introduces DirectCourse, an Expanded Suite of Online Curricula to Train Professionals Who Support People with Intellectual, Developmental and Physical Disabilities
(November 30, 2011)
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today introduced DirectCourse, an expanded suite of online curricula to train professionals who support people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, as well as older adults. DirectCourse is anchored by the College of Direct Support (CDS), an online curriculum for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in collaboration with Elsevier/MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living. In addition, DirectCourse contains the College of Employment Services (CES), a new online training curriculum developed by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at University of Massachusetts Boston. …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in The Sacramento Beeand Market Watch [The Wall Street Journal]

December 6th Event Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week and the Power of Inclusion
(November 23, 2011)
A coalition of organizations is sponsoring a free metro wide event on December 6 featuring Patrick Schwarz PhD who is a National-Louis University professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. Schwarz is presenting on “From Disability to Possibility – The Power of Inclusion.” The Twin Cities event will be held at the Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55431-3027 from 7– 9:30 p.m. The evening will be dynamic and interactive. …
PR Web
Reprinted in Digital Journal

Two 'U' researchers to evaluate No Child Left Behind waiver requests
(November 18, 2011)
Two University of Minnesota researchers -- Rachel Quenemoen and Martha Thurlow -- are among the education-policy experts who will help decide which states earn No Child Left Behind Act waivers, Education Week reports. …
Star Tribune

Transparency Watch: NCLB Waiver Judges Identified
(November 17, 2011)
A couple of weeks ago, Politics K-12 made a strong case for why the U.S. Department of Education was wrong for not disclosing, up front, the names of the judges who would help decide which states earned waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act and which wouldn't. …
Education Week

Concern Over Changing Teacher Evaluations
(November 14, 2011)
For the first time next year, thousands of Chicago Public Schools teachers will be evaluated based partly on how well their students are doing academically. Many fear they will face dismissal if the standards are not applied fairly. …
Chicago News Cooperative

UR's Warner School gets federal grant
(October 28, 2011)
The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester has received a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the local shortage of special education teachers. …
Rochester [NY] Business Journal

Special Needs and the Whiteboard Effect
(October 12, 2011)
The young man took his first sip of alcohol when he was 13 years old. Five years later he mixes psychotropic prescription medications with cheap gin, and tells me school is boring. …
Education Week

Transitional students
(October 9, 2011)
Society often carries preconceived notions about what an 18-year-old finishing high school will do next. Some will start college. Others head to a technical school. Still others head straight to full-time employment. But some special-education students find the transition to the next step more difficult. …
Southeast Missourian

University of Minnesota offers resources for people of all ages with disabilities
(September 26, 2011)
Families looking for information that supports the full inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities in their local communities have a wide range of resources available to them through the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. …
Exceptional Family TV

Ensuring Progress for All, Regardless of Disability
(Summer 2011)
All children deserve to learn to their greatest capacity, no matter what barriers they face. To make sure, the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) in the Institute on Community Integration is leading educational innovation for students with significant cognitive disabilities through the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC). The U.S. Department of Education awarded $45 million to the four-year partnership, a network of national centers and 19 states directed by senior research fellow Rachel Quenemoen and NCEO Director Martha Thurlow. …
Connect
Reprinted in Research Works

Making 'Common Core' Tests Accessible to All Students
(August 11, 2011)
Washington -- The idea of a set of interoperability technology standards that permit states to share data and test items across states and that enables the tagging of test content in a way to make test questions more accessible to different kinds of English-language learners and students with disabilities got a lot of play yesterday in a public meeting about the tests being developed for the states' common-core academic standards. …
Education Week

Hewitt selected as director of the Research and Training
(August 1, 2011)
Amy Hewitt, Ph.D., has been selected as the new director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) in the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI). She will assume the new role effective August 15, 2011, succeeding Charlie Lakin, Ph.D., who has been appointed director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education.
University of Minnesota Faculty and Staff
Reprinted in Access Press

Researchers on autism prevalence receive grant
(July 27, 2011)
A new project studying the incidence of autism within the Somali community in Minneapolis has been awarded to the University's Department of Pediatrics, Institute on Community Integration (ICI), and Department of Educational Psychology, as well as the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The one-year, $400,000 study is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and awarded through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Principal Investigators are Michael Reiff, Department of Pediatrics; Amy Hewitt, ICI; Joe Reichle, Educational Psychology; Amy Esler, Pediatrics; and Judy Punkyo, MDH.
University of Minnesota Faculty and Staff

Lakin leaves a legacy of service to Minnesota
(July 8, 2011)
Minnesota’s loss is the nation’s gain as the highly respected Charlie Lakin leaves the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. After more than three decades at the U of M, Lakin will become Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. Lakin accepts his new appointment August 29. ...
Access Press

Charlie Lakin Selected to Serve as the Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
(June 28, 2011)
Charlie Lakin has been selected to serve as the Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) starting August 29, 2011. Currently the Director of the University of Minnesota's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, Charlie will bring more than 40 years of experience as a teacher, researcher, consultant and advocate in services for people with disabilities. Over the course of his career, he has directed numerous research and training projects, co-authored over 200 publications, and has advised state, federal and international agencies in matters of policy, research and evaluation. Charlie holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, M.A. and M.Ed. degrees in Special Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Northern Iowa.
AUCD Website

U of M researcher appointed head of National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
(June 28, 2011)
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/28/2011) —Charlie Lakin of the University of Minnesota has been selected to serve as the director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research ( NIDRR ) in the U.S. Department of Education, starting Aug. 29. Currently the director of the university's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living in the Institute on Community Integration, Lakin will bring to his new position more than 40 years of experience as a teacher, researcher, consultant and advocate in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. ...
Media Newswire
Reprinted in News-Tower.com

Dr. Charles Lakin, Director!
(June 27, 2011)
Congratulations to K. Charlie Lakin, PhD, appointed the new director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)! ...
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

'The Riot!' Joins College of Direct Support Curriculum Offerings
(April 26, 2011)
The College of Direct Support (CDS) (http://info.collegeofdirectsupport.com/), an internet-based curriculum for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership by Elsevier | MC Strategies (http://www.mcstrategies.com/) and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, has announced the addition of a new genre of courses based on "The Riot!" – a quarterly newsletter written by and for self-advocates. …
PR Newswire

A Generation of Autism, Coming of Age
(April 13, 2011)
As the explosion of children who were found to have autism in the 1990s begins to transition from the school to the adult system, experts caution about the coming wave. …
The New York Times

Leadership history is preserved
(April 8, 2011)
For more than a century, a movement has been growing in this country to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are valued, included, empowered and productive members of society. This collective effort of individuals and groups, referred to broadly as the Developmental Disabilities Movement. A new Web resource that offers a history of this movement and some of its key leaders has been launched by the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at the University of Minnesota, with support from The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation. Titled Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement: A Web-Based Instructional, Discussion, and Wiki Program, this multimedia website (www.disabilityhistorywiki.org) uses Wiki technology to create a living history that continually expands and evolves with contributions from leaders around the country. …
Access Press

SC considers work-related diploma for disabled students to replace attendance certificate
(April 3, 2011)
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Disabled students in South Carolina could have the chance to get job training and a high school diploma instead of what frustrated parents and advocates call a "seat-warmer certificate," which merely acknowledges they attended school. …
The San Francisco Examiner
Reprinted in The Republic [Columbus, IN] and The Augusta Chronicle [Augusta, GA]

Long-Term Care, Supports and Services Competency Model Released
(March 22, 2011)
The U.S. Department of Labor today in Houston announced the release of the Long-Term Care, Supports and Services Competency Model. Over the past several months, the department’s Employment and Training Administration has worked with federal and industry partners to identify the core competencies required of workers who provide long-term care, support and services for individuals with disabilities and older adults in need of assistance. …
Everything HR

US Department of Labor announces release of Long-Term Care, Supports and Services Competency Model
(March 22, 2011)
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of the Long-Term Care, Supports and Services Competency Model. Over the past several months, the department's Employment and Training Administration has worked with federal and industry partners to identify the core competencies required of workers who provide long-term care, support and services for individuals with disabilities and older adults in need of assistance. …
United States Department of Labor
Reprinted in MMD Newswire.com and DeHaan-Busse, LLP

“T’ a’a’ hwo’ aji’ e’ego” ("It's up to you"): Meeting Individual Needs and Considering Cultural Values in Planning Transition from Public School to Adult Living
(March 3, 2011)
San Juan School District is located in Southeastern Utah and includes a large geographical area, which lies in San Juan County. It includes all the area east of the Colorado River and reaches to the Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona borders and includes portions of both the Navajo and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations. Several of our secondary schools include grades 7 through 12 because of the small numbers of students in some areas, the distance to other schools, and the cost of operating separate schools. …
Essential Educator

Check and Connect: Social worker clicks with kids, parents
(March 2, 2011)
Skip school at Clinton Middle School, and Charity Clark is probably going to come knocking on your front door. …
Tulsa World

Proposed bill would close Missouri's state-run institutions for disabled, ignites fierce debate
(February 15, 2011)
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A controversial idea could put a huge dent in Missouri’s budget deficit. …
nbc.actionnews.com

Dead caretaker admits sexual assault in suicide note
(February 10, 2011)
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It's a secret that almost never came to light – a caretaker who sexually assaulted the most vulnerable among us. …
wishtv8.com

'Diabetes' Is Fifth Disability Intensive Course Introduced to College of Direct Support (CDS) Curriculum
(January 4, 2011)
ATLANTA, January 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based college for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership by Elsevier I MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, has introduced its newest Disability Intensive Course (DIC) into the CDS Curriculum - Diabetes" …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in Pharmaceuticals News, College Newswire, Science 2.0, FinanzNachrichten.de [Germany], and Brinvest [Switzerland]

Siblings and disabilities
(January 4, 2011)
Scott Pion is a 26-year-old graduate student -- and the brother of two men with autism spectrum disorder. …
The Herald Sun [Durham, North Carolina]

The Arc Announces New Members to Serve on National Board
(December 15, 2010)
This distinguished group includes activists in the intellectual and development disability (I/DD) movement and leaders from a wide range of professions, including business. The new board includes a vice president of one of the world’s leading investment groups, a former Policy Director for a United States Senator, a corporate attorney, an executive with MetLife and a coach with the Washington Redskins football team. …
PRSafe Newswire

LTUSD dropout rate declines from previous year
(December 11, 2010)
Lake Tahoe Unified School District is bucking the state trend of rising dropout rates. …
Lake Tahoe News

Tackling America's Dropout Crisis: What Parents Need to Know: Newest Issue of Our Children Magazine Focuses on Education Crisis
(December 8, 2010)
Every nine seconds, a student in America drops out of school, according to the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. This is an alarming statistic. That's why the December 2010-January 2011 edition of National PTA's flagship magazine, Our Children, is a special-focus issue devoted to information and strategies for parents to address the dropout crisis. Here are highlights of the issue: …
Marketwire
Reprinted in Sys-Con Media

College of Direct Support Introduces New Learning Session Format, New Genre With 'R&R Arcade' for Reviewing, Refreshing Content
(November 22, 2010)
ATLANTA, November 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based curriculum for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership by Elsevier/MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, has introduced its latest offering in the form of a new genre of its online learning content. The new Learning Session is called "R&R Arcade: Direct Support Professionalism: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)." …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in BioMed Reports, PhysOrg.com, Bioscience Technology, and Science News

Erasing a Hurtful Label From the Books
(November 20, 2010)
Cliff Poetz of Minnesota, now 61 years old, went to Washington 40 years ago and told lawmakers they shouldn't use the term "mentally retarded" to describe him and others with intellectual disabilities. …
The Wall Street Journal

Program connects students to school
(November 3, 2010)
An intervention program aimed at promoting student engagement and retention is beginning this year in nine school districts across Southwest Colorado, including Durango, Ignacio and Bayfield. …
The Durango Herald [Durango, CO]

Mason Hosts National Conference on Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
(October 28, 2010)
Mason’s Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities (KIHd) and the National Down Syndrome Society will host the State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The conference takes place at the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel on the Fairfax Campus on Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. …
Mason Media Blog [George Mason University, Fairfax, VA]

U grant to serve disabled students
(October 25, 2010)
With the help of a five-year grant, the University of Minnesota has partnered with nearby community and technical colleges to improve post-secondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. …
Minnesota Daily

Help is here for Duluth's at-risk students
(October 24, 2010)
The first time integration specialist Veronica Quillien went to Lincoln/Piedmont Elementary School this year, she was introduced to a student of mixed race. …
Duluth News Tribune
Reprinted in Native Times

Central Lakes College awarded $2.2 million grant to improve programs and services for students with intellectual disabilities
(October 19, 2010)
Central Lakes College has been awarded a 5-year, $2,199,895 million grant by the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education under the federal Transitions Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID). Central Lakes College is one of 27 institutions of higher education in 23 states receiving this grant. …
Northland Press [Outing, MN]

Federal Grant
(October 14, 2010)
Central Lakes College has been awarded a 5-year, $2,199,895 million grant by the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education under the federal Transitions Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID). Central Lakes College is one of 27 institutions of higher education in 23 states receiving this grant. The funding allows CLC to partner with Ridgewater College, Willmar, and the University of Minnesota. CLC and Ridgewater are both community and technical colleges whereas the Institute on Community Integration at University of Minnesota is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Under the grant, the three institutions will establish a comprehensive and inclusive model for engaging and retaining students with intellectual disabilities in higher education programs. Dr. Suresh Tiwari (left), vice president of academic and student affairs at CLC, is the principal investigator for the grant. He will assume primary responsibility along with Rick Kangas, interim dean of enrollment and student services at CLC, for convening and imanaging a state advisory committee to address issues related to the grant project.
Central Lakes College News Blog

New Resources on Sexuality and Youth/Adults with Disabilities
(October 13, 2010)
Want to make people uncomfortable? Ask them about their sex education of their child with a disability (regardless of whether their “child” is 4 or 42 years old)! …
Autism Society of North Carolina Blog

Advanced Educational Program for Direct Support Professionals Launched in New Jersey
(Fall 2010)
New Jersey’s Department of Human Services (DHS) announced on September 14, 2010 statewide implementation of the College of Direct Support for agencies, families, and professionals providing direct support to people receiving services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). This announcement came as the result of work completed by The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (NJ UCEDD) in collaboration with various New Jersey stakeholders. …
Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

U receives $45 million for education: The NCEO will help improve cognative disability edu
(October 10, 2010)
The University of Minnesota’s National Center on Educational Outcomes has been awarded $45 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help students with severe cognitive disabilities. …
Minnesota Daily

AUCD Selects Derek Nord To Receive Prestigious 2010 Young Professional Award
(October 2010, Volume 27)
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has selected Derek Nord, Ph.D, of the University of Minnesota to receive the Association’s prestigious 2010 Young Professional Award in recognition of his many contributions to the Association and the disabilities field. …
Connections @ CDS

"Impact" Focuses on Sexuality & People with Disabilities
(October 2010, Volume 27)
What does it mean to affirm and support sexuality as a part of the lives of individuals with disabilities? …
Connections @ CDS

U of M's NCEO receives $45 million to form new national collaborative partnership for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities
(October 5, 2010)
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL -- The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $45 million to the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the University of Minnesota to form a partnership that will develop a new generation of alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. …
UM News

U.S. Education Department Awards Grants to Improve Assessments for Students with Disabilities
(October 4, 2010)
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants to two consortia of states to develop a new generation of alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. …
ED.gov [U.S. Department of Education]
Reprinted in The Cypress Times [Cypress, TX]

"Supporting Jobs and Careers in the Community" is Newest Course Introduced to College of Direct Support Curriculum
(September 14, 2010)
ATLANTA, Georgia -- The College of Direct Support (CDS) (http://info.collegeofdirectsupport.com/), an internet-based college for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) that is managed in partnership by Elsevier/MC Strategies (http://www.mcstrategies.com/) and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, has introduced its newest course - "Supporting Jobs and Careers in the Community."…
PR Newswire
Reprinted in Green Eco Path

New York a leader in confining mentally disabled
(September 8, 2010)
New York locks up seven times the number of people with lifelong brain disorders such as Down syndrome as the average of 11 other states, putting the state far ahead of what some see as a troubling trend, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal survey. …
Poughkeepsie Journal
Reprinted in Media dis&dat

Anchoring the Talent Pipeline
(August 30, 2010)
Frequent travelers by road in Nigeria will be familiar with the humorous inscriptions that adorn the long-haul buses that crisscross the country. These short, witty sayings often contain some incontrovertible piece of wisdom that not only entertains, but also provides considerable food for thought. …
Talent Matters [Lagos, Nigeria]

Lott Industries retools from loss of auto work, explores art niche
(August 9, 2010)
Like any budding artist, 30-year-old Craig Toczynski spends hours honing his unique people paintings, or perfectly placing shards of colored glass on a clear heart as he works in a room crowded with fellow artisans and their volunteer assistants. …
The Blade [Toledo, OH]

‘Brain Injury’ Is Newest Disability Intensive Course Introduced to College of Direct Support Curriculum
(August 5, 2010)
Atlanta, GA - The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based college for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership by Elsevier/MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center, has introduced its fourth Disability Intensive Course (DIC) into the CDS Curriculum – “Brain Injury.” …
WebWire

K. Charlie Lakin, Ph.D., to Receive This Year’s Distinguished Research Matters! Award
(August 2010)
At this year's National Convention, The Arc will honor Dr. K. Charlie Lakin as the distinguished Research Matters! Award recipient. Dr. Lakin’s efforts to document the changes, benefits and outcomes in disability-related public policies have made major contributions to the literature on and advocacy for community residential supports, family supports, waiting lists initiatives, and direct support workforce development. …
The Arc

ESS workers update skills: Twenty graduate from Web-based learning program
(August 1, 2010)
ELLISVILLE — Twenty Ellisville State School employees are recent graduates of a web-based learning management system designed to improve their skills in providing supports for those with disabilities and their families. …
Laurel Leader-Call [Laurel, MS]

Disabilities Act at 20: A milestone, but work remains
(July 23, 2010)
St. Paul, Minn. — Sherry Gray and her younger sister Suzy were born a year apart. They grew up a world apart. …
Minnesota Public Radio News Q ("Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered")
Reprinted in Austin Daily Herald [Austin, MN]

At $4,556 a day, N.Y. disabled care No. 1 in nation
(June 20, 2010)
Call it the Rolls-Royce of institutions for the mentally disabled. Call it the pot of gold at the end of the Medicaid rainbow. Call it anything, but don't call it cheap. …
Poughkeepsie Journal

'Home and Community Living' is Newest Course Introduced to College of Direct Support Curriculum
(June 15, 2010)
ATLANTA, Georgia -- The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based college for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership by Elsevier I MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, has introduced its newest course - "Home and Community Living." …
PR Newswire

Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Change Label of "Mental Retardation" to "Intellectual Disability"
(June 2010, Vol. 10, No. 6)
On May 26, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved, by voice vote, a bill titled Rosa's Law (S. 2781) that would change references to the words "mental retardation" in numerous existing laws to "intellectual disability." The bill, introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) is aimed at eliminating the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from the U.S. federal law books. Before approving the measure, the panel adopted, by unanimous consent, a Mikulski substitute amendment that would specify that the bill is not intended to change coverage, eligibility, rights, responsibilities or definitions in existing laws and that the bill also is not intended to require states to make similar changes to state laws. Read the text of this legislation.
AAIDD F.Y.I.

Disabled Face Hard Choices as States Slash Medicaid
(May 20, 2010)
FLORENCE, S.C — Tandem forces of shrinking state budgets and rising health-care costs have collided and struck a small brick ranch house in this rural town, home to Barbara Hickey. …
The Wall Street Journal
Reprinted in Media dis&dat

Northern Minn. school struggles with turnaround plan
(May 20, 2010)
Waubun, Minn. — Minnesota's worst performing schools will spend the summer making dramatic changes. …
Minnesota Public Radio News Q ("All Things Considered")

'Depression' is Newest Disability Intensive Course Introduced to College of Direct Support Curriculum
(May 11, 2010)
The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based college for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership by Elsevier I MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, has introduced its newest Disability Intensive Course (DIC) into the CDS Curriculum – "Depression." …
PR Newswire
Reprinted in Medical News Today, The Chronicus Post, Digital Journal, Beat Depression, and Doctors4Change.net

Sarkissian: Closing Fernald, at long last, is the best for its residents
(May 11, 2010)
The state's plan to close the Fernald Development Center in Waltham on June 30 is ringing alarm signals in some quarters. …
The Daily News Tribune [Waltham, MA]

Solving the Mental Health Crisis for Our Children by Rosalynn Carter
(May 6, 2010)
When I was a child in Plains, everyone knew everyone else in town. Church and school were the center of our community and were strong and positive influences on my life and those of my siblings and friends. So much has changed since then. The social fabric I took for granted no longer exists. On May 6--National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day--we need to acknowledge the fact that too many children in our nation are left to struggle with a whole host of stressful circumstances--violence, divorce, poverty, substance abuse and war, to mention just a few, without effective supports. …
The Huffington Post
Reprinted in Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, Radish Greens - Healthy Living and Untreatable Online Blog

Senate Panel Weighs Standards, ESEA Renewal
(April 29, 2010)
The nation needs more rigorous and uniform academic standards, but it’s best if states take charge of the effort, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said Wednesday at a Senate hearing on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. …
Education Week

Cloquet High School students ‘get connected’ with business mentors
(April 15, 2010)
A group of Cloquet High School students recently established a valuable link to the world of work through a new e-mail mentoring program. …
Pine Journal

No Child Left Behind Made Sure Students with Learning Disabilities Count, Now Let's Make Sure They Graduate
(April 12, 2010)
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as No Child Left Behind under President George W. Bush's administration, is up for renewal. President Barack Obama has called for Congress to vote on this education bill before the fall 2010 elections. Here, the National Center on Learning Disabilities outlines how this overarching federal education law affecting kindergarteners through high schoolers can be improved to ensure greater academic success and higher graduation rates for students with ADD/ADHD and LD. …
ADDitude
Reprinted in Accessibility News International

Virginia pays more to serve fewer developmentally disabled
(April 8, 2010)
As protests continue against the rebuild of the Southeastern Virginia Training Center, intensifying the controversy are Virginia’s unusually high bills when it comes to caring for the developmentally disabled. …
OldDominionWatchdog.org

Free Publication w/ Fresh Perspective on Aging & People with Disabilities
(April 8, 2010)
Impact: Feature Issue on Aging and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a new publication offering fresh, practical, and challenging perspectives on supporting aging individuals with disabilities and their families. The document was published by the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota and includes articles from individuals we can easily relate to whether they’re advocates, persons with disabilities, service providers, family members, and/ or researchers. …
lifemyway

Film for Thought Course ‘Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy’ Is a First of its Kind in the College of Direct Support Curriculum
(April 7, 2010)
The College of Direct Support (CDS), an Internet-based college for direct support professionals managed in partnership by MC Strategies/Elsevier and the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center, has introduced a new genre of courses into the CDS Curriculum – “Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy.” …
Elsevier

State study gives ammo to opponents of rebuilding center for developmentally disabled
(April 6, 2010)
As institutions for the developmentally disabled close around the country, Virginia is spending $23 million on a controversial rebuild of one of five such centers in the state. …
OldDominionWatchdog.org

ETS, NCEO Seek to Improve Test-Taking Experience for Students With Disabilities
(March 29, 2010)
Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) are investigating a new kind of accommodation that could improve the test-taking experience of K-12 students with disabilities. …
Marketwire
Reprinted on Earth Times

Web Spotlight: Youthhood.org
(March 27, 2010)
Youthhood.org is a free Web-based resource for teens. It is a place for teens where all youth are welcome. Designed by staff at the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, located at the University of Minnesota, it was created to help youth make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Aptly named rooms, such as The Hangout and The Community Center, help youth think about their future. This free resource contains one portal for students and another portal for adults. Most teens will use the site with an adult. This person is called the Youthhood Guide. Registration is not needed to visit places in the community; however, registration is needed to access personalized parts of the site such as the Life Map, a goal planning tool. To check it out, visit http://www.youthhood.org. …
PACER Center's Simon Technology Center Blog

Children in nursing homes: Truly the most vulnerable
(March 5, 2010)
Many families are forced to institutionalize their disabled children in nursing homes because of many states don’t have the resources to pay for in-home care. This puts parents in the difficult position of funding expensive home care on their own or having their child live in a nursing home, surrounded by elderly adults, and many families simply cannot afford the cost of in-home care workers and nurses. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that about 4,000 children live in nursing homes in the U.S. and that number is steadily growing as healthcare resources are increasingly spread thin. …
Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

Higher dropout age
(February 18, 2010)
There is said to be broad, bipartisan support for a bill advancing through the Kentucky House that would incrementally raise the dropout age in Kentucky to 18 years of age from 16 years. …
Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY]

Op-Ed: Time to Close State’s Residential Habilitation Centers
(February 9, 2010)
As a single mother of two teenage daughters, both with disabilities, and someone with a journalism degree who has worked in the disability rights field for 10 years, I am continually disappointed by both media coverage and state leadership in regards to “saving” Washington State’s residential habilitation centers (RHC). …
Olympia Newswire

Mentally disabled 'self-advocates' oppose use of word 'retarded'
(February 5, 2010)
A national movement to purge the word "retarded" from lawbooks and medical terminology is nearing success, gaining support this week from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who apologized to advocates for the disabled for using the term during a private meeting last summer. …
The Washington Post
Reprinted on Media dis&dat

Self-advocacy Web site for people with intellectual disabilities
(February 5, 2010)
Self-Advocacy Online is an educational- and networking Web site for teens and adults with intellectual- and other developmental disabilities. Created by The Research and Training Center on Community Living, it is intended for people participating in organized self-advocacy groups. …
Clear Helper

CDS Rolls Out 6th Course in its CFSM Curriculum: 'Your First Few Weeks and Months as a Supervisor'
(January 28, 2010)
ATLANTA, Georgia, January 29 - The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based curriculum for direct support professionals and managed in partnership by MC Strategies/Elsevier and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, announced today that its sixth course in the College of Frontline Supervision and Management (CFSM) on "Your First Few Weeks and Months as a Supervisor" is now available for administrators and learners to use as part of the online curriculum. …
PR Hub

(January 20, 2010)
THE INSTITUTE ON COMMUNITY INTEGRATION and the National Inclusion Project will release a groundbreaking new resource on Jan. 22. "Together We Make a Difference: An Inclusive Service Learning Curriculum for Elementary Learners With and Without Disabilitie" will provide educators and youth workers with a new tool for engaging elementary students in service learning, meeting education standards in a variety of academic areas, and helping to dispel stereotypes about young people with disabilities. For more information see community integration.
Faculty and Staff Brief

High turnover turnaround
(November 30, 2009)
Faced with an annual turnover rate of more than 50 percent among direct support professionals (DSPs) at Florida's Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services Inc. (MCPRS), it didn't take Staff Development Director Elizabeth Das long to recognize it would require more than an isolated training module or two to adequately address the problem. "While turnover rates among front-line personnel providing care to individuals with developmental disabilities typically run high in the U.S., we felt strongly we could do better," says Das. …
Manage Smarter

Cerebral Palsy course strengthens CDS curriculum as second disability intensive course offering
(November 29, 2009)
The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based curriculum for direct support professionals and managed in partnership by MC Strategies/Elsevier and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, announced today that its second Disability Intensive Course (DIC) on "Cerebral Palsy" is now available for administrators and learners to use as part of the online curriculum. It is the second of the DIC courses added to the CDS course lineup. The CDS had released a DIC course on "Autism" earlier this year. …
PR Hub by Elsevier
Also printed in PR Newswire

Haven for disabled workers feels job market's sting
(November 28, 2009)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Robert Ertle, 30, has cerebral palsy and can't walk. But he can assemble car parts at a special table designed for him. After one of his frequent brain operations, he's apt to argue with his mother, Dawn Cleveland, that he should go back to work immediately. …
The Wall Street Journal

A safe place for troubled teens
(October 28, 2009)
In 2008, Judith Crane made one of the hardest decisions of her life. She called the police on her teenage daughter Cindy. Doing so meant her daughter would soon be headed for juvenile detention for violating probation. …
East Bay Express

Tackling autism across disciplines
(Fall 2009)
Amy Hewitt, senior research associate in the Institute on Community Integration, knows that when it comes to an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), no single practitioner—educator, medical professional, social worker, or therapist—has all the answers. She’s learned that during her 20 years as a researcher in intellectual developmental disabilities, as a trainer, and as a service provider. She also lives with and helps coordinate services for an adult family member with autism. …
Connect

Teaming up: College outreach promotes activity and well-being
(Fall 2009)
The need for young people to be active is more than a matter of fun and games; it can mean life or death. Lack of physical exercise can lead to a lifetime of health problems. …
Connect

Disability knows no boundaries: Institute on Community Integration staff traveled to Zambia to continue the work of the Twin Cities-Zambia Disability Connection
(September 29, 2009)
This summer, Institute on Community Integration (ICI) staff members Matthew Bogenschutz, Derek Nord, and Kristin Hamre traveled to Zambia. …
Faculty and Staff Brief

MN UCEDD sponsors art and disability symposium
(September 25, 2009)
A symposium focusing on strengthening opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities to participate in the arts will be held at the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum on October 30th. "Changing Landscapes: Symposium on the Arts & Disability" is being sponsored by a coalition of University and community organizations - including the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) - to bring together artists with disabilities, disability service providers, arts instructors, arts advocates, University faculty and students, and others from around the state to share ideas for supporting and increasing involvement of individuals with disabilities in the arts. …
AUCD News & Events

Grant makes U of M home to state's first federally funded leadership education program in autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities
(July 23, 2009)
The University of Minnesota has become home to the state’s first federally funded LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities), coordinated by the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). …
UMNews

(July 22, 2009)
THE U RECENTLY BECAME HOME TO THE STATE'S FIRST FEDERALLY FUNDED LEND PROGRAM (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities), coordinated by the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). The program will be funded by a two-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. LEND prepares future leaders who will serve children with autism and other neurodevelopmental related disabilities. For more information, see LEND.
University of Minnesota Faculty and Staff Brief

Changing Landscapes: An art exhibit – Paintings showcase works made by Twin Cities area artists with disabilities
(July 21, 2009)
An imaginary creature—a bulbous three-legged "froomish"—encounters an orange. A turbaned woman looks out at you with soft, haunting eyes. A beetle journeys through a landscape of twisty architecture and globes of nerve ending–like tendrils. A woman whose face is composed of neon yellow, pink, and orange sits in an abstract interior limned with lines of electric blue. …
University of Minnesota Faculty and Staff Brief

Pediatrics, ICI Partner on New Neurodevelopmental Disabilities LEND
(July 20, 2009)
On July 1 the University of Minnesota became home to the state's first-ever federally-funded LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities), coordinated by the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). Funded by a two-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, to the Department of Pediatrics, the Minnesota LEND is an interdisciplinary training program preparing future leaders who will serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, and their families in health care, education, human services, and policy settings.
CEHD News

Man with disabilities fights for job opportunity
(July 8, 2009)
Anyone searching for a job right now understands how challenging it can be. It can be especially difficult for those living with disabilities. But for one man, his job hunting journey is an inspiration. …
Fox9 News
Reprinted on U Faculty Staff News on Twitter on July 10, 2009.

Class helps Hemet High students with disabilities break down social barriers
(May 27, 2009)
The "Yes I Can" class at Hemet High is about making friends. If that sounds simplistic for a high school course, consider that special education teacher Teresa Ramirez relies on 20 lesson plans developed by experts at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration. …
The Press-Enterprise [Hemet, California]

Keeping Kids in Class: Check & Connect Demonstrably Lowers Dropout Rates
(Spring 2009)
EACH YEAR ROUGHLY 1.23 MILLION STUDENTS in the United States do not graduate from high school with their peers—an issue that has both societal and individual implications. Students who drop out are more likely to become unemployed, incarcerated, and/or dependent on social programs than those with a high school diploma. …
Connect

Mpls. Schools Dispute Dropout Vs. Graduation Rates
(April 22, 2009)
A national report by the America's Promise Alliance said between 1995 and 2005, more than one in four kids left high school without getting a diploma. That report said 45 percent of students in Minneapolis High Schools drop out. On Wednesday, the district told WCCO-TV that the report is misleading and flat out wrong. …
…Minneapolis Schools officials said the Check and Connect program [developed at ICI] is one of the reasons the dropout rates have dropped dramatically. …
WCCO TV

History Whiz Fights for Diploma
(April 20, 2009)
Ryan McFolin flips through his 600-page book Bhaghavad-Gita, or "Song of God," a popular religious text on the scriptures of Hinduism. …
Tennessean.com

Recession hits kids who need jobs for diploma
(April 12, 2009)
For some high school seniors, landing a job means more than extra cash for the movies or the mall - getting a paycheck means a chance to graduate. …
Written by the Associated Press and published in the Charlotte Observer and on WRAL.

U of M's "Check & Connect" program tackles problem of school dropouts: New grant will expand program to include community college students in Minneapolis and Kentucky
(March 31, 2009)
Nearly 1.23 million U.S. students do not graduate high school with their peers each year, and dropouts (who are more likely to become unemployed, incarcerated and/or dependent on social programs) are estimated to cost U.S. taxpayers $76 billion annually. The U of M’s Institute on Community Integration (ICI) in the College of Education and Human Development has been successfully combating this problem in K-12 education in Minnesota and around the country with its targeted “Check & Connect” program. …
UMNews

Social networking with Self-Advocacy Online
(March 3, 2009)
We usually think of our rights once they are taken away, but for people with developmental disabilities, having universal access and equal rights is a daily struggle. “Self-advocacy is a civil rights issue,” says Jerry Smith, award-winning filmmaker and media producer for the Research Training Center on Community Living at University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. “In basic terms, self-advocacy is about people with developmental disabilities having control over their lives, over their own medical care. It is also about organizing a social and political movement,” adding that people with intellectual disabilities have far fewer rights than most, due in large part to challenges communicating what they want. …
HASTAC

PUBLICATION: Employment and Women with Disabilities
(February 2009)
In the Summer/Fall 2008 issue of their magazine “Impact”, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration (ICI) has published a very thorough examination of many employment issues encountered by women with disabilities. Generally, this document focuses on issue overviews, personal profiles, and useful resources. Highly readable and informative! …
Disability Network

Is it time to close the door on Yakima Valley School?
(February 14, 2009)
Meet Michael Carpenter, a 41-year-old man who lives in an apartment with a caregiver in Ellensburg. He works, rides public transportation and is active in a disability-rights group. …
Yakima Herald-Republic

Staying the course
(February 14, 2009)
Amanda Avila Rojas and Maria Rojas know the drill at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. …
The Gazette [Montreal, Canada]

Together We Make A Difference
(February 6, 2009)
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation and The Institute on Community Integration have teamed up together with a new inclusive service learning program called Together We Make a Difference. …
Clay Aiken News

ICI, Bubel/Aiken Foundation Unveil New Inclusive Service Learning Program for Youth
(January 31, 2009)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) and The Bubel/Aiken Foundation are unveiling a new inclusive service learning program, Together We Make a Difference, that brings together K-12 students with and without disabilities to make a positive difference in their communities. The program, developed through a three-year, $190,400 grant from the Foundation to ICI, has as its goals to engage all youth in service learning, and teach social and life skills to children of all abilities while helping to dispel stereotypes about people with disabilities. …
Reprinted from the Institute on Community Integration (January 15, 2009)

Specialnummer på engelska om kvinnor med funktionsnedsättning och arbetslivet från Institute on Community Integration och University of Minnesota
(December 8, 2008)
Feature Issue on Employment and Women With Disabilities. Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 21 • Number 1 • Summer/Fall 2008
Forum - Kvinnor och Funktionshinder (Forum - Women and Disability in Sweden)

Disabilities and Amendment 51
(December 5, 2008)
To the Editor,
The election results are bittersweet: While I am excited about our country's new leadership, I am disheartened that Amendment 51 did not pass, even with the bipartisan support it generated. Over 10,000 Coloradoans with developmental disabilities will be waiting years for basic services, and the waitlist continues to grow. …
The Flume

Dec. 10: Tour ICI's "Changing Landscapes"
(December 3, 2008)
You are invited to celebrate the opening of a new installment of art at the Institute on Community Integration's (ICI) Pattee Hall. This exhibit showcases the work of artists from Interact Center for the Arts and is part of the "Changing Landscapes: Visiting Artists with Disabilities" project, a revolving display of artwork created by artists with disabilities from the Twin Cities area. …
CEHD Inside/Out

Texas lambasted over care of mentally disabled
(December 3, 2008)
For more than a century, thousands of mentally disabled Americans were isolated from society, sometimes for life, by being confined to huge public hospitals. In at least one place, they still are. …
msnbc.com
Originally written by the Associated Press and reprinted on msnbc.com. Also reprinted on Stone Soup Station and on The Coalition for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Impact (Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities)
(December 1, 2008)
The Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, has published a publication offering personal stories, strategies, research, and resources to enhance employment options for girls and women with disabilities.
The Open Society Mental Health Initiative

Johnson and Thurlow in national special ed report
(November 26, 2008)
David R. Johnson and Martha Thurlow of the college's Institute on Community Integration are among the 14 researchers listed as "Selected Experts" in the new national report, "Special Education in America: The State of Students with Disabilities in the Nation's High Schools," released by the publishers of Education Week. …
CEHD Inside/Out

ICI launches several new projects
(November 19, 2008)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) has launched seven new projects to improve health care, education, and community services for people with disabilities in Minnesota and nationwide. …
CEHD Inside/Out

MN UCEDD develops new voter participation resource for young adults with disabilities
(November 1, 2008)
Election day is just weeks away, and to help motivate and teach young adults with disabilities about voting, and about other ways to participate in the political process, the My Voice, My Vote Web site (www.MyVoiceMyVote.org) has been launched by the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota. …
AUCD News & Events

My Voice, My Vote: New resource for youth with disabilities
(October 16, 2008)
Election day is just weeks away, and to help motivate and teach young adults with disabilities about voting, and about other ways to participate in the political process, the My Voice, My Vote Web site has been launched by the college’s Institute on Community Integration (ICI). …
CEHD Inside/Out

Presidential candidate positions on issues and legislation of interest to persons with disabilities
(October 10, 2008)
by Charlie Lakin
Are you wondering where presidential candidates stand on various disability issues? A detailed chart was developed by Access Press to provide a brief summary of the position of the five primary presidential candidates on legislative proposals of interest to persons with disabilities. …
Access Press

Educators' interpretations of ambiguous accommodations
(October 9, 2008)

This exploratory case study examined how general and special education teachers in one school district interpreted three frequently used accommodations. Although a majority of both groups agreed on interpretations of extended time, there was little agreement, considerable variation, and some contradiction in their understanding of the changes intended by scribing and preferential seating. Recommendations include suggestions for replacing ambiguous accommodations with functional descriptions, linking accommodations more directly with barriers presented by disabilities, and paying particular attention to ensuring that interpretations are shared as students move through their school experience. …
redOrbit

Giving voice to voters
(October 9, 2008)

The "My Voice, My Vote" program, created by the U's Institute on Community Integration, has launched a new Web site to help motivate and teach young adults with disabilities about voting and ways to participate in the political process.
eNews

My Voice, My Vote
(October 6, 2008)

This is a new website for young adults with disabilities who want to learn about the voting process and make a difference in theircommunities. The site includes resources for voters in Minnesota and across the country, including the many different ways one can vote and what it means to be a good citizen. The website also includes an open-captioned video on the voting process. …
Monday Morning in Washington, D.C.

Website: myvoicemyvote.org Helps Young Adults Understand Voting Process
(October 4, 2008)

My Voice, My Vote is a new website for young adults with disabilities who want to learn about the voting process and make a difference in their communities. The site includes resources for voters in Minnesota and across the country, including the many different ways one can vote and what it means to be a good citizen. The website includes an open-captioned video on the voting process. It also includes an ASL video, "Voting: You Decide". More information on the website and the videos can be found at http://www.myvoicemyvote.org.
PLUK News feed

U of M “My Voice, My Vote” program launches new website to educate voters with disabilities
(October 3, 2008)

With the most important presidential election in recent history just weeks away, Republicans and Democrats alike are acutely aware of the importance of giving all American citizens a chance to have their voices heard. With that goal in mind, the University of Minnesota is doing its part to help young adults with disabilities partake in the political process with its new “My Voice, My Vote” program. The group recently launched a new website -- available at myvoicemyvote.org -- to give people with disabilities and their advocates convenient access to resources and information to promote civic engagement in Minnesota. …
University News Service

Abusive Language
(October 1, 2008)

In our last Health Skill Share at the Welcome Ministry, we talked about all the ways in which our guests experience oppression, and resources to come together to oppose oppression. One of the topics that the group choose to focus on was how being labeled with a mental health disability or cognitive disability was one locus of oppression in their lives. We talked about some ways to come together to work against specific forms of this oppression, and ways to challenge the assumptions and policies behind it on societal/systemic levels. …
Welcome Ministry

Zambia delegation explores disabilities advocacy in Minnesota
(Fall 2008)

In March nine delegates from Zambia traveled to the Twin Cities for an intensive two-week training program in disability advocacy and support. Together they learned local best practices in advocacy, policies, and services for those with disabilities through a series of seminars and on-site visits. Program content was modeled on the college’s certificate in disability policy and services. …
CONNECT

Tropic Thunder? Offense Taken!
(September 10, 2008)

The call to action was a offensive play title. The response was a movie. Now the call comes again—an offensive movie. …
Access Press

Kentucky Works to Keep Embattled Institution Open
(September 6, 2008)

Physically, Deron Dickerson was a 38-year-old man. Mentally, he was a toddler who needed constant supervision. …
Associated Press

Southside early ed: Green is go, stop is red
(September 2, 2008)

Kristin Green’s tutoring program for third and fourth graders at Grace Trinity Lutheran Community Church is moving forward. …
Southside Pride

Southeast Tech Gets Grant for Programs
(August 21, 2008)

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical has received a federal grant to implement a new degree program and four new certificate programs. …
Winona Daily News

A Welcome Home: Caregivers Take In Disabled Adults for One-on-One, Long-Term Help
(August 10, 2008)

When Leila McDowell-Head thought about the future of her mentally disabled daughter, Layla, she kept coming up with unsavory scenarios. She and her husband, Tony, were both in their 50s and knew their ability to care for Layla, 24, would wane in coming years. Who would be there for her? There were group homes, but would they be able to give Layla, whose condition is complicated by autism and frequent seizures, the specialized attention she needed? …
The Washington Post
Reprinted in The Arizona Republic (August 25, 2008) as "Caregivers opening their homes"

Amy Hewitt: Direct Support Work is a Highly Skilled Job
(July 17, 2008)
“If I had only one sentence, this would be it: Direct support work is a highly skilled job,” says Amy Hewitt. “Direct support work is not just about keeping people clean and fed and safe.... It’s about helping them have a life.” …
PHI Blog

What Happened to Ricky
(May 31, 2008)

Tom and Betty West committed their mentally disabled son to a state institution. His name was Richard, and he was three years old. It was 1959. The massive complex was remote and family ties not encouraged. The state eventually moved Richard to a different facility without informing the Wests of the location. Four decades passed without a family member laying eyes on Richard. …
The Wall Street Journal

Global Self-Advocacy Efforts
(May 10, 2008)
A delegation of nine government officials, missionaries, educators, and advocates from Zambia in southern Africa was in the Twin Cities from March 28 to April 13 for an advanced disability leadership learning program sponsored by five local disability organizations. Arc Greater Twin Cities, the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, Fraser, St. David’s Child Development and Family Services, and Opportunity Partners are collaborating on a project titled “Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection,” which began with the two-week intensive learning residency and will continue this summer when trainers from the Twin Cities travel to Zambia. …
Access Press

ICI (MN UCEDD) Partners on 'Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection'
(May 1, 2008)
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota, is partnering with four community organizations (Arc Greater Twin Cities, Fraser, St. David's Child Development and Family Services, and Opportunity Partners) to provide advanced leadership training in disability advocacy, policy, and services for a delegation of nine government officials, missionaries, educators, and advocates from Zambia in southern Africa. Titled the "Twin Cities and Zambia Disability Connection," the project was launched with a visit to the Twin Cities by the Zambian delegation for a two-week intensive learning residency from March 28-April 13. It will continue this summer when trainers from the Minnesota partner organizations travel to Zambia. …
AUCD Member Spotlight

When Crisis Hits the Disabled
(April 29, 2008)

Seventy-nine year old Anna Dromgoole arrived at the Plano Specialty Hospital a month ago with severe wounds on her legs. Her 41-year-old son, Kent, who has Downs Syndrome, was at her side. …
The Wall Street Journal

Zambians pledge the need of a stronger voice in disability advocacy
(April 2008)
Early this year, January 2008 Arc members Amy Hewitt, Institute on Community Integration, and Sandy Beddor visited Zambia, met families and individuals with disabilities and made connections with government and education professionals. …
The African News Journal

Show and sell: U of M art exhibit promotes artists with disabilities
(March 2008)

Tired of the drab walls of your place of employment? Turn it into an art gallery. That's what folks did at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. …
Access Press

U of M national study finds students with disabilities do better after receiving same diploma as classmates
(February 2008)
In a study of the nation’s high school graduation requirements and diploma options, the University of Minnesota has found that some graduation policies may prevent students with disabilities from pursuing the same educational and life opportunities that their classmates have. …
University News Service

U of M center on developmental disabilities wins funds from MacArthur Foundation
(February 2008)

The Research and Transition Center on Community Living (RTC) was one of 17 projects to receive funding as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s first-ever Digital Media and Learning Competition. RTC received $72,000 to build a Web site for people with disabilities. …
University News Service

ICI (MN UCEDD) launches "Changing Landscapes: The Visiting Artists with Disabilities Project"
(January 7, 2008)

More about the art exhibit.
Association for University Centers on Disability

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