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Proposed Revision to the DSM-5's Entry for ID

AUCD Opposes a Proposed Revision to the DSM-5's Entry for ID August 1, 2019 DOWNLOAD  APA DSM5 IDD.pdf (99KB) [download] AUCD  submitted comments to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) strongly opposing a proposed change to the DSM-5 concerning the diagnostic criteria for intellectual disability (ID). The DSM-5 is a guide for doctors to diagnosis people with a disability. In an attempt to clarify the current criteria for ID, the proposed revision creates greater concern around the understanding of intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. It says – incorrectly – that adaptive functioning is a cause of intellectual functioning. We proposed a change to the DSM-5 that will direct clinicians more clearly in the diagnosis of intellectual disability which could positively impact eligibility for supports and services. If changed, it may result  in a population of people underdiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or undiagnosed hindering their ability to access services that m

Moving Forward Housing Program

from DDRS: Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority partners with the Family and Social Services Administration The  Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority  announced plans for their  Moving Forward 2020 Program . IHCDA, in partnership with the  Indiana Family and Social Services Administration  and  Energy Systems Network , will take on the challenge of providing integrated affordable housing for persons with intellectual and development disabilities by implementing innovative technologies to improve quality of life and independence. “The Moving Forward program continues to focus on innovation and identifying strategies that can be used to address challenges facing Hoosiers," said  Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch , who serves as board chair of IHCDA. "Our goal is to find affordable housing solutions that are integrated for persons with disabilities that can become state and national models." Along with this announcement, IHCDA has released

Free Online Work Incentives Seminar Event

WISE Webinars Are you interested in learning about how work will affect your Social Security benefits? Social Security hosts free online Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinars. WISE webinars can help you and your family members learn about the Ticket to Work program and other Social Security work incentives. They are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.  Register Now!  We look forward to connecting with you on a WISE webinar! Register Now! »

ME! Lessons for Teaching Self-Awareness & Self-Advocacy

ME! Lessons for Teaching Self-Awareness & Self-Advocacy DEVELOPED BY PENNY CANTLEY, KAREN LITTLE, & JAMES MARTIN Self-determination skills, such as self-advocacy and self-awareness, have the potential to increase successful secondary and postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Welcome to the ME! Lessons. All of the lessons and supplemental information needed to teach the lessons can be found on this page. Prior to teaching the lessons, please download and read Using The Lessons (doc) , Scope and Sequence (doc) , and Recommended Resources (doc) . The unit overviews, Common Core State Standards, and lesson plans are arranged by unit in one file each and may be downloaded by clicking on the link. Student and teacher materials, and additional resources may be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate links.   In addition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) listed within each Unit, the  Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) (pd

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief Congressional Recess All Month Members of Congress are in their home districts! Think about hosting a community event and inviting your members of Congress, or invite them to visit your programs or centers. Action Steps: ·         - Reach out to both the district office and DC office with your request and ask to be connected with a scheduler. Autism CARES The Autism CARES Act - which has expanded research and coordination, increased public awareness and surveillance, and expanded interdisciplinary health professional training, including LENDs, to identify and support children and youth with Autism and their families - will sunset (expire) on September 30, 2019, without a successful reauthorization. HR. 1058, which reauthorizes CARES for five years, passed the House on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. CARES is currently being hotlined in the Senate -- this means Senate Leadership is running a notice to both Democrats and Republicans to try