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2021 Hand to Hold NICU Community Conference

  Join Us at Our Community Conference   We are excited to announce that registration is open for our free and virtual conference. The 2021 Hand to Hold NICU Community Conference is the ONLY free conference for NICU parents and professionals that is exclusively focused on the care, support, education, and improved communication with NICU families.  Across three days Hand to Hold will offer three tracks (NICU Families, NICU Professionals, and a track for Spanish-speaking families) featuring 37 speakers covering a variety of critical topics. These subject experts will leave our attendees encouraged, educated, and empowered.  We hope to see you there! Register Now

Roadmap to the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster

On September 22, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended of the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series for: individuals 65 years of age and older; individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and  individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19. More information on the FDA’s authorization can be found  here . Additionally, on September 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended: people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, people aged 50–64 years with  underlying medical conditions

Cold, Flu, or COVID-19: How to Tell the Difference

Original from  Indiana Immunization Coalition Sneezing, coughing, chills… do you have a cold, the flu, or even COVID-19? The common cold, flu, and COVID-19 are all respiratory illnesses, but different viruses cause them. While the cold can cause you to feel sick for a few days, the flu and COVID-19 can leave you ill for weeks, lead to  more serious illnesses , hospitalization, and even  death . Cold Symptoms A cold does not usually result in serious health problems but the symptoms often last about a week. • runny or stuffy nose • sore throat • congestion • cough • slight fever Flu Symptoms The flu is worse than a cold and the symptoms are more severe and usually come on quickly but generally improve over two to five days even though you may feel worse for wear for a week or so. • fever • chills • sore throat • cough • headache • fatigue • muscle or body aches COVID-19 Symptoms People infected with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe. Fever or chills Cou

2022 AAPD Summer Internship Program

The American Association of People with Disabilities offers summer internship opportunities in Washington, DC, for college and post-grad students with disabilities. In 2022 a virtual option is available.  Read more and apply  by  October 20 .

Malnutrition Awareness Week is October 4-8!

Original from Division of Agin   Please join the Division of Aging in recognizing the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s Malnutrition Awareness Week TM  on October 4-8, 2021. It’s a week filled with valuable educational webinars and sharing of informational material on malnutrition. The goal of Malnutrition Awareness Week is to educate healthcare professionals on early detection, prevention, and treatment of malnutrition; educate consumers/patients to discuss their nutrition status with healthcare professionals; and to increase awareness of nutrition’s role on patient recovery. Division of Aging-funded programs provided nutritional support with over 6 million meals in 2020 through congregate and home delivered meal services. To learn more about meal programs in your area, visit  or call 1-800-713-9023 to be connected to your local INconnect Alliance member.

Collaborative Conversations with Families – Seminar 2: Irritability and Pain

  Learning objectives for this second session of the 10-part seminar series,  Collaborative Conversations with Families to Advance the Clinical Care of Children with Medical Complexities and Disabilities  (C6), are to identify differences between acute and chronic pain management; demonstrate language strategies with parents when introducing and managing chronic pain; and develop care plans for breakthrough symptoms. Each session of the series, which is funded by the  Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health , includes a panel of national experts, both clinical and caregiver. Irritability and Pain Thursday, October 14 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific Time Read more and register . See the recording and slides from the first seminar  Knowledge Gaps in the Care of Children with Medical Complexity and Neurodisability .

Webinars About Guardianships and AAC Users

  Did you miss Communication FIRST's two webinars about  guardianships and AAC users?   YOU ARE IN LUCK!   Fully-captioned, ASL-interpreted video-recordings, as well as separate audio files and written transcripts of both discussions, are now available on our website  here . We are working on a written FAQ document on this topic and will publish it on the same page once it is ready.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services needs your feedback!

Vocational Rehabilitation Services wants to provide the best services possible to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their employment goals. Your answers to our   needs assessment survey   are very important in helping us to understand how to improve services and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Please take a moment to share your ideas and feedback with us   by clicking here. This survey is anonymous. You will not be asked for your name or contact information. You can answer all questions or just the questions that are important to you. It is ok to skip questions you do not wish to answer. The survey will end on Oct. 25, 2021. If you need assistance in completing the survey, please call 800-545-7763.

Announcing Our Future in Mind: A Brand New Event for Young People

  Mental Health America and  IDONTMIND , in partnership with Youtube, present  Our Future In Mind: Mental Health Summit , a live free two-day event this November 5 and 6. The first of its kind, this event will give you a front-row seat to the stories behind some of the biggest movements in mental health and the tools you will need to be part of the change. Register Now Why attend? Find your place in mental health advocacy  Whether you’re new to the world of mental health or already have the next great idea, our goal is to help you figure out where your voice and skills can fit in. Just bring your interest and passion to the table. Nothing for us without us For decades, young people have taken the initiative and fought for the mental health care they need and deserve. Young people just like you. This is your opportunity to hear their stories and join their fight for a better world. Be inspired by diverse voices  Our sessions will cover a variety of topics like equity and disability in m

Assistive Technology in the Workplace

  October 19, 2021, 1:00-2:30 pm Assistive technology can play an important role in the workplace by enabling persons with disabilities to access equipment and services so they can perform job tasks and maintain employment. This webinar will cover the basics of assistive technology along with tools and resources available for use in the workplace. Featured Presenter:   Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology Services, Easterseals Crossroads As Director of Assistive Technology Services, Brian is responsible for the agency’s assistive technology service line that includes clinical assistive technology, home modification, and the INDATA Project, a statewide assistive technology program. Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Registration with funding from the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities