Teaching Strategies for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities

 

Evidence based practices for students with severe disabilities 

Instructional strategies for students with multiple disabilities

Multiple disabilities in your classroom: 10 tips for teachers

Severe and education of individuals with multiple disabilities

Strategies for inclusion of children with multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness

Students who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities

Students with multiple disabilities

Supporting young children with multiple disabilities: What do we know and what do we still need to learn?

Teaching students with multiple disabilities

Teaching students with severe or multiple disabilities

What is Sepsis?

While Sepsis is a severe life-threatening medical condition, it can also affect people with disabilities. According to the Centers for Diseases and Control (CDC), Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have —in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else—triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis kills more than 250,000 people a year with 1.5 million diagnosed each year.

Signs and Symptoms
  • An initial infection
  • Fever
  • High heart rate
  • heavy breathing

Severe sepsis occurs during organ failure. signs include:

  • decrease urination
  • breathing problems
  • body chills
  • extreme weakness

Sepsis is caused by:

  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney infection
  • Bloodstream infections.

if you work with an individual displaying any of these signs and symptoms, seek medical attention.

Resources

Recovering from Sepsis– NHS

Sepsis Overview– Science Direct

What is Sepsis?– Sepsis Alliance

University Centers on Disabilities Resources

Are you familiar with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities? It is a program The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. Network members consist of:

  • 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Office on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (OIDD)
  • 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
  • 14 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), most of which are funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD)

These programs serve and are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.

AUCD supports this national network through:

  • Leadership on major social problems affecting all people living with developmental or other disabilities or special health needs
  • Advocacy with Congress and executive branch agencies that fund and regulate programs used by people with disabilities
  • Networking and partnering with other national organizations to advance the network’s national agendas
  • Promoting communication within the network and with other groups by collecting, organizing, and disseminating data on network activities and accomplishments
  • Technical assistance provision on a broad range of topics

The following are Networks located in each State:

Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
933 19th Street South, CH19 Room 307(Location)
1720 2nd Avenue South, CH19 Room 307 (Mailing)
Birmingham, AL 35294-0021
Main Phone:  205-934-5471
Toll Free Number:  800-822-2472
Main Fax:  205-975-2380
Main Email:  fbiasini@uab.edu
Website:  www.uab.edu/civitansparks

Alaska

UCEDD,LEND Program:
Center for Human Development
University of Alaska Anchorage
2702 Gambell Street
Suite 103
Anchorage, AK 99503
Main Phone:  907-272-8270
Main Fax:  907-274-4802
Website:  http://www.alaskachd.org

Arizona

Arizona UCEDD
Northern Arizona University
Institute for Human Development
912 Riordan Ranch Road
PO Box 5630
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5630
Main Phone:  928-523-7921
Main Fax:  928-523-9127
TTY:  928-523-1695
Website:  http://www.nau.edu/ihd/

Arkansas 

Partners for Inclusive Communities
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
322 Main. Suite 501
Little Rock, AR 72201
Main Phone:  501-301-1100
Toll Free Number:  800-342-2923
Main Fax:  501-682-5423
TTY:  800-342-2923
Main Email:  partners@uark.edu
Website:  http://UofAPartners.uark.edu

California

UCEDD Program:
USC UCEDD at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
University of Southern California
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Mailstop #53
Los Angeles, CA 90027-6062
Main Phone:  323-361-2300
Main Fax:  323-361-8305
Main Email:  uscucedd@chla.usc.edu
Website:  http://www.uscucedd.org
AUCD State Profile: AUCD CA State Profile

Colorado 

JFK Partners
University of Colorado Denver
School of Medicine
13121 E. 17th Ave, C234
Aurora, CO 80045
Main Phone:  303-724-5266
Main Fax:  303-724-7664
Website:  http://www.jfkpartners.org

Connecticut

UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
263 Farmington Ave., MC 6222
Farmington, CT 06030-6222
Main Phone:  860-679-1500
Toll Free Number:  866-623-1315
Main Fax:  860-679-1571
TTY:  860-679-1502
Main Email:  bruder@uchc.edu
Website:  http://www.uconnucedd.org

Delaware

Center for Disabilities Studies
College of Education and Human Development
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716
Main Phone:  302-831-6974
Main Fax:  302-831-4690
TTY:  302-831-4689
Main Email:  mineo@udel.edu
Website:  http://www.udel.edu/cds

District of Columbia 

Georgetown UCEDD
Georgetown University
Center for Child and Human Development
3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Suite 3300
Mailing address Box 571485
Washington, DC 20057-1485
Main Phone:  202-687-8807
Main Fax:  202-687-8899
TTY:  202-687-5503
Website:  https://ucedd.georgetown.edu/
Website 2:  https://gucchd.georgetown.edu/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GUUCEDD
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GUUCEDD/

Florida

UCEDD,LEND Program:
Mailman Center for Child Development
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics (D-820)
P.O. Box 016820
Miami, FL 33101
Main Phone:  305-243-6801
Main Fax:  305-243-5978
Main Email:  darmstrong@med.miami.edu
Website:  http://mailmancenter.org
AUCD State Profile: AUCD FL State Profile.pdf

Georgia

Institute on Human Development and Disability
A University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
River’s Crossing Building, The University of Georgia
850 College Station Road
Athens, GA 30602-4806
Main Phone:  706-542-3457
Main Fax:  706-542-4815
Main Email:  contact@ihdd.uga.edu
Website:  http://www.ihdd.uga.edu

Hawaii

Pacific Basin Program
University of Hawaii, Center on Disability Studies
1410 Lower Campus Road, #171F
Honolulu, HI 96822
Main Phone:  808-956-2303
Main Fax:  808-956-7878
Main Email:  kiriko@hawaii.edu
Website:  www.hawaii.edu/cds

Idaho 

Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
1187 Alturas Drive
Moscow, ID 83843
Main Phone:  208-885-6000
Main Fax:  208-885-6145
TTY:  800-432-8324
Main Email:  idahocdhd@uidaho.edu
Website:  http://www.idahocdhd.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Idahocdhd/

Illinois 

University of Illinois UCE
Institute on Disability and Human Development (M/C 626)
Department of Disability and Human Development
The University of Illinois at Chicago
1640 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608-6904
Main Phone:  312-413-1647
Main Fax:  312-413-4098
TTY:  312-413-0453
Website:  http://ahs.uic.edu/disability-human-development/
Website 2:  http://go.uic.edu/DHD
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/idhd_uic
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UICDHD/

Indiana 

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Indiana University
2810 East Discovery Parkway
Bloomington, IN 47408
Main Phone:  812-855-6508
Main Fax:  812-855-9630
Main Email:  iidc@indiana.edu
Website:  http://www.iidc.indiana.edu
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/IIDCIU
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indiana-Institute-on-Disability-and-Community-at-Indiana-University/71615188471

Iowa

UCEDD,LEND Program:
Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
Main Phone:  319-384-5656
Main Fax:  319-356-8284
Main Email:  meredith-field@uiowa.edu
Website:  https://uihc.org/ucedd/
Website 2:  https://uihc.org/ucedd/iowa-leadership-education-neurodevelopmental-and-related-disabilities-project

Kansas 

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
University of Kansas
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
3111 Haworth
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
Main Phone:  785-864-7600
Main Fax:  785-864-7605
Main Email:  kucdd@ku.edu
Website:  http://www.kucdd.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ksucdd/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Kentucky

University of Kentucky Human Development Institute
University Center on Disability
University of Kentucky
126 Mineral Industries Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0051
Main Phone:  859-257-1714
Main Fax:  859-323-1901
TTY:  859-257-2903
Website:  http://www.hdi.uky.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ukhdi/

Louisiana

LSUHSC – Human Development Center
LSUHSC – Human Development Center
School of Allied Health Professions
411 So. Prieur Street – 4th Floor Room 472
New Orleans, LA 70112-2262
Main Phone:  504-556-7585
Main Fax:  504-556-7574
Website:  http://www.hdc.lsuhsc.edu

Maine

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
The University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717
Main Phone:  207-581-1084
Toll Free Number:  800-203-6957
Main Fax:  207-581-1231
TTY:  800-203-6957
Main Email:  CCIDSMAIL@maine.edu
Website:  http://www.ccids.umaine.edu

Maryland

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
Kennedy Krieger Institute
7000 Tudsbury Road
Gwynn Oak, MD 21244
Main Phone:  443-923-9555
Toll Free Number:  888-554-2080
Main Fax:  443-923-9570
TTY:  443-923-2645
Website:  http://www.kennedykrieger.org/community/maryland-center-developmental-disabilities

Massachusetts 

Institute for Community Inclusion/ UCEDD
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Main Phone:  617-287-4300
Main Fax:  617-287-4352
TTY:  617-287-4350
Main Email:  ici@umb.edu
Website:  http://www.communityinclusion.org

Michigan 

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI)
Wayne State University
4809 Woodward Avenue
268 Leonard N. Simons Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Main Phone:  313-577-2654
Toll Free Number:  888-978-4334
Main Fax:  313-577-3770
TTY:  313-577-2654
Main Email:  middi@wayne.edu
Website:  http://ddi.wayne.edu
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DDIatWSU
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MIDDIatWSU/

Minnesota 

Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
College of Education and Human Development
102 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0223
Main Phone:  612-624-6300
Main Fax:  612-624-9344
Main Email:  ici@umn.edu
Website:  http://ici.umn.edu
Website 2:  http://lend.umn.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/InstituteonCommunityIntegration/

Mississippi 

Institute for Disability Studies: Mississippi’s UCEDD
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Main Phone:  601-266-5163
Toll Free Number:  888-671-0051
Main Fax:  601-266-5114
TTY:  888-671-0051
Main Email:  Rebekah.Young@usm.edu
Website:  https://www.usm.edu/ids/
AUCD State Profile: Institute for Disability Studies FY 2019 Report Card

Missouri 

UMKC Institute for Human Development (UCE)
215 W. Pershing
6th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108
Main Phone:  816-235-1770
Main Fax:  816-235-1762
TTY:  800-452-1185
Main Email:  reigharda@umkc.edu
Website:  http://www.ihd.umkc.edu

Montana

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
University of Montana
Corbin Hall
Missoula, MT 59812-7056
Main Phone:  406-243-5467
Toll Free Number:  800-732-0323
Main Fax:  406-243-4730
Main Email:  rural@ruralinstitute.umt.edu
Website:  http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/riic_ed
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RuralInstitute
AUCD State Profile: AUCD MT State Profile.pdf

Nebraska 

Nebraska UCEDD
Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Main Phone:  402-559-6483
Toll Free Number:  800-656-3937
Main Fax:  402-559-5737 (UCEDD)
Main Email:  mshriver@unmc.edu
Website:  http://www.unmc.edu/mmi
Twitter:  Unmc_mmi
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MunroeMeyerInstitute
AUCD State Profile: HORNETS 2018 (1).pdf

Nevada 

Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities
University of Nevada, Reno
Mail Stop 285
Reno, NV 89557
Main Phone:  775-784-4921
Toll Free Number:  1-800-216-7988
Main Fax:  775-784-4997
TTY:  775-327-5234
Website:  http://nced.info/

New Hampshire

Institute on Disability / UCED
University of New Hampshire
Institute on Disability
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824-3595
Main Phone:  603-862-4320
Toll Free Number:  800-238-2048
Main Fax:  603-862-0555
Main Email:  Contact.IOD@unh.edu
Website:  http://www.iod.unh.edu
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/unhiod
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/instituteondisability
AUCD State Profile: AUCD NH Profile

New Jersey

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Department of Pediatrics
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
335 George Street
Suite 3500
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Main Phone:  732-235-9300
Main Fax:  732-235-9330
Website:  http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/boggscenter

New Mexico 

University of New Mexico
Center for Development and Disability
Pediatrics
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Main Phone:  505-272-3000
Main Fax:  505-272-2014 (UCEDD)
Website:  http://cdd.unm.edu

New York

Rose F. Kennedy Center LEND
The Teaching Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
1225 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Main Phone:  718-839-7162
Main Fax:  718-904-1162
Website:  http://www.einstein.yu.edu

North Carolina

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 7255
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7255
Main Phone:  919-966-5171
Main Fax:  919-966-2230
Website:  http://www.cidd.unc.edu/

North Dakota

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Minot State University
Memorial Hall 203
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
Main Phone:  701-858-3580
Toll Free Number:  800-233-1737
Main Fax:  701-858-3483
TTY:  701-858-3580
Main Email:  ndcpd@minotstateu.edu
Website:  http://www.ndcpd.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/North-Dakota-Center-for-Persons-with-Disabilities-NDCPD-118515191583313/
AUCD State Profile: AUCD in North Dakota

Ohio

University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
3333 Burnet Avenue
MLC 4002
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
Main Phone:  513-803-0653
Main Fax:  513-803-0072
TTY:  513-636-4900
Main Email:  ucucedd@cchmc.org
Website:  https://www.ucucedd.org
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ucucedd

Oklahoma

Center for Interdisciplinary Learning and Leadership
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Medicine
PO Box 26901, ROB 342
Oklahoma City, OK 73190-3042
Main Phone:  405-271-4500
Toll Free Number:  800-627-6827
Main Fax:  405-271-1459
TTY:  405-271-1464
Website:  http://www.ouhsc.edu/thecenter/

Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University UCEDD
Oregon Health & Science University
Institute on Development & Disability
707 SW Gaines St.
Portland, OR 97239
Main Phone:  503-494-8364
Main Fax:  503-494-6868
Main Email:  idd@ohsu.edu
Website:  http://www.ohsu.edu/ucedd
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OHSUUCEDD
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/OHSU.UCEDDCPC/

Pennsylvania 

Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD
Temple University
1755 N 13th Street, Suite 411
Howard Gittis Student Center – South
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Main Phone:  215-204-1356
Main Fax:  215-204-6336
TTY:  215-204-1356
Main Email:  iod@temple.edu
Website:  http://disabilities.temple.edu

Puerto Rico 

Puerto Rico University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities/IDD
Graduate School of Public Health
Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
Main Phone:  787-754-4377
Toll Free Number:  866-754-4300
Main Fax:  787-764-5424
Website:  http://iddpr.rcm.upr.edu/

Rhode Island

UCEDD Program:
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Main Phone:  401-456-8072
Main Fax:  401-456-8150
Website:  http://www.sherlockcenter.org

South Carolina

Center for Disability Resources
University of South Carolina
Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Columbia, SC 29208
Main Phone:  803-935-5231
Main Fax:  803-935-5059
Website:  http://uscm.med.sc.edu/cdrhome/

South Dakota 

Center for Disabilities
Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota
Department of Pediatrics
1400 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1570
Main Phone:  605-357-1439
Toll Free Number:  800-658-3080
Main Fax:  605-357-1438
TTY:  800-658-3080
Main Email:  cd@usd.edu
Website:  http://www.usd.edu/cd
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CD_SouthDakota
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CDSouthDakota/

Tennessee 

Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105
Main Phone:  901-448-6511
Toll Free Number:  888-572-2249
Main Fax:  901-448-7097
TTY:  901-448-4677
Website:  http://www.uthsc.edu/bcdd/

Texas

Texas Center for Disability Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
Commons Learning Center
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758-4445
Main Phone:  512-232-0740
Toll Free Number:  800-828-7839
Main Fax:  512-232-0761
TTY:  512-232-0762
Website:  https://disabilitystudies.utexas.edu/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TCDS_UT
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TexasCenterforDisabilityStudies

Utah

Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University
University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
6800 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-6800
Main Phone:  435-797-1981
Toll Free Number:  866-284-2821
Main Fax:  435-797-3944
TTY:  435-797-1981
Website:  http://www.cpd.usu.edu
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/@cpdusu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/cpdusu/

Vermont

Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
The UCEDD of Vermont/University of Vermont
College of Education and Social Services
Mann Hall – 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405-1757
Main Phone:  802-656-4031
Main Fax:  802-656-1357
Main Email:  Jeanne.Nauheimer@uvm.edu
Website:  http://www.uvm.edu/cdci/
Twitter:  @CDCIatUVM
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CDCIatUVM/

Virginia

Partnership for People with Disabilities
Virginia University Center for Excellence
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 843020
700 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3020
Main Phone:  804-828-3876
Main Fax:  804-828-0042
TTY:  800-828-1120
Website:  http://www.vcu.edu/partnership

Washington

Center on Human Development and Disabilities
University of Washington
Center on Human Development and Disability
PO Box 357920
Seattle, WA 98195-7920
Main Phone:  206-543-2832
Main Fax:  206-543-5771
Main Email:  Chdd@u.washington.edu
Website:  http://www.depts.washington.edu/chdd/ucedd.html

West Virginia

Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED)
West Virginia University
959 Hartman Run Road, Research Park
Morgantown, WV 26505
Main Phone:  304-293-4692
Toll Free Number:  888-829-9426
Main Fax:  304-293-7294
TTY:  800-518-1448
Main Email:  contact@cedwvu.org
Website:  http://www.cedwvu.org/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/wvuced/?fref=ts

Wisconsin

Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705-2280
Main Phone:  608-263-1656
Main Fax:  608-263-0529
Website:  http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/
Website 2:  https://wilend.waisman.wisc.edu/

Wyoming

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)
University of Wyoming
Department 4298
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Main Phone:  307-766-2761
Main Fax:  307-766-2763
TTY:  307-766-2720
Main Email:  uw.wind@uwyo.edu
Website:  http://www.uwyo.edu/wind
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/wind_wyo
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Wyominginstitutefordisabilities/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

 

Community Inclusion Resources

According the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Disability affects approximate 61 million, or nearly 1 in 4 (26%) people in the United States living in communities. Disability affects more than one billion people worldwide.1,2 According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, people “. . . with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory [such as hearing or vision] impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”

While the road has made great strives in community integration, we still have a long way to go until full inclusion is met worldwide.  For some people with disabilities, participation may be only defined as being physically present in a community but without any connection such as going to a shopping store or attending an event. The next level includes encounters at a nail salon, bowling, shopping, etc and full integration includes connecting with others in the community such as hanging out with people at a sports bar with and without disabilities or attending religious services including becoming a part of the choir or serving as an usher.

The following questions created by the Council on Quality and Leaderships serves as a great barometer in  measuring the quality of community inclusion:

  1. Who do you know in your community?
  2. Who do you spend most of your time with?
  3. When you go places, who do you meet with?
  4. What kind of interactions do you have with people?
  5. What kinds of things do you do with other people?
The following are articles on the importance of community inclusion among individuals with disabilities and the definition:

5 ways to make community inclusion work– White Hawk Advocacy

A sharing of ideas on community inclusion for people with disabilities– University of Connecticut Center for Developmental Disabilities.

Community barrier to participation experienced by people with disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) CDC

Community Inclusion– newfdn.org

What does community inclusion look like? – National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is community inclusion all about and why does it matter?– Pioneer Center for Human Services

What Is Community Inclusion & Why Is It a Win-Win Scenario?– Community Mainstreaming

What We Mean When We Talk About Inclusion– Institute for Community Inclusion

The following are community inclusion ideas and suggestions.

11 Ways to Promote Community Support for Students with Disabilities– Brooks Publishing

13 ideas for making your community more inclusive – Union for Reform Judaism

Training Resources
The following includes a staff training module on community inclusion.

Community Inclusion Module– Illinois Department of Human Services

Law Enforcement and Autism: Why Training is Needed

Published by: Psychology Today
Written by: Katherine Stavropoulos

Although law enforcement is tasked with keeping the public safe, interactions between first responders and those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other psychiatric conditions can be contentious—and in some cases, deadly.

A 2012 study conducted by researchers at Drexel University measured how common it was for youth with ASD to be stopped and questioned by police or arrested. They found that by age 21, 20 percent of youth with ASD had been stopped by police, and almost 5 percent had been arrested.

Although the Drexel study focused on those in the U.S., similar findings have been reported from other countries. For example, a study from Swedish researchers found that people on the autism spectrum were at a 31 percent higher risk of having a criminal conviction compared to those without ASD. More broadly, in a study of all civilian deaths during interactions with law enforcement in 2015, researchers found that individuals with a mental illness were over 7 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement compared to those without. Click here to read the rest of the story

The grief in knowing you’ll one day outlive your primary caregiver as a person with a physical disability

Published by: CBC News
Written by: Sam Juric

“They’re like a charley horse,” says Rebecca Wilchynski, explaining the involuntary spasms that take hold of her legs — breathtaking and sudden.

“It’s not just in one muscle, it can be in all the muscles or a few,” she said. “Cerebral palsy, every case is individualized, and there are definitely more severe cases and some that are less severe. I have the less severe.”

Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition affecting body movement and muscle co-ordination, resulting from an injury to the brain. It does not get worse over time, though the exact symptoms can change over a person’s lifetime.

As a result of an injury to the brain, cerebral palsy interferes with messages from the brain to the body, and from the body to the brain.

“It’s very painful. I have spastic … and athetoid [cerebral palsy], which means they move without me wanting them to, so it can make life a little bit interesting.”  Click here to read the rest of the story

Summer Sensory Activities

June 20th mark the first day of summer. In many places with Covid-19 still looming around, summer fun may be limited but still there is always an opportunity to create sensory activities. the following links below are some suggestions. Some of the links show ways to create sensory bins using different themes. Enjoy and stay safe.

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Summer Sensory Bins

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