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News from IDHD
May 15 - May 25
Bodies of Work: Festival of Disability Arts and Culture
Join us for an eleven-day, multi-venue Chicago event featuring visual and performing arts that highlight the work of artists with disabilities! It takes place at some of Chicago's most recognized cultural institutions, and includes free public panels and talks in conjunction with many of the events. For more information, visit the Bodies of Work Festival Website.
The National Sibling Leadership Network Conference will be held on June 6, 2013 in Pittsburg, PA. Join us for an opportunity to connect with other siblings of people with disabilities and those who care about siblings. Hear from national experts on the latest in sibling services and supports, learn about new research initiatives, and participate in sibling and disability advocacy efforts. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about resources, share stories, network and gain insight on sibling experiences. For more information, visit http://siblingleadership.org/get-involved/national-sln-conference/
New Publication: Self-Determination and Aging
The latest issue of the Research to Practice Self-Determination Series: Self-Determination and Aging, edited by Research Assistant Professor, Alan Factor, and Department Head and Director, Tamar Heller, is now available. It is part of a series produced by the National Gateway to Self-Determination. This publication provides examples highlighting the importance of hearing the voices of adults aging with developmental disabilities and providing them adequate supports and opportunities for them to age well and to live self-determined lives.
Researchers at IDHD have released the findings from the first year of the evaluation of the Integrated Care Program in Illinois. This is a Medicaid managed care program for or with disabilities and the aging population in the collar counties of Chicago. Funding for the project comes from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The report can be found here and the Executive Summary can be found here.
Researchers at IDHD and have released a final report for the Evaluation of Service Support Teams (SST) in Illinois. SST are interdisciplinary groups that serve all adults with a developmental disability living in a community setting experiencing urgent, chronic or cyclical medical or behavioral concerns. Funding for the project comes from the Illinois Department of Human Services. The final report can be found here.
The 2012 IDHD Annual Report highlights our many research, training, and technical assistance activities geared to "breaking down barriers for people with disabilities." It is available as a compressed pdf (to read online) and a high quality pdf (ideal for printing).
The Institute on Disability and Human Development is proud to share its latest edition of a longitudinal study of Movement from Illinois State Operated Developmental Centers: FY2009 Update. The full report is available here, while an Executive Summary is available here. In addition, due to their pending closure, briefs on Jacksonville and Murray Developmental Centers are available as well as a brief containing information related to individuals who return to SODCs after having transitioned out.
Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and Best Practices, produced by the Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, identifies policy and service delivery issues pertaining to older adults with developmental disabilities and their families and recommends opportunities to enhance collaboration among the aging, disability, and long-term care networks. Key policy initiatives addressed include the Aging and Disability Resource Centers, the Lifespan Respite Act, the National Alzheimer's Project Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Download a Word version of the report HERE and a pdf version HERE .
The Department of Disability and Human Development participated in the Folk Life Festival at the Smithsonian Institution. You can watch videos of DHD Director of Graduate Studies Carrie Sandahl and UIC undergraduate students here and here. Captioned versions of this videos should be available soon.
The Department of Disability and Human Development in the College of Applied Health Sciences, is honored to announce the Carlos Drazen Memorial Scholarship, established by the Farkas Family Foundation in honor of the memory, vision and passion of Carlos Clarke Drazen.
Congratulations to Disability Studies PhD candidate Vijay Vasudevan, who is the winner of the 2012 Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation doctoral pilot project grant competition.
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