The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, or AUCD, shared an analysis on its website of how the budget proposal released by President Trump to Congress will impact people with disabilities.
The ICI is a member of AUCD because we are a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, or UCEDD. The proposed budget includes a $6M (15%) cut to UCEDD funding.
“The President's budget turns back the last 50 years of progress made in empowering people with disabilities,” said Tom Sannicandro, the director of the ICI. “When funding to multiple essential programs is cut like this, it makes it harder for people with disabilities to hold jobs and be independent contributors to their communities.”
The ICI implemented the SGA Model Demonstration rigorously testing a rapid engagement coordinated team approach in Kentucky and Minnesota to improve wage outcomes of vocational rehabilitation customers who received SSDI benefits. Read the Mathematica Policy Research evaluation reports and watch this video for a first person account.
Access the latest information about employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both national and state-level statistics are included.
Inclusive play spaces are great for all kids, with and without disabilities. Learn strategies for creating these spaces, even on a tight budget, in this guide from former ICI Crocker Fellow Helena Liedtke.
ICI staffers Dr. Heike Boeltzig-Brown and Miwa Tanabe have been busy expanding networks and partnerships in Japan and selecting the next group of trainees for our Duskin Disability Leadership Program at UMass Boston. Learn more about their trip.
The Family Engagement in Online Employment Planning Intervention is looking for parents of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to participate in a study to see how Facebook Messenger might be used as an effective tool to coach families on planning for employment. This study uses Facebook Messenger, as well as The Arc's Build Your Plan tool, to see how a well-planned and individualized engagement strategy might improve families' beliefs about employment for their family member with IDD. Please share this flyer with anyone you know who might be interested.
Dr. Laura Bozeman from the UMass Boston Vision Studies program is the author and presenter of this new webinar, which focuses on staying healthy and fit later in life. Learn more and access the webinar here.