Sonoran UCEDD at 2011 AUCD Annual Conference & Meeting

The Sonoran UCEDD Disability and Border Communities Workgroup received the 2011 MultThe Sonoran UCEDD had a great showing at the 2011 Annual AUCD Conference & Meeting held November 5 – 9, 2011 in Washington, DC; several UCEDD faculty and staff attended – Duke Duncan, MD, Jacy Farkas, MA, Yumi Shirai, PhD, and UCEDD Director and AUCD Board Member, Leslie Cohen, JD – as well as former Sonoran UCEDD trainee and current AUCD Virtual Trainee, Jody Pirtle, MA.

In addition to the Sonoran UCEDD Disability and Border Communities Workgroup receiving the Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity, faculty and staff presented a total of four posters, a poster roundtable session, and a concurrent session at the conference.  Our presenters:

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  • Flying Together Beyond Loss: Grieving Support for Adults with Developmental Disabilities via Aerial Movement Art - Yumi Shirai, PhD, Lynne Tomasa, PhD, Sonoran UCEDD; Susan Silverberg Koerner, PhD, Div. of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona
  • Taking  Away Fear of the Unknown: Learning Experience in Disability for Health Sciences Students - Leslie J. Cohen, JD and Lynne Tomasa, PhD
  • Youth in Transition: The impact of Person-Centered Planning for young adults, their families and support coordinators - Jacy Farkas, MA, Lynne Tomasa, PhD, Leslie Cohen, JD
  • Going Home: A Familial, Medical, and Educational Exploratory Investigation - Jody Pirtle, M.A., Ph.D. Student, Sonoran UCEDD/AZ LEND Trainee

Presentation Sessions

  • Family Support, Supporting Families with Family Members in Transition Poster Roundtable – Jacy Farkas, MA along with 5 other posters.
  • Civic Engagement, UCEDDs and Opportunity for People with ALL Abilities - Ten years and the Journey Continues... – Leslie Cohen, JD along with 6 other presenters from across the network.

2011 Conference in Review
AUCD 40th Anniversary
The Journey Continues: 40 Years Promoting Equity and Excellence through Research, Education, and Service was another amazing gathering of self-advocates, family members, students, researchers, faculty, directors, and the DD Community. Visit the conference website to read a letter by AUCD President and Program Chair Tony Antosh, watch videos of the plenary sessions, presentation materials, and view photosof the plenaries, meetings, trainees, awards, gala, and more.