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The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is calling for papers for a special issue of the American Journal on Mental Retardation (AJMR) on cognitive neuroscience studies of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2008. The AJMR is among top three journals in special education and rehabilitation, according to latest impact factor rankings. Read more about submission requirements here. Learn more about AJMR here.
Dear AAIDD Friends and Colleagues:
AAIDD PUBLISHES WHITE PAPERS ON FOUR MAJOR ISSUES CONCERNING THE USE OF THE SUPPORTS INTENSITY SCALE PLANNING TOOL FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
Resource allocation, individual service planning, psychometric properties, and international implementation with the Supports Intensity Scale™(SIS) are the focus of four white papers published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). The white papers are edited by SIS authors, Robert L. Schalock, Marc J. Tassé, and James R. Thompson. To access the white papers, please visit the individual websites listed below. The website allows you to post your comments on each white paper and share your concerns and perspectives with other users of the Scale.
Relating Supports Intensity Scale™ Information to Individual Service Plans:
READ A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF INSTITUTIONAL VERSUS COMMUNITY SERVICES IN THE U.S. IN THE LATEST 2008 STATE OF THE STATES STUDY
A comparative analysis of institutional versus community services in the United States in the latest 2008 edition of the State of the States study by David L. Braddock reveals two broad trends: inflation-adjusted community services spending grew steadily in every U.S. state during the past 10 years, and public-private institutional spending declined in 43 states and DC during the past decade. The seven states where institutional spending did not decline over the past 10 years are: Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, and New Jersey. State leaders in the growth of community services in 2004-2006 are Hawaii (17%), Arkansas and Maryland (16%), and Idaho and Tennessee (14%). Sixteen states and DC reduced community spending between 2004-2006.
The State of the States study is a thorough and the only one of its kind investigation on public spending, revenues, and programmatic trends of intellectual and developmental programs and services within the United States since 1977. The book is arguably the best known for its 4-page report card on developmental disability spending on each U.S. state and DC. To learn more about the book, click here.
Here are some interesting historical facts revealed by the 2008 State of the States research: (1) Public spending for community services in the U.S. first exceeded institutional spending in 1989; (2) Mississippi has committed a significantly increased amount of public resources for community services over the past 10 years despite still spending more on institutional services than community services; (3) Alaska in 1981, and Colorado and Michigan in 1982, were the first three states to allocate a majority of their total I/DD funding base to community services; (4) After its peak in 1991, institutional spending in the U.S. declined each year through 2006 and declined 5% in 2004-2006; (5) Alaska, New Mexico, and Vermont operated no public or private 16+ person settings during 2004-2006; (6) Georgia had the largest increase (28%) in public and private institutional spending in 2004-2006.
Take Advantage of ANCOR’s Professional Development Opportunities!
ANCOR, a national association representing private providers who offer quality supports to people with disabilities, offers a variety of timely and informative programs. Two upcoming opportunities are:
To learn about these and other ANCOR professional development opportunities, visit www.ancor.org.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL STUDY SHOWS THAT RISK OF AUTISM IS HIGHER FOR PRETERM AND LOW BIRTH WEIGHT GIRLS
A study conducted by researchers at the centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that babies with a birth weight lower than 2,500 grams and born prior to 33 weeks of gestation were associated with an approximately two-fold increased risk for autism, with the magnitude of risk being higher in girls. The study also found a significant four-fold increased risk in low birth weight girls for autism accompanied by intellectual disability, whereas there was no significantly increased risk observed in low birth weight boys for autism alone.
The study is published in the journal, Pediatrics. To read an abstract of “Birth Weight and Gestational Age Characteristics of Children With Autism, Including a Comparison With Other Developmental Disabilities” click here.
CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES IS SEEKING COMMENTS ON NEW “STAR” RANKING SYSTEM FOR AMERICA’S NURSING HOMES; ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWS CMS’ FIRST-EVER REPORT ON POOR-PERFORMING NURSING HOMES
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is requesting comments on a “star” ranking system of America’s nursing homes. The ranking system is designed to provide patients and their families with an easy-to-understand assessment of nursing home quality and distinguish between high-performing and low-performing homes. The announcement on this ranking system follows the agency’s first nationwide identification of chronically underperforming nursing homes (See AAIDD F.Y.I., Volume 8, No.1).
To read more on the CMS ranking system, click here.
TIPS FOR STUDENTS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY ON GETTING PUBLISHED! ACCESS MATERIALS FROM A RECENT AAIDD/AUCD TELECONFERENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS IN THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY FIELD
Presentations from a webinar held on June 19, 2008, titled “Early Career Development: Writing for Publication”, organized by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), are now available online. The webinar featured noted scholars, Susan L. Parish and K. Charlie Lakin. The webinar is part of a joint initiative between AAIDD and AUCD to meet the needs of students, trainees, and young professionals in the field of intellectual disability. To send in your comments on what future presentations you’d like to see, please send an email to email@example.com.
To see the latest newsletter published by the AAIDD Young Professionals program, click here.
To fill out an AAIDD survey to help develop a clearinghouse of masters/doctoral programs and post-doctoral opportunities in the intellectual and developmental Disabilities, click here.
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