Congratulations to Dr. Kara Ayers, Imagination & Courage Award Winner

Dr. Kara Ayers, Associate Director of the UCCEDD, received the Imagination & Courage Award at last month’s Sample, Savor and Support event. The award recognizes a Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics’ individual who develops innovative ideas, encourages risk taking, and learns from successes and failures.

In the last year, Kara has taken on a new role as the Associate Director of the UCCEDD. She leads with courage and grace. Kara builds strong community relationships and advocates with and on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Dr. Ayers also mentors trainees in the LEND program on the subject of self-advocacy. She influences public policy change in the area of her research interest – parenting with disabilities. Very few others across the country, or around the world, focus on this area in their work. Kara encourages all of us to challenge ourselves on our biases and approach to encouraging self-determination in people with disabilities. Her voice is essential to the mission of the UCCEDD, LEND and DDBP.

Looking for Family Advisory Council Members – Help us Change the Outcome Together

The Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP) is looking for individuals to join the Family Advisory Council (FAC). The goal of the group is to discuss ways families and professionals can improve the patient experience within DDBP.

More information

Contact the DDBP Family Support Team for more information about the FAC, to get an application, and to return your application by March 30th.

UC School of Social Work Courses in Developmental Disabilities Fall 2018

These classes provide a grounding in the issues faced by people with DD and their family members.

SW3060/7060: Foundations in Developmental Disabilities (FALL 2018)
This foundational course explores the lived experiences of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Students will become knowledgeable about practice areas for specialized expertise in developmental disabilities. Focus will be on community integration. Students will examine and analyze relevant ethical, legal and policy issues within a historical context of past and current societal attitudes and values. Students will become knowledgeable of various theoretical models used in the disability field. Students will gain an introductory knowledge in the areas of medical aspects of disability (etiology and intervention strategies), and best practice regarding support services and intervention strategies. This course will offer students opportunities to learn from professional and lay caregivers, individuals with developmental disabilities, and leaders and advocates in the field.

SW3062/7062: Best Practice Approaches in Developmental Disabilities (FALL 2018 – PREREQUISITES REQUIRED)
This course focuses on best practice approaches to working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families/caregivers in a variety of settings, including community-based settings, clinical settings, mental health services, and behavioral health services. Using a life span approach, students will develop culturally appropriate best practice skills for working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families/caregivers with an emphasis on community inclusion and integration. Self-reflection for effective practice and professional development will be highlighted.