September 11, 2020
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  National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Friday Feature

For many of us, we can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we learned of the events of 9/11. Today we remember those who we lost, those whose lives were changed forever with losses, and those who were the first responders. We recognize that grief and hurt remain – healing takes time. As we reflect as the START community, we especially think about our NY START teams who operate near the center of this tragic day in our nation’s history. These teams continue to be responders and helpers for their communities as many mourn and remember losses.
We also recognize that on the other side of the country, California and nearby states are currently experiencing another type of tragedy. The fires have resulted in displacement, loss, and uncertainty for so many people, including many people with IDD and their families. We want to remember our CA START teams as they support and respond to their communities that are in the midst of this catastrophe. They will continue to need our support as they deal with the aftermath of these fires.
As a START community, we share a common vision and hold common values. These connect us to one another. When some of us suffers, the community as a whole suffers. Let us always be attune to each other's struggles and be available to lend a helping hand as we embrace our shared humanity.


H-CARDD's Family Matters Toolkit
This toolkit is for caregivers who are interested in improving the health and health care of a family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The resources included in this toolkit can be used together, or as stand-alone materials, depending on your needs, goals and existing resources. We encourage you to use whichever pieces of this toolkit you feel are helpful.

Browse the Toolkit
Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) was developed to address disparities in health status and health care access faced by individuals with developmental disabilities in Ontario, Canada. The overall goal of the H-CARDD program is to monitor and improve the health and health care of people with developmental disabilities through engagement with researchers, policy makers, health care planners, clinicians, adults with developmental disabilities, and caregivers. Learn more about H-CARDD.
Job Opportunities at CSS
Job Opportunities at the Center for START Services
Two new opportunities to join the Center for START Services team are now available. Use the links below to learn more and apply.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
2020-2021 START National Online Training Series
The 2020-2021 START National Online Training Series begins next week on Friday September 18th with a presentation from members of the NC START Central team. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and next week's presenters will discuss START Therapeutic Coaching strategies for supporting people with IDD and suicidal ideation. Community partners can be added to our email list using this form.

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Have a safe and healthy weekend,

The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire