June 18, 2020
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Upcoming Virtual Training Opportunities

 Ten Best Practices for Supporting People in Zoom
Learn to Engage Participants in Break Out Rooms

Learn how to best support people with disabilities as we 'reenter' the larger world. What challenges are we facing? Will people wear face masks and maintain social distancing? What else do we need to do to help people with disabilities stay safe and gain full inclusion? The afternoon Zoom training session will teach the most effective techniques to fully engage participants in deep learning. Learn the best practices for effectively using the Chat Box and Break Out rooms for discussions. How do you best frame discussion questions? What is the best timing? Closed Captioning Provided.

TODAY Thursday June 18th at 12:00pm ET
Support Meetings: How to best support people with disabilities and yourself through reentry?
Thursday, 6/18/2020 - 12 noon ET, (11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT)

TODAY Thursday June 18th at 4:00pm ET
Zoom Training: : How to fully engage participants in deep learning including the effective use of the Chat Box and Break Out rooms?

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A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of IDD Special Interest Group
Strategies for Addressing Anxiety Related to COVID-19
Karen Weigle, PhD and Jill Hinton, PhD
from the UNH Institute on Disabilty Center for START Services

Wednesday June 24, 2020, 2:00-3:00pm ET
Click Here to Register
Webinar Description
Anxiety is a common co-occurring concern for many people with IDD (including ASD). In this time of COVID, everyone is experiencing heightened anxiety. For this population in particular we need to be aware of this underlying anxiety and provide strategies to help people manage their symptoms. This panel presentation will describe how anxiety may present in people with IDD and demonstrate effective strategies to address these anxieties. Presented by Karen Weigle, PhD, Associate Director at Center for START Services & Jill Hinton, PhD, Clinical Director at Center for START Services joined by START program Clinical Directors and persons with lived experiences. A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of IDD Special Interest Group.

Karen Weigle, PhD, Associate Director, Center for START Services
Dr. Weigle is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities and their families. She has extensive experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team and in several medical specialty clinics and wards, and has provided assessment and intervention services in a variety of contexts including in-home, school-based, clinic-based, agency-based, hospital-based, and community crisis response. 

Jill Hinton, PhD, Clinical Director, Center for START Services
Dr. Hinton is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and mental illness. During her career, she has worked with both the Autism Society of NC and The Arc of NC in provision of supports to individuals and families across the state.

Guest Speakers: Denise Bronzino, PhD & Alyse Scura, MA, EdM, LMHC, Clinical Directors, NY START Region 5 (Long Island) & Maggie Robbins, MA, LCAT, RDT, Clinical Director, NC START Central

Please Note:
  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • You can test your connection to Zoom prior to the scheduled time by visiting this test webpage.
  • For disability accommodations e-mail
  • This webinar will be archived.
Upcoming New Hampshire CET
Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transitioning to Adult Services
Tuesday June 23, 10:00am-12:00pm ET
You are invited to attend the next NH START Clinical Education Team (CET) meeting next week on Tuesday June 23rd from 10:00am-12:00pm ET. RSVP to attendZoom link & materials will be sent to registrants prior to the CET. General questions about this NH CET can be sent to Beverly Richardson at
The NH START multidisciplinary CET team is comprised of:
  • Sherm Fox, MD, psychopharmacologist, NH START & CSS Consulting Psychiatrist
  • Stefanie Griffin, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • NH START leadership
  • Center for START Services systems expert
CET meeting agenda:
  • Brief follow-up report on the case discussed during the previous meeting
  • Active case introduced by START Coordinator using redacted copy of a biopsychosocial case outline
  • Coordinator provides a brief overview of the person, the reason they are being presented today, and any salient questions to be addressed
  • Group discussion
  • CET concludes with the START coordinator summarizing the discussion and recommendations
RSVP for the NH CET


Adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD), such as autism and Down Syndrome, are not only more susceptible to COVID-19 but have also been facing greater challenges during the pandemic. Bringing together front-line clinicians caring for adults with IDD and researchers from a range of disciplines and medical specialties, this webinar series will focus on what has been learnt about this group in relation to COVID-19, the practical implications of their health, and how to move forward. 
Register to join the first webinar of this series on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 1200-1315 hours EST. IASSIDD expert speakers will address health research and practice related to adults with IDD, as well as offer resources and practice tips. 


Dr. William F. Sullivan
Clinical Lead, Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program, Surrey Place
Family Physician, St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team
Associate Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine,
University of Toronto, Canada


Prof. Ivan Brown
Director of the Academy of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD), and Coordinator of IASSIDD’s 13 Special Interest Research Groups (SIRGs)


Dr. Esther Bakker-van Gijssel
Principal Clinician, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Chair of the IASSIDD Health SIRG

Prof. Yona Lunsky
Director, Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre and the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities Program,
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada
Member, IASSIDD Mental Health and Challenging Behaviours SIRG

Prof. Ruth Northway
Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, University of South Wales, Cardiff, U.K.
Co-Chair, IASSIDD Ethics SIRG

Rev. Bill Gaventa
Director of the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability, U.S.A.
Member, IASSIDD Ethics SIRG and IASSIDD Families SIRG
Register Now

Call for Artists for the IOD Calendar
Every year, the UNH Institute on Disability invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for the IOD Calendar. For the past 21 years, we have produced beautiful, full-color calendars featuring 13 original works of art coupled with inspirational quotes. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your talent on a global scale. We invite members of the START Network to share this opportunity with individuals and families that you support.

  • All artwork must be two-dimensional (i.e. drawings, paintings, or photography). Artwork may be created for the purpose of this calendar or may be selected from an existing portfolio of work. Check out last year's selections.
  • Each artist is welcome to submit a maximum of three (3) works of art for consideration using the form below.
  • If selected, artists must agree to the terms of the Artwork Release Form. Unfortunately, we are unable to feature any artwork without the release form. Please be sure you are willing and able to comply with the terms prior to submission.
Submit Artwork for the 2021 Calendar
Submission deadline is Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Selected artists will be notified before September 1, 2020. Finalists will receive five free copies of the calendar and can purchase more at a discount. Thank you in advance for sharing this opportunity with those who may be interested. This past year, one of the works chosen was painted by a member of the START network in North Carolina, Tiffany Copeland. The painting, titled "The Social," is coupled with the following quote by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy: "Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard." 

"The Social" by Tiffany Copeland
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