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2nd Healthy Weight Research Network Symposium

The 2nd HWRN symposium will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, people with disabilities, family members, and other interested individuals to learn about current research in the field related to promoting healthy weight for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join us in Boston for this free event on Friday April 5th.


Federal government selects Shriver Center project director as national expert for emergency planning toolkit presentation

Susan Wolf-Fordham of UMass Medical School’s Eunice K. Shriver Center will delve into her work as a pioneer for the inclusion of people with disabilities into emergency planning at an invite-only federal stakeholder meeting on emergency preparedness to be held in Washington, D.C. this week.

Autism Insurance Resource Center receives Flutie Foundation grant to help families and people with autism navigate insurance

Families who have questions or concerns about insurance coverage for autism treatments will continue to receive help from UMass Medical School’s Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC) due to a new grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

Doug Flutie

Sibling support initiative to aid families at Worcester Recovery Center

Having a brother or sister with a serious mental illness is stressful for other siblings in the family. Now an innovative support program is available for families of youth and young adults hospitalized in the inpatient adolescent psychiatry units at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital.

Emily Rubin

UMass Medical School to Support Autism Awareness and ‘Light It Up Blue’ on April 2

On April 2, when UMass Medical School illuminates its landmark building blue, it will be participating not only in the International Light It Up Blue Celebration to show solidarity with millions of people across the world living with autism, it will also be affirming its commitment to the many people and families in Central and Western, MA.


Shriver Center launches new training and certification exam for behavioral health service providers who work with children

A young girl is described as bright, but having few friends. She is frequently late for school and has been absent four times in five weeks. Does she need behavioral health services? Behavioral health providers taking a new training and certification exam through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center’s Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) training program learn how to evaluate her situation and others.

UMass Medical School studying whether simplifying web text for people with cognitive disabilities improves comprehension

UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is studying if simplifying text for people with cognitive disabilities improves their understanding of the information they read on websites.

“We want to prove that their comprehension increases after they read simplified text,” said John Rochford, MS, director of the Shriver Center’s INDEX program. INDEX provides free information for people with disabilities living in Massachusetts.


View from the Experts: As we mark Emergency Preparedness Month we must consider the unique needs of individuals with disabilities

Mary Ellen originally decided to ride out Super Storm Sandy at her home in Rockaway Beach, New York, with her husband, a retired firefighter, and her two teen-age sons. Her family had safely weathered Hurricane Irene a year earlier, and had limited evacuation options due to her health and mobility needs. They thought it would be another success story. Ultimately it was, but not without significant risk.


Autism advocate developing radio, TV shows promoting developmental monitoring with an emphasis on culturally diverse families

UMass Medical School autism advocate Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, is creating a series of radio and television shows on the importance of developmental monitoring to be broadcast across the state next year in an effort to reach families of young children. The programs will emphasize equal access for those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

UMass Medical School’s LEND program receives $3.08 million, five-year grant from U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has refunded the UMass Medical School’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program with a $3.08 million, five-year grant.

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