Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

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Hi, my name is Dhaval. Having previously managed a division at Apple (iPhone, Watch, Airpods) I decided to found Lotus with a single mission - build Tech optimized for disability but usable by everyone.

After 12+ months of interviews with various persons with disability as well as clinical experts (Physical therapists, Occupational therapists, Orthopedic surgeons), we’ve built wearable Tech that does two things: a Ring that moves unsmart objects at home just by pointing and has actual clinicians monitoring vitals custom to you, real-time 24/7.

Essentially, "1 Doctor + 1 Assistant."

The combination of universal design and inclusive design helps with physical disability via an accessible home ("Telekinesis") and cognitive disability & chronic disease via accessible health ("ADT-for-Health").

We would love to connect with users that might be interested to try our prototypes for free. Even if you aren't able to help directly, you may know an ally that could help further our cause.

Why shouldn’t we all live in a world where ALL tech is built like close captions – optimized for disability but usable and beneficial to all?

Sincerely,
Dhaval
www.lotuslabs.org
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhaval-c-patel/
Training Opportunity!

Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting applicants for its training program, “The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma.”

Participants will learn how to support children with DD in healing from trauma. The program consists of six virtual training sessions and is free to attend. Applications are due by Nov. 14, 2022.

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We're working with Candlelight Ranch to put on a transition fair for families with disabilities! You can learn from community leaders & organizations about options after high school, as well as connect with other families. Come join us! You’ll see ARCIL, Inc., TILT Performance Group, E4 Texas from Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, Integral Care, Aristreasuredgifts.com, Lifelong Learning with Friends, Texas Parent to Parent, Superior HealthPlan, and lots more!

[Image description: Finishing high school and not sure what to do next? Learn about options & supports after high school, including employment support, continuing education, social events, case management, outdoor programs, and more, for Texans with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. ArcAustin.org/Transition-Fair]

Last chance to be a part of the Diversify Austin online job & resource fair event tomorrow, hosted by Amerigroup and the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin!

Discover local resources, meet potential employers, and learn helpful employment tips from Peak Performers, HHSC, E4Texas, and AST! Register now at tinyurl.com/diversifyaustin21

Are you a person with a disability or a family member? Take this survey, organized by the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, to share your COVID-19 vaccine experience. By taking the survey, you will inform our partners on how to reduce barriers in your community. Tinyurl.com/TCDScovid
Are you a person with a disability or family member of someone with a disability? Take this survey, organized by the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, to share your vaccine experience. Your feedback helps our partners find ways to reduce barriers to accessing the vaccine in your community. Tinyurl.com/TCDScovid
The City of Austin rescheduled our town hall on Public Safety: People with Disabilities and Policing for May 21st 6:00-:8:30 PM. and we want feedback from people with disabilities re their first person experiences and the Austin Police Department.

This is a totally free event so be sure and attend (online). Bring your friends and their first person experiences too.

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We are teaming up with Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of State Health Services for a series of free webinars on genetic developmental disorders. Learn more.
Coming up! Join the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer Lydia X.Z. Brown at TCDS' Crip Conversations Feb. 3!

Zoom, open to the public, captioning and ASL available.
CFP deadline extended for _The Disability Studies Research Methods Handbook_ See: http://www.michaeljeffress.com/blog/cfp-for-the-disability-studies-research-methods-handbook
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CFP deadline extended for _The Disability Studies Research Methods Handbook_ See: http://www.michaeljeffress.com/blog/cfp-for-the-disability-studies-research-methods-handbook
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ICYMI: Abstract deadline is Nov. 30th for 2 CFPs:
CFP for _The Disability Studies Research Methods Handbook_ :http://www.michaeljeffress.com/blog/cfp-for-the-disability-studies-research-methods-handbook
CFP for _The Palgrave Handbook of Disability and Communication_: http://www.michaeljeffress.com/blog/cfp-for-the-palgrave-handbook-of-communication-and-disability
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I'm honestly terrified by the radio silence in the disabled community regarding Zeke Emanuel. Anyone else?
ICYMI: Abstract deadline is Nov. 30th

CFP for _The Disability Studies Research Methods Handbook_ :http://www.michaeljeffress.com/blog/cfp-for-the-disability-studies-research-methods-handbook

CFP for _The Palgrave Handbook of Disability and Communication_: http://www.michaeljeffress.com/blog/cfp-for-the-palgrave-handbook-of-communication-and-disability

The Texas Center for Disability Studies works to create a better world through research, education, practice, and policy. Our center is one of sixty-seven nonprofit University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education, and Service (UCEDD) facilities based in colleges or universities throughout the United States and its territories.

10/05/2022

Help us learn more about the assistive technologies UT students with disabilities use in academia!

TCDS Disability Studies Coordinator Nick Wingez-Yanez, Ph.D., is teaming up with Microsoft to understand how important technology is to UT students with disabilities’ school performance and identify existing barriers that occur for those with another marginalized identity.

This study hopes to receive input from often excluded populations such as first-generation students, ESL students, or other marginalized groups. The results of this study will help to inform the Microsoft Corporation about the barriers to accessing their assistive technology, and then adjust their distribution efforts accordingly.

If you are a UT student with a disability, please consider being a part of this study!

https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0j0QFRQqH3Ug4vA

[Image Description: This is a flyer for a research collaboration between the Texas Center for Disability Studies and the Microsoft Corporation. The main title of this flyer is Texas Center for Disabilities x Microsoft in blue. Beneath it is the subtitle “Collaborative for Access and Equity: Disabled Technical Support Survey” in orange text.

Two illustrated individuals are shown front/center holding hands and pointing upwards towards the sky in solidarity; a single black star hangs above them. One is a person with a blue pompadour hairstyle, a pink jacket and black and white pinstriped pants. The other is a person with shoulder length black hair, a blue oblong-patterned dress, and sits in a wheelchair with pink wheels and an orange seat.

An assortment of text bubbles surround them. An orange text bubble reads: “Calling for disabled BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ or Non-Binary students to complete a 15 minute survey!”

Three other text bubbles read: “Are there financial barriers? What assistive technology do you use? What technology is hard to access? Why?”

There is a QR code on the bottom left corner of the screen that links to the survey. The URL for the survey is: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0j0QFRQqH3Ug4vA ]

10/04/2022

October is ADHD Awareness Month! Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

Learn more about ADHD here: https://tinyurl.com/2vyxuxa8

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022 | U.S. Department of Labor 10/03/2022

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022 | U.S. Department of Labor

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which has the mission of recognizing the many contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy!

Learn more at www.dol.gov/NDEAM.

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10/03/2022

Join Mountain States Regional Genetics Network November 9-10, 2022, for the MSRGN Genetics Summit 2022: Momentum in the Mountains, a virtual summit to educate, engage, and connect families, providers, and public health professionals around contemporary topics in genetics. During the summit distinguished speakers will cover a variety of timely genetics topics including medical diagnosis, outreach, underserved populations, newborn screening, transition to adult medical services, and more!

Register now to participate in the summit at no cost: bit.ly/3dA6cOy

09/30/2022

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and the Texas Workforce Commission will host the Lex Frieden Employment Awards and TWC HireAbility Forum on October 6th.

This annual event honors Texas employers who are leading the way in disability employment and recognizes local organizations and individuals for their service to Texans with disabilities.

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/2wm2th8u

09/29/2022

The Autism Consortium of Texas invites you to the October virtual meeting on Monday, October 17, 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm. 1 CEU (SW, LMFT, LPC, General Contact) will be offered!

Register for the Zoom Webinar at: www.tinyurl.com/ACT-Oct2022

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Exploring Core Competencies for Information and Assistance (I&A) Professionals in Self-Direction. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 09/28/2022

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Exploring Core Competencies for Information and Assistance (I&A) Professionals in Self-Direction. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Check out this new webinar, Exploring Core Competencies for Information and Assistance (I&A) Professionals in Self-Direction!

Co-sponsored by the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices (NCAPPS) and Applied Self-Direction (ASD), this webinar will highlight a new resource on core standards for I&A professionals in self-direction. The panel will feature people with lived experience of self-directing who will share their experiences with quality I&A professionals and how they have affected their self-direction journeys.

Register at the link below!

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Exploring Core Competencies for Information and Assistance (I&A) Professionals in Self-Direction. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. ***Please Note: If you would like to receive a certificate of attendance, we recommend you connect to this webinar using the Zoom desktop app. NCAPPS webinars are not officially approved for Continuing Education Units, however we do provide confirmation of attendance in case an organization wishes t...

23rd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care | Baylor College of Medicine 09/22/2022

23rd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care | Baylor College of Medicine

Check out the 23rd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference! This virtual conference is scheduled for October 26-28, 2022. For all conference participants, there will be a discussion of the legal issues involved in healthcare transition, as well as time to meet and talk with faculty in small groups, to exchange ideas among participants, and to share knowledge and information about how best to plan for a successful transition to adulthood.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/438mtzud

23rd Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care | Baylor College of Medicine Skill preparation and planning for healthcare transition for children and youth with special healthcare needs is inadequate. Less than 50 percent of families nationwide indicate that their children with special healthcare needs have received the services necessary to make appropriate transitions to....

09/21/2022

AutFest Texas is an uplifting event that celebrates neurodivergent pride and community. Families and Autistic adults will have a chance to connect and find support, and professionals will have an opportunity to network with each other while learning more about Autism. Everyone will get a firsthand look at Autism from many perspectives. A selection of shorts will be shown followed by the feature documentary, “Beyond”. The panel discussion will focus on the needs of people with Autism who require a high level of support, as well as a discussion on what we, as part of the greater Autism community, can do to make progress to improve the quality of life for Autistic Texans and their loved ones.

The event is Sunday, 10/23 at AFS Cinema near ACC Highland Mall. You can use the discount code VIPGUEST to receive 30% off the ticket price!

Get your tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/mrxajexd

09/20/2022

NEW DATE!!
The Autism Consortium of Texas at the Texas Center for Disability Studies invites you to attend the virtual September meeting of the Autism Consortium of Texas!
**DATE HAS CHANGED**
Friday, September 23, 2022
12:00-1:30 p.m. CST
1 Free CEU (SW, LPC, LMFT, General Contact Hour)
Register for the Zoom webinar at https://tinyurl.com/ACT-Sept2022
"Autism Spectrum Disorder: Expanding the Diagnostic and Wrap Around Support Services in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics"
The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with an overview of the current and future services provided by the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Team for our patients with autism. Diagnostic, intervention, training, research, and outreach services will be covered.
About the Presenter: Meredith Brinster, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and psychologist in UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children’s. She specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental, behavioral, emotional and academic concerns, such as autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, anxiety and mood disorders.
Please share widely!

09/19/2022

Mark your calendars for the Texas Technology Access Program's first Assistive Technology Conference on June 8-9, 2023!

09/17/2022

There's still time to register for the Texas Disability Issues Forum (TDIF)! Join REV UP Texas on Monday, September 19, 2022 in Austin to find out what major party candidates have to say on your most pressing issues, from healthcare to elections to education, and more!

Register at: https://tdif.revuptexas.org/

09/15/2022

NEW WEBINAR DATE! Register for the Autism Consortium of Texas September meeting on Friday, September 23rd at 12PM CST.

NEW DATE!!
The Autism Consortium of Texas at the Texas Center for Disability Studies invites you to attend the virtual September meeting of the Autism Consortium of Texas!

**DATE HAS CHANGED**
Friday, September 23, 2022
12:00-1:30 p.m. CST
1 Free CEU (SW, LPC, LMFT, General Contact Hour)
Register for the Zoom webinar at https://tinyurl.com/ACT-Sept16

"Autism Spectrum Disorder: Expanding the Diagnostic and Wrap Around Support Services in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics"
The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with an overview of the current and future services provided by the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Team for our patients with autism. Diagnostic, intervention, training, research, and outreach services will be covered.

About the Presenter: Meredith Brinster, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and psychologist in UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children’s. She specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental, behavioral, emotional and academic concerns, such as autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, anxiety and mood disorders.

Please share widely!

Jobs | Shalom Austin 09/12/2022

Jobs | Shalom Austin

Job Alert! Shalom Austin (aka the Austin Jewish Community Center) is seeking a part-time Disability and Inclusion Coordinator, to help run focus groups, refine their vision (related to disability), and begin advocating for families who need assistance right now.

Please see the description for the Disability & Inclusion Coordinator at the link below and share it with anyone who you think may be interested in a part-time (with the potential for growth!) position.

Jobs | Shalom Austin JOIN THE TEAM It’s Not Just a Job. It’s a Community! Make a difference in the lives of the Jewish community with new friends that will last a lifetime. Current Openings MAKE AN IMPACT We support each other. Shalom Austin offers financial, physical and emotional support to all members of our comm...

09/12/2022

The Texas Disability Issues Forum (TDIF) is back for the 2022 midterm elections! Join REV UP Texas on Monday, September 19, 2022 in Austin to find out what major party candidates have to say on your most pressing issues, from healthcare to elections to education, and more!

Register at: https://tdif.revuptexas.org/

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery 09/09/2022

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Are you prepared for a natural disaster or emergency? Check out an assortment of disaster preparedness resources collected by Disability Rights Texas!

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery What people with disabilities in Texas need to know about disaster preparedness and recovery. Learn about your rights, who can help you, and more.

09/07/2022

The Autism Consortium of Texas at the Texas Center for Disability Studies invites you to attend the virtual September meeting of the Autism Consortium of Texas!

Friday, September 16, 2022
12:00-1:30 p.m. CST

1 Free CEU (SW, LPC, LMFT, General Contact Hour)

Register for the Zoom webinar at https://tinyurl.com/ACT-Sept16

"Autism Spectrum Disorder: Expanding the Diagnostic and Wrap Around Support Services in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics"

The purpose of this presentation is to provide attendees with an overview of the current and future services provided by the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Team for our patients with autism. Diagnostic, intervention, training, research, and outreach services will be covered.

About the Presenter: Meredith Brinster, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and psychologist in UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children’s. She specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental, behavioral, emotional and academic concerns, such as autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, anxiety and mood disorders.

Please share widely!

09/05/2022

The Texas Disability Issues Forum (TDIF) is back for the 2022 midterm elections! Join REV UP Texas on Monday, September 19, 2022 in Austin to find out what major party candidates have to say on your most pressing issues, from healthcare to elections to education, and more!

Register at: https://tdif.revuptexas.org/

08/31/2022

Join Mountain States Regional Genetics Network November 9-10, 2022, for the MSRGN Genetics Summit 2022: Momentum in the Mountains, a virtual summit to educate, engage, and connect families, providers, and public health professionals around contemporary topics in genetics. During the summit distinguished speakers will cover a variety of timely genetics topics including medical diagnosis, outreach, underserved populations, newborn screening, transition to adult medical services, and more!

Register now to participate in the summit at no cost: bit.ly/3dA6cOy

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