Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities


  • Jenness Roth (second from left) was the 2014 recipient of the Chancellor's Exempt Staff award.

    Jenness Roth (second from left) was the 2014 recipient of the Chancellor's Exempt Staff award.

  • Dr. Toni Whitaker from the UT BCDD was named along with 29 other new Act Early Ambassadors have been selected for the CDC's national "Learn the Signs. Act Early."

    Dr. Toni Whitaker from the UT BCDD was named along with 29 other new Act Early Ambassadors have been selected for the CDC's national "Learn the Signs. Act Early."

  • Sign up now for this summer's All Days are Happy Days summer camp

    Sign up now for this summer's All Days are Happy Days summer camp

  • Connie White, Associate Director, was honored by Dean Bob Rider with a Dean's Service Award for her service and history of attracting over $18M in awards and contracts to the college and CLEE.

    Connie White, Associate Director, was honored by Dean Bob Rider with a Dean's Service Award for her service and history of attracting over $18M in awards and contracts to the college and CLEE.

  • The Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year Award-STEP: Debbie Vitale is the President of the Shelby County Regional Special Education PTA, the first special education PTA of its kind in Tennessee.

    The Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year Award-STEP: Debbie Vitale is the President of the Shelby County Regional Special Education PTA, the first special education PTA of its kind in Tennessee.

  • Malissa Duckworth, MSSW rejoins the social work department as a social worker at the BCDD. Malissa was a first year graduate school trainee in 2008 and worked with the Shelby County RCP.

    Malissa Duckworth, MSSW rejoins the social work department as a social worker at the BCDD. Malissa was a first year graduate school trainee in 2008 and worked with the Shelby County RCP.

  • Gov. Bill Haslam announced Debra Payne as the commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as Jim Henry becomes the commissioner at the Department of Children's Services.

    Gov. Bill Haslam announced Debra Payne as the commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as Jim Henry becomes the commissioner at the Department of Children's Services.

  • The UT Relative Caregiver Program, Empowering Young Males for Success, is a Preventive Model mentoring program. Our goal is to work with boys, ages 10 to 15 that are being raised by our Relative Caregivers.

    The UT Relative Caregiver Program, Empowering Young Males for Success, is a Preventive Model mentoring program. Our goal is to work with boys, ages 10 to 15 that are being raised by our Relative Caregivers.

  • Most of the children that are being raised by their caregiver are doing well in school and at home. On April 27th the boys were able to offer their volunteer service at the Neighborhood Christian Center.

    Most of the children that are being raised by their caregiver are doing well in school and at home. On April 27th the boys were able to offer their volunteer service at the Neighborhood Christian Center.

  • About 90% of the boys in the Relative Caregiver Program have no positive male role models and most families cannot afford to have their kids in programs such as cub scouts or boy scouts.

    About 90% of the boys in the Relative Caregiver Program have no positive male role models and most families cannot afford to have their kids in programs such as cub scouts or boy scouts.

  • The goal of the UT Relative Caregiver Program, Empowering Young Males for Success, is to provide encouraging tools and activities for the young males to stay on the path to success.

    The goal of the UT Relative Caregiver Program, Empowering Young Males for Success, is to provide encouraging tools and activities for the young males to stay on the path to success.

  • Each year, the Boling Center trains over 20 masters and doctoral level students in 11 different disciplines.

    Each year, the Boling Center trains over 20 masters and doctoral level students in 11 different disciplines.

  • UT Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody has been awarded a $1.6 million dollar grant  to increase trauma-informed services to children in foster care or in military families.

    UT Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody has been awarded a $1.6 million dollar grant to increase trauma-informed services to children in foster care or in military families.

  • The Social Work Department is pleased to welcome Ashley Annestedt to BCDD. Ashley worked with Health Connect, an agency which provides in-home counseling to children at risk, adults and their families.

    The Social Work Department is pleased to welcome Ashley Annestedt to BCDD. Ashley worked with Health Connect, an agency which provides in-home counseling to children at risk, adults and their families.

The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is an interdisciplinary program that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through training, service, applied research, information dissemination, planning, and policy development.

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Health Care Professionals Survey

Part of the Boling Center's mission is to provide continuing education to healthcare professionals in the field. Currently, BCDD is an approved provider to several disciplines however, in an effort to provide the best possible service to our community we are asking professionals to participate in this anonymous survey about your Professional Continuing Education needs.

The survey should take only a few minutes, is completely anonymous and will only be used for program level decision making at the Boling Center to assess customer service. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Bishop at 901-448-3127 or email at ebishop@uthsc.edu.

Community Conversations coming to Memphis - March 23, 2015

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Tennessee Department of Labor are hosting an event focused on increasing employment for youth with disabilities in Memphis.  This event will be held at Memphis Public Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., March 23rd, 2015 from 5:45-7:45 PM. The evening will be a unique opportunity to brainstorm creative solutions that will improve competitive work opportunities for people with disabilities in our community. The format will be very casual. There's no cost, nothing to bring, and no commitment after the event. Appetizers and desserts will be served, registration is required.

Please register for the community conversation at: www.memphisconversations.splashthat.com 

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Governor Haslam Proclaims March "Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month"

"Disability is a natural part of the human experience that does not diminish the right of individuals with developmental disabilities to live independently, to exert control and choice over their own lives, and to fully participate in and contribute to their communities through full integration and inclusion ..."

- Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000

This month, Governor Bill Haslam signed a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Gov. Haslam and the Tennessee disability community wish to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals with developmental disabilities who live, work, play, vote, volunteer, worship and build relationships in our local communities.

"Tennesseans with and without disabilities live and work side by side in communities across the state, and every person has valuable strengths, infinite capacity to learn and the potential to make important contributions to their communities," Haslam wrote in the proclamation.

The proclamation states that "families of people with developmental disabilities deserve our admiration and recognition for their caring commitment and ongoing support that are essential to an independent and productive life". Many individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members still face enormous challenges in accessing needed services and supports to allow them to live successful lives in their communities alongside people without disabilities.

We hope this month that Tennesseans will use Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to learn how they can become involved in working alongside individuals with developmental disabilities to transform their communities into welcoming and supportive places for people of ALL abilities. Communities are stronger and better for everyone when all citizens are not only accepted but also respected for the contributions they make and their strengths, abilities and gifts.

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Now available FREE ADHD Resources for Parents and Teachers

The Boling Center Library located at 711 Jefferson Ave, has received an overflow of ADHD resources from the Assisi Foundation. These resources include guides for parents of young children and teens as well as teachers. To request these materials, please contact the Dissemination Coordinator by email to schedule a time to visit the library. These materials are free while supplies last.

Two Announcements Worth Celebrating

Dr. Debra Hanna, developmental pediatrician and our primary representative on a collaborative project with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and UT Boling Center announce the availability of the IDD Healthcare E-Toolkit. The Health Care For Adults With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities: A Toolkit for Primary Care Providers (IDD Toolkit) is available online and offers health care providers best-practice tools and a wealth of information regarding specific medical and behavioral concerns of adults with IDD, including resources for patients and families.

Dr. Lauren Gardner, BCDD Psychologist, has published a book chapter in an autism textbook: Bellini, S., Gardner, L., & Markoff, K. (2014). "Social skills training" in F. Volkmar, P. Rhea, K. Pelphrey, & S. Rogers (Eds.), Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, 4th Edition.

Please join us in congratulating both Dr. Hanna and Dr. Gardner on their achievements and representing the center on a national scale.

Toni M. Whitaker, MDselected by CDC as an Act Early Ambassador

TENNESSEE (May 14, 2013) – Toni M. Whitaker, MD, Developmental Pediatrician with the University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, has been selected to serve as an Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program.  Dr. Whitaker will play an important role in educating Tennessee’s parents, healthcare professionals, and early educators about early childhood development, warning signs of autism and other developmental disabilities, and the importance of acting early on concerns about a child’s development.

Developmental disabilities are common in the United States. A recent study shows that about 1 in 6 children has been diagnosed with a developmental disability. It’s important that these children are identified early and that they and their families receive the services and support they need.

Dr. Whitaker was selected as an Act Early Ambassador because of her commitment to improving the lives of children and families and increasing access to services for children with developmental disabilities.  The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability. It is a collaborative project of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. 

For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/ActEarly.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with national partners, created a public awareness campaign called “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”  The campaign aims to educate parents about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, and encourages developmental screening and intervention.

New Project Findings: Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Somali and Non-Somali Children in Minneapolis

CDC's NCBDDD, in partnership with NIH, Autism Speaks, and AUCD, recently conducted the largest project to date looking at the number and characteristics of Somali children with autism spectrum disorder in any U.S. community. Today, key findings from this project were released.

Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have published a free online video to improve the recognition of the early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among pediatricians, parents and early intervention providers. Bringing the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders Into Focus (2013, runtime 9:03 minutes) consists of six video clips that compare toddlers with no signs of ASD to toddlers with early signs of ASD and includes an explanation of how the specific behaviors exhibited by each child are either suggestive of ASD or typical child development.
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BCDD awarded $1.6 million grant

The Boling Center, Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (UT OCE) has recently been awarded a four-year, $1.6 million grant to increase trauma-informed services to children in foster care or in military families. The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI). Beginning October 2012, the grant establishes the UT COE as a Community Treatment and Services Center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and funds the proposed Tennessee Network for Trauma-Informed and Evidence-Based Systems (TN-TIES) project. Evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions either developed or supported by the NCTSN will be disseminated into the multiple systems commonly responsible for the care of youth in state custody, including foster parents, child welfare staff, and mental health providers. The UT COE will initially partner with Camelot Care Centers, Inc., and Child and Adolescent Services and School Behavioral Health, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell.

April 14, 2015 Professional Ethics, Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Psychologists & Social Workers - ICE Workshop

This session will cover professional ethics and law for psychologists and psychological examiners in the state of Tennessee. Session will discuss laws & regulations governing the practice of psychology and code of conduct. In addition the presenters will discuss ethical decision making and tools for tough choices through group discussion and presentation of case studies. Dr. Connie Paul presenting; 3.0 hours of CE for psychologists and social workers. 

April 30, 2015  A Fair Chance to Parent-ICE workshop

This workshop will present current information and trends in the area of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities specifically working with parents who have an Intellectual or other Neurodevelopmental Disability. Points of interest will include the application of federal disability laws in the provision of services for this population, adapted learning styles, community and state resources and creative techniques to partner with this parent population. Through increasing awareness throughout the community, improved outcomes can be achieved. Ashley Annestedt, LCSW and Malissa Duckworth, LCSW presenting; 2.0 hours of CE for psychologists, social workers and dietitians.

 May 21-22  Disability Mega Conference

TN Disability Mega Conference in Nashville, TN http://www.tndisabilitymegaconference.org/

Restraint and Seclusion

The Disability Coalition on Education (DCE) has created a information sheet on Restraint and SeclusionLink to Acrobat file

IDD Toolkit Featured on Government Disability Blog

Janet Shouse with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is featured as a guest blogger on Disability.blog, describing  the collaborative development of the IDD E-Toolkit.

Fact Sheets on Medicaid In Tennessee and Family Support

Three new fact sheets have been developed by The Arc of Tennessee (see list below). For more information or to obtain copies contact The Arc of Tennessee at 615-248-5878 or visit the website atwww.thearctn.org.

New materials available on the Learn the Signs: Act Early website

Visit www.cdc.gov/actearly to find two new materials. Track Your Child's Developmental Milestonesbrochure (English and Spanish versions) and the Milestone Moments booklet. Only the English version of the booklet is available; the Spanish version will be posted soon. Links to both PDFs are below

Milestones Moments Booklet  milestones image

Milestones Brochure: Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones
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Parents Guide to New State Rules: Restraint and Seclusion

To provide parents with information regarding Tennessee's state rules on restraint and seclusion in schools, the Disability Coalition on Education has developed a fact sheet. This fact sheet is available from the DCE at no cost. For additional copies or information regarding this topic contact Holly Lu Conant Rees at hlu1055@comcast.net. Click to view a fact sheet in spanish.

New Disability Website

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched Disability.gov, a redesigned federal Web site that connects the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities to thousands of disability-related resources.The site is also for parents of children with disabilities, employers, workforce and human resource professionals, veterans, educators, caregivers, and many others.

 

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