Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities


  • 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."

  • 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 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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New Guide from US Department of Education on undocumented immigrant students Released 

The U.S. Department of Education has released the first in a set of resource guides designed to help school officials support undocumented immigrant students.
The 63-page guide aims to clarify the legal rights of undocumented high school and college students, share resources about federal and private financial aid available to them, and discuss how to support youth applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) consideration or renewal. The DACA program allows students who came to the United States as children to apply for relief from deportation.
You can access the guide at:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/focus/supporting-undocumented-youth.pdf

Public Input Survey for Council's State Plan

The Council is in the process of developing our new five-year state plan. This plan will be in effect from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2021. The Council's State Plan is our strategic planning document for the next five years, and it will serve as a framework for our planning, implementation and evaluation activities. We are asking Tennesseans with disabilities, family members and professionals to tell us what is working and what is not working in regards to the quality of and access to services provided for citizens with disabilities in Tennessee. Your input will help determine where to direct Council resources and advocacy over the next five years!
Share your feedback with the Council here. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5ZTY6JB)
When you start the survey, you will be asked to answer four demographic questions - we want to make sure we are hearing from a diverse group of people. The survey asks about the availability of disability services in your community, the availability of general community resources that are accessible to people with disabilities and their families, whether there are under-served groups in your community, and what issues you feel are priorities for Tennesseans with disabilities and their families. Please feel free to distribute our survey to others in your networks so they can provide their valuable input about Tennessee services and supports for people with disabilities! If you have any questions or if you need the survey in other formats, feel free to contact Alicia Cone at alicia.cone@tn.gov or 615-253-1105.

Effective July 1, 2015 the Tennessee Family Support Program will begin an open enrollment for eligible families. The Family Support Program general purpose is defined as followed:

The primary purpose of the program is to support
• Families who have school-aged or younger children with severe disabilities
• Adults with severe disabilities who choose to live with their families
• Adults with severe disabilities not supported by other residential programs funded by state or federal funds
Services can include but are not limited to: Respite care, day care services, home modifications, equipment, supplies, personal assistance, transportation, homemaker services, housing costs, health-related needs, nursing and counseling.

Current participants receiving funds, as well as individuals on the wait list or new applicants must reapply annually. With this new procedure the door is now open for all eligible families to receive assistance. If you know families who might be eligible or are currently receiving services please ask them to contact the Shelby County Administrator for the Family Support Program. Funds will be distributed on a first come basis once all documents are received and eligibility met. I have attached the guidelines if you need additional reference.. Families may call the numbers listed for applications and more information.

Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, Inc. 3971 Knight Arnold:

Pacely Cooper (901) 869-9285 (Pacely.cooper@srvs.org)
Michelle Harris (901) 312-9911 (michelle.harris@srvs.org)
Latisha Reynolds (901) 312-6850 (latisha.reynolds@srvs.org)
Tonya Sevion (901) 312-0430 (tonya.sevion@srvs.org)
Troy Allen (troy.allen@srvs.org)
Counties Served: Fayette and Shelby
www.srvs.org

 View Guidelines

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.

  • Healthcare Professionals Survey

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.

DISABILITY RIGHTS ADVOCATE POSITION

Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is a private non-profit agency which is designated as the protection and advocacy system for Tennessee. DRT is currently accepting applications for a Disability Rights Advocate. This position will be in our agency's Memphis Office.

This Advocate will serve clients in both DRT's disability discrimination and employment areas. Under the supervision of a licensed Tennessee attorney, this Advocate will assist clients with issues that include the following:

• Obtaining appropriate services from Tennessee's Division of Rehabilitation Services
• Addressing disability discrimination in multiple settings

This staff member will also conduct trainings related to the issues above and engage in collaborations with other disability related organizations.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and abilities: sound professional judgment, strong organizational and time management skills, proficient use of computers and word processing software, ability to learn to use our case database, strong oral and written communication skills, ability to engage in logical analysis, strong research and writing skills, ability to work well in teams, and ability to professionally represent DRT.

Master's Degree in Special Education, Social Work, Sociology, Counseling, or related degree preferred. Bachelor's Degree with 3 years or more experience as an Advocate or in a similar position will be considered in lieu of an advance degree. Existing knowledge of disability rights issues preferred.

APPLICATION PROCESS

By September 15, 2015, please submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Gina Brady, Director of Advocacy, West Tennessee Regional Office at ginab@disabilityrightstn.org.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Justice Department Secures Statewide Training for Law Enforcement on Interacting with Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Today, the Justice Department announced that, under a settlement agreement with the United States, the state of Tennessee is launching a training program available to all law enforcement personnel in Tennessee on effective interactions with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. The training, developed by Tennessee's Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), helps law enforcement officers communicate effectively with people who have disabilities and their families in order to improve the safety and effectiveness of those interactions and to enhance community policing efforts. DIDD has posted the training materials on its website and will present the materials at a statewide conference of law enforcement training officers later this month.
DIDD developed the training as part of a court-approved exit plan that resolves long running litigation between the United States and Tennessee concerning care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The lawsuit will continue during DIDD's performance of other exit plan provisions.
"We applaud the state's efforts to ensure that law enforcement officers engage safely and effectively with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division. "This initiative is good for those people, for officers who serve in communities across the state, and for effective law enforcement. Tennessee joins a new national trend in recognizing and preparing for the intersection between law enforcement and people with disabilities. We also recognize and appreciate the continued collaboration of important stakeholders in reaching agreement on this crucial training, including DIDD, People First of Tennessee and the Parent Guardian Associations of Clover Bottom and Greene Valley Developmental Centers."
The United States brought suit against the state of Tennessee in 1996, concerning conditions of care and the right to care in integrated settings for residents of Clover Bottom Developmental Center, Greene Valley Developmental Center and Nat T. Winston Center. The state and the United States, along with two interveners, settled the case in 1996 through an agreement that called for both improved conditions within the centers and the integration of residents into community settings. Shortly after the initiation of the suit, the state closed Nat T. Winston Center. The state is now closing Clover Bottom Center and Greene Valley Developmental Centers. In 2015, the court approved an exit plan designed to resolve the litigation by bringing to fruition planned community improvements in respite care, individual support planning and other areas. The exit plan also required that the state develop the law enforcement training discussed above.
For more information on the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, please visit www.justice.gov/crt.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-secures-statewide-training-law-enforcement-interacting-persons 

 

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.
Early Recognition of ASD PDF icon

 

A Chance to Parent Conference - October 12-13, 2015 - DoubleTree Memphis, TN

The Association for Successful Parenting is hosting the bi-annual conference at the Downtown Doubletree in Memphis, TN. This year's conference will feature keynote presentations from Aaron Bishop, Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Centers for Independent Living and Senator Becky D. Massey from Tennessee. Also featured this year will be a legislative panel, parent panel and a legal panel. This year's conference includes over 20 breakout sessions, exhibitors and networking opportunities. There is still time to register and book a hotel room as well. Visit the TASP website at http://achancetoparent.net/ or register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TASP2015.

For more information: Malissa Duckworth 901-448-6598 or Elizabeth Bishop 901-448-3127.

Save The Date - Midsouth Autism Conference March 24-25, 2016 Memphis, TN

Call for Proposals will be out soon for this bi-annual conference in the MidSouth Area. This year the conference will be at Baptist Women's Hospital in the Garrett Auditorium.  More information will be available closer to the conference date. 

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
English  index clip image | Spanish  image clip )

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.

Contact BCDD

711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
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Phone: 901-448-6511
Toll-free:888-572-2249
TDD:901-448-4677
Fax: 901-448-7097