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.

Employment First Task Force Report

Expect Employment, the report issued by the Tennessee Employment First Task Force, is now available online.


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

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Proclamation

This month, Governor Bill Haslam signed a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Governor Haslam and the Tennessee disability community wishes 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.

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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.

February 4, 2015  Disability Days on the Hill

You are invited to attend Disability Day on the Hill.  Disability Day on the Hill is a day for people with disabilities and their families to come to Nashville and speak with their senators and representatives about issues that affect their lives.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Legislative Plaza
  • Address: 301 6th Avenue, North, Nashville
  • No RSVP necessary to participate
  • What:  Call and set up in-person meetings with your state legislators. http://www.capitol.tn.gov
  • The Arc Tennessee, along with other disability organizations, will have tables with talking point sheets to help you speak with your legislators.
  • Program 11:00 am - 12:15 pm, House Chamber 

The Arc Tennessee does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin or Limited English Proficiency.  Peggy Cooper, Title VI Coordinator, 800-835-7077 ext. 15, email pcooper@thearctn.org

February 26, 2015:  A Fair Chance

Best-Practices for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities ICE workshop.

 

February 27, 2015 Special Education Symposium

Come learn from experts in This event provides 3 credit hours towards Continuing Education (CE) or Continuing Legal Education (CLE).  

The University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The BCDD is offering these activities for as many as 3.0 CE continuing education credits.  The University of Tennessee adheres to the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists.   

If you have any questions feel free to email PEAP@malsi.org or call (901) 523-8822 ext. 101.  

Please RSVP via PEAP@malsi.org or Eventbrite. 

 

March 17 Special Education Over-Representation

Seeking Equity for Black and Other Culturally Different Students ICE Workshop

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
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

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