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We congratulate Cynthia Garcia (former 2018-2019 ArizonaLEND trainee) on completing the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) certificate program! The ASD certificate program prepares nurse practitioners to diagnose and manage pediatric patients with autism.

The University of Arizona LEND trainees started the year with a 3-day Leadership Intensive Workshop. They were joined by trainees from the University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) and the Arizona State University TRANSCEND Program. LEND, PPC, and TRANSCEND are all leadership training programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Morgan Kern, ArizonaLEND fellow and master's student in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, helped coordinate a camp for children and adolescents with autism.

The University of Arizona LEND and Pediatric Pulmonary Center took trainees and faculty on a Cross Border Tour to Nogales, Mexico.

ArizonaLEND Faculty and Trainees (Laura Rodriguez, Jennifer Casteix, Araceli Olivas, Chelsey Tarazi, John Day, Andrea Moreno and Curby Sickmon) attended the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, DC. While there, they learned about important issues affecting the disability community and had a chance to meet with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

ArizonaLEND trainee, Chelsey Tarazi, won First Place in the 3-Minute Research Presentation Competition at Northern Arizona University. Chelsey's presentation was titled Adult's Perspectives on Protecting Gender Diverse Youth. Chelsey is a 4th year Doctor of Philosophy student in the Combined Counseling/School Phsycology program in the College of Education.

Howard Zlamal, Devon Bacso, Angela Rosenberg, Cheyenne Cody Da Rosa, Vicki Smith and Brie Seward were just some of the ArizonaLEND trainees and faculty at the AUCD Conference.

ArizonaLEND faculty member, Jim Dean AuD, is the director of the ARSOBO hearing health clinic. Dr. Dean co-authored the following article, highlighting the ways in which ARSOBO works toward advancing social inclusion of people with disabilities in Mexico.

Gabe Moreno (former ArizonaLEND trainee) co-authored the aritcle, Caretaker Awareness of Health Care Provided Developmental Screenings: Increases from 2007 to 2012. The article states that, "despite growth, there is still a need to increase developmental screening efforts in many states." The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) did a nice write-up on the article. Congratulations, Gabe!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). At Northern Arizona University, Disability Heritage Month is currently underway with a number of activities, events and speakers. This year’s theme is Challenging Perceptions about Disability.

The ArizonaLEND Program, training professionals to be leaders in clinical care and research, has just received a $3 million continuation grant. The training program, which seeks to improve the health of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, trains professionals in more than 15 disciplines.

Every year, ArizonaLEND Dental Faculty Member, John Day, DDS, volunteers his services at Hope Fest.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) releases a recommendation that screening only be performed for autism if the parent or provider is concerned there is a risk.