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AUCD Posters 2016

AUCD 2016

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  • Diversity Fellowship

    Diversity Fellowship Poster

    The purpose of the Diversity & Disability Fellowship at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) at West Virginia University is to increase the diversity of trainees by creating a formal diversity fellowship experience that supports trainees from diverse backgrounds. Read more →

  • Funds for You

    Funds for You

    There were 3589 traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related hospitalizations in West Virginia in 2009 (1). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of TBI-related hospitalizations in the U.S. has remained relatively stable ranging from 82.7 per 100,000 in 2001 to 91.7 in 2010 (2). These numbers underestimate the occurrence of TBIs, excluding persons seen in emergency departments, outpatient or office settings, and those who did not seek care. TBI-related services available through the West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVU CED) include resource coordination, personcentered planning, neuropsychological testing assistance, training and education for individuals with a TBI, their family members and caregivers, and Funds for YOU application assistance. The Funds for YOU (FFY) Program was created by the WV Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury (TB/SCI) Rehabilitation Fund Act in 1996 (Legislative Rule 197CSR1) and is administered by the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF). FFY is designed to pay for goods and services for unmet needs that will increase opportunities for and enhance the achievement of functional independence for individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). FFY participation requires that the individual have a medically documented TBI, be a state resident, and that the program is the payer of last resort. Read More →

  • LEND Diversity

    Lend Diversity Poster

    The Diversity and Disability Fellowship (DDF) Program at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED), works in collaboration with the West Virginia LEND program. While developing the new fellowship program, the WVU CED envisioned a strategic plan that would build upon the established infrastructure of the LEND Program to further expand training opportunities for developing diversity and culturally competent professionals and leaders. Read More →

  • Life in Community After TBI

    Life in Community After TBI

    Brain injury represents a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. While a small number of TBI survivors continue in a persistent state of coma, the vast majority return to the community with some residual cognitive, psychosocial, behavioral, or physical impairment. This study investigated life satisfaction among caregivers living in the community across West Virginia. For family members and caregivers, the sudden nature of TBI rarely affords preparation time, taxing one’s capacity to cope with life change and impacting quality of life. Drug and alcohol use may be signs of difficulty coping and can negatively impact one’s ability to meet the needs of the survivor. Life satisfaction is a subjective measure of quality of life and has been linked to depression and psychological distress. Read More →

  • Navigating To Better Nutrition

    Navigating to Better Nutrition Poster

    Behavioral interventions are often required for children with autism to widen the variety of foods they accept. A young boy diagnosed with autism who attends our intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic was limiting his food intake to five foods, including four carbohydrates and one fruit. The child was under the care of a metabolic specialist to gain weight and increase his body size, mostly due to poor eating habits. Our goal, with the support of his parents, was to increase the variety of food this child would eat, while focusing on nutritional intake important for growth and development. Read More →

  • Navigating Towards Independence

    Navigating Toward Independence

    After a year on our waiting list, a young boy with autism received about three months of iASD clinic behavioral services when it was determined that he had quickly mastered all academic skills outlined in his Verbal Behavior Milestone Assessment & Placement Program (VBMAPP). He still showed deficits in social skills and group instructions. After attempting to teach those in our small clinic setting, we found that the skills he needed to practice could not be reciprocated by our other clients. We determined that his typical school setting would be a more natural environment, as long as he had the support of a 1:1 behavioral therapist to coach him as he mastered new skills in these few areas. Read More →

  • Reducing Stigma

    Reducing Stigma

    The Arab culture is a beautiful, complex one that includes some stigmas about the world of disabilities. The majority of research in the field of autism has been conducted in Western countries with readily available resources. In the developing countries and specifically in the Arab world, the field of child psychiatry is relatively new. Autism was not a subject of interest in the region until the late 1990s. Lack of awareness, resources and culture contribute to the unmet needs of autism patients in the region. Read More →

  • TBI & Alcohol

    TBI Alcohol

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year TBIs account for approximately 2.2 million emergency room visits, 280,000 hospitalizations, and 50,000 deaths. In West Virginia, there are 22,000 new traumatic brain injury cases every year. Read More →