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Indiana University’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning has received funding to continue the work of the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality as part of a federally funded $6 million state personnel development grant to the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Special Education. Indiana was one of only five states to receive funding in this award cycle. The grant will focus on rural Indiana schools and communities.

For those with disabilities and their families, trying to navigate a complex web of services, programs, and other disability-related community resources can be daunting. In November, IU’s Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) partnered with AWS Foundation of Ft. Wayne, IN, to implement Indiana Disability Resource FINDER as part of its library information and referral services.

The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University, through an agreement with the Indiana Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) and the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services (BQIS), is seeking applicants to collect survey data on National Core Indicators for Indiana’s quality assurance initiatives via on-line and in-person interviews with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Applicants will be expected to complete 5-10 interviews per week over a 6-month period (January-June) with interviews ranging from 1-2 hours each.

The Indiana Institute’s Center for Health Equity has produced two briefs based upon research conducted over the past two years: Hoosier Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Lack Access to Sexual Health Education and Hoosier Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Need Opportunities for Healthy Intimate Relationships andSexual Self-Advocacy.

Indiana University Bloomington has announced that the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands will become a seventh research center this summer. Established in 1993, the Eppley Institute partners with recreation, park, and public land organizations in order to enhance access, choice, and quality of natural, cultural, and recreational experiences for all people.

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