Since 1963, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) have been working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision. Currently, sixty-seven UCEDDs in every state and territory are located in a university setting.

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Mark Your Calendars for AUCD 2016!

December 4-7 in Washington, DC

The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.


Mercedes Avila: 2016 Changemaker Local Hero Award Winner from the Child Mind Institute

MCC Chair and VT LEND Co-Director Honored for Work with Disadvantaged Populations

The 2016 Local Hero Award Winner, Dr. Avila is dedicated to serving children and youth at the margins: refugees and immigrants, teens struggling with mental health problems and young adults affected by substance abuse. She has secured funding for programs that address these critical issues, and works to eliminate inequality in access to resources and programming.


Dr. Cheryl Grenwelge Promoted to Associate Professor (TX UCEDD)

Dr. Cheryl Grenwelge wears many "hats" at Texas A&M University. She is dually appointed as an Associate Professor the AgriLife Sciences and the Center on Disability and Development as the Director of Transition Service Programs. Her research interests include transition services, postsecondary education, self-determination, and youth leadership development.


Wolf Wolfensberger Documentary Available from the RTC (MN UCEDD/LEND & PA-Temple UCEDD)

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) has released a film, "Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization." The film explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities. It also features the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea.


Call for Proposals: AUCD2016

Deadline: June 20

The AUCD Conference is one of the nation's premier places to highlight your work. Over 200 different presentations will be accepted to the conference in several different types of sessions, formatted for maximum visibility and interaction with attendees. Proposals are encouraged from students, self-advocates, family leaders, clinicians, and researchers in over 25 topics. Don't miss your chance: submit a proposal today!


Sandy Root-Elledge Named Executive Director of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WY UCEDD)

University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Joseph Steiner announced Sandy Root-Elledge, a skilled administrator and advocate for persons with disabilities, has been selected as the new Executive Director of WIND, slated to begin her post this month.

Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D Chair of AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group and Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana's University Center for Excellence in Disabilities

A Special Message from Cathy Pratt, Chair of AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group


April 2016: Autism Awareness & Acceptance

During the month of April, AUCD joins people with autism, their families, and those who serve and support them to increase public acceptance and appreciation of the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and recognition of the diverse range of abilities and talents people with autism possess.


Munroe-Meyer Institute Researchers Honored (NE UCEDD/LEND)

Munroe-Meyer Institute researchers Anna Dunaevsky, PhD, and Woo-Yang Kim, PhD, were honored at the 2015 University of Nebraska Medical Center Distinguished Scientists Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 11 at the UNMC campus in Omaha. The awards are the highest honors for UNMC researchers.


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Affecting Public Policy

Since January, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) has provided preparatory mock legislative visits for trainees and students, facilitated the sharing of personal stories with legislators and policymakers through Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability, created helpful tools for attending Disability Day on the Hill, and educated state legislators during in-person meetings.


Related Links

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)

National Center for Cultural Competence

The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. The NCCC is located at the Georgetown UCEDD, and AUCD member. View the site in Spanish at http://www11.georgetown.edu/research/gucchd/nccc/espanol/index.html.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

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2016 UCEDD Leadership Institute  Copy to Calendar
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016

MIND Institute's Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders  Copy to Calendar
Friday, August 5, 2016

17th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Friday, October 28, 2016

AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together  Copy to Calendar
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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