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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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston will implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) International Fellowship Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The goal of this new exchange program is to promote the growth of future leaders in inclusive education in countries and communities across the globe. The program will recruit 20 mid-career disability and education professionals from Brazil, Peru, Kenya and Tanzania and place them at partner host sites across the United States, including UCEDD and LEND. During their time in the U.S., Fellows will learn about policies and practices that have influenced inclusive education in the U.S. and will plan a project upon their return home. The program will honor the work of former Senators Bob Dole and Tom Harkin in the field of disability rights and inclusive education.
This October, AUCD is proud to join several federal and organization partners to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness month. Join us as we share blogs and resources, and host a twitter chat to talk about creating a stronger community in which everyone is fully included.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM), sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. While the Americans with Disabilities Act has made access to buildings, programs, and almost all walks of life, the one area that has stubbornly been slow to improve has been employment for people with disabilities. Join AUCD as we highlight both the need to increase disability employment and the great value that people with disabilities bring to businesses. #InclusionWorks!
Join AUCD in observing National Voter Registration Week Sept 26-30, 2016. We urge everyone, especially people with disabilities, to make sure they're registered to vote for the upcoming local, state, and national elections. Learn how to spread the word, find resources, and register!
Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.