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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AUCD Strategic Map 2014

Comments Welcome Through September 2

The AUCD Strategic Map is intended as a high level view of the vision, focus, and priorities of our organization and network over the next 2-3 years. This map can serve as a guide for our collective work and mission. Your feedback is welcomed through September 2, 2014.


AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement

The 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Ink your calendars, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.


2014 AUCD Award Nominations

Deadline: September 8

Who do you know that deserves recognition? Nominate an outstanding individual, group, or program today for an AUCD award.


Disability Disclosure in/and Higher Education: Call for Papers

Co-editors: Kerschbaum, Jones, Eisenman, Univ of Delaware

This collection thus seeks to explore the richness of disability disclosure. Building on and extending the work of the "Disability Disclosure in/and Higher Education" conference, this work will explore questions about disability disclosures in all corners of higher education, from a variety of theoretical, methodological, conceptual, and (multi)(inter)disciplinary perspectives. By providing wide-ranging explorations of disability disclosure, this collection will highlight how disability in higher education is not an issue relevant only to those who have disabilities, but one which has far-reaching consequences across higher education. Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2014


ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood

ASAN has prepared a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities, their families, and other disability advocates to help youth with disabilities manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood.


Employment Opportunity: Program Manager, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Silver Spring, MD

AUCD is currently seeking a dynamic individual to serve as a Program Manager working under the supervision of the Director, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Technical Assistance. The individual filling this position will manage technical assistance activities of AUCD's cooperative agreement with the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

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Institute on Disabilities at Temple Awarded an 'Exhibits and Public Interpretation Grant' from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

In 2012, with support from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the Institute began the development of A Fierce Kind of Love, a play inspired by Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Rights Movement.


House Passes Autism CARES Act Today

"AUCD is so pleased to see that Congress has worked in a bipartisan, bicameral way to reach consensus on a bill to reauthorize a law that is so important to so many people with ASD and other DD and their families," stated Kim Musheno, AUCD's Director of Public Policy. "We hope the Senate will take quick action as well."


15 Years After Olmstead - Our Committment to Community Living

From The White House Blog

All indications are that we are heading in the right direction. We are working to address many of the most imposing barriers facing those who want to live on their own: finding affordable, accessible housing and improving access to quality support and services tailored to each person's goals.


Grant Puts Faith to Work for People with Disabilities

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will serve as the lead site for a $500,000 grant focused on building capacity of faith communities, such as churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious organizations, to support employment for members with disabilities.


Royal P. Walker, Jr., JD, Retires from University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies

Royal P. Walker Jr. retired on May 30, 2014, as Executive Director of the USM Institute for Disability Studies and will soon begin a four-year term on the National Council on Disability. AUCD is grateful to Royal for his leadership as a Director and former Board President and wish him well in his future endeavours!


President Obama Announces Key Administration Posts to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Many intended appointees have AUCD network ties

President Obama recently announced his intent to appoint several individuals to key Administration posts on the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Julie Petty will be appointed as the Committee Chair, and several individuals with network ties are expected to also be appointed. AUCD is proud that so many of the appointees have network ties and congratulates them all!


Family Perspectives on a Successful Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Disabilities

An article by researchers affiliated with Vanderbilt University examines an online survey of parents of individuals with IDD on their definition of a successful transition to adulthood. Rather than focusing only on developmental tasks of adulthood, responses reflected a more varied and dynamic view of success in adulthood. (full text access available at no cost with member subscription to IDD)


The Postschool Outcomes of Students With Mild Intellectual Disability: Does it get Better With Time?

An article by researchers affiliated with Vanderbilt University examines an online survey of parents of individuals with IDD on their definition of a successful transition to adulthood. Rather than focusing only on developmental tasks of adulthood, responses reflected a more varied and dynamic view of success in adulthood. (full text access available at no cost with member subscription to IDD)


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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2014 CAAI Virtual Series  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Thursday, July 31, 2014

ISAAC 2014 Conference  Copy to Calendar
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Multicultural Council Presents: Supporting Former Refugee Families with Children with Disabilities in LEND Programs  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Friday, October 3, 2014

2014 AUCD Conference  Copy to Calendar
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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