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 Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 Virtual Trainee

Applications Due May 29, 2015

The AUCD Virtual Trainee will use leadership skills to build relationships and communications among trainees throughout the nationwide AUCD network of UCEDDs and LENDs.


AUCD2015: Growing Leaders, Driving Change

The 2015 AUCD Conference will examine how we develop strong leaders, support them in their work, and collaborate across the network and with partners in the field to reach our mutual goals.


AUCD2015: Submit a Proposal Today

Deadline: June 2

AUCD is currently accepting proposals for our 2015 conference. This call for papers includes submissions for concurrent interactive presentations, concurrent panel presentations, single presentations, and posters. Read more about the format and requirements for each event on the Presentation Details page, especially noting the revamped poster session formats. Proposals are welcomed on a multitude of topics on all things disability, including but certainly not limited to advocacy, behavior supports, disability studies, employment, health and wellness, leadership development, self-determination, technology, and much more.


March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Watch our Videos

To increase awareness of the contributions of people with developmental disabilities during the month of March, AUCD asked individuals with developmental disabilities "What issues or experiences do you feel comfortable sharing about you as a person with a developmental disability?" This is what they had to say...


April: Autism Awareness and 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.


April Trainee Focus: Policy, Poster Sessions, and Autism Awareness and Acceptance

April's AUCD trainee focus is on policy, and we look forward to seeing over 150 trainees in DC for the Disability Policy Seminar. Remember, advocacy doesn't just happen in DC, so tell us about any visits you make or letters you write to your representatives while they're in their home offices!


2015 UCEDD Leadership Institute - Deadline Extended!

June 14-19, 2015 in Newark, DE at the University of Delaware

After another successful year, the UCEDD Leadership Institute will be back in 2015! Please consider recommending your staff for the 2015 class of future UCEDD leaders representing the full diversity of the country.


AUCD Welcomes Steve Brown, PhD as the New Diversity and Inclusion Fellow

Steven E. Brown is a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). He joins other faculty members from around the country in creating a blueprint for cultural and linguistic competence within the nationwide AUCD network.


Sachin Dev Pavithran Elected Chair of the U.S. Access Board (UT UCEDD)

The U.S. Access Board unanimously elected Sachin Dev Pavithran as its new Chair on March 11. Pavithran of Logan, Utah is Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities. He was named to the Access Board by President Barack Obama in 2012.

The 2015 AUCD t-shirt will be available to order from Custom Ink beginning March 4th

AUCD Trainee T-Shirt: Order Yours Today!

Orders must be placed by 11:59pm March 23.

Show your AUCD pride by purchasing the 2015 trainee-designed t-shirt! It's perfect for the Disability Policy Seminar and local Center events. Many thanks to the 20+ people who submitted designs, and congratulations to Angela from Westchester, NY and Brandon from Iowa for contributing to the winning design.

Panel included (left to right) Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS, Mariana Wingood, PT, CEEAA, Jen Nash, PT, NCS and Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, GCS.

APTA and Older Adults with DD (MT UCEDD)

Last month, Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, GCS of Montana's Rural Institute MonTECH programs, presented information at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis, IN.


AUCD Strategic Map 2015-2016

AUCD is pleased to present our 2015-2016 Strategic Map. This map outlines five key priority areas and corresponding sub-goals for our organization and network over the next two years, and serves as a guide for our collective work and mission.


OHSU Announces Grant Recipients (OR UCEDD)

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the OHSU UCEDD Community Engagement Grant Program. The OHSU UCEDD, in collaboration with their advisory board, the Community Partners Council, is committed to activating organizations across the State to engage people with disabilities in their communities. To further these goals, the CPC annually solicits applications to fund projects with this focus.


Vermont's Life History Project Continues to Grow (VT UCEDD)

The Life Histories Project at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, Vermont's UCEDD, has been busy this last year collecting new stories from Vermonters with developmental and intellectual disabilities.


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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