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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Maine UCEDD Honors Retiring Director Lu Zeph and Four 2015 Daring to Dream Award Recipients

On June 18, 2015, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (ME UCEDD) hosted a celebration to honor retiring Director, Lu Zeph, and four recipients of the Center�s 2015 Daring to Dream Awards. A photo album from the celebration is available on the Maine UCEDD�s Facebook page.


Director of Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Announces Retirement (IN UCEDD)

David Mank, director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, a federally designated Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has announced his retirement. Mank has been director of the center since 1996.


The DD Act Partners: The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

wrote a letter to express dissatisfaction with the cuts to DD programs in FY 2016 Appropriations Bill
pdf File DD Act program cuts letter to Senate - final.pdf [download]

UNH Institute on Disability's RENEW Program begins a 4 year evaluation Process with Grant (NH UCEDD/LEND)

The Institute on Disability (IOD)at the University of New Hampshire is part of a research team led by the University of Vermont that has received a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the Institute of Education Science's National Center for Education Research to conduct a multisite randomized control trial of the RENEW intervention. The Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) model, developed by IOD staff in 1996, is a promising individualized intervention for high school students with significant mental health challenges.


AUCD Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint

This one-year initiative is funded by AIDD to enhance diversity and cultural competence of faculty, staff and students; cultivate partnerships; respond to increasingly diverse communities across the country; and develop strategies for continuing efforts.


Philip Smith, PhD (NJ UCEDD) Honored as Educator of the Year

Community Access Unlimited honored Philip Smith, PhD, as Educator of the Year at its annual Awards Night Celebration on April 8, 2015. The award recognized Dr. Smith�s hard work and dedication in providing training that helps ensure the staff of Community Access Unlimited can reach their full potential when supporting individuals with disabilities.


There is still time to apply! Call for Applications - 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.

Deborah Spitalnik and Andrew Solomon

The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD) Celebrates 250th Session of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

The Boggs Center held its 250th Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series (DDLS) on Friday, April 17th. This milestone event featured presentations from two speakers: New York Times best-selling author Andrew Solomon, PhD, and The Boggs Center's founding Executive Director Deborah Spitalnik, PhD. Dr. Spitalnik began the session with "The Context for Our Empathy," a presentation tracing the structure of disability policy, trends in supports and services, and the cumulative impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities, their families, and those who work on their behalf. Dr. Solomon shared his experiences writing Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, an examination of the means by which families accommodate and embrace their children with physical, mental, and social 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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