AUCD encourages trainees to be involved in the national network of LEND, UCEDD, and IDDRC programs and has created a number of opportunities for trainee involvement.

An AUCD Trainee is any individual who is enrolled in one of AUCD's LEND, UCEDD, or IDDRC programs. A trainee might be an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student in a discipline such as audiology or social work; a trainee might be a fellow in pediatrics or psychology; a trainee might be a research assistant working on a genetic disorder or a family member learning about leadership. All trainees have a common desire to continue learning about helping and working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
  There are over 4,000 AUCD trainees enrolled in the nation's LEND, UCEDD, and IDDRC programs. By being a trainee at an AUCD-member program, individuals are also members of AUCD. These AUCD trainees form a network and can learn from each other by discussing and sharing their common interests and unique experiences.
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Trainee News



Enabling Community Participation in the Bronx (NY UCEDD/LEND)

RFK CERC Einstein/Montefoire UCEDD occupational and physical therapists, LEND trainees, children with developmental disabilities and their families happily joined together to visit epic sites in the Bronx. Tim Conly, OTR cultivated new partnerships with Yankee Stadium and Mosholu Golf Course this summer so that CERC families could tour the iconic baseball stadium and learn to play golf. Therapists and therapy LEND trainees created the optimal experience for participants: enhancing abilities and modifying the environment so each person obtained the maximal benefit during the visits. For many it was the first time to Yankee Stadium, participants were so grateful that one child presented a beautiful picture he made to our tour guide, Paul Ward, creating a lasting partnership. For all, this was the first time on the golf course; golf pros taught us to drive, putt and play a hole.



AUCD Celebrates October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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!



New Iowa LEND Trainees have a Capital Time at the Iowa State Capitol

The Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, welcomed the Iowa LEND (ILEND) trainees for 2016-2017. Orientation began with a brief welcome by Lenore Holte, ILEND Program Director, followed by faculty, staff and trainee introductions. The group of trainees and staff members then traveled to Des Moines to tour the state capitol building and to learn about state and federal legislation related to individuals with disabilities.


Upcoming Trainee Events

2017 Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - Friday, March 10, 2017
Location: San Antonio, TX

The Gatlinburg Conference continues its tradition as one of the premier conferences in the United States for behavioral scientists conducting research in intellectual and related developmental disabilities. The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established in the 1960's.

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Making Lifelong Connections 2017

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Friday, April 7, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Making Lifelong Connections Planning Committee would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCHB trainees and enhance their career development. The Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico are co-hosting this one and a half day event entitled "Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCHB Trainees" in San Antonio, TX on April 23-24, 2015. At this meeting, current and former MCHB trainees will work together to enhance their leadership and presentation skills, network and develop professional connections.

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Past Trainee Events

AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together

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Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Location: 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.

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17th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care

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
Location: Virtually, or in person at Baylor University

Hosted by Baylor College of Medicine and available nationwide through an AUCD-sponsored live broadcast, this year's conference will be a valuable resource for the entire network.

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Access Resources Developed by Pediatric Audiology Trainees


Trainee Tools

Early Career Professionals (ECP)

Early Career Professionals (ECP)
AUCD has created this innovative national resource for professionals who have received interdisciplinary training in developmental disabilities to further. develop their leadership.


Self-Assessment Tool

Self-Assessment Tool
The self assessment tool was developed to look at Personal Knowledge and Skills, Working with Others and Working in Systems.


Leadership Resources

Leadership Resources
The Place to be When You Want to Know More
AUCD have developed resource search tool for you to use after you have taken the "self assessment" test (you can also use it if you haven't done a self assessment too!).


Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
AUCD Employment section includes job opportunities within the AUCD Network and at other organizations within the disability community.