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



"CDD Reads" Program Opens New Doors to Learning and Language Development (IA UCEDD)

Thanks to a new, multi-media reading program housed within the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD-Iowa UCEDD) Healy Clinic, patients are developing language skills, increasing interactions with family members, and having fun all at the same time. Entitled "CDD Reads," the program represents a collaboration among four Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ILEND) speech-language pathology trainees, a CDD speech-language pathologist, and two CDD-based programs: the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) and Disability Resource Library (DRL).



An Inspiring Conference: AACPDM (OR LEND)

By Kate Stribling, PT, DPT, CDRC Pediatric Physical Therapy Resident, Oregon LEND Trainee

The goal of the AACPDM to provide science-based education for health professionals, promote excellence in research, and encourage exceptional services for the benefit of people with and at risk for childhood-onset disabilities, like cerebral palsy. As a LEND trainee, this meeting offered me the opportunity to network, to learn, and to be inspired by leaders in the field of developmental medicine.I



Thanks for a Great AUCD2015 Conference!

We had a great time at #AUCD2015 and hope you did too. There were tons of great ideas shared and new connections made--it was clear that all 800+ people in attendance were passionate about growing leaders and driving change! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your participation, expertise, and enthusiasm for the network and all that we collectively do.


Past Trainee Events

2015 AUCD Conference

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Thursday, November 19, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The 2015 AUCD Conference will be held at the Washington, DC, Renaissance Hotel.

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The Power of the Network: Growing Leaders Driving Change

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Welcome to the Network! Join us Tuesday September 29 to learn more about the AUCD network, how you fit in as a LEND trainee and steps you can take to leverage the power of your new membership

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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.