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



AUCD 2017 T-Shirts Now Available!

Order Deadline: March 1

Shirts are just $10.07 each when you preorder by March 1 and pick them up at the 2017 Disability Policy Seminar. Hand-designed by Jessica Irwin, a Psychology Fellow at the University of Rochester Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, this shirt is one you'll be proud to wear again and again.



Talk with Pediatric Dental Students (NY UCEDD/LEND)

Lisa Latten, Family Advocacy Fellow at SCDD/LEND in Rochester NY recently spoke to Pediatric Dental students at University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center about the importance of including families in treatment plans. Lisa is the parent of a child with autism, and a Family Navigator at the Kirch Developmental Center at SCDD.



2017 Trainee Liaisons

AUCD Trainee liaisons are volunteer trainees at LENDs, UCEDDs, and DBP programs who identify strategies to improve trainee networking and linkage within the AUCD network, and improve the exchange of information among trainees across the network using available technologies. Meet the 2016-2017 AUCD Trainee Liaisons!


Upcoming Trainee Events

2017 Pre-EHDI LEND Workshop  Copy to Calendar

Sunday, February 26, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.)

This workshop will introduce trainees to the various challenges associated with assessing, monitoring, and effectively serving deaf / hard of hearing children who have additional disabilities from a systems perspective. It is a unique, interactive learning opportunity that brings together trainees and faculty from across the country.

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

2017 Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

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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Disability Policy Seminar 2017 and Trainee Summit

Disability Policy Seminar 2017 and Trainee Summit  Copy to Calendar

Monday, March 20, 2017 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

The Disability Policy Seminar is the premier opportunity to cultivate champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join AUCD, the Arc, AAIDD, NACDD, SABE, and UCP as we learn about and advocate for access to health care and community living supports, and bedrock civil rights protections. The first 100 days of any new Administration and Congress are key to setting the agenda, and this year, more than ever, we need you in Washington, DC.

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Making Lifelong Connections 2017

Making Lifelong Connections 2017  Copy to Calendar

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

MCH trainees (LEND, DBP, and more) are invited to attend and build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCH trainees, and enhance their career development.

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Past Trainee Events

 The Health Care Policy Debate: Why Does it Matter?  What is Your Role?

The Health Care Policy Debate: Why Does it Matter? What is Your Role?  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Learn about the current health care policy debate and what policies are important to children, youth, and adults with disabilities and their families. Strategies for successful health care advocacy will also be discussed. This webinar is specifically designed for AUCD network trainees.

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AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together

AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together  Copy to Calendar

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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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.