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.
Are you an AUCD trainee?
Join AUCD in observing National Voter Registration Week Sept 26-30, 2016. We urge everyone, especially people with disabilities, to make sure they're registered to vote for the upcoming local, state, and national elections. Learn how to spread the word, find resources, and register!
Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.
Elizabeth Koss, Liz, is pursuing her Master's of Occupational Therapy at The Ohio State University. She is passionate about working with individuals with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder to increase independence and enhance quality of life. Liz became a Nisonger Center LEND trainee in 2015 where she has worked towards building and sustaining interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. During this time she also found a new passion for advocacy for persons with neurodevelopmental differences and has advocated at the state and national level.
Upcoming Trainee Events
17th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based CareThursday, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Past Trainee Events
8th International Disability Law Summer School: "Bringing Rights Home: Civil Society Impacting Change"Monday, June 20, 2016 - Friday, June 24, 2016
Location: Galway, Ireland
The National University of Ireland welcomes 150 participants from over 40 countries and a stellar cast of over 30 experts as faculty as they examine disability and civil rights. Join from anywhere and watch the proceedings live on YouTube.
Location: Washington, DC
During this crucial election season we need YOU in Washington, D.C. to help us build bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for high-priority disability issues. When you attend the Disability Policy Seminar, we'll arm you with all of the information you need to help educate our Members of Congress and their staff on the priorities of the I/DD community.