Press Releases




New Prevalence Data Finds 1 in 68 Children Have Autism Spectrum Disorders

Numbers represent a 30% increase from previous estimates

This new estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in communities from 11 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin.



Executive Order Increases Federal Contractor Minimum Wage, Includes People with Disabilities

AUCD applauds the President for increasing wages for hardworking Americans, and especially for including people with disabilities in his Executive Order.



Major Step Forward in Improving Safety of Children in Schools with Legislation to Restrict the Use of Restraints and Seclusion

AUCD applauds Senator Tom Harkin who announced that he will introduce legislation today to reduce the use of restraints and seclusion in schools. Currently, no federal guidelines exist regarding the use of restraints and seclusion. Evidence shows a disproportionate use of these techniques on students with disabilities, violating their right to nondiscrimination in accessing education.



AUCD Supports President's State of the Union Agenda of Equality and Opportunity for All Americans

AUCD strongly supports the agenda of equality and opportunity that the President laid out in the State of the Union address last night. While the President did not mention people with disabilities specifically, his agenda includes policies that the disability community has long championed and we believe that when he says everyone he means everyone.



AUCD Applauds Stronger Medicaid Rules on Community Living

SILVER SPRING, MD (January 13, 2014) The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) applauds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the regulation released Friday that strengthens the Medicaid home and community-based services available to people with disabilities.

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'Supporting Diversity in the Developmental Disabilities Network through Minority Partnerships' Released by AUCD

This report describes the efforts of two University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) in addressing health disparities experienced by minority populations and describes the importance of promoting diversity within DD Network programs. To download a free PDF of the report or to purchase a hard copy, visit

AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato and His Excellency Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of the Community Development Authority


AUCD Signs MoU with Dubai Community Development Authority to Share Best Practices in Disability Services

The agreement will facilitate the cooperation between CDA and the AUCD to bring the best practices and programs for people with disabilities for the first time to the Middle East. The agreement will also enable advanced consultation and trainings to CDA staff by members of AUCD.



AUCD Statement on Open Enrollment; Federal Government Shutdown

AUCD is excited and proud to watch the Health Insurance Marketplaces open for enrollment today and urges Congress to pass a continuing resolution that does not dismantle the Affordable Care Act.



New Report Documents Worldwide Mistreatment of People with Disabilities: Urges Support for Disability Treaty

AUCD distributed this report today that shows examples of shocking abuse and neglect of people with disabilities around the world.



AUCD, Four UCEDDs, and Two LENDs Host Representatives from the Community Development Authority in Dubai

AUCD, four University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and two Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LENDs) Programs had the pleasure of hosting three representatives from the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during the week of June 24th.



National Disability Organization Releases Report on Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition

SILVER SPRING, MD (May 29, 2013) - The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has released a comprehensive new report on one of the most significant issues facing youth with disabilities, the transition from adolescence to adult life.

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AUCD Statement on Introduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act

The Keeping All Students Safe Act would prohibit the use of seclusion and the most dangerous types of restraint; require parental notification when restraint is used; and require training and certification of school personnel who implement physical restraint. 'Setting a federal floor of protections is essential to preventing abuse, especially for students with disabilities who experience the use of restraint and seclusion at disproportionately high rates,' said AUCD President Julie Fodor, PhD.


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Andy Imparato, JD

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Kim Musheno


Leslie Cohen, JD