Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)
NEW on the CEDC Web Pages
Deadline: October 30
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.
As the August date approached for the Wellstone Patient and Family Conference on the Dystroglycanopathies (a form of muscular dystrophy), the Neuromuscular Clinical Research Team at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) recognized a need for additional information on hotel accessibility options in the Iowa City area. Katie Laubscher, a physical therapist with the Neuromuscular Clinical Research Team and at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD-Iowa's UCEDD), enlisted the assistance of Shari Huber, a former ILEND trainee and physical therapy student, to research the topic. Huber conducted a comprehensive review over a nine-week period, creating a sustainable product with far-reaching benefits.
Dr. Tom Fish and his colleagues at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center recently received funding to further develop the Jot It Down writing club program. Jot It Down is a community-based writing club that grew out of our experience developing and disseminating the nationally recognized Next Chapter Book Club. Jot It Down (JID) focuses on creativity and self-expression, as opposed to traditional writing instruction.
The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.
The Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC) serves as a focus and forum for the identification and discussion of issues of community education and technical assistance, is a representative voice of community education interests and concerns within the AUCD network, influences the development and implementation of national community education policies and initiatives, and shares resources and exemplary community education programs developed and use by Centers across the nation.
A core function of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) is to offer community service activities that include community education and technical assistance for or with individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members, professionals, paraprofessionals, students and volunteers.
The Community Education and Dissemination Council was established to:
- Serve as a focus and forum for the identification and discussion of issues of community education and technical assistance.
- Function as a representative voice of community education interests and concerns within the UCEDD network.
- Influence the development and implementation of national community education policies and initiatives.
- Share resources and exemplary community education programs developed and used by UCEDDs across the nation.