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AUCD Welcomes Zipporah Levi-Shakleford (VA LEND) as the 2015 Assistant Virtual Trainee

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford is AUCD's first Assistant Virtual Trainee. Together with Virtual Trainee Laurel Geist, she will help to strengthen a virtual network and group identity among AUCD trainees. Zipporah is a family trainee at the VA LEND, owner of a disability consulting business, and the mother of four children, three of whom have special needs.


Check Out Our New Look: AUCD Disability Policy In Brief

The popular "In Brief" brings the latest in disability policy to your email or social media feed every Monday. We've redesigned and reprogrammed In Brief, making it easier to find, read, share, and subscribe. View the first issue of 2015, covering the start of the 114th Congress and litigation on the Department of Labor's Home Care Rule.


Introducing "Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All"

"Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All" is a brief weekly video spot produced by AUCD featuring policy staffer Liz Weintraub discussing current disability policy issues. These videos are a compliment to AUCD's popular written publication of "AUCD Disability Policy News In Brief" and are designed to make oftentimes complex policy issues more easy for everyone to understand.

Richmond 2015 Teacher of the Year Catherine M. Marchetti with Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden (left)

Virginia LEND Trainee Wins Teacher of the Year Award

Catherine Marchetti, a Virginia LEND trainee and early childhood exceptional education teacher received the Richmond Teacher of the Year Award.


Two New UCEDD "Promising Practice Briefs" Focus on Diversity

Promising Practice Briefs highlight projects of excellence and offer a model from which UCEDDs can glean inspiration for new activities to augment their work. A promising UCEDD practice may be a research or evaluation project, policy analysis, data assessment, outreach initiative, or awareness effort. It may provide a direct service or a supported opportunity to people with a developmental disability, indirect support to family and community caregivers, or interdisciplinary training for students, fellows, professionals, and policymakers. It may involve leadership development, community work, or clinical practice.


Position Opening: Assistant Virtual Trainee

AUCD is recruiting for a new position: Assistant Virtual Trainee. With AUCD member programs in every US state and territory as well as internationally, our trainees exist all across the world, and more support is needed! The Assistant Virtual Trainee will assist the current Virtual Trainee to continue to build a virtual network among these trainees at AUCD member programs. The Assistant Virtual Trainee will also be mentored by the Virtual Trainee to help them learn more about the AUCD Network, national issues, and trainee network. Deadline: December 19


AMCHP Scan on State Developmental & ASD Screening Activities (plus Title V State Performance Measures fact sheet)

AMCHP recently released an environmental scan report and companion fact sheet that captures the wide range of developmental screening activities occurring across the country.