2018 LEND Directors Meeting

2018 LEND Directors Meeting


pdf File LEND Directors Meeting Agenda WEB DRAFT (4.19.18).pdf (632KB) [download]

Thursday, June 7, 2018- Friday, June 8, 2018
Location: Bethesda, MD

This is the first of two meetings (the other held in coordination with the AUCD Conference) for LEND Directors in 2018. It will be a valuable opportunity for LEND Directors to network, learn from one another, and engage in collaborative work on topics of mutual interest. The meeting is hosted by AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC), with funding support from MCHB.

Who Should Attend?

As indicated in the LEND guidance, this meeting is required of all LEND programs. It is highly encouraged for all LEND Directors (i.e. PIs / PDs). If the Director is unable to attend, other key staff/program leadership can attend. Each program should have at least one representative present and no more than three. If you know that you will not be able to attend, please contact your MCHB project officer as soon as possible.


Everyone attending the meeting must register (at not cost) in order to provide us an accurate headcount for seating, materials, and breakout groups. The deadline for registration is May 25.  

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The most updated version of the agenda, developed with assistance from the ITAC Project Advisory Committee and MCHB, can be found in the "Download" box on the right of this page.

Two important notes:

  • The orientation (Thursday, June 7 from 8:00am-12:00pm) is open to anyone who is new in their Director role, anticipates stepping into a Director role in the near future, or never had a formal orientation. We will also be soliciting participation from veteran Directors who wish to help with this session.
  • Day two of the meeting (Friday, June 8) will conclude at 2:00pm; this will hopefully give those traveling far distance enough flexibilty to catch flights home and enjoy the weekend.

Hotel Information

The Hyatt Regency is a newly-renovated hotel in the heart of downtown Bethesda, MD (less than 2 miles from Washington, DC). It offers complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas, a 24-hour fitness center, easy access to Metro, and close proximity to a variety of dining options. Their website has a map of the area, information about getting to the hotel from local airports, and parking rates.

AUCD has worked with the hotel to secure a block of sleeping rooms at the guaranteed group rate of $215 per night. A limited number of rooms will be available on Friday evening for those planning to stay an extra evening. You can either reserve a room online or call 1-888-421-1442 (reference the group code: DRTS). The cut-off date for reservations is May 16, 2018.

All meeting updates will be posted on this page. If you have questions, concerns, or content recommendations, please contact Ben Kaufman (bkaufman@aucd.org or 240-821-9461) at AUCD. We look forward to seeing everyone!