Student with autism gives powerful speech

He usually doesn't speak. But he had this powerful message for his graduating class
"Remember, if you are following in someone else's footsteps, you will only get where they
want to go. Be the unexpected, like me. Do the unexpected for the benefit of others. Live the unexpected for your own happiness."
- Sef Scott, Graduate at Plano Senior High





AUCD Strongly Opposes Family Separation at Borders, Calls on Lawmakers and the Administration to Take Action

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a diverse, interdisciplinary leadership, research, training, and service network which includes the nation's leading experts on child development, family-centered care, and trauma. Those perspectives and our shared humanity provide the foundation to unequivocally oppose the separation of families as they enter America.



Nominate a Deserving Individual for an AUCD Award

Deadline: July 31, 2018

The annual AUCD Awards gives us an opportunity to recognize individuals, programs, and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions. Comprised of 10 categories, the AUCD awards represent the 'best of the best' within our network, and local, state, and federal partners. We know the depth, breadth, and expertise of our trainees, advocates, professionals, and partners is extraordinary and deserving of recognition. In preparation for this year's conference, we invite you to nominate someone who truly inspires you.



AUCD Welcomes Public Policy Intern Jillian Odom

Jillian Odom is recently graduated from American University's Master's International program with a MA in Public Anthropology. Through this program she spent two and a half years in The Gambia, West Africa working with deaf populations as a Health Extension Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps. Though her main project was developing a mobile communication resource, it was this experience that allowed her to witness the importance of productive, innovative, human-centered disability policy and effective implementation strategies.



Help Teens with Sickle Cell Feel Empowered About Their Health

World Sickle Cell Day is on June 19th

This World Sickle Cell Day, observed each year on June 19th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sharing two resources on transition to help teenagers and young adults with SCD 'step up' and to take ownership of their own health. These resources aim to support and to empower young people with SCD to manage and to prioritize their health and well-being.


AUCD Webinars

Cross-disciplinary Competencies: Serving the whole child

Cross-disciplinary Competencies: Serving the whole child  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Traditionally, professionals have been trained in a single discipline usually corresponds to an area of development Additionally, most disciplines are trained to be able to offer services and intervene across a broad age range: the lifespan of an individual. Upon completion of a program of study in a discipline, an individual is then licensed in a discipline to provide services to persons across the lifespan. These training and licensing practices create two challenges to providing effective early childhood intervention to infants and young children and their families: 1) interventions may be focused to specific areas of development by discipline specific interventionists (e.g. an occupational therapist provides specific motor intervention and does not incorporate any other areas of development into her therapy/intervention); and 2) interventions may be provided by a person who does not have any specific experience or competence in infancy or early childhood

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Public Policy


Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Kate Mevis

This week, Liz sits down with Kate Mevis, who works for Senator Bob Casey as the Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Special Committee Aging. They discuss Liz's contributions on Capitol Hill during her time as a fellow and Congressional initiatives on inclusive employment.


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayFY 2019 Labor-HHS-Ed appropriations bill; Primary Elections; NEMT; Opioids; DREAMers; Perkins; and more


Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Rylin Rodgers

This week, Liz goes from being the interviewer to the interviewee. Rylin, AUCD's new policy director, stars as a guest host and interviews Liz about her time spent as a fellow on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Casey.



AUCD Leadership Academy

AUCD Leadership Academy  Copy to Calendar

Monday, June 25, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
Location: Atlanta, GA

The AUCD Leadership Academy is a week-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network in building coalitions that will improve systems of supports and services. Participation is open to individuals from Self Advocacy Organizations, UCEDDs, LENDs, IDDRCs, CILs, DD Councils, Disability Rights, community based disability organizations, and other disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development. Participants will continue to engage with their cohort, academy staff, local coaches, and national allies in the year following the experience. The academy will focus on the exploration of shared values and commitments to civil and human rights, assessments of personal and leadership strengths, skills in building partnerships to achieve collective impact, and establishing personal and professional leadership goals.

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2018 Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) Annual Symposium

2018 Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) Annual Symposium  Copy to Calendar

Friday, July 13, 2018 - Saturday, July 14, 2018
Location: Dallas, TX

This symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum for sharing of knowledge and experiences related to clinical care of children and adults with Down syndrome, clinical research related to Down syndrome, and development of Down syndrome clinics. The intended audience is DSMIG-USA members and other professionals working in the field of Down syndrome including physicians, research scientists, nurses/nurse practitioners, Down syndrome clinic coordinators, psychologists, dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and social workers. Residents and trainees are welcome to attend.

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2018 Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology

2018 Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Location: Broomfield, CO

REGISTRATION for the 2018 Coleman Conference is now open. For more information about this year's conference and to register, please visit:

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