Photo of the US Map with Text AUCD Emerging Leaders Map - Showcasing Trainee & Early Career Leaders in the AUCD network

AUCD is excited to announce that recruitment is now open for the 2020 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map! This year's theme is "Enhancing Access: Opening Doors with and for People with Disabilities." 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 10th.





CDC-AUCD Leadership Opportunity: Act Early Ambassadors-State or Territorial Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), announce a funding opportunity for Act Early Ambassadors to work with CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) program to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism. Applicants from the following states are eligible to apply for two available Ambassadorships: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, West Virginia.



#AUCD2019 Sponsors - Thank you!

Thank you to the AUCD 2019 Conference top sponsors for their generous support of the conference and AUCD's mission year-round.



New IDDRC Reporter

The Role of IDDRC Network in Recent Developments in the Treatment of Urea Cycle Defects

AUCD publishes annually a newsletter called the IDDRC Reporter summarizing the role of the IDDRC network in research developments. This year The IDDRC Reporter focuses on the recent developments in the treatment of Urea Cycle Defects.



New Leadership Opportunity: Council Trainee Representative

Deadline: December 20, 2019

The AUCD Emerging Leaders Community, in partnership with the AUCD Councils have launched a new leadership opportunity for IDDRC, LEND, and UCEDD trainees!



Watch the AUCD2019 Opening Plenary

Over 1,100 people from around the country joined us at the 2019 AUCD Conference in Washington, DC, as we explored the many ways AUCD network members, partners, and people with disabilities are all leading change together. During the opening plenary of our largest conference yet, next-generation leaders discussed the future of disability rights and ways that our network can help them lead and have an impact. Watch their exciting discussion.


AUCD Webinars

The Current State of Service Coordination Across the Country

The Current State of Service Coordination Across the Country  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The national status of service coordination under Part C of IDEA for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families will be described using data from surveys and case studies. The presenters will describe three data sets collected to measure aspects of service coordination, and discuss the challenges facing service coordinators and families as reported in the data.

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Public Policy


AUCD Hopeful in Result of Child Welfare Case of Intellectual Disabilities

Last week the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it has entered into a voluntary resolution agreement (VRA) with the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) concerning the rights of parents with disabilities in ODHS Child Welfare Programs (CWP). The devastating separation of two infant children from their mother and father with intellectual disabilities has been seen and remains a violation of the parents civil rights, despite the new VRA.


Tuesdays with Liz: Neil Romano on the National Council on Disability (NCD)eil Romano on the National Council on Disability (NCD)

Chairman of the National Council On Disability (NDC) Neil Romano discusses the role of the Council and its impact on people with disabilities.


Tuesdays with Liz: Live from Georgetown University

Liz Weintraub interviewed Claudia Gordon, who is the first Deaf African American female lawyer to graduate from law school in the United States. Claudia has dedicated her professional career to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and the Deaf community. This episode is sponsored by GUCEDD and GU Program for Disability Studies




PacRim2020  Copy to Calendar

Monday, March 2, 2020 - Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Location: Honolulu, HI

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Center on Disability Studies, in the College of Education, is accepting presentation proposals to be featured at the 35th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity at the Hawaii Convention Center, March 2-3, 2020. Submissions are being accepted from June 1, 2019-December 1, 2019 at

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Disability Policy Seminar 2020 and AUCD Policy Forum

Disability Policy Seminar 2020 and AUCD Policy Forum  Copy to Calendar

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Location: Washington, D.C.

The Disability Policy Seminar is the premier opportunity to cultivate champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join AUCD, the Arc, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD),the Autism Society of America (ASA), the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) as we learn about and advocate for access to health care and community living supports, and bedrock civil rights protections.

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2020 AUCD Leadership Academy

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 - Friday, June 26, 2020
Location: Atlanta, GA

Apply for the 2020 AUCD Leadership Academy! The AUCD Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network to build coalitions to improve systems of supports and services. The Leadership Academy seeks participants from UCEDDs, LENDs, and their disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development. Participants will engage with their cohort, Academy staff, local coaches, and national allies in the months before and 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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AUCD for All Gala

AUCD for All Gala - Celebration Leadership in Arts & Culture

April 22, 2020
Washington, DC


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