Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)



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CEDC serves as a focus for the identification and discussion of issues regarding community education and information dissemination; serves as a representative voice of the community education interests and concerns within the network; and influence the development and implementation of national community education and information dissemination policies and initiatives.


How CEDC Relates to AUCD and Its Work

CEDC works for and with AUCD network members who educate, disseminate information to, and otherwise engage with community members. CEDC fulfills its purpose and the mission of AUCD and its constituent membership by serving as a conduit for technical assistance, providing input into policy, and engaging in other support activities deemed necessary to advance the mandate for community education and dissemination. The Council helps the association to:

  • Set and accomplish knowledge-sharing goals specified in the AUCD Strategic Map
  • Carry out training activities to inform Network members on important and emerging community education and dissemination topics
  • Develop the capacity of network members to conduct quality education and dissemination activities
  • Identify topics of common interests to network members and develop recommendations to the AUCD Board
  • Lead the network in involving people with disabilities from diverse cultures to participate in community education and dissemination activities


The Council is composed of not more than two representatives from each AUCD member program who is the Community Education and/or Dissemination Director/Coordinator or a designee who best represents the overall community education and information dissemination interests of that center or program.


Membership Expectations

The full Council meets face-to-face once a year in conjunction with the AUCD Conference. The CEDC Steering Committee and the Council's other working Committees also meet in person once a year and at least three additional times during the year through conference calls.


2018 Focus Areas

  • Strengthen connection among AUCD, Councils, and SIGs
    • Supporting AUCD Strategic Map
    • Inclusion and utilization of Trainees
    • Developing "Best Practices" & database to support network
  • Develop and host webinars related to accessibility
  • Supporting accessibility for AUCD Conference

CEDC Leadership

Chair: Meagan Orsag, PhD



Upcoming Events of Interest to CEDC Members

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Tuesdays with Liz: Culture and Diversity with Tawara Goode

Liz chats with Tawara Goode, director of the Georgetown UCEDD, about what culture and diversity mean, how culture influences perceptions and beliefs about disability, and cultural considerations in healthcare.



AK, KY & UT UCEDDs Collaborate on ACL Mental Health Grant

A collaboration between the Alaska, Kentucky, and Utah UCEDDs will offer training opportunities for self-advocates, family members, direct service providers, and mental health and healthcare professionals to provide quality mental health services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The 3-year, $2.1 million project is being funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).



Learning from each other: The Iowa LEND and Puerto Rico UCEDD collaboration

Best practice in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities includes using applied behavior analysis (ABA), specifically implementing functional behavioral assessments and function-based treatments.



Helping Babies Beyond Their First Year: A Day of Learning (WI LEND)

In Milwaukee, WI, 100 infants die before reaching their first birthday. Infant mortality disproportionately affects more Black infants than White infants in Milwaukee due to a variety of social, medical, and other complex factors. The Strong Baby Sanctuary is a network of faith-based organizations that are addressing this multifaceted issue by engaging the community in education, healthcare, and wellness.



Longtime Director of VKC (TN IDDRC/UCEDD/LEND) Communications Retires; Taylor Named as Successor

Author: Courtney Taylor

an Rosemergy, Ph.D., deputy director and director of Communications and Dissemination at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC/UCEDD/LEND), has announced her retirement from a position she has held since 1979. For more than 39 years, Rosemergy has diligently directed the dissemination of knowledge about intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Vanderbilt University (VU) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) campuses to diverse local, state, and national audiences. Her retirement is effective January 2019.



Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) Event at the Newport Aquarium (OH UCEDD)

Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) Event at the Newport Aquarium On the last weekend in January, the UCCEDD at Cincinnati Children�s hosted an RTS booklet release party at the Newport Aquarium, drawing over 100 guests from as far as Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee as well as regional guests from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio! The booklet, �Understanding Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome: A Guide for Families and Professionals� was developed to help family members of children with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome better explain their child�s condition to healthcare providers, teachers and family members. The booklet and event could not have happened with the generous support of the Dr. Jack Rubinstein Foundation at Cincinnati Children�s.

Children and the Weinberg Child Development Center, including Danny (far left), sit around a table as staff speak to HHS leaders.


Inclusion Today, Community Living for Life (Georgetown UCEDD)

HHS leaders had an opportunity to see this inclusive model in action and learn about the innovative partnership between the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Easterseals DC MD VA that makes it possible. HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families Lynn Johnson and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson visited several classrooms and met with staff and parents at the center to hear about how the program works and the difference it has made for families.


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