Promising Practices


 This page provides access to emerging practices in the UCEDD network.


ADRC Enhanced Options Counseling (Part A) Grantees

The Administration on Community Living (ACL) is engaged in a collaborative process with 8 states (CT, MD, MA, NH, OR, VT, WA, WI) that will serve as high performing national models for providing LTSS Options Counseling to all State residents with LTSS needs. Additionally, this funding opportunity aligns with states pursuing other health system transformation efforts such as Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program and demonstrations under the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. The ADRCs funded under this Opportunity will also have access to a special funding opportunity-being made available by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)-to assist veterans with disabilities and their family caregivers to access VHA-funded home and community-based services. Find a list of all resources posted to the private Enhanced Options Counseling page on the Part A Resources Page.

Adult Health Case-based Modules

These cases are designed for LEND and UCEDD trainees to learn more about the adult phase of the life course continuum of health and health care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Business Management

This is a community in practice regarding UCEDD business operations.

DD Network Collaboration

This pages provides resources on DD network collaboration.

Disability Network Business Acumen Resource Center

Funded by ACL and implemented by NASUAD, this resource center will promote the development of business relationships between health plans and other integrated health services and community based disability organizations. This 3-year grant supports training, technical assistance and a learning collaborative for disability organizations that want to cement their role in a changing Long Term Services and Supports delivery system. Results of an environmental scan, archived webinars, and other resources are available.  

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Curriculum

Using the free Moodle learning management system platform, Vanderbilt LEND has worked with experts from across the country to create a set of curriculum resources (readings, assignments, discussion prompts, case studies, additional resources, etc.) on more than 30 different Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) topics - from early identification of Autism and hearing in children to positive behavior support, Special Education Part B Services, and sexual health for individuals with disabilities. These modules, which can be updated and added to as needed, are housed on a central Moodle site and pushed out to individual LENDs and UCEDDs for customization.

Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets are intended to provide guidance and share peer practices of specific aspects of UCEDD operations, grant management, and core grant application development. Tip sheets clarify requirements outlined in the DD Act, related federal regulations, and/or AIDD's Quality Review System processes as appropriate; and also share experiences and recommendations from network peers. UCEDD Tipsheets are produced by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) through the UCEDD Resource Center (URC).

UCEDD Messaging Tools

In 2018, UCEDD leadership expressed the need for technical assistance tools that would support their efforts to promote the work of the UCEDD within the university environment, educate new university administrators about the UCEDD, and align priorities of the UCEDD and university. The URC is grateful to a workgroup of UCEDD Directors and communications staff, as well as volunteers from AUCD's Community Education and Dissemination Council who helped develop and test these tools. We hope the UCEDD network finds these tools helpful. Feedback and questions can be directed to Dawn Rudolph at

UCEDD Promising Practice Briefs

Promising Practice Briefs are intended to highlight projects of excellence with a goal of offering a program model from which University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) can glean inspiration for new activities and promising practices to augment their own 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.