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Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the AUCD Board and the Conference Planning Committee, I am pleased to issue this Call for Participation for the 2010 AUCD Conference, which will be held October 30 through November 3, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City, VA.  The theme of this year's conference is:

Going to Scale: Making what works accessible to all

Our programs have the common goal of seeking to improve services and supports for individuals with disabilities and their families. In our shared histories, we have made remarkable contributions toward achieving this goal. Many of the identified best practices in our fields have been developed in AUCD network programs and demonstrated to be effective through AUCD network research. Our training and technical assistance have brought them to the current and next generation of practitioners and advocates, and we have informed policy makers and the public by disseminating our work. Despite these efforts, too much of what we want for all occurs only in pockets of excellence - with leadership contributed by too few and constant pressures to compromise quality. Our collective next great challenge is Going to Scale through systematic efforts at expanding the scope, impact, quality, and reach of our practices.

Our theme has three elements:

  • What works refers to the evidence-based and emerging practices that we use in providing supports, delivering services, and training others.
  • Accessible means that materials, programs, and settings are designed to be readily accessed and utilized by individuals regardless of ability, language, location, or level of education
  • And all means just that -- all, that our efforts are being implemented in ways that reach everyone throughout our states, including the chronically poor, geographically and socially isolated, and historically disenfranchised.

In many ways fulfilling this theme is a natural evolution for many of our programs. UCEDDs and LENDs are interdisciplinary programs with the mandate to examine the interrelationship and contributions of research, education, and service toward the goal of individuals with disabilities leading meaningful lives in welcoming communities. Most of us have strong roots in addressing the concerns of individuals and families and many of our programs have begun to shift our focus on whole systems within our states. Going to Scale requires us to consider the added element of ensuring public policies that support the dissemination, adoption, and sustainability of effective practices that are available to all.

photo:  Dan Crimmins

Yet, we face very significant challenges. Our states are in fiscal crises, funding to our universities is being cut, and we are all being asked to do more with fewer resources. The AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference offers a wonderful solution to this dilemma. There are few greater efficiencies in our field than building on the ideas of others, learning what to do and what not to do in developing programs, and gaining invaluable insights into what works and why.

The 2010 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference provides an exciting venue for sharing your latest information in disability research, education, service, and policy. At this year's meeting, you will learn more about:

  • Models of service or training that operate at large units of scale -- national, multi-state, state, and large regions within states
  • Collaboration and partnerships that promote the scaling up of effective practices
  • Contributions of new technologies to training, services, and dissemination
  • The role of cultural competence and diversity in the widespread adoption of innovation
  • Ensuring quality in scaling up
  • New considerations for research, such as assessing fidelity and cost-effectiveness
  • Universal design as a strategy in going to scale
  • Encouraging innovation and the push to discover the next important innovation
  • Developing the leaders who can implement large-scale change

The 2010 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference provide a special opportunity to share your interests, talents, and perspectives with others in the network and our partners. We look forward to your participation in the conference.



Daniel Crimmins, PhD
Chair, 2010 AUCD Conference Planning Committee
President-Elect, AUCD Board of Directors


Meeting News



Tell Us Your Thoughts About #AUCD2017

Conference Survey due 11/20

Let us know your favorite moments, things you'd change, and ideas for future AUCD Conferences by completing our online survey, or through the link in your conference app. Your responses are vital as we begin planning for AUCD2018.



Thank You for a Great AUCD2017!

It was truly wonderful to see all of you who came to Washington, DC, this past week! The AUCD Family was in full effect as together we lifted our voices in solidarity for inclusion and equality. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your passion, expertise, and enthusiasm in the important work you do every day.



US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta at #AUCD2017

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The Secretary joined us to talk about the importance of meaningful work for all Americans, how work is tied to dignity, and described ways we can work together to increase disability employment in the US.



Opening Plenary with Galludet President Bobbi Cordano

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Roberta "Bobbi" J. Cordano, JD., is President of Gallaudet University. She joined the AUCD Conference to discuss how we can use our leadership positions in academia to achieve better outcomes and greater equity moving forward.



AUCD Welcomes Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester to AUCD2017

Lisa began her professional career as a problem-solver and an advocate. A caseworker for then-Congressman Tom Carper, Lisa helped people during challenging times with their Social Security benefits, disability insurance claims, IRS disputes and housing needs. She served in the cabinets of two Delaware governors as the first female African-American Secretary of Labor and the first African-American Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services and State Personnel Director. Lisa once again made history in 2016 when she was elected to Congress. She was the first woman and the first person of color to represent The First State in such a role.



AUCD Welcomes Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to AUCD2017

We are delighted to host the 27th US Secretary of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta. Acosta is the son of Cuban refugees, a native of Miami, and a first-generation college graduate with undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard. He served in three positions in the George W. Bush Administration, including as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In that role, he was a strong champion for increasing competitive employment for Americans with disabilities. He looks forward to using his new role as Secretary of Labor to accelerate progress in disability employment and elevate this issue in the national consciousness.



AUCD Welcomes Senator Maggie Hassan to AUCD2017

AUCD is honored to have New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan as a guest speaker at our Tuesday evening AUCD Honors Celebration. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, Senator Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children.



AUCD2017 Speakers: Upload Your Materials

The AUCD Conference will have over 900 attendees viewing over hundreds of presentations on all things disability. We are thrilled to have so many people with us in DC, however we don't want to limit the sharing and knowledge to just those individuals. Many more people are anxious to learn from what will be presented at the conference. We ask you to continue dissemination of your research and projects by posting your handouts, materials, and/or slides from the conference on the AUCD website using the instructions provided.



Join Us for a Party!

All conference attendees are invited to take a walk down Beale Street in Memphis immediately following the awards ceremony. Our Conference Chair, Bruce Keisling, will bring us a taste of his southern town with a fun, themed party that celebrating the rich history and music of Memphis. We will have yummy food, a DJ to mix some old and new tunes, and some fun opportunities for photographs and festivities. Join your colleagues and friends for a night of celebration and fun! No extra ticket or fee is required for this fun event.



AUCD Welcomes Vanita Gupta to Speak at AUCD 2017 Conference

Vanita Gupta is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She has been working to advance civil rights her entire career. Before joining The Leadership Conference in June 2017, Gupta served as Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.



Bruce Keisling and #AUCD2017 Featured on #Policy4All

Dr. Bruce Keisling, AUCD2017 Conference Chair, AUCD President-Elect, and Director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities in Memphis, TN, was interviewed this week on 'Tuesdays with Liz, Disability Policy for All.' Watch the 8 minute interview to learn more about what to expect at the upcoming conference, why everyone will find something to enjoy when they attend, and Dr. Keisling's vision for AUCD during his upcoming year as President of the AUCD Board of Directors.



Conference Hotel is Sold Out

The block of rooms under AUCD's contract with the hotel is currently SOLD OUT.
A list of hotels within walking distance of the Renaissance is available on the AUCD conference website. (Note that AUCD has not negotiated room rates with any of these hotels.)



Order Your "Lift Your Voice" AUCD T-Shirt

Deadline: October 12

Order your AUCD t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, or hoodie today and pick it up at the 2017 Conference, or have a conference attendee bring it home for you. Hand-designed by Jessica Irwin, Psychology Fellow at the University of Rochester Strong Center, this shirt is one you'll be proud to wear again and again.



Gallaudet President Bobbi Cordano to Keynote AUCD 2017

Join us for the AUCD 2017 Conference opening plenary featuring keynote speaker Roberta "Bobbi" J. Cordano, JD., President of Gallaudet University. Cordano is a dynamic leader who became the 11th President of Gallaudet University in January 2016. She will discuss how we can use our leadership positions in academia to achieve better outcomes and greater equity moving forward.


Too much of what we want for all still occurs only in pockets of excellence around the world - with leadership contributed by too few and constant pressures to compromise quality. Our collective next great challenge as the AUCD Network is Going to Scale through systematic efforts at expanding the scope, impact, quality, and reach of our practices.

There are few greater efficiencies in our field than building on the ideas of others, learning what to do and what not to do in developing programs, and gaining invaluable insights into what works and why. Attend the 2010 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference and share in making what works accessible to all.