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National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making (NRC-SDM)

The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making (NRC-SDM) builds on and extends the work of Quality Trust's Jenny Hatch Justice Project by bringing together vast and varied partners to ensure that input is obtained from all relevant stakeholder groups including older adults, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), family members, advocates, professionals and providers. The NRC-SDM partners bring nationally recognized expertise and leadership on SDM, representing the interests of and receiving input from thousands of older adults and people with I/DD.



Registration is now open! 2015 UCEDD Directors Retreat and TA Institute

March 25-27, 2015, Bethesda, MD

These meetings provide an opportunity for UCEDD leaders to network, meet with their federal project officers, and learn of new initiatives, national trends, and other information vital to the administration of the UCEDD programs.



Free Videos and Vignettes Available Online for Recognition & Response: RTI for Pre-K

Watch this video and observe how the teachers use handheld devices to gather assessment information on children's language and literacy skills. The Recognition & Response project is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Commit to Inclusion Campaign and the Guidelines to Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar


Public Policy

Sara Wolff speaks in support of the ABLE Act (credit:

Congress Passes ABLE Act

Bill Promotes Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities

"The bipartisan votes for the ABLE Act, coupled with similar votes for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, are a good reminder that Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to see improvements in policy and practice that will result in more Americans realizing the vision of the Americans with Disabilities Act and become full participants in the lives of their communities," said Andrew J. Imparato, AUCD Executive Director.


FY15 Final Appropriations Chart

Summary of funding for disability programs in the final fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill.

pdf File FY15 Omnibus Funding Chart.pdf [download]

AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This is a special edition of Legislative News In Brief, analyzing the disability programs in the FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill.



2015 LEND Directors and LEND/DBP Directors Strategic Thinking Meetings

2015 LEND Directors and LEND/DBP Directors Strategic Thinking Meetings  Copy to Calendar

Friday, January 23, 2015
9:00amET - 4:30pmET
Location: Washington, DC

These meetings allow LEND & DBP Directors to exchange information and best practices; to identify and address specific interdisciplinary and disciplinary training needs; and to foster increased cross-program coordination and collaboration.

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2015 AMCHP Conference: United to Build Healthier Communities

2015 AMCHP Conference: United to Build Healthier Communities  Copy to Calendar

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The AMCHP Annual Conference is the ideal venue to present your ideas, research, innovative programming, best practices, and effective outreach strategies to MCH and other public health practitioners, directors of state programs, federal officials, advocates, family leaders, researchers and health care providers.

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2015 Joint MCHB Training Grantee Meeting

2015 Joint MCHB Training Grantee Meeting  Copy to Calendar

Saturday, January 24, 2015
9:00amET - 4:00pmET
Location: Washington, DC

This meeting brings together grantees of several of MCHB's leadership training program investments for a day of information sharing and collaboration.

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Your donation supports AUCD’s policy work and our Emerging Leadership Fund, which promotes leadership and professional development among people with disabilities, members of diverse racial and ethnic groups, and early career professionals in the disability field.


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