link to website Six by Fifteen, initiative by senator Tom Harkin
  TOGETHER We Can     2015 will mark 40 years of IDEA and 25 years of the ADA. Honor the legacy of our past and help build a new future by joining our effort to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015; more at





AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement

You're invited to AUCD2014; Submit a Proposal by June 2!

The 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Ink your calendars, get your submissions in, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.



Request for Information (RFI): Impact of DSM-5 Changes to Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on Research and Services

NIH released a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input from the scientific community, health professionals, self-advocates, family members, and other community stakeholders on the biomedical and services research implications of recent changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).



LEND Directors Meeting Materials Available

This meeting was held in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Disability Policy Seminar. Significant time was spent on discussing the following topics: training opportunities in transition, trainee long-term follow up surveys, increased participation of self-advocacy trainees, trainee diversity efforts, examining LEND programs, the new MCH Workforce Development Center, LEND leadership training, AUCD Network Strategic Planning, the need to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act, and regional group work.



UCEDD Directors Retreat and TA Institute Meeting Materials Available

This meeting provided 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.



Royal Walker, JD, Appointed to the National Council on Disability

President Obama has appointed Royal Walker, JD - Executive Director of the Mississippi University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi - to the National Council on Disability. Royal is a past AUCD President and has served on the board of directors of the American Task Force for the Homeless, the Governor's Interagency Coordinating Council for Children with Special Needs, the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Mississippi March of Dimes. AUCD congratulates Royal Walker on the appointment.



Action Sports Star TJ Lavin Stars in New PSA on Disability

"We All Should Have the Same Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream." Also featured: AUCD's Liz Weintraub

"Recognize the disability. Respect the ability, but imagine the possibility."


Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

EIEC Webinar: Using Video to Enhance Early Intervention Services  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Applied Behavior Analysis: Statewide Issues and Solutions Webinar  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Thursday, April 24, 2014
3:00 PM EST - 4:00 PM EST

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014 CAAI Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transition  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
3:00pm ET - 4:30pm ET


Public Policy


AUCD Legislative News In Brief

This issue of Legislative News In Brief covered the new 6 by 15 campaign, budget and appropriations, a DOJ settlement in Rhode Island, FDA meeting on aversive devices, health care for military connected children, and more!


Senator Harkin Announces New 6x15 Campaign

Six organizations commit to six goals by the end of 2015

At the Disability Policy Seminar on Monday night, Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA.


CCD Statement in Response to the Release of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's FY2015 Budget Proposal

Ryan Budget Dangerous for People with Disabilities: CCD urges Congress to Reject the Ryan Budget

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a national coalition of 113 organizations representing the needs of people with disabilities, believes that the budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is dangerous for people with disabilities as it calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, deep spending cuts for non-defense discretionary programs that support the health and well being of people with disabilities, and would lead to tens of millions of Americans losing their health insurance or becoming underinsured.



11th Annual National Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior

11th Annual National Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Don't miss out on this wonderful training opportunity in sunny Florida! The National Training Institute on Effective Practices, hosted by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (UCEDD) and the Pyramid Model Consortium, provides professionals with an in depth, intensive learning experience around the Pyramid Model framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children.

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CEDC Webinar: Web Accessibility: What it is and Why it is Important to Your UCEDD  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, May 1, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: webinar

Todd Weissenberger, University of Iowa Web Accessibility Coordinator, and Mike Hoenig, a program coordinator at the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa UCEDD and an end user of assistive technology, will define Web accessibility from the legal and end user perspective, describe factors which lead to access barriers, define Web accessibility principles, outline the many reasons for incorporating accessibility into your Web design, and share pertinent resources.

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30th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity

30th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity  Copy to Calendar

Monday, May 19, 2014 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Location: Honolulu, HI

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