AUCD2015 Registration Is Open

Deadline: October 30

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.



Difficulties of Disability Disclosure

By Emily Ladau

My wheelchair likes to make a grand entrance when I go into a room. It's there, it's large, and it's up to me to show that I'm in charge. Having a visible mobility aid means that when I go to a job interview, I simply can't avoid indirect disclosure about being disabled. My body takes care of disclosing for me, loud and clear.



NACDD Releases New On-line Publication on Self-Advocacy "The Art of Impact" Written by and for Individuals with Disabilities

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) during its Annual Conference near Reno, NV today released a new on-line publication on self-advocacy written by and for individuals with developmental disabilities. The publication, "The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Living a Self-Determined Life" was written by Dr. Scott Michael Robertson in conjunction with the Self-Advocate Leadership Circle of the NACDD. The publication is filled with resources, information and tips for successful advocacy.



AAP Policy on Telemedicine and Workforce Shortages

The AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce developed a policy statement regarding the workforce implications of telemedicine. The statement, "The Use of Telemedicine to Address Access and Physician Workforce Shortages," published in Pediatrics this month, reviews issues including pediatric patient access, barriers, incentives, research, funding and payment. It can be used as a tool to advocate on behalf of telehealth technologies in the pediatric health care arena.


Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Substance Abuse in individuals with Intellectual Disabilities  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (EST)
Location: Webinar


Public Policy

Children in the Classroom, Courtesy Department of Education on Flickr

Statement on Final Rule to Improve the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities

AUCD applauds the Department of Education for eliminating the use of the Alternate Assessment based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS), or the so-called "2% Rule," opening the door to many more students graduating from high school prepared for college and careers.


National Disability Organization States that Climate Change is a Public Health Issue; Urges Congress to Support EPA Carbon Pollution Rule

The EPA recently released a final Rule that, when fully implemented, will cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32% (below 2005 levels) by 2030. AUCD supports this Rule that will help prevent serious, long-term health consequences for the over 53 million Americans living with disabilities, including increased illnesses; secondary disabilities; and death due to respiratory illness, heat-related stress, insect-borne diseases and increase environmental disasters.


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday

The Senate passed its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) and AUCD staff joined the President to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.



15th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities and Technology

15th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disabilities and Technology  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Location: Broomfield, CO

Hosted by the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, this conference is the only venue of its kind sharing contemporary knowledge of promising practices in cognitive disability and technology innovations and cultivating relationships between public and private entities.

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AACPDM 69th Annual Meeting

AACPDM 69th Annual Meeting  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Saturday, October 24, 2015
Location: Austin, TX

The 2015 Scientific Program Committee is pleased to announce that the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) will take place October 21-24, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The AACPDM Annual Meeting provides high-quality dissemination of information in the basic sciences, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and technical advances as applied to persons with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. New Frontiers is the theme for the meeting.

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The Ruderman Inclusion Summit - Registration is Now Open!

The Ruderman Inclusion Summit - Registration is Now Open!  Copy to Calendar

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - Monday, November 2, 2015
Location: Boston, MA

The Ruderman Inclusion Summit will bring together all stakeholders in our community to foster strategic advocacy and awareness, peer to peer learning, best practice, networking and more. The Summit will feature internationally recognized leaders in the field, speaking and engaging with attendees on the critical issues of education, housing, employment, community and religious life.

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