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AUCD Welcomes Zipporah Levi-Shakleford (VA LEND) as the 2015 Assistant Virtual Trainee

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford is AUCD's first Assistant Virtual Trainee. Together with Virtual Trainee Laurel Geist, she will help to strengthen a virtual network and group identity among AUCD trainees. Zipporah is a family trainee at the VA LEND, owner of a disability consulting business, and the mother of four children, three of whom have special needs.



January is Social Media Month for Trainee Liaisons

Trainee Liaisons will be exploring how social media can benefit their program. Programs may use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or other social media platforms. Each TL will be asked to meet two easy goals for January



Maria Isabel Frangenberg is AUCD's Early Career Professionals' December Guest Blogger

AUCD is happy to announce the Early Career Professionals' December guest blogger - Maria Isabel Frangenberg. She is a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD).


The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.

The National Training Directors Council serves as a focus and forum for the identification, discussion, and resolution of problems and issues regarding pre-service interdisciplinary training; to function as a representative voice of the pre-service interdisciplinary training interests and concerns within the network, and to influence the development of and assist in the implementation of established national training policies.



The National Training Directors' Council (NTDC) was established in 1978 as an integral part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, formally American Association of University Affiliated Programs.

The mission of the Council is to identify the mutual needs of training directors from the UCEDD and LEND networks and to promote collaborative actions to improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary training.

Goals & Objectives
The Council fulfills this mission to the Association and its constituent membership by pursuing the following goals and objectives:

  • To serve as a forum for the identification, discussion, and resolution of issues affecting interdisciplinary training.
  • To serve as a representative voice of the training concerns within the AUCD network, and as such, to influence overall policies and procedures that affect training.
  • To act as a communication vehicle for the implementation of national training policies through liaison with other groups.

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