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The Importance of Plain Language Summaries for Publications

An Early Career Professionals Guest Blog from Carli Friedman and Kate Caldwell of the University of Illinois at Chicago

In this blog, Kate and Carli share their goal of creating plain language summaries for research publications. This approach to knowledge translation is to break down complex concepts into the most essential form by using plain language and universal design so that the widest possible audience will be able to understand it -- including people with I/DD.



Six Programs That Engage People with Disabilities, Family Members, and Community Professionals Awarded Supplementary Project Funds Through AUCD

AUCD is providing supplemental funding and targeted assistance to six training programs to engage people with disabilities, family members, and community professionals in innovative ways.



AUCD Conference Scholarships Available

For Emerging Leaders and Network Trainees; Deadlines 09-18 & 10-02

AUCD places great importance on having a diverse group of participants at the AUCD Conference. We seek to make the conference and all information presented as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, and recognize that cost can often be a barrier to attending. AUCD features significantly reduced registration for students, individuals with disabilities, and family members of individuals with disabilities. As funding allows, we also offer a limited number of travel scholarships; learn about the opportunities available this year and see if you qualify to apply.


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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Upcoming Events of Interest to NTDC Members

2015 AUCD Conference  Copy to Calendar
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Thursday, November 19, 2015

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