Support Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Financial donations now being accepted

AUCD is currently accepting monetary donations to help support our Centers and DD networks in Puerto Rico (PR) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to meet the needs of people with disabilities in their Territories in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. All contributions will be funneled directly to the Territory or Territories that you designate.



GAO Report - Voters with Disabilities: Observations on Polling Place Accessibility and Related Federal Guidance

GAO examined a nongeneralizable sample of 178 polling places during early in-person voting and on Election Day 2016. At these polling places, GAO examined a number of features outside and inside the voting area. Outside the voting area, GAO was able to examine features at all 178 polling places and found that 60 percent (107) had one or more potential impediments. The most common were steep ramps located outside buildings, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.



IHD 50 years of Service (AZ UCEDD)

After five decades of service to the state of Arizona, the Institute for Human Development is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. After beginning as the Northern Arizona University Rehabilitation Center, then President Walkup officially changed its name to the Institute for Human Development. This change was necessitated due to the changing status within the university and the new scope of programs which they were developing. The move towards expanding its focus on addressing behavioral and social problems and not just rehabilitation created the need for this change. So, after getting approval from NAU President Walkup and informing Mr. Holdship, then Director of the Arizona Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Center was re-designated as of September 1, 1967 to the "Institute for Human Development".



Position Opening: 2018 Assistant Virtual Trainee

The Assistant Virtual Trainee (AVT) is a trainee who has a strong desire to learn more about project management and the importance of engaging others to advance the mission of a national nonprofit and its broader network. The AVT will have designated responsibilities within the Virtual Trainee (VT)'s annual virtual map project that aims to highlight and connect the diverse and emerging leaders in the network. The VT and AVT will work together to maintain, sustain and evaluate the virtual map to ensure its relevance and success. Additionally, the AVT will help the VT brainstorm strategies on how to effectively communicate with trainees nationwide through a variety of web-based platform. Lastly, the AVT will have the opportunity to manage a project from start to end that helps brand AUCD: the t-shirt contest. The contest allows trainees to submit their own t-shirt design that will be worn at the Disability Policy Seminar, and by hundreds of Directors, Training Directors and trainees nationwide.



Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WY UCEDD) Launches ECHO Network for Families of Children with Autism

For Wyoming families that have a child with autism, large geographic distances and a shortage of resources limit the availability of providers, care, and support. UW ECHO for Families: Autism is bridging the gap. The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) recently launched a new ECHO network to support families of children with autism. This virtual community was built by and for families of children with autism and meets weekly using videoconferencing technology.


AUCD Webinars

 Guidance for UCEDD Carry-over Requests and No-Cost Extensions

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

ACL grant management specialist LaDeva Harris will present and discuss guidance for UCEDDs requesting carry-over of funds into a subsequent budget year. Celia Feinstein, Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and AUCD Board of Directors Immediate Past-President, will address common errors and pitfalls in carry-over request submissions.

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Public Policy


Stories Needed on the Impact of Potential Medicaid Cuts

Tell Congress your story

Personal stories have great power. They help to create a shared understanding of who we are and how we live our lives. They help us celebrate our successes and document our challenges. Stories bring policies to life.
Medicaid and health care for people with disabilities is currently under threat. AUCD is collecting stories from you to share with policy makers. Help us put a face on the issue and tell lawmakers about the devastating implications if Medicaid funding is cut or capped.


Action Needed - Tax Bill and Affordable Care Act

Both the full House and the Senate Finance Committee passed different versions of the tax bill on November 16. Your Members of Congress will be on recess from November 20-24. There will likely be a Senate vote in late November, and although concerns about the bill have been expressed by Senators in both parties, including Senators Susan Collins (R-MA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John McCain (R-AZ), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR),the time to act is now! The President has said he wants a tax overhaul signed into law before Christmas.


Tuesdays with Liz - Tim Shriver

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, about leadership and people with disabilities.



2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit

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Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Monday, November 20, 2017
Location: Boston, MA

The Summit will bring together 1,000 people from a variety of sectors including: tech, policy, human services, fashion, education, social justice, business, housing, advocacy and more to network and share best practices. Our goal is to inspire, motivate, and arm attendees with the know how to keep up the work of advancing full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of life. These two days will be packed with over 15 panels and plenaries!

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