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2014 AUCD Registration Open

Reserve your space today for the highly anticipated AUCD Conference. This year's 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.


2014 AUCD Award Nominations

Deadline: September 8

Who do you know that deserves recognition? Nominate an outstanding individual, group, or program today for an AUCD award.


AUCD Strategic Map 2014

Comments Welcome Through September 2

The AUCD Strategic Map is intended as a high level view of the vision, focus, and priorities of our organization and network over the next 2-3 years. This map can serve as a guide for our collective work and mission. Your feedback is welcomed through September 2, 2014.


UC, Partners Awarded Funding to Address Health Care Gaps

The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing, along with the UC College of Medicine and partners at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and UC's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has received almost $1 million to develop programs to grow in number and better prepare practitioners to meet the primary care and mental health care needs of the Ohio Medicaid population.


Celebrating the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26 marked the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Celebrations will occur across the country, especially as the community gears up for the 25th anniversary next year. The Six by "15 campaign is certainly looking forward to these years' celebrations and the exciting work we have to do in the coming year to achieve our goals.


Disability Disclosure in/and Higher Education: Call for Papers

Co-editors: Kerschbaum, Jones, Eisenman, Univ of Delaware

This collection thus seeks to explore the richness of disability disclosure. Building on and extending the work of the "Disability Disclosure in/and Higher Education" conference, this work will explore questions about disability disclosures in all corners of higher education, from a variety of theoretical, methodological, conceptual, and (multi)(inter)disciplinary perspectives. By providing wide-ranging explorations of disability disclosure, this collection will highlight how disability in higher education is not an issue relevant only to those who have disabilities, but one which has far-reaching consequences across higher education. Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2014


ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood

ASAN has prepared a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities, their families, and other disability advocates to help youth with disabilities manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood.


Employment Opportunity: Program Manager, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Silver Spring, MD

AUCD is currently seeking a dynamic individual to serve as a Program Manager working under the supervision of the Director, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Technical Assistance. The individual filling this position will manage technical assistance activities of AUCD's cooperative agreement with the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB).


Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, (NJ UCDEDD) Presents at AADMD Annual Conference

On behalf of The Boggs Center as New Jersey's federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service and the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director, provided a welcome to the Public Policy Panel of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices Plenary at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry's Annual Education Conference.

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Institute on Disabilities at Temple Awarded an 'Exhibits and Public Interpretation Grant' from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

In 2012, with support from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the Institute began the development of A Fierce Kind of Love, a play inspired by Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Rights Movement.


Dr. Charles Drum (IOD NH UCEDD) Is Keynote Presenter at Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Dr. Charles E. Drum, Director of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, gave the opening keynote presentation at the 30th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity.


Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities Hosts an Education Policy and Management Trainee

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland is pleased to host an education policy and management trainee this summer.


New Disability Studies Texts Co-Edited by CDHD (ID UCEDD) Associate Director

Matthew Wappett, Associate Director at the Center on Disabilities and Human Development and Katrina Arndt, Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College School of Education have edited two new books that re-examine the foundations of disability studies as a field of scholarly inquiry and introduce emerging new scholars who are building upon those strong roots.


The NH Disability and Public Health Project (DPH) Introduces Obesity Prevention Blogs (IOD NH UCDEDD)

The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire's Disability and Public Health Project (DPH) has launched a series of interactive campaign targeting youth with disabilities and their families. The campaign includes a series of interactive blogs that are regularly updated with new highlights and information.


UNH (NH UCEDD) Partnering on National Technical Assistance Center for Inclusive Education

The National Center on Inclusive Education (NCIE) at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability's partnership with the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center, a national technical assistance center for inclusive education, continues to be strong.


House Passes Autism CARES Act Today

"AUCD is so pleased to see that Congress has worked in a bipartisan, bicameral way to reach consensus on a bill to reauthorize a law that is so important to so many people with ASD and other DD and their families," stated Kim Musheno, AUCD's Director of Public Policy. "We hope the Senate will take quick action as well."


Related Links

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)

National Center for Cultural Competence

The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. The NCCC is located at the Georgetown UCEDD, and AUCD member. View the site in Spanish at http://www11.georgetown.edu/research/gucchd/nccc/espanol/index.html.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

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