Since 1963, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) have been working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision. Currently, sixty-seven UCEDDs in every state and territory are located in a university setting.
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Applications currently being accepted through June 30
Due to the announced retirement of the current Executive Director, George Jesien, PhD, later this year, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a national not-for-profit organization located in Silver Spring, MD, seeks an executive director to lead and guide activities that fulfill its mission to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities. The Association supports its member university-based centers and programs in interdisciplinary research, education, health, and service activities. The next Executive Director will inherit an organization that is respected by peers, is financially sound, has a highly motivated and engaged staff, and has a solid governing Board.
Applications Due May 31st
The AUCD Virtual Trainee will use leadership skills to build relationships and communications among trainees throughout the nationwide AUCD network of UCEDDs and LENDs.
Five to ten states will be selected, and will receive technical assistance to support consortium development and systems change. Each state will be expected to participate in the ELC for 24 months, with an option to re-apply at the end of the 24-month period. Applications are due by May 31st.
People who are self-determined know what they want and how to get it. They choose and set goals, then work to reach them. They advocate on their own behalf, and are involved in solving problems and making decisions about their lives. View Issue 5: Self-Determination and Aging today.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University in Philadelphia is marking its 40th anniversary this year. Established in 1973, the Institute has reached people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, educators and other professionals in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The Institute will celebrate with an anniversary party and awards program on Thursday, May 23, in Mitten Hall on the main campus of Temple University.
HHS Releases Blueprint to Advance Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care
The enhanced National CLAS standards are a blueprint to help organizations improve health care quality in serving our nation's diverse communities. They are grounded in a broad definition of culture, in which health is recognized as being influenced by factors ranging from race and ethnicity to language, spirituality, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and geography.
FCIC was voted to have the Favorite Special-Needs Regional Resource winner. Elizabeth Perkins, FCIC Associate Director, said, "We are truly humbled by the support of everyone who took the time to vote for the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities. Thank you all for helping FCIC's website to become an About.com Reader's Choice award winner. It is a badge of honor that we will wear with pride!"
Guam CEDDERS is a dynamic, everchanging, collaborative organization with the singular vision of enhancing the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities. We have, from 1993-2013, touched an entire generation of individuals. Those born in 1993 are now in the workforce, or are in the process of completing college degrees. As we renew our commitment for the next decade, we look forward to your continued support, collaboration, and partnership as we continue our journey, expand our legacy, strive to even higher levels of excellence, and stay true to our mission over the coming decades.
Deadline: May 31, 2013
The AUCD Conference provides a special opportunity to share your interests, talents, and perspectives in a range of disability related topics with others in the network and our partners.
Promoting Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse World
This Conference theme promotes our network values of inclusion of all persons with developmental and other disabilities in community life and engages the network in conversation and practices to ensure our work reflects the changing cultural and linguistic landscape in our Centers and States.
We're wishing a happy birthday to ending discrimination against people with disabilities in health plans, ending yearly and lifetime caps on benefits and ending the exclusion of people with pre-existing conditions!