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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2015 UCEDD Leadership Institute - Deadline Extended!

June 14-19, 2015 in Newark, DE at the University of Delaware

After another successful year, the UCEDD Leadership Institute will be back in 2015! Please consider recommending your staff for the 2015 class of future UCEDD leaders representing the full diversity of the country.


AUCD Welcomes Steve Brown, PhD as the New Diversity and Inclusion Fellow

Steven E. Brown is a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD). He joins other faculty members from around the country in creating a blueprint for cultural and linguistic competence within the nationwide AUCD network.


Sachin Dev Pavithran Elected Chair of the U.S. Access Board (UT UCEDD)

The U.S. Access Board unanimously elected Sachin Dev Pavithran as its new Chair on March 11. Pavithran of Logan, Utah is Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities. He was named to the Access Board by President Barack Obama in 2012.


March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

AUCD wants to hear from people with developmental disabilities!

To increase awareness of the contributions of people with developmental disabilities during the month of March, AUCD wants to hear from individuals with developmental disabilities! Your stories may be featured in an AUCD video.

The 2015 AUCD t-shirt will be available to order from Custom Ink beginning March 4th

AUCD Trainee T-Shirt: Order Yours Today!

Orders must be placed by 11:59pm March 23.

Show your AUCD pride by purchasing the 2015 trainee-designed t-shirt! It's perfect for the Disability Policy Seminar and local Center events. Many thanks to the 20+ people who submitted designs, and congratulations to Angela from Westchester, NY and Brandon from Iowa for contributing to the winning design.

Panel included (left to right) Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS, Mariana Wingood, PT, CEEAA, Jen Nash, PT, NCS and Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, GCS.

APTA and Older Adults with DD (MT UCEDD)

Last month, Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, GCS of Montana's Rural Institute MonTECH programs, presented information at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis, IN.


AUCD Strategic Map 2015-2016

AUCD is pleased to present our 2015-2016 Strategic Map. This map outlines five key priority areas and corresponding sub-goals for our organization and network over the next two years, and serves as a guide for our collective work and mission.


OHSU Announces Grant Recipients (OR UCEDD)

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the OHSU UCEDD Community Engagement Grant Program. The OHSU UCEDD, in collaboration with their advisory board, the Community Partners Council, is committed to activating organizations across the State to engage people with disabilities in their communities. To further these goals, the CPC annually solicits applications to fund projects with this focus.


Vermont's Life History Project Continues to Grow (VT UCEDD)

The Life Histories Project at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, Vermont's UCEDD, has been busy this last year collecting new stories from Vermonters with developmental and intellectual disabilities.


Dr. Dan (Dalun) Zhang has been selected as Director of the Center on Disability and Development (CDD) at Texas A&M University

Dr. Dan (Dalun) Zhang has been selected as Director of the Center on Disability and Development (CDD) at Texas A&M University, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Since 1996, Dr. Zhang has dedicated his career to enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities via research, service, and doctoral instruction and mentorship.


Andrew Imparato Visit Kicks Off the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN-UCEDD, LEND) 50th Anniversary Festivities

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 and kicked off the festivities with a highly anticipated lecture by Andrew Imparato, J.D., executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Imparato delivered the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative lecture titled "The Future of Disability Policy," and spent two days with a packed schedule of conversations with VKC leadership, faculty, staff, and community partners.


President's Budget FY16: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities

President Obama has just released his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request to the Congress. The budget includes many funding requests to expand opportunities for people with disabilities, including throughout the AUCD Network.


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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2015 UCEDD Director's Retreat and TA Institute  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Trainee Policy Summit  Copy to Calendar
Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Disability Policy Seminar  Copy to Calendar
Monday, April 13, 2015 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Center for Cultural Competence Leadership Academy - Application Process is Open  Copy to Calendar
Monday, June 22, 2015 - Thursday, June 25, 2015

BIS 6th International Conference on Disabilities: Unity and Diversity in Action (USC CA UCEDD/LEND)  Copy to Calendar
Monday, July 6, 2015 - Thursday, July 9, 2015

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