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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Philip Smith, PhD (NJ UCEDD) Honored as Educator of the Year

Community Access Unlimited honored Philip Smith, PhD, as Educator of the Year at its annual Awards Night Celebration on April 8, 2015. The award recognized Dr. Smith�s hard work and dedication in providing training that helps ensure the staff of Community Access Unlimited can reach their full potential when supporting individuals with disabilities.


There is still time to apply! Call for Applications - 2015-2016 Virtual Trainee

Applications Due May 29, 2015

The AUCD Virtual Trainee will use leadership skills to build relationships and communications among trainees throughout the nationwide AUCD network of UCEDDs and LENDs.

Deborah Spitalnik and Andrew Solomon

The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD) Celebrates 250th Session of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

The Boggs Center held its 250th Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series (DDLS) on Friday, April 17th. This milestone event featured presentations from two speakers: New York Times best-selling author Andrew Solomon, PhD, and The Boggs Center's founding Executive Director Deborah Spitalnik, PhD. Dr. Spitalnik began the session with "The Context for Our Empathy," a presentation tracing the structure of disability policy, trends in supports and services, and the cumulative impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities, their families, and those who work on their behalf. Dr. Solomon shared his experiences writing Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, an examination of the means by which families accommodate and embrace their children with physical, mental, and social disabilities.


AUCD2015: Growing Leaders, Driving Change

The 2015 AUCD Conference will examine how we develop strong leaders, support them in their work, and collaborate across the network and with partners in the field to reach our mutual goals.


AUCD2015: Submit a Proposal Today

Deadline: June 2

AUCD is currently accepting proposals for our 2015 conference. This call for papers includes submissions for concurrent interactive presentations, concurrent panel presentations, single presentations, and posters. Read more about the format and requirements for each event on the Presentation Details page, especially noting the revamped poster session formats. Proposals are welcomed on a multitude of topics on all things disability, including but certainly not limited to advocacy, behavior supports, disability studies, employment, health and wellness, leadership development, self-determination, technology, and much more.


March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Watch our Videos

To increase awareness of the contributions of people with developmental disabilities during the month of March, AUCD asked individuals with developmental disabilities "What issues or experiences do you feel comfortable sharing about you as a person with a developmental disability?" This is what they had to say...


April: Autism Awareness and Acceptance

During the month of April, AUCD joins people with autism, their families, and those who serve and support them to increase public acceptance and appreciation of the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and recognition of the diverse range of abilities and talents people with autism possess.


April Trainee Focus: Policy, Poster Sessions, and Autism Awareness and Acceptance

April's AUCD trainee focus is on policy, and we look forward to seeing over 150 trainees in DC for the Disability Policy Seminar. Remember, advocacy doesn't just happen in DC, so tell us about any visits you make or letters you write to your representatives while they're in their home offices!


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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