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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AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement

You're invited to AUCD2014; Submit a Proposal by June 2!

The 2014 AUCD Conference 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. Ink your calendars, get your submissions in, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.


UCEDD Directors Retreat and TA Institute Meeting Materials Available

This meeting provided an opportunity for UCEDD leaders to network, meet with their federal project officers, and learn of new initiatives, national trends, and other information vital to the administration of the UCEDD programs.


Royal Walker, JD, Appointed to the National Council on Disability

President Obama has appointed Royal Walker, JD - Executive Director of the Mississippi University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi - to the National Council on Disability. Royal is a past AUCD President and has served on the board of directors of the American Task Force for the Homeless, the Governor's Interagency Coordinating Council for Children with Special Needs, the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Mississippi March of Dimes. AUCD congratulates Royal Walker on the appointment.


Action Sports Star TJ Lavin Stars in New PSA on Disability

"We All Should Have the Same Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream." Also featured: AUCD's Liz Weintraub

"Recognize the disability. Respect the ability, but imagine the possibility."

Pictured: Amy S. Goldman, co-executive director of the Institute, is pictured (third person from the right) at the G3ict Accessibility Week in New Delhi, India in February, with other distinguished attendees.

Amy S. Goldman, Co-executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University Travels to New Delhi for UNESCO Session

In February, Amy S. Goldman, co-executive director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, participated in the G3ict Accessibility Week in New Delhi, India. "G3ict" is the acronym for "The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technology - Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Digital Age."


'Week of the Young Child' in Guam: Discussing Needs and Services Available in Guam from the CEDDERS

Senator Aline A. Yamashita and Vera Blaz from the Guam CEDDERS and others recorded an interview (121 minutes) for GMH's 'Heroes of Healthcare,' discussing the needs of and services available for young children in Guam, during the 'Week of the Young Child.'


Now Available! A Comprehensive Approach to Transition

A workbook-style document for individuals with disabilities as they think about what they need for a successful transition

Geared for individuals with disabilities, this paper was produced by members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) because they want to help people work together to support the self-determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life.


Senator Harkin Announces New 6x15 Campaign

Six organizations commit to six goals by the end of 2015

At the Disability Policy Seminar on Monday night, Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA.


APHA Disability Section Call for 2014 Awards Nominations - Deadline Extended

The deadline for APHA Disability Section Awards nominations have been extended to 12pm ET Monday, April 7. There is still time to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution through scholarship, teaching, practice and/or advocacy to advance the health and quality of life of people with disabilities or an especially dedicated student. Now is the time to nominate a colleague for one of the 2014 APHA Disability Section Awards!


AUCD Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month

On December 18, 2007, the UN General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, which was first observed in 2008. This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days that brings world attention to autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects as many as 1 in 68 children, according to new estimates from the CDC.


Think College Insight Brief Describes Statewide Strategic Planning Grants

In an effort to support the continued growth in postsecondary options across the country, Think College funded Statewide Strategic Planning grants to 18 UCEDDs in 18 states from 2010 to 2012. These $15,000 grants were funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sachin Pavithran

Utah's Sachin Pavithran Elected Vice-Chair of the US Access Board

The U.S. Access Board elected Sachin Dev Pavithran to a one-year term as its new vice-chair on March 12. Pavithran, director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities, was appointed to the Board in late 2012 by President Barack Obama.


Aaron Bishop Named AIDD Commissioner

Former network trainee now an integral leader of national disability initiatives

Aaron has almost 20 years of experience working with and for individuals with disabilities in both the direct practice and public policy sectors. AIDD provides financial and leadership support to organizations in every state and territory in the United States to ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families can fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life.


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and UT Boling Center Announce Availability of IDD Healthcare E-Toolkit

Now available online at www.iddtoolkit.org, the 'Health Care For Adults With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities: A Toolkit for Primary Care Providers' (IDD Toolkit) offers health care providers best-practice tools and a wealth of information regarding specific medical and behavioral concerns of adults with IDD, including resources for patients and families.


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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EIEC Webinar: Using Video to Enhance Early Intervention Services  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Applied Behavior Analysis: Statewide Issues and Solutions Webinar  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Thursday, April 24, 2014

2014 CAAI Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transition  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Health, Behavior and Healthy Behavior for Children and Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar
Friday, May 16, 2014 - Friday, May 16, 2014

30th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity  Copy to Calendar
Monday, May 19, 2014 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

26th Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Saturday, July 5, 2014

2014 Training Institutes: Improving Childrens Mental Health Care in an Era of Change, Challenge, and Innovations: The Role of the System of Care Approach  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Sunday, July 20, 2014

ISAAC 2014 Conference  Copy to Calendar
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Thursday, July 24, 2014

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