AUCD encourages trainees to be involved in the national network of LEND, UCEDD, and IDDRC programs and has created a number of opportunities for trainee involvement.

An AUCD Trainee is any individual who is enrolled in one of AUCD's LEND, UCEDD, or IDDRC programs. A trainee might be an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student in a discipline such as audiology or social work; a trainee might be a fellow in pediatrics or psychology; a trainee might be a research assistant working on a genetic disorder or a family member learning about leadership. All trainees have a common desire to continue learning about helping and working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
  There are over 4,000 AUCD trainees enrolled in the nation's LEND, UCEDD, and IDDRC programs. By being a trainee at an AUCD-member program, individuals are also members of AUCD. These AUCD trainees form a network and can learn from each other by discussing and sharing their common interests and unique experiences.
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Trainee News



Daline Derival Tells All About her Public Health Career (VT LEND)

Daline Derival, M.P.H., completed UVM's Post-Baccalaureate Premedical program in 2014. She is Program Evaluator and Public Health Core Faculty member for the VT-LEND program, whichprovides graduate-level interdisciplinary training, services, and care to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities.



March Trainee Liaison Focus is Alumni

Every month Trainee Liaisons have a different focus area to help engage their centers and the network of trainees. March is dedicated to getting in touch with our trainee alumni.



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.


Upcoming Trainee Events

2015 Trainee Policy Summit

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
2:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Washington, DC

On Sunday evening immediately before the Disability Policy Seminar, AUCD is hosting a special Trainee Policy Summit! Attendees will have exclusive access to Hill staffers and former trainees now working in policy, and learn from the experts how to best craft your message for Wednesday's Hill visits. An evening reception sponsored by JPMorgan Chase will provide a comfortable background for trainees to meet and network with over 200 peers from around the country.

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2015 Disability Policy Seminar

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Monday, April 13, 2015 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The 2015 Disability Policy Seminar is your best opportunity to cultivate new champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This unique event offers you the opportunity to come together for two days with other advocates, individuals with I/DD, experts and professionals in the field and learn about the issues. On the third day, take the valuable information covered during the Seminar to Capitol Hill and speak directly with your representatives about the issues that are important to you. Early bird registration and discounted pricing ends March 13!

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Past Trainee Events

What to Know Before You Go: Preparing for the Disability Policy Seminar 2015

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar, presented by Kim Musheno, Director of Public Policy at AUCD, offers students, trainees and early career professionals an orientation to the policy issues and current legislation one can expect to learn more about at the 2015 Disability Policy Seminar. Attendees will learn the basics of how to make an appointment to meet with Congressional representatives, and how to deliver a unified message about federally funded programs that benefit people with disabilities.

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2015 Pre-EHDI LEND Workshop

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00pmET
Location: Louisville, KY

LEND audiology trainees and faculty are invited to take a deep dive into Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) policy. Trainees will learn about the basis for EHDI legislation, identify and discuss key issues that lawmakers are currently being asked to consider, and work in teams to develop effective advocacy strategies. There will be special emphasis placed on EHDI reauthorization and its implications for how state programs are carried out.

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Access Resources Developed by Pediatric Audiology Trainees


Trainee Tools

Early Career Professionals (ECP)

Early Career Professionals (ECP)
AUCD has created this innovative national resource for professionals who have received interdisciplinary training in developmental disabilities to further. develop their leadership.


Self-Assessment Tool

Self-Assessment Tool
The self assessment tool was developed to look at Personal Knowledge and Skills, Working with Others and Working in Systems.


Leadership Resources

Leadership Resources
The Place to be When You Want to Know More
AUCD have developed resource search tool for you to use after you have taken the "self assessment" test (you can also use it if you haven't done a self assessment too!).


Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
AUCD Employment section includes job opportunities within the AUCD Network and at other organizations within the disability community.