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



Thanks for a Great AUCD2015 Conference!

We had a great time at #AUCD2015 and hope you did too. There were tons of great ideas shared and new connections made--it was clear that all 800+ people in attendance were passionate about growing leaders and driving change! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your participation, expertise, and enthusiasm for the network and all that we collectively do.



Plain Language Summaries for Publications from the IL UCEDD/LEND

Kate Caldwell and Carli Friedman, University of Illinois at Chicago

Accessible plain language summaries of publications provide individuals with something they can print out that is easy to understand, and which they can use in advocating and talking to policymakers. Carli Friedman and Kate Caldwell of the University of Illinois at Chicago share the importance of plain language summaries and describe how to create this accessibility tool.



AUCD Conference Scholarships Available

For Emerging Leaders and Network Trainees; Deadlines 09-18 & 10-02

AUCD places great importance on having a diverse group of participants at the AUCD Conference. We seek to make the conference and all information presented as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, and recognize that cost can often be a barrier to attending. AUCD features significantly reduced registration for students, individuals with disabilities, and family members of individuals with disabilities. As funding allows, we also offer a limited number of travel scholarships; learn about the opportunities available this year and see if you qualify to apply.


Past Trainee Events

2015 AUCD Conference

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Thursday, November 19, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The 2015 AUCD Conference will be held at the Washington, DC, Renaissance Hotel.

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The Power of the Network: Growing Leaders Driving Change

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Welcome to the Network! Join us Tuesday September 29 to learn more about the AUCD network, how you fit in as a LEND trainee and steps you can take to leverage the power of your new membership

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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.