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



AUCD Welcomes New Assistant Virtual Trainee

Brandon Eddy, MA CCSLP from the Oregon LEND will assist AUCD's Virtual Trainee (VT) to build a virtual network among our network's trainees. The AVT will help plan activities for the trainee network, brainstorm new ideas to get trainees talking and collaborating, and carry out tasks specific to these efforts.



APHA Disability Section Career Enhancement Scholarship Opportunities

The Disability Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) announces up to six $1000 Career Enhancement Scholarship opportunities for 2016. These scholarships can be used by the awardees as desired, including covering expenses for attendance at the Disability Section Scientific Program and Business meeting at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual meeting in Denver, CO from October 29-November 2, 2016.



Position Opening: Assistant Virtual Trainee

Application Deadline: 01/25/16

The 2016 Assistant Virtual Trainee (AVT) will assist the current Virtual Trainee (VT) as she works to build a virtual network among these trainees at AUCD member programs. The AVT will help plan activities for the trainee network, brainstorm new ideas to get trainees talking and collaborating, and carry out tasks specific to these efforts. The AVT will be mentored by the VT, learn more about the AUCD Network and national disability issues, and work on a national stage in a leadership position. The position is expected to take approximately 3 hours per week between now and the end of the academic year. This is a paid position with AUCD.


Upcoming Trainee Events

2016 Pre-EHDI Workshop

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Sunday, March 13, 2016 - Sunday, March 13, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: San Diego, CA

This workshop will introduce LEND audiology trainees to the various challenges associated with assessing, monitoring, and effectively serving children with hearing loss and additional disabilities in an interdisciplinary context. It is a unique, interactive learning opportunity that brings together trainees and faculty from across the country.

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2016 AUCD Trainee Policy Summit

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
3:00pm - 7:00pm
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 will provide a comfortable background for trainees to meet and network with over 200 peers from around the country.

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Disability Policy Seminar 2016

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Monday, April 11, 2016 - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

During this crucial election season we need YOU in Washington, D.C. to help us build bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for high-priority disability issues. When you attend the Disability Policy Seminar, we'll arm you with all of the information you need to help educate our Members of Congress and their staff on the priorities of the I/DD community.

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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.