Council for Interdisciplinary Service (CIS)
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This paper promotes four core concepts that are essential to the development and implementation of effective transition plans and process: (1) Self-determination should be the foundation for transition planning; (2) Transition should be viewed through a cultural lens; (3) Interagency collaboration is essential to effective transition (4) Transition planning should include all the perspectives, disciplines, and organizations that will impact the transitioning student.
This paper was written for and by directors and staff UCEDDs and LENDs with the aim of promoting a dialogue among key stakeholders and facilitating their engagement in pursuing a more comprehensive, coordinated, supportive, and successful transition process for youth with disabilities from adolescence to young adulthood. See AUCD's press release for additional information.
The mission of the Council for Interdisciplinary Service is to help meet the special needs, problems, and potential of persons with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities by:
- Providing a forum and other resources for collectively examining and advancing the interdisciplinary mission and program of training, service, research, and community program development.
- Defining and promoting the concept of interdisciplinary in training, service, research, and community program development.
- Advising the AUCD Board of Directors on matters pertaining to interdisciplinary practice in training, service, research, and community program development.
The Council for Interdisciplinary Service is unique among councils of AUCD in that the membership of the Council for Interdisciplinary Service consists of representatives from disciplines within University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilties (UCEDDs) and/or Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilties (LENDs) .
The Council for Interdisciplinary Service shall be composed of representatives from each UCEDD/LEND in good standing, designated by that Center Director as "The Interdisciplinary Exemplary Service Director". If no such position exists, a designee who best represents the overall interdisciplinary service interests of that Center shall be designated to the Council by the Program Director. The delegate will be a member of the CIS for as long as they hold the position of the Interdisciplinary Exemplary Service Director at the home Center or as long as they are the designee.