Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)
NEW on the CEDC Web Pages
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in partnership with the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University (GSU) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the inaugural AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. The academy will be held on the downtown GSU campus in Atlanta, Georgia on June 25-30, 2017.
Do you know 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 2017 APHA Disability Section Awards!
Children who have deaf-blindness miss out on opportunities for learning that other children receive incidentally or naturally as those without sensory impairment have access to the many sights and sounds from their environment. These missed opportunities can result in a sense of isolation from others and problems in communication skill development, concept formation, and overall learning. In the school setting deaf-blindness is considered a disability of access to the visual and auditory information provided in educational environments.
RTC:Rural Brings National Attention to Importance of Accessible Housing in Rural Communities (MT UCEDD)
The lack of accessible housing is one of the biggest barriers people with disabilities face in their communities. Having a home that suits one's needs facilitates self-care and accessing the community, critical elements of independent living. Living in a home that doesn't meet one's needs can make accessing community more difficult and even impossible.
Stephen Gilson, Ph.D., and Elizabeth DePoy, Ph.D., University of Maine Professors of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Social Work, recently presented, "Diversivate: Branding and Designing Disability" at the inaugural Designable 2016 event in Kings Cross, London. The one-day session was sponsored by Rufus Leonard and Lloyds Banking Group.
AUCD's Letter Expressing Concern Regarding Betsy DeVos's Responses to Questions about Education for Students with Disabilities
AUCD has submitted a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, expressing serious concerns with several responses to questions that Betsy DeVos provided at her confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Education. As the Senate moves to vote on her nomination, AUCD calls upon Mrs. DeVos to clarify her support for the federal government's role in ensuring that every child with a disability receives a free, appropriate public education in a manner that is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The University of Iowa ranks first in the nation in an assessment of how accessible its websites are to people with disabilities. UI topped the list of 140 American universities, according to rankings presented at an Educause conference poster session by Jon Gunderson of the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services at the University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana.
The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.
Two core functions of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) are to offer community service activities (that include community education and technical assistance) and information dissemination activities for or with individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members, professionals, paraprofessionals, students and volunteers.
The Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC) strives to identify the mutual needs of community education and information dissemination staff from the UCEDDs. In addition, the CEDC also serves to meet any community education and dissemination needs and promote collaboration with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRCs). The Council is composed of one or more representative member/s from each UCEDD who is either the Community Education Director/Coordinator, Information Dissemination Coordinator, or a designee who best represents the overall community education and information dissemination interests of the LEND or IDDRC partners in the AUCD network.
The mission of the Council is to address the community education, technical assistance and information dissemination interests and concerns of members and to promote collaborative actions to improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary training. The Community Education and Dissemination Council was established to accomplish the following:
- Serve as a focus and forum for the identification and discussion of issues of community education, technical assistance and information dissemination.
- Function as a representative voice of community education and information dissemination interests and concerns within the UCEDD network.
- Influence the development and implementation of national community education and information dissemination policies and initiatives.
- Share resources, exemplary community education programs, and information dissemination practices developed and used by UCEDDs across the nation.
CEDC Officers (2015-2018)
Chairperson Jerry R. Alliston, Ph.D., Coordinator for Community Inclusion and Volunteer Service University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for Disability Studies Vice Chairperson Sandra Horne, M.A., M.A., Coordinator for Community Engagement Secretary Melina Danko, M.S., Dissemination/Public Relations Manager
(601) 266-5979 or email@example.com
University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
(207) 581-1236 or firstname.lastname@example.org
West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities
(304) 293-4692 or email@example.com
Jerry R. Alliston, Ph.D., Coordinator for Community Inclusion and Volunteer Service University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for Disability Studies
Sandra Horne, M.A., M.A., Coordinator for Community Engagement
Melina Danko, M.S., Dissemination/Public Relations Manager