Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)


NEW on the CEDC Web Pages



Indiana Debuts Disability History Website (IN UCEDD)

Through a collection of oral history interviews and related digital material, the website documents and preserves the memories and experiences of people with disabilities, family members, professional service providers, educators, and public officials. The site's growing collection highlights the history of advocacy for disability rights in Indiana, and features over 80 fully-captioned videos.



Introducing the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy Family Navigation Online Training Module

By Maria Cortes, MSW Student, and Jen St. Cyr, Director of Family Services

At the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA), we are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with partner agencies in Washington State through a generous autism-focused grant from the Washington State Department of Health made possible by AMCHP. A product of this collaboration is our new Family Navigation Online Training. You can find it here:



In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (MN UCEDD/LEND)

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019) has released a report, In-Home and Residential Long-Term Supports and Services for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2015.�



New Grant: Parent-Directed Comprehensive Language and Literacy Supports (L2): Providing Universally Designed Community-Based Literacy Experiences for Children with Autism (TX UCEDD)

The purpose of this project is to establish sustainable, parent-directed, comprehensive community supports for literacy and language (L2) of children with ASD, prioritizing those with limited spoken language. The strain on parents of children with ASD are already great without adding the burden of continuously creating novel literacy experiences for their children.



The 'F-words' in Childhood Disability, a Paradigm Shift (MN LEND)

The University of Minnesota's LEND Program hosted keynote speaker Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, M.D., FRCP on November 16, 2017 at the Wesiman Art Museum. His talk centered on the "'F-words' in Childhood Disability". Dr. Rosenbaum spoke to a full auditorium about the importance to reassess our assumptions as healthcare providers toward treating childhood disabilities.



Tips, Trust, and Humor: Connecting with Indiana Teachers and Employment Specialists

What do taking your accounting department to lunch, baking cookies, and Julie Andrews have to do with audience outreach? Each of those notions were components of messages delivered this past year to Indiana employment professionals.



Updated Educator's Guide Available from OAR

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) prides itself in the evidence-based information resources it shares with self-advocates, their parents, educators, and paraprofessionals. Among these materials are the eight "Life Journey Through Autism" guidebooks that OAR has published since 2003. The ninth and newest guide in that set is "Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator's Guide to ASD (Level 1 Supports)," a revision and update of the "Educator's Guide to Asperger Syndrome."



Using Dance To Build A Community (TX UCEDD)

Written by: Ashley Green

Movement is a form of communication. For Courtney Kalaher, using that movement to create relationships and community among people with disabilities is critical. Kalaher joined the Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Program in 2014. She brought her skills in dance and developed the Communication Through Movement course. Through the course, students develop paths of inquiry and response approaches to learning and cognitive development. "Movement is such a powerful form of communication.


About CEDC

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.

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CEDC Officers (2015-2018)


Jerry R. Alliston, Ph.D., Coordinator for Community Inclusion and Volunteer Service University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for Disability Studies
(601) 266-5979 or


Vice Chairperson

Sandra Horne, M.A., M.A., Coordinator for Community Engagement
University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
(207) 581-1236 or



Melina Danko, M.S., Dissemination/Public Relations Manager
West Virginia University, Center for Excellence in Disabilities
(304) 293-4692 or