Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)

 

NEW on the CEDC Web Pages

 

10/19/2017

Support Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Financial donations now being accepted

AUCD is currently accepting monetary donations to help support our Centers and DD networks in Puerto Rico (PR) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to meet the needs of people with disabilities in their Territories in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. All contributions will be funneled directly to the Territory or Territories that you designate.

 
 

11/15/2017

GAO Report - Voters with Disabilities: Observations on Polling Place Accessibility and Related Federal Guidance

GAO examined a nongeneralizable sample of 178 polling places during early in-person voting and on Election Day 2016. At these polling places, GAO examined a number of features outside and inside the voting area. Outside the voting area, GAO was able to examine features at all 178 polling places and found that 60 percent (107) had one or more potential impediments. The most common were steep ramps located outside buildings, lack of signs indicating accessible paths, and poor parking or path surfaces.

 
 

11/13/2017

Pavithran (UT UCEDD) Named to United States Commission on Civil Rights Utah Advisory Committee

Sachin Dev Pavithran, Utah Assistive Technology Program director and Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University policy expert was recently appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights Utah Advisory Committee. The Committee is composed of citizen volunteers familiar with local and state civil rights issues. The members assist the Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions. Pavithran received bachelor's degrees in business information systems and marketing, a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling, and recently completed his Ph.D. disability disciplines from USU.

 
 

10/9/2017

RTS Event at the Cincinnati Zoo (OH UCEDD/LEND)

RTS (Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome) is a genetic multi-system disorder characterized by facial abnormalities, broad thumbs and great toes, and developmental disability. The condition was first described in 1963 by Dr. Jack Rubinstein and Dr. Hooshang Taybi and it is estimated that 1 out of 300,000 people have this syndrome

 
 
 

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.

 

Mission

    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.

Download the CEDC Fact Sheet (pdf) 

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
(601) 266-5979 or jerry.alliston@usm.edu

   
 

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 sandra.horne@maine.edu

   
 

Secretary

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