Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)


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UI Earns No. 1 Ranking in University Website Accessibility (IA UCEDD)

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.

AUCD Board of Directors (not pictured: Jack Brandt)


AUCD Welcomes 2017 Board of Directors

AUCD is governed by an elected Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities, and family members. On December 7, 2016, we thanked outgoing Board members for their dedicated service and welcomed the members of the 2017 AUCD Board of Directors.



2017 START National Training Institute (NH UCEDD/LEND)

The Center for START Services, a national initiative based at UNH's Institute on Disability/UCED, works to address the service gap for people with IDD and Mental Health issues in communities across the country. The annual START National Training Institute (SNTI) provides an interactive forum aimed at the sharing of best practices, engaging in experiential learning opportunities, and "feeling the strength of START".



IU Report Provides Employment and Inclusion Data About Hoosiers with Disabilities (IN UCEDD)

Indiana residents who receive employment services and other support from disability service providers have made few gains in the past year, according to a new report from Indiana University's Center on Community Living and Careers. Findings about how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are interacting with their communities are included in the 2016 "Day & Employment Services Outcomes Systems Report." The report is published annually by the center, a division of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University Bloomington.


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.

Download the CEDC Fact Sheet (pdf) 

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