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AUCD Strategic Map 2015-2016

AUCD is pleased to present our 2015-2016 Strategic Map. This map outlines five key priority areas and corresponding sub-goals for our organization and network over the next two years, and serves as a guide for our collective work and mission.


High School Students Learn About Health Care Careers from Iowa LEND Trainees

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education programs are for students in grades K-12 and according to STEM Connector data, females are about 25% less likely to be interested in STEM fields than males. University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) staff and Iowa LEND Trainees are trying to change that!


Andrew Imparato Visit Kicks Off the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's (TN-UCEDD, LEND) 50th Anniversary Festivities

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 and kicked off the festivities with a highly anticipated lecture by Andrew Imparato, J.D., executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Imparato delivered the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative lecture titled "The Future of Disability Policy," and spent two days with a packed schedule of conversations with VKC leadership, faculty, staff, and community partners.


AUCD Selects Five Training Programs to Address Diversity and Inclusion of Family Members

ITAC has selected five Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training programs to receive up to $7,000 each in supplemental funding to address priority technical assistance needs. Three projects will address trainee diversity, while the remaining two focus on the support and inclusion of family trainees and faculty.


President's Budget FY16: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities

President Obama has just released his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request to the Congress. The budget includes many funding requests to expand opportunities for people with disabilities, including throughout the AUCD Network.


AUCD Welcomes Zipporah Levi-Shakleford (VA LEND) as the 2015 Assistant Virtual Trainee

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford is AUCD's first Assistant Virtual Trainee. Together with Virtual Trainee Laurel Geist, she will help to strengthen a virtual network and group identity among AUCD trainees. Zipporah is a family trainee at the VA LEND, owner of a disability consulting business, and the mother of four children, three of whom have special needs.


Check Out Our New Look: AUCD Disability Policy In Brief

The popular "In Brief" brings the latest in disability policy to your email or social media feed every Monday. We've redesigned and reprogrammed In Brief, making it easier to find, read, share, and subscribe. View the first issue of 2015, covering the start of the 114th Congress and litigation on the Department of Labor's Home Care Rule.