LEND Programs are interdisciplinary leadership training programs federally funded through HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau. View more information about individual LEND disciplines by clicking on the menu at left.




AUCD's National Voter Registration Campaign

Join AUCD in observing National Voter Registration Week Sept 26-30, 2016. We urge everyone, especially people with disabilities, to make sure they're registered to vote for the upcoming local, state, and national elections. Learn how to spread the word, find resources, and register!


New Autism Data Portal From The Child And Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

Compiling the research from four national surveys, this portal provides easy access to data on the health and well-being of children and families with autism. In addition to helping people learn about family experiences, the portal can be used as an advocacy tool. It also allows you to see how others are using autism data.


Save the Dates: Fall 2016 AARC Webinars

Our monthly webinar series alternates autism research and care themes, and are available to all AS ATN/AIR-P network members, CAAI-sponsored programs, the entire LEND and DBP Fellowship networks, various other autism and pediatric organizations, collaborators, primary care providers as well as autism advocates. Research webinars feature current AIR-P research study principal investigators, while care focused themes cover hot topics in the field of autism, and promote idea generation for future research. We offer one continuing medical education credit for each eligible webinar attendee. Webinars are also recorded and available for viewing after the event. Please join us!


AUCD 2016 Registration is Open!

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.


It's A Small World (GA UCEDD)

"It's a small world' is a phrase typically referred to events that are related in unexpected ways. While I have heard and used this phrase many times throughout my life, a recent series of events led me to a new and personal appreciation for just how small our worlds can be. Allow me to explain: Jane Roberts, my mother, is a professor in the School of Psychology program at the University of South Carolina. In her current position as program director, she has received nearly 20 million dollars in grants to forward her work and passion for supporting individuals with disabilities - specifically people on the autism spectrum.


AUCD Welcomes Elizabeth Koss (OH LEND) as the 2016-17 Virtual Trainee

Elizabeth Koss, Liz, is pursuing her Master's of Occupational Therapy at The Ohio State University. She is passionate about working with individuals with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder to increase independence and enhance quality of life. Liz became a Nisonger Center LEND trainee in 2015 where she has worked towards building and sustaining interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. During this time she also found a new passion for advocacy for persons with neurodevelopmental differences and has advocated at the state and national level.


AUCD2016 Scholarships Available for Emerging Network Leaders

Application Deadline: October 3

The Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to emerging Network leaders: self-advocates, family members, trainees, and young professionals; to attend the AUCD Conference.