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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

AUCD wants to hear from people with developmental disabilities!

To increase awareness of the contributions of people with developmental disabilities during the month of March, AUCD wants to hear from individuals with developmental disabilities! Your stories may be featured in an AUCD video.

Elizabeth Vasquez leads the Strategic Thinking Discussion at the 2015 LEND/DBP Directors Meeting

Strategic Thinking Report: LEND and DBP Programs

This report outlines the results of January 2015 conversations among program directors and maternal and child health stakeholders that sought to better understand the emerging environment in which MCH training programs are operating, as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Five thematic directions are highlighted in this report.

The 2015 AUCD t-shirt will be available to order from Custom Ink beginning March 4th

AUCD Trainee T-Shirt: Order Yours Today!

Orders must be placed by 11:59pm March 23.

Show your AUCD pride by purchasing the 2015 trainee-designed t-shirt! It's perfect for the Disability Policy Seminar and local Center events. Many thanks to the 20+ people who submitted designs, and congratulations to Angela from Westchester, NY and Brandon from Iowa for contributing to the winning design.

Tyler Reimschisel, M.D.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) LEND Training Program Receives Supplemental Funding to Address Trainee Diversity

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program will focus efforts on increasing racial and ethnic diversity among its pool of long-term trainees thanks to a grant from AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The supplemental funding will allow the program to forge deeper partnerships with historically black colleges and universities, to build awareness of the LEND program among underrepresented minority students who have been accepted to professional schools, and to foster greater interest in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities among undergraduate minority students.


The ECP March Guest Blogger is Zach Goble

AUCD is happy to announce the Early Career Professionals March guest blogger - Zach Goble. He is a former University of Kentucky UCEDD trainee, former Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center LEND trainee and a School Psychologist.


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!