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Apply Today! AUCD Leadership Academy

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in partnership with the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University (GSU) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the inaugural AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. The academy will be held on the downtown GSU campus in Atlanta, Georgia on June 25-30, 2017.


Relive the Harkin International Employment Summit

In its inaugural year, the Harkin Summit began a tradition of bringing together change agents to develop strategies for increasing disability employment around the world. Relive this important event through Storify!


Our Role in Early Identification (CO UCEDD/LEND)

By Act Early Ambassador, Nancy Lewis, MPA, MS, CCC-SLP

Communication difficulties are among the most widely reported developmental delays in young children. Here"s how we can get more involved in early identification.


2017 EHDI Meeting Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees

AUCD has made available six (6) scholarships of up to $500 each to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting on February 26-28, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. All current LEND audiology trainees are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to trainees from programs that do not currently receive supplemental funding and trainees that have not attended the EHDI Meeting in previous years. Application deadline: January 29, 2017.



As we near the end of 2016, I want to acknowledge the ongoing accomplishments of the Autism CARES grantees. Your dedication to supporting children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities (DD) and their families is making an impact. Collectively, you are improving access to screening and diagnostic services for children with ASD, training the pipeline of future leaders in neurodevelopmental disabilities, advancing the evidence base around the effectiveness of autism interventions, reducing barriers to care for underserved populations, and pursuing new, innovative models of care and training to extend your reach.


UC Davis CEDD awarded LTSAE grant

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) at the UC Davis MIND Institute was awarded a Learn the Signs / Act Early (LTSAE) grant from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) for 2016-2018 to support the dissemination of LTSAE resources designed to increase parent-engaged developmental monitoring. CEDD is partnering with the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN), the State LTSAE Ambassadors, the LEND at UC Davis and the LEND at USC in this effort.

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.