The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), located in Silver Spring, MD, is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the national network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practices through research, education and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. AUCD also exchanges information and technical assistance with international affiliates and universities in several countries, including Australia, Great Britain, Spain, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia and is a member of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities.
Upcoming International Events
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
The conference will take place at a time when we are witnessing a positive shift into the language of human rights, strengthened by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which enhances the concept of equal opportunities for all. The conference will enable us to discuss and share different models of implementation and enterprises for turning these declarations into possible actions.For the first time, the USC UCEDD/LEND at Children's Hospital Los Angeles will be a partner in organizing and sponsoring the conference.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Ulf Janson, to whom this conference is dedicated, devoted much of his professional life to promoting the rights of young children with disabilities, understanding the nature of social inclusion, and advocating for the full inclusion of all children and their families. In this conference, early intervention is proposed as a basic right of all vulnerable children, and will be explored from many perspectives.
Location: Westlake Village, CA
The Global Access Conference, presented by Joni and Friends, will bring together disability leaders, ministers, educators and practitioners from around the world. It's an unprecedented opportunity to share experiences, forge strong working relationships, and learn how to practically and effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community. You will learn how to create and pursue advanced disability initiatives within church and cultural communities, and will build lasting networks of support and education throughout the international disability community.
This issue covers appropriations, the ABLE Act, Disability Treaty, clinical researc, and the ACA, Children's Health Insurance Program, and long-term fiscal outlook of our national health programs.
BBC Article: Care for people with learning disabilities 'failing', report says
Article in the BBC News UK reporting on a major government report with recommendations on the status of people with intellectual disabilities (or "learning disabilities" as they use the term) in the UK. The report - Winterbourne View - Time for Change - offers 10 recommendations for the NHS, local government, regulators and the government.
Theme: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology
The observance of this year's International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) provides an opportunity to further raise awareness of disability as a cross-cutting development issue. The theme of this year's commemoration, "Sustainable Development: The promise of technology" is timely, as it marks the conclusion of the period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in 2015 and the launching of the new development framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs).