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The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) web site provides University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs) with up to date information that will support the implementation of the AIDD core grant.

The DD Act authorizes the use of funds to provide technical assistance to strengthen and support the National Network of UCEDDs. Specifically, the DD Act states that TA shall:

  • Assist in national and international dissemination of specific information from multiple Centers and, in appropriate cases, other entities whose work affects the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities;
  • Compile, analyze, and disseminate state-of-the-art training, research, and demonstration results policies, and practices from multiple Centers and, in appropriate cases, other entities whose work affects the lives of persons with developmental disabilities;
  • Convene experts from multiple Centers to discuss and make recommendations with regard to national emerging needs of individuals with developmental disabilities;
  • Develop portals that link users with every Center's website; 
  • Facilitate electronic information sharing using state-of- the-art Internet technologies such as real-time online discussions, multipoint video conferencing, and web-based audio/video broadcasts, on emerging topics that impact individuals with disabilities and their families;
  • Serve as a research-based resource for Federal and State policymakers on information concerning and issues impacting individuals with developmental disabilities and entities that assist or serve those individuals; or 
  • Undertake any other functions that the Secretary determines to be appropriate; to promote the viability and use of the resources and expertise of the Centers nationally and internationally.

This web site is supported through AIDD's contract with AUCD to provide technical assistance to the national network of UCEDDs.

 
 

What's New

 

UCEDD Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets are intended to provide guidance and share peer practices of specific aspects of UCEDD operations, grant management, and core grant application development. Tip sheets clarify requirements outlined in the DD Act, related federal regulations, and/or AIDD's Quality Review System processes as appropriate; and also share experiences and recommendations from network peers.

 
 

6/7/2017

OHSU & UW Study Genetic Contributions to Autism

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the University of Washington (UW) are conducting a study on genetic contributions to autism, involving identical twins. The study is funded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) and seeks to better understand how genetic changes that occur early in development might lead to autism. In particular, the researchers are seeking pairs of identical twins who are discordant for autism (that is, one has any autism spectrum diagnosis and one does not) to help answer this important question.

 
 

4/24/2017

AUCD Welcomes Jessica Drennan as Senior Program Manager

Jessica Drennan is a Senior Program Manager at AUCD, primarily focusing on work with the UCEDDs. Prior to coming to AUCD, Jessica was the Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Director for South Carolina. As the Title V Director, she served on several legislative and interagency coordinating committees and worked to increase access and coordinated care for children with complex medical needs and their families. She was successful in beginning an initiative around sickle cell disease surveillance and care coordination, the creation of multidisciplinary craniofacial clinics within major hospital systems, and using Block Grant funds to increase health insurance coverage for those with rare diseases.

 
 

4/12/2017

Event Materials: 2017 UCEDD Directors Retreat and AIDD TA Institute

The 2017 UCEDD Director's Retreat and TA Institute provide an opportunity for UCEDD leaders to network, meet with their federal project officers, and learn of new initiatives, national trends, and other information vital to the administration of the UCEDD programs.