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AUCD 2022 Conference


Registration is Open!

Image of a conference attendees in conversation.We welcome network members, non-network organizational partners, experts from all across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and trainees 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 and peers. 


Registration is open now through Nov. 3!



Message from Conference Chair

Carol Salas Pagan, PsyDDear Colleagues and Friends,

I am delighted to invite you to the AUCD 2022 Conference, taking place November 13-16. This year’s theme is Health Equity: Serving the Whole Person. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in person this fall in Washington, DC for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

The pandemic has shown us how important it is that people with disabilities get the supports they need to live active, productive lives in their home communities. From housing to meaningful employment, to access to vaccination sites and a safe trip to the grocery store, people with disabilities and their families experience daily disruptions and are often marginalized (or treated unequally) when it comes to accessing needed services.

Social determinants of health are factors that affect health on a population level, rather than an individual level. This will be our focus. Some examples include transportation access, systemic oppression like racism and ableism, access to healthcare, and physical location. It is especially important that we include the needs of people with disabilities in remote, rural, and other historically marginalized areas—like the territories—when we think about health equity.

We look forward to hearing about your exciting research and innovative ideas. We hope that you will join us in creating an accessible and welcoming space for everyone regardless of education level, background, or disability status. Health equity is for all, and we can’t wait to share space with you as we work toward making it more accessible to people with disabilities!


Carol Salas Pagán, PsyD

AUCD President Elect and 2022 AUCD Conference Chair
Director, University of Puerto Rico’s Center for Excellence in Education, Research and Service on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)




Livestreaming at AUCD 2022

Ensuring that AUCD 2022 is Accessible to All

While we hope to see all members, partners, and friends in-person this November, we understand that not everyone is comfortable or able to travel to Washington, DC. Inclusion is at the core of AUCD’s mission which is why we want to give everyone the opportunity to access our main Plenary sessions and Honors Celebration. This includes Monday’s Opening Plenary, Tuesday’s Leading Change Sessions, Tuesday evening's AUCD Honors Celebration, and if located at the Marquis, Wednesday’s Closing Plenary. A special thanks to the AUCD 2022 Accessibility Sponsor, Microsoft, for supporting livestreaming at the Conference. Register for virtual access.




Hill Day at AUCD 2022

Due to the pandemic, Capitol Hill is not currently open to large group events. Therefore, we are currently planning to host our Closing Plenary at the Marquis. Our hope is that by November, this will change, and we will be able to host Wednesday’s activities on Capitol Hill. If we are able to move it to Capitol Hill, we will be unable to livestream it. However, with the uncertainty that the pandemic brings, we will plan on having an engaging Closing Plenary regardless of location. AUCD will also provide instructions on how to conduct Hill Day visits, both virtually and in-person, in the coming weeks. While many offices will take in-person meetings with appointments, many are still only taking virtual meetings. It is up to each office to decide how they want to host a meeting. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate ongoing changes. 




Sponsor the AUCD 2022 Conference!

Sponsoring the Conference allows us to welcome more than 1,200 attendees and create opportunities for AUCD members, researchers, policymakers, disability advocates and other professionals in the disability community make deeper connections and share their work to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. With speakers sharing compelling research and innovative ideas, AUCD is committed to providing sponsors and exhibitors with opportunities to engage with and reach out to all attendees. Learn more about AUCD Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities!




Conference Theme

Health Equity: Serving the Whole Person

The pandemic has amplified what we already know: people with disabilities do not have equal access to care across the health continuum. We also know that more than just medical services are needed to enable people with disabilities to lead active, productive lives in their home communities. From housing to meaningful employment, to access to vaccination sites and a safe trip to the grocery store, people with disabilities and their families experience daily disruptions and are often marginalized when it comes to accessing a broad array of needed services. These social determinants of health are critical to individual and community health. The AUCD 2022 Conference takes a deeper dive into Health Equity and the steps needed to ensure that every person is provided the best opportunities possible.