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AUCD - Driving Change Session

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Driving Change and Growing Leaders in Policy, Practice and Research

Sunday, November 15, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Grand Ballroom North

Session Description

Discover how you can drive change at your center! New in 2015, these exciting sessions provide an interactive learning and sharing environment centered around the five key priorities of the AUCD Strategic Map. Participate in one of these five sessions to hear from and share ideas with leaders from around the network on successes and best practices in the areas of visibility and reach; policy, practice, and research; network engagement and leadership development; funding; and diversity, inclusion, and equity. These sessions are free for all registered conference attendees.

Driving Change and Growing Leaders in Policy, Practice and Research

During this session, speakers and participants will explore the network's relationship between research conducted in our centers and how that research is used in practice and in federal and state policies. There will be an emphasis on how evidence-based practices can influence practice and policy as well as how existing policies and practices can shape research investigations.



  • Celia Feinstein, MA: Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
  • Sachin Pavithran, MS: Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University 
  • David Mank, PhD: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community 
  • Julie Petty: Partners for Inclusive Communities 
  • Parthenia Dinora, PhD: Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Carol Curtin, MSW, PhD: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
  • David Rotholz, PhD: Center for Disability Resources