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AUCD - Using Research to Address Policy Change

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Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Congressional Ballroom B

Session Description

We are excited to again offer a series of free Driving Change Sessions on Sunday morning of the conference. This year we have invited our Network's five Councils to each host a Driving Change Session. Each Council is excited to share information that is relevant to its own mission and goals. Get to know our Councils through this fun and interactive experience!

The purpose of this session is to showcase concrete examples at the local, state, and federal levels where research results have had a direct and positive impact on policy changes to benefit individuals with disabilities. Participate in an interactive Q&A style event, moderated by a panel of experts who will discuss how to better understand the challenges and opportunities of connecting academic research to policy change at the legislative and agency levels.

Participate in this session and be a part of a learning and sharing environment where you will hear from and share ideas with leaders from around the network on how to drive change in a specific area of disability policy, advocacy, or research, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the topic from expert panelists and participate in guided roundtable discussions on the topic with other attendees. These sessions are free for all registered conference attendees. See the below description of this session and its presenters.


Featured Presenter(s)


  • Dan Zhang, PhD. Center on Disability and Development: College Station, TX 

  • John Butterworth, PhD. Institute for Community Inclusion: Boston, MA
  • Alan Cobo-Lewis, PhD. Center for Community Inclusion and Disabilities Studies: Orono, ME
  • Kimberly Mills, PhD., BCBA-D. Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities: St. Croix, US VI