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AUCD 2023 Conference


Invitation from Conference Chair

Derrick Willis

"I am excited to invite you to the AUCD 2023 Conference from November 5-8. The theme of this year’s event, Emerging Leaders: Shaping the Future, reflects the thousands of Emerging Leaders that we welcome to the AUCD Network each year. Emerging Leaders, researchers, practitioners, self-advocates, family members, and others, I hope you will join us this fall in Washington, DC for what will be an incredible event."

Read the full invitation from Derrick Willis, AUCD 2023 Conference Chair and AUCD President Elect.



Registration is Open!

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We welcome AUCD Network members, organizational partners, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, students, and trainees to learn and grow together during this year's AUCD 2023 Conference. 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. This premiere event features four engaging large group plenaries from high-level leaders, more than 220 concurrent and poster presentations covering a broad spectrum of disability topics, as well as innovative research, programming, and advocacy efforts.


Attend the AUCD Awards Ceremony!

Join us on the evening of Tuesday, November 7 as we come together to celebrate this year’s AUCD Award Recipients. At the annual AUCD Awards Ceremony, we recognize people, programs, and organizations for their leadership and contributions. AUCD awardees offer an outstanding example in leadership, advocacy, research, policy, and practice. Their work creates more diverse and inclusive communities for people with disabilities and their families. Awards are given in 10 categories and honor individuals in the AUCD Network, and local, state, and federal partners.

Attendance is free for all Conference attendees. If you plan on joining us, please add it to your agenda during the registration process. We hope to see you there!


Become a Sponsor!

Exhibitors at the confernece conversing in front of their exhibits.AUCD is looking forward to welcoming more than 1,200 attendees to the AUCD 2023 Conference this November. Attendees represent a vast network of community leaders, researchers, policymakers, practitioners, professionals, advocates, and students. AUCD is committed to providing sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to engage with and reach out to attendees.

Learn more about our sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities



Scholarships Available

AUCD is pleased to offer scholarships to support AUCD Emerging Leaders, individuals with disabilities, family members, and early career professionals with five years or less experience in the Network.

Learn more about the opportunities and see if you are eligible to apply. Applications close on September 29.





Conference Theme

Emerging Leaders: Shaping the Future 

Every year, AUCD welcomes thousands of Emerging Leaders to the Network. Located in every U.S. state and territory, they share a passion to serve, research, and educate to make positive changes with and for people with disabilities and their families. Emerging Leaders are vital to the growth of the AUCD Network and to the success of our mission: to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Emerging Leaders represent the next generation of innovative clinicians, service providers, trainers, advocates, family members, and academic professionals. The AUCD 2023 Conference recognizes that Emerging Leaders continue to propel our Network forward, building on a proud legacy of inclusion, striving for equity, and positively shaping the future. 



For questions related to the AUCD 2023 Conference, please contact the Events Team at [email protected].