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Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the AUCD Board and the Conference Planning Committee, I am pleased to issue this Call for Participation for the 2010 AUCD Conference, which will be held October 30 through November 3, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City, VA.  The theme of this year's conference is:

Going to Scale: Making what works accessible to all

Our programs have the common goal of seeking to improve services and supports for individuals with disabilities and their families. In our shared histories, we have made remarkable contributions toward achieving this goal. Many of the identified best practices in our fields have been developed in AUCD network programs and demonstrated to be effective through AUCD network research. Our training and technical assistance have brought them to the current and next generation of practitioners and advocates, and we have informed policy makers and the public by disseminating our work. Despite these efforts, too much of what we want for all occurs only in pockets of excellence - with leadership contributed by too few and constant pressures to compromise quality. Our collective next great challenge is Going to Scale through systematic efforts at expanding the scope, impact, quality, and reach of our practices.

Our theme has three elements:

  • What works refers to the evidence-based and emerging practices that we use in providing supports, delivering services, and training others.
  • Accessible means that materials, programs, and settings are designed to be readily accessed and utilized by individuals regardless of ability, language, location, or level of education
  • And all means just that -- all, that our efforts are being implemented in ways that reach everyone throughout our states, including the chronically poor, geographically and socially isolated, and historically disenfranchised.

In many ways fulfilling this theme is a natural evolution for many of our programs. UCEDDs and LENDs are interdisciplinary programs with the mandate to examine the interrelationship and contributions of research, education, and service toward the goal of individuals with disabilities leading meaningful lives in welcoming communities. Most of us have strong roots in addressing the concerns of individuals and families and many of our programs have begun to shift our focus on whole systems within our states. Going to Scale requires us to consider the added element of ensuring public policies that support the dissemination, adoption, and sustainability of effective practices that are available to all.

photo:  Dan Crimmins

Yet, we face very significant challenges. Our states are in fiscal crises, funding to our universities is being cut, and we are all being asked to do more with fewer resources. The AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference offers a wonderful solution to this dilemma. There are few greater efficiencies in our field than building on the ideas of others, learning what to do and what not to do in developing programs, and gaining invaluable insights into what works and why.

The 2010 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference provides an exciting venue for sharing your latest information in disability research, education, service, and policy. At this year's meeting, you will learn more about:

  • Models of service or training that operate at large units of scale -- national, multi-state, state, and large regions within states
  • Collaboration and partnerships that promote the scaling up of effective practices
  • Contributions of new technologies to training, services, and dissemination
  • The role of cultural competence and diversity in the widespread adoption of innovation
  • Ensuring quality in scaling up
  • New considerations for research, such as assessing fidelity and cost-effectiveness
  • Universal design as a strategy in going to scale
  • Encouraging innovation and the push to discover the next important innovation
  • Developing the leaders who can implement large-scale change

The 2010 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference provide a special opportunity to share your interests, talents, and perspectives with others in the network and our partners. We look forward to your participation in the conference.

Sincerely,

Signature

Daniel Crimmins, PhD
Chair, 2010 AUCD Conference Planning Committee
President-Elect, AUCD Board of Directors

 
 

Meeting News

 

11/9/2018

AUCD 2018 Metro Transportation Alert

We learned this morning that Metro is undergoing track maintenance and the National Airport Metro station is closed through Monday. They advertise that shuttle buses are available to the next closest station. If you will be arriving in DC at National Airport and were planning to use the Metro, we wanted to let you know that the use of shuttle buses to the next stop can often add up to an hour's travel time, and accessibility of the buses cannot always be guaranteed.

 
 

11/7/2018

AUCD 2018 Apparel

Get yours at the Conference

Tshirts, long sleeved shirts, and hoodies will be for sale Sunday-Tuesday at the conference.

 
 

11/7/2018

Get the AUCD 2018 Conference App!

AUCD has again partnered with Guidebook to bring you the entire conference agenda and more on your mobile device, for free! Download the guide to plan your day with personalized schedules, browse exhibitors, view maps of the hotel and surrounding area, view the attendee list and connect with people before you arrive, access exclusive online content, and much more.

 
 

10/29/2018

Pre-Registration for AUCD 2018 is Closed

You are Welcome to Register In Person

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. Online pre-registration has closed, but that does not mean your chance to attend this exciting event has passed. Make plans to join us for part or all of the AUCD Conference and register in person. After all: We All Belong Here!

 
 

10/24/2018

Registration Closes October 31st! Pre-Conference Summit on Early Childhood

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Early Childhood/Intervention Special Interest Group (EC SIG) of AUCD have joined with The National Early Childhood Personnel Technical Assistance Center (ECPC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (OSEP), to host the Third Annual Summit on Early Childhood Personnel at AUCD's 2018 Annual Meeting.

 
 

10/15/2018

AUCD 2018 to Offer CEUs

Social Work CEUs for Select Sessions for up to 5 Credits per Person

AUCD is excited to offer CEUs for select Conference sessions for the first time. Provided through the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, attendees will be able to attend any of the Sunday Driving Change Sessions or the Monday or Tuesday plenary sessions and collect a CEU certificate.

 
 

10/5/2018

AUCD2018 Presentation Accessibility

Webinar & Recommendations

The AUCD Conference strives to be an inclusive event where all attendees are provided an opportunity for meaningful and full participation. To this end, there are some basic goals of presentation accessibility that should be applied.

 
 

10/1/2018

Presenters: Upload Presentation Materials

Deadline: October 26

All Conference presenters are asked to visit the conference website tab "Presentation Details" to upload a PDF or JPG of their poster, a PDF of their slide deck, or any other materials relevant to their presentation.

 
 

9/25/2018

Discount Poster Printing and Shipping

Exclusive Offer from MakeSigns.com; Order by Noon ET on Nov 2.

AUCD and MakeSigns.com have again partnered to assist you in printing and shipping your posters to the 2018 AUCD Conference. Order by 12pmET on November 2 to receive a special 10% discount on poster printing and have your poster waiting for you when you arrive in DC.

 
 
 

Too much of what we want for all still occurs only in pockets of excellence around the world - with leadership contributed by too few and constant pressures to compromise quality. Our collective next great challenge as the AUCD Network is Going to Scale through systematic efforts at expanding the scope, impact, quality, and reach of our practices.

There are few greater efficiencies in our field than building on the ideas of others, learning what to do and what not to do in developing programs, and gaining invaluable insights into what works and why. Attend the 2010 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference and share in making what works accessible to all.