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AUCD 2021 Virtual Conference


Thank You!

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Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored, exhibited, and presented at #AUCD2021! We are so glad you joined us for Learning Together: Connecting Research and Lived Experience. Here's a look at our impact. 


More about the graphic: Participated includes the number of attendees. Viewed is the number of live views of all Concurrent Sessions and Plenaries. Reached is the number of social media users who saw #AUCD2021 on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.


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Learning Together: Finding Common Ground and Language Between Research and Lived Experience

AUCD 2021 Opening Plenary

We are excited to announce the Opening Plenary keynote speaker Diana W. Bianchi, MD, Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. During the Opening Plenary, Dr. Bianchi will share about her leadership at NICHD and her push for more meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities in the research process as well as a stronger connection between clinical and translational research.


2023 Anne Rudigier Award

The Anne Rudigier Award is named for Anne Rudigier, a young woman who demonstrated that one individual's commitment, energy, love of life, and respect for all people can be shared and can persevere through others. The Award is presented by the Rudigier Family in loving memory of their daughter Anne and of the values she held in her life and in her work. The 2023 Anne Rudigier Award was presented to Shawn Aleong during the AUCD Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.


2023 AUCD Gold Star Awad

Established in 2002, the AUCD Gold Star Award is presented to a Capitol Hill staffer who exemplifies a true partnership in crafting strong public policy. This award recognizes the staffer for his/her professional and personal efforts to craft policy and implement programs with input from AUCD and the greater disability community, thus supporting AUCD in achieving its mission to advance policy and practice for and with people living with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. The 2023 AUCD Gold Star was presented to Brad Thomas, Deputy Director of Education Policy during the AUCD 2023 Awards Ceremony on November 7, 2023