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AUCD 2021 - Learning Together: Connecting Research and Lived Experience




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.


Conscious Collaborations for Equitable Research

AUCD 2021: Tuesday Leading Change Plenaries

In this interactive session, a panel of leaders will share their experiences and perspectives regarding equity in research. They will discuss what equity in research means and looks like throughout the lifecycle of a research project from conception through implementation to dissemination. Panelists will explore with one another the who, what, when, where and how of meaningfully involving diverse individuals and partnering with diverse communities throughout the process of scientific discovery.


Do You See Me? Missing Disability Data on Research Impactand Public Health

AUCD 2021 Tuesday Leading Change Plenaries

Join this dynamic session as we explore disability data, gaps in data and collection, and the impact of missing disability data on current research and public health efforts. Examples from state health departments, universities, and community partners will be reviewed as we share challenges and opportunities for research and the disability community. Insights into the lack of data in public health programs, its impact and how this is changing will be shared. We will explore policy levers to support disability data to enhance full inclusion and meaningful lives for all.


Engaging with Congress to Connect Research and Lived Experience to Influence Policy

AUCD 2021 Closing Plenary

Join us on Wednesday during the conference for the Closing Plenary: Engaging with Congress to Connect Research and Lived Experience to Influence Policy. Learn about the legislative work and priorities of elected disability advocates in Congress and how you can influence their work. We will be joined live by Donna Shalala, former US Congresswoman from Florida and President of the University of Miami, the longest serving U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. Dr. Shalala will be interviewed by our own AUCD Conference Chair and Director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, Danny Armstrong. Their conversation will discuss disability policy, higher education, and the importance of inclusive research.


AUCD2021 - Join Us for Our 2nd Virtual Conference!

AUCD has made the decision to conduct its annual conference as a fully virtual event. With the uncertainty of continued travel restrictions and our commitment to ensure the safety of conference attendees, we feel that a second virtual conference is the best choice to make at this time. We learned a lot of lessons from last year's virtual conference and know that we can make the 2021 experience even better. An early decision gives us more time to plan and innovate. With the theme of "Learning Together: Connecting Research and Lived Experience" AUCD2021 will continue to serve as a forum for meaningful collaborations around important topics, best practices, and issues that affect the disability community, our network and beyond. AUCD is also excited to continue 50th anniversary celebrations during the virtual conference.


The 2021 AUCD Conference will take place online November 15-17 and more details on exact times and other potential events will be shared going into the summer. There is still a plan for compelling plenary sessions and this year we will bring back a series of Leading Change Sessions to focus on important topics and actions in the areas of research and people with disabilities. Plans for concurrent and poster content will be shared this summer but we hope to incorporate more options for how sessions are presented and how attendees engage with the content. There is also still a plan to host a pre-recorded virtual awards ceremony so that attendees can celebrate all the great work being done in the AUCD network and beyond.


Even though this isn't our first virtual event, it still involves many moving parts and considerations, and we will be working through the logistics this summer to ensure we provide the best virtual experience possible. AUCD is working on a timeline to let proposal presenters know as early as possible about their acceptance and plans for presenting. We remain committed to accessibility and full participation in all aspects of the virtual event.


Questions regarding the virtual conference can be sent to [email protected]. We will continue to provide updates regarding AUCD2021 and any changes or new information as details emerge. This includes registration fees, ways to engage/attend, ways to support the conference, presentation formats and more.


Thank you for all you do, stay safe, and we look forward to being with you online at AUCD2021!


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Plain Langauge Description about Conference:

The focus of the AUCD 2021 Conference will be on the connection between people with disabilities and their families, and the professionals who do disability research. The Conference will explore:

  • Ways to talk about research that everyone can understand;
  • How we can use research to make life better for people with disabilities and their families;
  • What we can learn from the experiences of people with disabilities and their families who have participated in research;
  • How we can ensure equity, and include all people with disabilities and their families in every step of the research process;
  • Research or experiences that can help improve the relationship between the research community and the disability community.