2016 UCEDD Leadership Institute

Sunday, June 26, 2016- Friday, July 1, 2016
Location: Newark, DE


Photo of collage of participants

Institute Dates:
June 26 - July 1, 2016 in Newark, DE
at the University of Delaware






To better support the development of leaders for the UCEDD network, AUCD is partnering with The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities (NLCDD) at the University of Delaware, of which AUCD is a Founding Partner, to offer the fifth UCEDD Leadership Development Institute. 

In participants' own words
  • "I appreciated the diversity of perspective and the cross section of positions individuals held across the nation."
  • " I didn't expect to get the quality level of individual feedback from so many different perspectives. "
  • "I expected, of course, that we would learn from each other but I'm coming home with both strategies and support for the work that I do back at home."
  • "Others saw skills in me I didn't see."
  • "The power of the UCEDD network."
  • "I'm going home with a different perspective."

The Institute provides UCEDD-specific leadership development at half the cost of the traditional Leadership Institute, with remaining costs covered by AUCD's Technical Assistance contract with the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

This year we are again asking directors to pay special attention to UCEDD staff who may be from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, under-represented groups and individuals with disabilities so that we may bring together a diverse group of potential leaders in this second institute. We hope that this institute will assist in the process of developing a diverse and committed cohort of emerging leaders within the network to address the challenges and opportunities of the coming years.

Why a UCEDD Leadership Institute

UCEDDs operate in a challenging, stimulating and complex environment made up of institutions of higher education, community service and supports organizations, state and regional governments and, of course, families and self-advocates.  Network discussions have raised concerns about the need for the next generation of UCEDD leaders.  With many of the current UCEDD Directors having held their positions for many years, the past five years have seen numerous UCEDD directors retire or leave their positions. AUCD has been working with AIDD and NLCDD on this topic.  With strong support and financing from AIDD, AUCD's technical assistance contract includes funds for a leadership institute for UCEDD personnel.

Institute Description

The Institute will be a week-long intensive leadership development program, focused on faculty and staff in UCEDDs who, in the opinion of the UCEDD's Director(s), demonstrate both potential and willingness to assume senior leadership roles in the UCEDD network. These faculty and staff may be program coordinators, core function directors, associate directors, or new directors.

Activities include a week long leadership institute as well as optional follow-up webinars/ teleconferences, and participation in the national listserv for Institute graduates. The goal of the initiative is to identify and support emerging leaders and provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to become transformational leaders of UCEDDs. 


Questions should be directed to Dawn Rudolph.