2019 AUCD Trainee End of the Year Webinar: Maximizing Your Training Experience


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Friday, April 19, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar

Before you wrap up your training and/or coursework, please come join us for the webinar led by AUCD's Emerging Leaders Interns, Shayla and Nell. They will provide prompts for you to reflect on the importance of your LEND, UCEDD, DBP or IDDRC traineeship; share practical tips for how to stay connected with the AUCD network no matter what your next steps are; and, most importantly, how you can use what you've learned over the past year to advance your professional goals.


Shayla Collins

Shayla Collins
2018-2019 AUCD Emerging Leader Intern
Center of Child Development and Disability, WA

Shayla Collins and her husband Marcus are the parents of two young children with special healthcare needs. That "assignment" eventually lead her to the UW LEND Program, where she is a second year Family Fellow.

In addition to her participation in the LEND Program, she is a consultant on a research project at Seattle Children's Hospital about mindfulness and its benefits for parents of children with special healthcare needs. She also recently completed a fellowship at the WA State Developmental Disabilities Council and is a trained National Alliance on Mental Illness "Family 2 Family" Program instructor.

When Shayla can carve out some spare time, she enjoys sleeping, eating, partaking in outdoor adventures with her family, reading and of course thrifting...in that order.

Nell KonecznyNell Koneczny
2018-2019 AUCD Emerging Leader Intern
Institute on Disability and Human Development, IL
Nell Koneczny is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Disability Studies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and European Studies at Vanderbilt University. In 2017-18, she was an AUCD UCEDD Diversity Fellow. Under this support and with a disabled student group at UIC, she co-created an accessible classroom training for UIC faculty, administrators, and teaching assistants. This training introduced instructors and university decision-makers to disability culture, disability community, and practices that make classrooms welcoming for disabled students. Her doctoral research examines professor perspectives on disability, accessibility and inclusion in the classroom. Along with her academic work, she is a disability justice activist who focuses on promoting and cultivating accessible spaces. In her free time, Nell enjoys watching Disney movies and playing Pokemon.

Christine LiaoChristine Liao
Sr. Program Specialist
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Christine Liao is a Senior Program Specialist for AUCD's Maternal and Child Health technical assistance team. Christine also provides support to the UCEDD's technical assistance team. Her role is to engage and promote leadership among emerging leaders.





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  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
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