AUCD has created this innovative national resource for professionals who have received interdisciplinary training in developmental disabilities to further develop their leadership by

  • Engaging users in meaningful self assessment
  • Providing access to cutting-edge resources and training materials on leadership
  • Facilitating a national online community of emerging leaders in multiple fields who touch the lives of people with disabilities

Get featured on the 2022 Emerging Leaders Map. Nominate Yourself Today!

AUCD is excited to announce that recruitment is now open for the 2022 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map! This year's theme is "Supporting Resiliency and Self-Determination for All."


Announcing our 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders Interns!

We are excited to announce the AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns for the 2021-2022 training year! These trainees will serve as visible ambassadors to the broader AUCD network, interacting with AUCD staff at all levels and the AUCD Board of Directors' Emerging Leaders Representative.


April 2021: Autism Acceptance Month

April is widely recognized as Autism Acceptance Month. AUCD, our members, and partners have used this as an opportunity to share information relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).


2021 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map Nomination Survey is Open!

Deadline: April 12, 2021

AUCD is excited to announce that recruitment is now open for the 2021 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map! This year's theme is "Promoting Health Equity: Identifying Access Barriers and Protecting Rights to Services for People with Disabilities."


Welcome to the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community!

A community of emerging AUCD leaders making a difference for people with disabilities around the world. Learn, connect, get involved, and grow with us!



Policy Prep Session: A Webinar for AUCD Trainees attending DPS2018

Monday, April 2, 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join us for a chance to learn about what to expect during the 2018 AUCD Trainee Summit and the Disability Policy Seminar. You'll get tips around setting up your Hill visits, and hear first hand from a previous attendee who is also a trainee! Lastly, we'll be available to answer any questions you may have as you prepare to join us in Washington, D.C.



2018 Pre-EHDI LEND Workshop

Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel (Denver, CO), Mineral F/G

This workshop introduced trainees to the various challenges associated with assessing, monitoring, and effectively serving deaf / hard of hearing children who have additional disabilities from a systems perspective. It was a unique, interactive learning opportunity that brings together trainees and faculty from across the country. This workshop's focus was on intersectionality of culture and diversity.


Mark Your Calendars for AUCD 2016!

December 4-7 in Washington, DC

The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.


The Importance of Plain Language Summaries for Publications

An Early Career Professionals Guest Blog from Carli Friedman and Kate Caldwell of the University of Illinois at Chicago

In this blog, Kate and Carli share their goal of creating plain language summaries for research publications. This approach to knowledge translation is to break down complex concepts into the most essential form by using plain language and universal design so that the widest possible audience will be able to understand it -- including people with I/DD.


The ECP June Guest Blogger is Julia Nelson

AUCD is happy to announce the Early Career Professionals' June guest blogger - Julia Nelson. She is a recent LEND graduate from the University of Arizona, and shares her message of proactive unemployment prevention for students with disabilities. Please take a moment to read "One Simple Goal."


Leadership Styles

13 of the Most Common Styles of Leadership

A leadership style refers to a leader's characteristic behaviors when directing, motivating, guiding, and managing groups of people. Researchers have described many different types of leadership styles. The following are just a few of the most prominent leadership frameworks and styles that have been identified.

5 tips for speaking

Have a Strategy for Impromptu Speaking

A key demand in business is the ability to speak off-the-cuff. Whether it's giving an unexpected elevator pitch to a potential investor or being asked to quickly defend a proposal to sales, many of us have had to speak with no preparation. Next time, don't panic. The worst business speeches are those that ramble on. If forced to speak, quickly draft a structure of your main argument on a notecard (or napkin). Jot down an introduction, two or three supporting points, and a conclusion. Use extra time to fill out any examples or data you want to address. Always state your thesis up front so listeners can easily follow your supporting comments. Focus on key stories and statistics, rather than your delivery. If you know your topic, the words will come. Finally, keep it short. When in doubt, say less.


10 Principles of Effective and Authentic Leadership

There is a great amount of definitions and theories about effective leadership. Each leader chooses their unique formula of success, but still there are keys to authentic leadership that can't be ignored. Read 10 important principles each leader should know.


The Best Negotiators Plan to Think on Their Feet

You can't script negotiation. Instead, you need a supple strategy you can adapt to the situation at hand. Opportunities pop up. So do obstacles. Power ebbs and flows. Talks that seem to crawl along can suddenly race forward or veer off in another direction. After all, negotiation is a two-way street.


The Non-Boring Way To Show Off Your Soft Skills In Your Job Search

Have you ever described yourself on your resume or in your cover letter as a "hard worker" with a "positive attitude" who is able to "learn quickly?" Let guess - did your job application seem to disappear into the HR black hole? Here's why. While the prevalence of applicant tracking systems, which match up job applications with the skills listed in the job description, has grown, in the end there's still a human doing the final screening. And humans don't connect with a series of keywords - they connect with good stories. In other words, don't sell yourself short by just throwing in flat, overused words to describe your soft skills.


Senator Harkin Announces New 6x15 Campaign

Six organizations commit to six goals by the end of 2015

At the Disability Policy Seminar on Monday night, Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA.



Academic Programs in Disability Studies

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - Thursday, August 17, 2017

This is a listing of Disability Studies programs in North American Academic Institutions. The title "Disability Studies" has become popular and is sometimes used to refer to programs in clinical or instructional fields. This listing does not include research or training centers that do not offer formal academic programs.