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Welcome to the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community! Every year, we welcome thousands of Emerging Leaders to the network that share all AUCD members’ commitment to civil rights and social justice. We are excited to have this space just for you!!

The AUCD network is proud to be your professional home – a place where you can learn about the issues, connect with others, get involved, and grow as a leader, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

On the left, listen to some members of the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community share their thoughts on the importance of interdisciplinary training, how they are using their experiences to make an impact, and how being a part of the AUCD network has influenced their pursuit of personal and professional goals.



Video Podcast Series: Life After LEND

Friday, February 23, 2024

In this episode, meet Sharon Williams, LEND Class of 2019-2020. Sharon was a LEND trainee from the US Virgin Islands. She lives on the island of St. Croix with her husband and daughter Sharon joined the Virgin Islands UCEDD (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) in 2012 and is the Assistant Director of Assistive Technology.

Transforming the Landscape of Behavioral Health Access for Geographically Dispersed and Military-Connected Children and Families across the Midwest

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Accessing and navigating services for children with developmental, emotional, or behavioral health (D/E/B) concerns has greater complexity for military families, geographically-dispersed families, and families who are highly mobile or lack providers near their homes. University of Minnesota's Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) has received $3.5 million to lower these barriers as a partner in the Department of Defense Child Collaboration Study "A Research Collaboratory to Explore Best Practices for Expanding Access to Care Through Expansion and Support of Telehealth Care for Children and Families with Behavioral Health Needs."

Apply Today: AUCD Leadership Academy

Friday, January 26, 2024

The AUCD Leadership Academy is a week-long intensive experience, paired with a year of pre and post interactions designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from disability networks to build coalitions to improve systems of supports and services. The Leadership Academy engages participants from UCEDDs, LENDs, and the wider community of disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development.

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2024 Leadership Academy Informational Webinar

Monday, February 12, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom

This webinar offered interested potential applicants an opportunity to interact with the AUCD Leadership Academy faculty. The webinar featured a brief overview of the 2024 Academy curriculum and timeline. It was followed by a time for questions from potential applicants to the 2024 AUCD Leadership Academy. In addition, alumni will shared their reflections about the benefits they gained from participation in the week-long academy. and the follow-up activities.

2023-2024 Emerging Leaders Community Welcome Webinar

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00pm

Join us on Tuesday, November 28th from 5 pm-6 pm EST to learn about the Emerging Leaders Community and how you fit within the AUCD Network. Presenters will share resources and opportunities to help you make the most of your traineeship! Former trainees or fellows are also encouraged to attend.

Family Support 101: Understanding Policies that Support Family and Family Caregivers for Trainees.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Zoom

AUCD hosted a webinar for trainees to learn about policies that support family and family caregivers. The participants received an overview and history of family support, current needs of families and family caregivers and policies and practices of Respite.


New Emerging Leaders Community Listserv 


Subscribe to the new ELC listserve here by Friday, March 1, 2024. 


This new system will allow us to share relevant updates and a monthly newsletter with each subscriber. You will continue to receive updates from this list until the end of the month. Email [email protected] for any questions.