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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.



Emerging Leaders Internship & Council Trainee Representative - Applications Now Open!

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

AUCD is excited to announce (3) openings for the AUCD Emerging Leaders Internship and (5) openings for Council Trainee Representatives. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are now open and close on August 4th, 2023.

"Let's Try a Different Way"

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Agnes Cole is a recent MN LEND graduate who works at a service provider, runs her own non-profit organization, and who spent much of her fellowship working on a longitudinal study that tracks the living arrangements of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services.

South Dakota LEND at Special Olympics Summer Games

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Figure 1. Volunteers at Healthy Hearing Screening stations, SD Special Olympics Summer Games in Spearfish, SD. South Dakota LEND faculty and alums volunteered for Healthy Hearing Screenings at the South Dakota Special Olympics 2023 Summer Games in Spearfish, SD. Marni Johnson Martin (Interdisciplinary Training and Clinic Director - USD Center for Disabilities), Elizabeth (Liz) K. Hanson (SD LEND Discipline Head for SLP and Research) were joined by former discipline head, Paul Brueggeman (Audiology) and graduated trainees: Carly Johnson (Audiology) and Maya Gogoi (Medicine), along with other volunteers, to screen 90 individuals.

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Medicaid Education 101 for Trainees: Learn About Medicaid and Home and Community Based Services

Thursday, September 21, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Webinar

AUCD hosted an educational webinar for trainees to learn about the structure and financing of the Medicaid program and Home and Community-Based Services. The speakers provided an overview of the Medicaid program and its structure and financing. The webinar also provided an overview of what is happening in Congress and the Administration regarding the Medicaid program.

2023 Emerging Leaders End of Year Webinar

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
4:00 PM EST - 5:00 EST
Location: Zoom

This webinar is to celebrate the end of the academic year and share professional development tips with outgoing and continuing trainees in the Emerging Leaders Community, including advice on staying engaged with the AUCD network. Participants will hear from our Emerging Leader Board Member, Aliana Romero, AuD, CCC-A, and AUCD's Council Trainee Representatives.

Fostering Joy for Audiologists: Why and How to Embrace a "Joy Lens" in Working with Families

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
8:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST
Location: Zoom

This presentation introduced the LEND Audiology Fellows to the Fostering Joy movement, which aims to promote positive engagement between families and their deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) children, and to bolster professionals' ability to emphasize joy in the work that they do with children who are DHH. The presentation included descriptions of Fostering Joy and the science behind why doing so is important. It also offered suggestions for audiologists interested in embracing a "joy lens" in their work.


Emerging Leader's Community Scholarships for AUCD 2023 Conference are still avaliable - apply by Friday, October 6'th 11:59pm. 

Check out these trainee events specific to ELC at the Annual Meeting: 

- Trainee Networking Session

Trainee-Professional Networking Breakfast