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Enhancing Regional & National Collaboration: UMKC Hosts Regional Open House with Kansas and AUCD

Enhancing Regional & National Collaboration: UMKC Hosts Regional Open House with Kansas and AUCD

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Human Development hosted a Regional Open House in on April 16th at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, bringing together 18 leaders from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the University of Kansas, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This meeting focused on engaging the three entities in conversation about future opportunities for collaborating on programs, funding, networking and more.

Along with UMKC-IHD, members from the Kansas Lifespan Institute (UCEDD), the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC), and the Missouri and Kansas Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs discussed:

The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which is co-hosted by AUCD and the University of Kansas Lifespan Institute, occurred in Kansas City directly following this regional meeting. The Conference brings together scientists from around the world, including a strong presence from AUCD Network members and national partners, to gather to discuss research and collaborations in the intellectual and developmental disability research field.

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