What is the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community (ELC)?

The AUCD Emerging Leaders Community includes current trainees, former (i.e. alumni) trainees, and early career professionals, including self-advocates, family members, and others that are relatively new to the disability field. This group of passionate individuals from every U.S. state and territory grows by the thousands each year. The AUCD network is proud to be your professional home – a place where you can learn about important issues in the disability world, 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.


‌ To learn more about the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community, click here.

‌ To join the trainee listserv, click here.

‌ For questions about how you get involved in the Emerging Leaders Community, email Mollie Blafer.

2023-24 Trainee Leadership Opportunities

Council Trainee Representatives

The Emerging Leaders Community has (5) open positions for Council Trainee Representatives for the 2023-2024 academic year. AUCD Councils provide an opportunity to address emerging trends and issues and to communicate and engage with AUCD network members. Ideal candidates are interested in the Council topic, want to contribute toward Council priority areas, and are committed to sharing relevant information back to the AUCD network.


Emerging Leaders Internships

AUCD is excited to announce (3) openings for the AUCD Emerging Leaders Internship for the 2023-2024 academic year. Ideal candidates are interested in learning more about information sharing, resource development, and stakeholder engagement in a national non-profit organization. Interns will support and represent the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community and act as connection points between their respective centers/programs and the AUCD network.



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