AUCD Unleashed: The Power of the AUCD Network for Trainees

Monday, October 27, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar

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Webinar Description:

What are the benefits of being a network member? How can AUCD help me with professional development? What resources are available to me as a trainee? How can I help shape public policy? Join us for a webinar on October 27 at 3 pm EST to learn the answers to these questions and find out more about the AUCD Network and what it can do for you. Please note: This webinar is open to all UCEDD, LEND, DBP Trainees, Faculty and Staff. There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.


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Andy Imparato, JD, AUCD Executive Director

Andrew Imparato has served as executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) since September, 2013. As a disability rights lawyer and policy professional with more than two decades of experience in government and advocacy roles, Imparato has worked with bipartisan policymakers to advance disability policy at the national level in the areas of civil rights, workforce development, and disability benefits. Prior to coming to AUCD, he was senior counsel and disability policy director for Senator Tom Harkin on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Before that, he spent 11 years as President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, a national membership organization working to grow the political and economic power of the disability community. Imparato's perspective is informed by his personal experience with bipolar disorder.

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Laurel Geist, MHA (candidate), 2014-2015 AUCD Virtual Trainee

Laurel Geist is a third year Masters student at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center and College of Public Health. Prior to entering the OSU Master's program in Health Administration, Laurel received her B.S. in Healthcare Management from OSU and worked at the College of Public Health assisting in mental health research, which examined information coordination between state and local mental health organizations. This work sparked an interest in populations served by Medicaid. In 2013, Laurel became a LEND Trainee at the Nisonger Center at OSU where she worked on data management for a research on developing an IFSP rating tool and promotion for incorporating disability education into the medical/nursing school curriculum.

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Shannon Haworth, MA, AUCD Senior Program Specialist, Former LEND Trainee

Shannon Haworth is the new senior specialist for the LEND team. She most recently worked for the Partnership for People with Disabilities as the Project Manager for the Virginia state autism implementation grant. She is a former Virginia LEND trainee Shannon has a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and a graduate certificate in Autism from Ball State University. She has also earned a Post Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Disability Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently a doctoral candidate (DrPH) studying Public Health at Walden University.


For more information contact Shannon Haworth

Please Note:

  • There is NO cost for this webinar, but you must register
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar
  • For disability accommodations email Shannon Haworth or call 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.

This webinar is in part made possible with support from The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).


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