Watch the Archived 2014 AUCD Conference: New Attendee Orientation Webinar

Watch the Archived 2014 AUCD Conference: New Attendee Orientation  Webinar


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Archived Recording
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Friday, October 31, 2014- Friday, November 14, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar


This orientation webinar provided a brief overview of AUCD, and orientated attendees to the content and structure of the 2014 AUCD Conference. This year's theme, AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement, reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. "The Power of Engagement" is reflected in changes we have made to the conference format to offer attendees more time to connect with one another and with the information presented. The 2014 conference includes topics around postsecondary education, training and leadership, diversity, mentoring, family support, early intervention, aging, and so much more. Attendees learned how to navigate the agenda through the conference app, online or in the printed program, and find events that match personal interests and expertise, and/or topics key to their position responsibilities and organization's initiatives. This was also an opportunity to address new attendee questions.



Tanisha Clarke

Tanisha Clarke, MPH

Tanisha Clarke is a Program Specialist for AUCD's Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Technical Assistance team. She supports and assists in carrying out a range of technical assistance and information exchange activities to support the UCEDD programs. Prior to joining the AUCD team, Tanisha worked as the Program Planner Analyst for the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), a UCEDD at the University of South Florida. In her role at FCIC, she worked on projects such as the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, and the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism. In addition, Tanisha served as the Academic Advisor for the Center's Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support. Tanisha earned a BA in Psychology with minors in both public health and general business administration, and an MPH with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of South Florida (USF), where she was also a UCEDD trainee.



Rachel Patterson, MPA

Rachel Patterson serves as the Policy Manager for the Public Policy team. She received a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where she focused on domestic policy, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Federal Budget, and tax policy. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Prior to joining the legislative team, Rachel worked for the AIDD technical assistance team supporting the network of UCEDDs. Prior to joining AUCD, Rachel worked as a research assistant at the Burton Blatt Institute in Syracuse, NY. She has a sister with intellectual and developmental disabilities who lives in the Seattle area.



Liz Weintraub

Liz Weintraub serves as the Advocacy Specialist for the Public Policy Team. She has a long history of leadership in self advocacy, and has held many board and advisory positions at state and national organizations. In addition to her part-time position with AUCD, Liz also works for the Council on Quality & Leadership (CQL) and is a faculty member of The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware. Liz is the immediate past chair of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. She also consulted for the National Children's Center in Washington, DC, and was the President of the Board of Directors for Shared Support Maryland, a progressive provider organization. Liz’s passion and work focuses on improving quality of life for people with disabilities.


Please Note:

  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • For disability accommodations contact email Anna Costalas or call 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.
  • This webinar will be archived.