AUCD Leadership Academy

AUCD Leadership Academy


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Description:

The AUCD Leadership Academy is a week-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network in building coalitions that will improve systems of supports and services. The AUCD Leadership Academy seeks participants from UCEDDs, LENDs, and their disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development.

Participants will continue to engageacademy staff, local coaches, and national allies in the year following the experience. The academy will focus on the exploration of shared values and commitments to civil and human rights, assessments of personal and leadership strengths, skills in building partnerships to achieve collective impact, and establishing personal and professional leadership goals.


Daniel Crimmins, PhDDaniel Crimmins, PhD, UCEDD and LEND Director
Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University

Daniel Crimmins serves as Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University. In this position, he oversees a range of academic, training, technical assistance, research, and model service programs that contribute to the independence, inclusion, and productivity of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages.

Throughout his career, Dr. Crimmins has worked to improve the capacity of organizations and individuals to provide evidence-based behavioral and educational interventions for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is the lead developer of, a website that includes videos that describe the positive behavior supports process, a positive behavior supports planning tool, and interventions that can be used by teachers, child care providers, and parents.

Andy ImparatoAndy Imparato, Executive Director
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

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.

Christine LiaoChristine Liao, MSW, Program Specialist
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Christine Liao is a Program Specialist for AUCD's Maternal and Child Health technical assistance team. Christine also provides support to the UCEDD's technical assistance team. Her role is to engage and promote leadership among trainees and early career professionals.

Christine comes to AUCD with six years' professional experience serving people with disabilities. As a recent Arizona LEND trainee, her leadership projects focused on children with ASD and communication needs, as well as transitional care. Christine has extensive experience serving the deaf and disability communities in a variety of mental health, health care, academic and community settings in both of her native languages, American Sign Language and English. She brings intersectionality, cultural and linguistic competence, leadership, and innovative ideas to support the next generation of leaders to serve people with disabilities.

Please Note: 

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

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