Policy Education and Systems Change Advocacy as a Federally Funded Program

Policy Education and Systems Change Advocacy as a Federally Funded Program


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Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar


Webinar Descriptions:

In this time of heightened civic engagement, political activity, and significant policy changes at the federal and state levels, AUCD network programs increasingly find themselves in a politically precarious position - balancing requirements around trainee and community education against limitations put on federally funded programs. In this webinar, AUCD technical assistance staff will review a summary of federal guidance on how all AUCD network programs programs should and should not engage in advocacy on behalf of and in partnership with people with disabilities and their families. They will use the federal guidance to outline a spectrum of systems change activities possible for individuals and centers/programs. A veteran director will then discuss how his center/program has operationalized this guidance, with attention to potential pitfalls.


David DeereDavid Deere, M.S.W., M.Th., is the director of Partners for Inclusive Communities, Arkansas's UCEDD, which is a program of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has been at the UCEDD for 22 years, has been director for 10 years, and also serves as the training director for the Arkansas Regional LEND program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ouachita Baptist University, a Master of Theology degree from Southern Methodist University, and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also did studies in health services research at Tulane University. He is a retired member of the clergy with the United Methodist Church. His professional focus in recent years has been on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and expanding the network of self-advocates. David is married to Beth, who is a federal magistrate judge in Little Rock. They have two children and four young grandchildren. In addition to weekly sleepovers with grandchildren, David and Beth enjoy traveling with members of their extended family.


Dawn Rudolph, MSEd leads AUCD's Technical Assistance team in providing support to the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities (LEND) programs, and leveraging the expertise of the UCEDD network to inform national efforts impacting people with disabilities. She coordinates technical assistance on UCEDD & LEND grant administration, operations, impact, partnership and collaboration, leadership and succession planning, and emerging trends in the disability field. Dawn also leads the ADA International Fellowship program. Dawn brings 28 years experience working with people with disabilities and their families in community and educational settings.