Policy Prep Session: A Webinar for AUCD Trainees attending DPS2018

Policy Prep Session: A Webinar for AUCD Trainees attending DPS2018

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Monday, April 2, 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join us to learn and make sure you are prepared to attend the AUCD Trainee Summit and the Disability Policy Seminar! We'll cover topics of why it's important that you advocate and educate your policymakers, how to make an appointment with a staffer, why your voice matters, and the importance of relationship building. All information shared on this webinar is shared on the AUCD Trainee Summit page.


Rylin Rodgers, Director of Public Policy
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Rylin RodgersRylin Rodgers is the Director of Public Policy at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities where she works on federal policy and legislative issues that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to working at AUCD, Rylin served as the Training Director and Family Leadership Coordinator for the Riley Child Development Center (Indiana's LEND), and was a founding board member of Family Voices Indiana. Both as a parent and as a professional, Rylin has extensive expertise on topics including special education regulations, public and private health care financing and family/professional partnerships. Her personal and professional experiences combine to provide a unique perspective on the impact of policy and of systems issues on the "end users."

Rylin Rodgers earned a BS from the George Mason University in Sociology. Rylin is also a LEND Trainee graduate of Indiana.

Sheida K. Raley, MEd
Kansas UCEDD

Sheida RaleySheida is a doctoral student with over six years of experience serving people with disabilities in a variety of roles. She began her experience in the disability field as a special education teacher for elementary-aged students with ASD in California. After some years teaching, Sheida had the opportunity to join the Vanderbilt University UCEDD and assumed an active role in creating and disseminating information to individuals with disabilities, their families, and employers in an effort to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the state of Tennessee.

Upon graduation, Sheida pursued a research assistantship at the University of Kansas' (KU) UCEDD, the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, where her projects focused on the development and validation of a new assessment of self-determination. Recently, she joined the KU Special Education doctoral program and her areas of interest include self-determination and strengths-based approaches to inclusive education.

Through these experiences, Sheida has gained experience in project management, community organization, and leadership that she utilizes to influence educational and social institutions to promote the inclusion, participation, and independence for individuals with disabilities.

Sheida earned her MEd from Vanderbilt University's Peabody School of Education, with an emphasis on Severe Disabilities. She holds a BS in Severe Special Education with a minor in Math Education from Boston University.