2018 Welcome Webinar: Get Connected and Involved with AUCD!

2018 Welcome Webinar: Get Connected and Involved with AUCD!


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Friday, September 21, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Description

Welcome to the AUCD network, 2018-2019 Trainees! Join us on Friday, September 21 to learn more about how you can connect and get involved with the AUCD network. The two AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns, Shayla and Nell, are excited to actively engage with you all to share resources and opportunities to help you make the most out of your traineeship!



Shayla Collins

Shayla Collins
2018-2019 AUCD Emerging Leader Intern
Center of Child Development and Disability, WA

Shayla Collins and her husband Marcus are the parents of two young children with special healthcare needs. That "assignment" eventually lead her to the UW LEND Program, where she is a second year Family Fellow.

In addition to her participation in the LEND Program, she is a consultant on a research project at Seattle Children's Hospital about mindfulness and its benefits for parents of children with special healthcare needs. She also recently completed a fellowship at the WA State Developmental Disabilities Council and is a trained National Alliance on Mental Illness "Family 2 Family" Program instructor.

When Shayla can carve out some spare time, she enjoys sleeping, eating, partaking in outdoor adventures with her family, reading and of course thrifting...in that order.

Nell KonecznyNell Koneczny
2018-2019 AUCD Emerging Leader Intern
Institute on Disability and Human Development, IL
Nell Koneczny is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Disability Studies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and European Studies at Vanderbilt University. In 2017-18, she was an AUCD UCEDD Diversity Fellow. Under this support and with a disabled student group at UIC, she co-created an accessible classroom training for UIC faculty, administrators, and teaching assistants. This training introduced instructors and university decision-makers to disability culture, disability community, and practices that make classrooms welcoming for disabled students. Her doctoral research examines professor perspectives on disability, accessibility and inclusion in the classroom. Along with her academic work, she is a disability justice activist who focuses on promoting and cultivating accessible spaces. In her free time, Nell enjoys watching Disney movies and playing Pokemon.

Andy ImparatoAndy Imparato
Exeuctive Director
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Andrew Imparato has served as executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) since 2013. As a disability rights lawyer and policy professional with more than 25 years 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 Chairman 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 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
Sr. Program Specialist
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Christine Liao is a Senior 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 emerging leaders.