Policy Prep Session: A Webinar for AUCD Emerging Leaders attending DPS2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019
3:00pm ET - 4:00pm ET
Location: Webinar

Join us to learn and make sure you are prepared to attend the AUCD Policy Forum 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 Policy Forum 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.

Nell Koneczny, AUCD Emerging Leaders Intern
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Nell 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.