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Leading Change Together

Join us at AUCD 2019 as we come together to celebrate the many ways we lead change, as we work with diverse communities and people, create programming, conduct research, practice, and advocacy that impacts the broad spectrum of disability. We welcome network members, non-network organizational partners, experts from all across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and trainees to learn and grow together during this exciting event.



Mailman Center Implements Early Start Denver Model (FL UCEDD/LEND)

Therapists at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development (MCCD) have embarked on an ambitious project to bring Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) services in English and Spanish to Miami. ESDM is an evidence-based intervention specifically developed for very young children with autism that fuses behavioral and developmental principles for an integrated approach. ESDM can be implemented in a clinic as well as different natural settings such as the home or the daycare/preschool by trained therapists and by parents within play and daily routines.


AUCD Webinars

Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities

Newborn Screening for Fragile X Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Most professional believe that early intervention (EI) is essential to improving outcomes for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. But how early is "early?" Should screening identify newborns with IDD, even before symptoms appear? Is there value in "pre-symptomatic" EI for children or families? Are pre-symptomatic treatments powerful enough to alter developmental trajectories in meaningful ways? Using fragile X syndrome to exemplify these issues, this presentation describes Early Check, a research program in which screening newborns for several disorders is offered to 120,000 families per year.

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Model Services by UCEDDs

Model Services by UCEDDs  Copy to Calendar

Monday, October 28, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will address the Model Services UCEDD core function. This is the fifth installment of a multi-part series titled "Coffee and TA," addressing the UCEDD core functions as categorized in NIRS. This webinar features two UCEDDs doing innovative work around Model Services, classified in NIRS as Direct/Model Services and Direct Clinical Services.

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New Leadership Opportunity: Council Trainee Representative

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Calling all IDDRC, LEND, and UCEDD trainees! Join this webinar to learn about a NEW leadership opportunity! AUCD includes 5 Councils that address emerging trends and issues to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network, including community education, leadership and advocacy, research and evaluation, diversity and inclusion, and interdisciplinary training. This year, one trainee per Council will be selected as a Council Trainee Representative and act as a liaison between the Emerging Leaders Community and the Council.

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IDefineMyWellness  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of ID/DD SIG and the Wellness and Mental Health Learning Group, formed by AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health, to hear updates on how people living with disabilities define wellness. Timed in conjunction with Mental Health Month, AUCD hosted a Twitter chat, IDefineMyWellness, to solicit input from people with disabilities on what wellness and mental health means to them. Lessons learned and experiences from facilitating this learning group, as well as the resource developed will be showcased.

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Public Policy


Tuesdays with Liz: Accommodating Employees and Creating Access for Customers with Walmart's Russell Shaffer

"One person's convenience is another person's access." Russell Shaffer, Director of Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc, spoke with Liz about the importance of large businesses like Walmart accommodating ALL of their employees, and considering how their products and services help ALL of their customers, including people with disabilities.


Tuesdays with Liz: The ADA, Marca Bristo, and The Wheelchair Rule with Senator Duckworth

Senator Tammy Duckworth, veteran and ADA advocate, talked with Liz about The Wheelchair Rule, which was passed into law in December 2018.


Tuesdays with Liz: The DD Act in Alabama with Linda Russo and James Tucker

Liz visited Alabama to see what these three groups look like in that state. Linda Russo is from the Alabama UCEDD which is at the Civitan International Research Center & Sparks Clinics. James Tucker is from the Alabama Disabilities Advocacies Program which is the P&A in Alabama.



National Organizational Change Forum: Sheltered Workshop Conversion to Community Employment

National Organizational Change Forum: Sheltered Workshop Conversion to Community Employment  Copy to Calendar

Monday, October 21, 2019 - Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Location: Burlington, VT

This Forum is designed to be interactive and action oriented. Participate in lively discussions and planning related to policy and systems change, leadership, management, transition, career development, and integrated employment.

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20th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care

20th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Friday, October 25, 2019
Location: Online Broadcast

Each year, AUCD supports the live broadcast of Baylor College of Medicine's Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care. This is a unique and low-cost professional development and learning opportunity for faculty, staff, and trainees from LENDs, DBPs, UCEDDs, and IDDRCs. It can also be a great way to engage community partners, including leaders from self-advocacy and family organizations. CART captioning will be provided for all broadcast sessions.

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National Neurodiversity Conference

National Neurodiversity Conference  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Friday, November 8, 2019
Location: Baltimore, MD

Attendees will glean practical and actionable tools to not only understand the positive impacts of neurodiversity initiatives on one's own workplace or learning environment, but also how to build a team that includes individuals with neurodiverse traits, and the benefits of doing so. Attendees will develop a better understanding of neurodiverse traits and how to accommodate and leverage these skills as part of a more inclusive and diverse workplace.

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