AUCD 2021 Opening Plenary

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How do we create a common language to talk about research? How do we ensure that individuals with disabilities are a part of the research process from conception through knowledge translation or clinical application? We look forward to exploring these questions and the connection between people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who carry out research about disabilities during the opening plenary and throughout the Virtual Conference.





AUCD's 12 Children's Mental Health Champions Complete Their Projects for the 2020-2021 Year

In 2020, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with the launch of a new pilot program, Children's Mental Health Champions. This effort was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twelve Champions were selected, representing American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia, to serve as liaisons to the CDC's Children's Mental Health project in 2020-2021.



AUCD Welcomes Cindy Smith as Director of Public Policy

Cindy Smith will serve as the Director of Public Policy for AUCD, working to formulate and implement AUCD's legislative and advocacy priorities and strategies. She will begin on November 8. Cindy began her career as a Research Study Coordinator and Database Manager at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Boston. For the last 11 years, Cindy has worked in public policy and advocacy for the DD Act partners at the state or national levels. Most recently, she served as Deputy Director for Policy and Public Affairs at the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.





AUCD 2021 Hill Day Virtual Meeting Request

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What You Need to Know About "Long COVID" and Your Rights Under Disability Rights

Lauren Blachowiak, MEd and Sara Bovat, MSW

Most people who get COVID-19 recover within days or weeks of contracting the virus. However, some people experience Long-COVID conditions for weeks or even months longer. Long COVID conditions are also often commonly known as "Post-COVID conditions," "long-haul COVID," "post-acute COVID-19," "long-term effects of COVID," or "chronic COVID."


AUCD Webinars

Utilizing a Cross-system Framework to Guide Research on Autism and Criminal Justice Intersections: Implications for Physical Health Outcomes

Utilizing a Cross-system Framework to Guide Research on Autism and Criminal Justice Intersections: Implications for Physical Health Outcomes  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Research demonstrates that autistic individuals interact with the criminal justice system at high rates. These interactions consequently are risk factors to physical, behavioral, and mental health, as well as the overall wellbeing of autistic individuals. The Global Autism and Criminal Justice Consortium was developed to address this issue and respond to calls from the autism community to prioritize criminal justice concerns.

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November 15-17, 2021
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