AUCD Statement on the Death of George Floyd

June 2, 2020

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a diverse, interdisciplinary leadership, research, training, and service network focused on people with disabilities with a foundational commitment to inclusion, diversity, and cultural competence. Our work, our experience and our shared humanity unequivocally opposes the ongoing, fatal police killings and other violence against Black individuals across our country. What happened to George Floyd May 25 was not a beginning, it was a continuation. But it was a catalyst for change.

"These attacks must end. As a person of color, I know too well how these incidents can and do happen," said AUCD Board President Sachin Pavithran.

People with disabilities are found within every demographic group and subpopulation in America. The disability community's connections to and intersection with all parts of the civil and human rights community are essential to who we are and lead us to stand together and speak out against injustice and inequality in all its forms. In solidarity with our partners across the civil and human rights community we call on Congress, acting in a bipartisan fashion with the Administration, to address this crisis at a national level.

AUCD stands committed to assist, and will continue our internal and network-wide efforts to embed principles of equity in everything we do.



The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, located in Silver Spring, MD, is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the national network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice through research, education, leadership, and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. For more information, visit or contact [email protected].