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Tell Us Your Thoughts About #AUCD2017

Conference Survey due 11/20

Let us know your favorite moments, things you'd change, and ideas for future AUCD Conferences by completing our online survey, or through the link in your conference app. Your responses are vital as we begin planning for AUCD2018.



Thank You for a Great AUCD2017!

It was truly wonderful to see all of you who came to Washington, DC, this past week! The AUCD Family was in full effect as together we lifted our voices in solidarity for inclusion and equality. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your passion, expertise, and enthusiasm in the important work you do every day.



US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta at #AUCD2017

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The Secretary joined us to talk about the importance of meaningful work for all Americans, how work is tied to dignity, and described ways we can work together to increase disability employment in the US.



Opening Plenary with Galludet President Bobbi Cordano

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Roberta "Bobbi" J. Cordano, JD., is President of Gallaudet University. She joined the AUCD Conference to discuss how we can use our leadership positions in academia to achieve better outcomes and greater equity moving forward.



AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules

The AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules will help Trainees become more familiar with AUCD: who we are as an organization, our network's history and membership, how trainees can make the most out of their experience, and most importantly: how Trainees "fit" in the network and why their contributions are so important.



Tuesdays with Liz - Emily Ladau

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Emily Ladau (author of the blog Words I Wheel By) about dating and people with disabilities. Please also see Emily's piece in the New York Times titled Playing the Online Dating Game, in a Wheelchair.



The Autism CARES Partnership Network ​Our Journey Toward Collaboration

By bringing together organizations that all care deeply about improving outcomes for individuals with autism and their families across the lifespan, this Partnership Network hopes to be an example of collaboration and alignment at many different levels.



Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Partners with Cincinnati LEND Program to Improve Access and Inclusion for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (CZBG), in partnership with the Cincinnati Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program, was recently awarded a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to advance its goal of becoming one of the nation's most welcoming, accessible, and inclusive zoos for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Anchor for Access and Inclusion project was one of 132 projects selected from 558 grant applications nationally.



Graduate Highlight: Sandy Smith (TX UCEDD)

Sandy Smith has been in education for over 20 years and has had the pleasure of being involved with teaching behavior management at the elementary, secondary, and adult level. Currently she is pursuing her doctorate in Special Education (Academic and Behavioral Supports) at Texas A&M.



Stephen Gilson Awarded University of Maine Trustee Professorship (ME UCEDD)

Stephen F. Gilson, Ph.D., Coordinator and Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Professor of Social Work, has been awarded a University of Maine Trustee Professorship for 2017-2018.



Tuesdays with Liz - Amie Lulinski, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All Liz interviews Amie Lulinski, Research and Development Coordinator at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. Liz talks with Amie about the States of the States in Intellectual Disabilities.



AUCD is Hiring: Data Support Manager

Applications now being accepted

AUCD is seeking a highly-qualified, full-time Data Support Manager to perform and enhance the operations of federally-funded, university-based disability training and research centers in collecting, organizing, analyzing, displaying, and reporting data utilizing a proprietary online database. This position will provide leadership to the AUCD staff and network on the effective utilization of existing and new data to highlight the work and impact of individual Centers and Programs, as well as the overall AUCD network.



AUCD Summary and Analysis: Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In September 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publicly released a report to Congress focusing on young adults and transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as mandated by the Autism CARES Act of 2014. The report summarizes existing federal initiatives (across agencies) focused on transition and identifies gaps in research, programs, and services. AUCD has developed this abbreviated summary of key findings as a resource for the LEND and DBP networks.



Support Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Financial donations now being accepted

AUCD is currently accepting monetary donations to help support our Centers and DD networks in Puerto Rico (PR) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to meet the needs of people with disabilities in their Territories in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. All contributions will be funneled directly to the Territory or Territories that you designate.



Disabilities expert David Mank Featured Speaker at Bipartisan Congressional Briefing (IN UCEDD)

David Mank, former Indiana Institute on Disability and Community director and Indiana University School of Education professor emeritus, was one of four featured speakers at a congressional briefing in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month held on Monday, October 2, 2017, in Washington D.C.

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