AUCD Leadership Academy


The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) and the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) are proud to present: 5th Annual AUCD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY


What is the AUCD Leadership Academy?

The AUCD Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network to build coalitions to improve systems of supports and services. The Leadership Academy seeks participants from UCEDDs, LENDs, and their disability community partners to come together to grow in leadership, build connections, and enact meaningful change in their sphere of influence. The Academy includes a weeklong intensive where participants immerse themselves in study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development. Participants will then engage with their cohort, Academy staff, local coaches, and national allies in regularly scheduled virtual meetings in the year following the experience. The Academy will focus on the exploration of shared values and commitments to civil and human rights, assessments of personal and leadership strengths, skills in building partnerships to achieve collective impact, and establishing personal and professional leadership goals.


Where will  the AUCD Leadership Academy Take Place

Six (6) webinars will be hosted prior to the beginning of the one-week online intensive experience. Webinars are designed to introduce key themes for leadership and create a learning community of academy participants and faculty. These webinars will take place from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm (EST) on the following Thursdays:

  • April 1, 2021
  • April 15, 2021
  • April 29, 2021
  • May 13, 2021
  • May 27, 2021
  • June 10, 2021

The dates for the online intensive for 2021 will be Monday, June 21st through Friday, June 25th. The online intensive will meet via Zoom from 11:30 am through 5:00 pm (EST) and will include multiple breaks. (Each day will begin with an optional opportunity for mindfulness/meditation at 11:00 am (EST)

The time together will be a mix of large group/small group interactions along with some time for individual reflection. We are excited about the range of opportunities the pandemic has invited us to adapt and create. We hope that after you finish reading this note you will be excited too and a little bit curious about what we are proposing.

When will  the AUCD Leadership Academy Take Place

  • Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 AUCD Leadership Academy will be held virtually as a series of webinars, videos, and online meetings.

How much does the Academy cost

The $250 participation fee includes a year of virtual leadership activities: six pre-webinars, five half-days of web meetings, Ally Circle calls, and individualized coaching sessions.

Who should apply

The academy seeks participants from UCEDDs, LENDs, and their partner organizations. Past participants have included representatives from all levels in their organizations, particularly individuals who are considering taking on new roles in their organizations. We strongly encourage individuals with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, to apply.

Final application deadline: March 1, 2021; Decisions will be made by March 15, 2021.

Applicant Accommodations and Support

To ensure equal opportunity and access to the AUCD Leadership Academy, we will provide reasonable auxiliary aids, services, language translation, and alternative formats to applicants and trainees. Please send an email to [email protected] or call (404) 413-9574 or fax (404) 413-1012.

View the informational webinar below:


For assistance or questions, please call the Center for Leadership in Disability
at (404) 413-9334 or email [email protected]

For more information on content areas, goals, pre- and post-webinars, Learning Ally Circles and coacing, please visit:

"My commitment has been renewed, I have more courage to lead,
I now accept that my work is personal, and I feel very connected to a bigger movement.
I wish everyone could have this experience."