AUCD Leadership Academy


The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in partnership with the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University (GSU) is pleased to announce the 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

The AUCD Leadership Academy in-person intensive will be held on the GSU campus at the Knowles Conference Center within the College of Law in downtown Atlanta.

When will  the AUCD Leadership Academy Take Place

  • December 13-18, 2020: Virtual intensive 

How much does the Academy cost

The $1,000 participation fee includes a year of virtual and in-person leadership activities: six webinars, a week-long retreat, Ally Circle calls, and individualized coaching sessions. This does not include the cost of travel or hotel.

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. For more information, please visit

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 courageto 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."