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Autism CARES/LEND Act Funding Alert

The President's FY 2019 Budget Request eliminates funding for the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Autism CARES Act programs. This $47 million cut includes the $31.3 million appropriation for LEND programs. The national network of LEND programs would be eliminated. LEND directors, health professionals, trainees, families and allies must educate their Members of Congress about why this training program is important and why it must not be eliminated.



UCEDD Funding Alert

The President's FY 2019 Budget Request cuts the funding for UCEDDs by $6 million from $39 to $33 million, or more than 15%. In fact, a $5.5 million increase over the expected FY 2018 level is needed to meet the growth of scope of work as related to assisting states to effectively implement recently enacted Federal laws, and the growth of need around autism, Zika, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. UCEDD directors, health professionals, trainees, families, and allies must educate their Members of Congress about why this training program is important, how it serves your state, and why increased funding is needed.



Continue to Educate your Members of Congress on the importance of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program

Help people living in nursing facilities and other institutional settings move back into their community!

We applaud all advocates for their continued engagement around the important MFP program. This week is crucial for advocates to continue educating Members of Congress on the positive impact this program has had on the lives of people with disabilities. It is AUCD's hope that MFP will be included in the March 23 omnibus appropriations package. Contact your senators and representatives to educate them on the importance of MFP in order to increase co-sponsors: 03/07: call. 03/08: social media. 03/09: email.



Spread the Word to End the Word

Join us on March 7

The R-word hurts. It's offensive. It's derogatory. This worldwide campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.



Registration Open for 2018 Disability Policy Seminar and AUCD Trainee Policy Summit

The Disability Policy Seminar hosted by The Arc, UCP, AUCD, AAIDD, NACDD, and SABE is the premier opportunity to cultivate champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event is packed with informative sessions from experts in the field, and opportunities to discuss key issues with others from your state. Armed with valuable information, attendees then converge on Capitol Hill to speak directly to their representatives about the issues that affect them most. All AUCD trainees are invited to a pre-DPS Trainee Summit on Sunday afternoon. Attendees will have exclusive access to Hill staffers and former trainees now working in policy, and learn from the experts how to best craft your message for Wednesday's Hill visits. An evening reception will provide a comfortable background for trainees to meet and network with over 200 peers from around the country.



AUCD Welcomes Brett Enneking as the 2018 Assistant Virtual Trainee

Brett Enneking is the 2018 Assistant Virtual Trainee for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), where she will participate in efforts to engage trainees across the AUCD network. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in clinical psychology and a second-year trainee with Indiana's LEND program, the Riley Child Development Center (RCDC).


The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.

The National Training Directors Council serves as a focus and forum for the identification, discussion, and resolution of problems and issues regarding pre-service interdisciplinary training; to function as a representative voice of the pre-service interdisciplinary training interests and concerns within the network, and to influence the development of and assist in the implementation of established national training policies.



The National Training Directors' Council (NTDC) was established in 1978 as an integral part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, formally American Association of University Affiliated Programs.

The mission of the Council is to identify the mutual needs of training directors from the UCEDD and LEND networks and to promote collaborative actions to improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary training.

Goals & Objectives
The Council fulfills this mission to the Association and its constituent membership by pursuing the following goals and objectives:

  • To serve as a forum for the identification, discussion, and resolution of issues affecting interdisciplinary training.
  • To serve as a representative voice of the training concerns within the AUCD network, and as such, to influence overall policies and procedures that affect training.
  • To act as a communication vehicle for the implementation of national training policies through liaison with other groups.



Upcoming Events of Interest to NTDC Members

2018 AUCD Trainee Summit  Copy to Calendar
Sunday, April 22, 2018

AUCD Leadership Academy  Copy to Calendar
Monday, June 25, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018

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