National Training Directors Council (NTDC)

 

Purpose

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The purpose of the National Training Directors Council (NTDC) is to serve as a focus and forum for the identification and discussion of issues related to preservice and in-service interdisciplinary training; function as a representative voice of preservice interdisciplinary training interests and concerns within the AUCD network; influence the development and implementation of national training policies and initiatives, and share best practices and exemplary resources developed and used by UCEDDs and LENDs across the nation.

 
 

How NTDC Relates to Center Work

The National Training Director Council works for and with training directors and responds to their and the network's needs. Current areas of support include:

  • The development of culturally competent interdisciplinary preservice training for individuals enrolled in network training programs
  • Developing curriculum and training for self-advocates and family members; and
  • Incorporating community members and practicing professionals in their training programs in a manner which promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • The NTDC also supports and mentors training directors in their own development as leaders who build the capacity of the network to affect change at the local, state, and national levels.

 
 

How to Get Involved

Membership. The Council is composed of one representative from each AUCD network member who is the Preservice Education Coordinator and/or Training Director/ Coordinator or a designee who best represents the overall training interests of that program. The full Council meets once a year in conjunction with the AUCD Conference. The NTDC Steering Committee and the Council's task force/ad hoc committees also meet in person once a year and as needed during the year through conference calls.

 
 

2020 Focus Areas

  • Strengthen connection among AUCD, Councils, and SIGs
    • Support AUCD Strategic Map
    • Increase inclusion and utilization of Trainees
  • Increase engagement and support of Training Directors
    • Host three webinars focused on recruitment, retention, and mentorship
    • Develop best practices protocol for mentoring new Training Directors
    • Develop Training Directors toolkit
 
 

NTDC Leadership

  • Chair: Eileen McGrath, PhD
    Email: [email protected]
  • Vice Chair: Jenny Miller, DrPH, MS, MPH
  • Secretary: Jessica Schuttler, PhD

 

 
 

Resources

 
 

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11/18/2021

Congratulations to Mrs. Melina Cavazos on her passing dissertation Defense on a topic about school psychologists' involvement in transition planning

Mrs. Melina Cavazos will be graduating with her doctoral degree in school psychology from Texas A&M University in December 2021. She has just defended for dissertation titled Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) Involvement in the Assessment and Planning of Postsecondary Transition in Texas.

 
 

11/18/2021

The PATHS Program application is now open and available for applicants to apply for the 2022-2024 cohort!!

The Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Certificate Program prepares individuals for jobs as Direct Support Professionals and Child Care Professionals. Upon completing the two-year program at the Center on Disability and Development, participants earn a certificate that combines classroom instruction with hands-on career building experiences.

 
 

11/17/2021

CAC Chair Receives Wisconsin Diehard Award

Maria Nogueron, the Waisman Center's Constituent Advisory Committee (CAC) Chair from 2015-2021, was awarded the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities Diehard Award in October.

 
 

11/17/2021

Coordinated and Integrated Data System for the Early Identification (CIDSEI) of Young Children with Developmental Delays or Disabilities

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has expanded its National Center on Disability in Public Health efforts with a one-year project to identify states or territories with coordinated and integrated data systems for the early identification (CIDSEI) of young children with developmental delays or disabilities and to use this information to develop and pilot tools, materials, and resources to support additional states and territories in the development of a CIDSEI.

 
 

11/17/2021

Hitting New Strides

Tonya Hinrichs was just cold-calling, really. Her 3-year-old son, Bentley, has pachygyria, a rare genetic brain disorder, and she was looking for intensive therapy options when she dialed the Munroe-Meyer Institute and left a message for Sandy Willett, PhD, director of the physical therapy department.

 
 

11/17/2021

Michael Baca Named Administrator of Iowa's Center for Disabilities and Development

Michael Baca was recently named administrator of the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. CDD is home to Iowa's UCEDD and it's the state's tertiary level diagnosis and evaluation center for people with disabilities. Baca serves as a member of the core faculty for Iowa's LEND program, also based at CDD, and as administrator of its newly awarded IDDRC.

 
 

11/17/2021

Putting Faith to Work: How Faith Communities Can Support Employment for People with Disabilities

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) researcher and VKC UCEDD co-director Erik Carter, Ph.D., collaborated with Bill Gaventa, M.Div., for a guest blog post on the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

 
 

11/17/2021

The Indigenous Communities Workgroup

The Indigenous Communities Workgroup will be meeting December 8 4-5pm ET. This meeting provides a space for programs to collaborate on effective and culturally competent indigenous engagement.

 
 

11/17/2021

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center's Behavior Support Services provides training to OSU East

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center's Behavior Support Services is now working with OSU East to provide training to nursing staff on working with individuals with developmental disabilities and challenging behavior while they are hospitalized. They will also be available to provide case specific consultation as needed.

 
 

11/17/2021

Virginia UCEDD Announces New Executive Director

Dr. Parthenia "Parthy" Dinora has been named the new Executive Director of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Dinora has spent her career in the disability field administering direct service projects focused on community participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, conducting research and evaluation studies focused on disability services and supporting families, and generating new focus areas at the UCEDD.

 

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