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

 
 

Upcoming Events of Interest to NTDC Members

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5/7/2021

Request for Proposals: UCEDD Leadership Development

Deadline to submit a proposal: May 26, 2021.

The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) is seeking consultation to develop a UCEDD Network Leadership Development Map ("Map") and TA plan. The Map will provide UCEDD network members with concrete information about the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they need to advance their careers within the UCEDD network and about existing strategies, resources, and opportunities to acquire those knowledge, skills, and abilities. The TA plan will identify gaps in the UCEDD network career pathways and provide the URC with recommended activities to address those gaps. Both documents will specifically attend to the unique needs of the network and network members to enhance career opportunities for individuals from historically underrepresented communities.

 
 

4/29/2021

AUCD2021 is Going Virtual - Submit Your Proposal Today!

AUCD has made the decision to conduct the 2021 Conference as a fully virtual event. With the theme of "Learning Together: Connecting Research and Lived Experience," AUCD2021 will continue to serve as a forum for meaningful collaborations around important topics, best practices, and issues that affect the disability community, our network, and beyond. AUCD is also excited to continue 50th anniversary celebrations during the virtual conference. The 2021 AUCD Conference will take place online November 15-17 and more details on exact times and other potential events will be shared going into the summer. Submit your proposal today!

 
 

4/28/2021

AIR-B Network Continues Outreach in Diverse Communities

Although much of the research activity has moved virtual, the Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B Network; PI: Kasari) continues its research-community partnership in the COVID-19 era. The AIR-B is a network of researchers at UCLA, UC Davis, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, Drexel University, University of Kansas, University of Washington and each site's local community partners working to increase equity in access to ASD information and interventions for families of children with ASD.

 
 

4/21/2021

2021 Trainee Council Representatives Selected!

We are pleased to announce our 2021 Council Trainee Representatives.

 
 

4/16/2021

Advocates in the Making

While on the path to adulthood, all young people need to learn to advocate for themselves. In other words, they need to find their voices. For young people with disabilities, learning to advocate for themselves is crucial in becoming more independent and reaching their life goals. The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) Transition to Adulthood Programs have recognized the need to have advocacy at the core of all curriculum and services.

 
 

4/16/2021

AUCD Professional Fellows Alum Wins United Nations Award for Inclusive Education TV Show

AUCD Professional Fellows alumna Maria Omare from Nairobi, Kenya, has won a grant from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for her work on Somesha Stories, a TV series she created that delivers accessible and inclusive educational content to children in East Africa. Somesha Stories is a weekly program that promotes early literacy and is one of the first children's TV series in East Africa to use closed captioning and sign language in all episodes. The series uses interactive storytelling to foster inclusive values and educate children about diverse topics, including science, community, mental health, COVID-19, and interacting with peers.

 
 

4/16/2021

Current and Former LEND Trainees Provide Unique EI Services Through the FOCUS Program

As the New Mexico LEND cohort liaison to the Emerging Leaders Community, I had the opportunity to interview Una Vicenti and Laura Hawkey of the FOCUS program. Vicenti is an Occupational Therapist and Director of Early Intervention Services and Laura works as a Family Service Coordinator and developmental specialist within the program. Hawkey is a current LEND trainee and Vicenti is a LEND fellow. Vicenti reported that 3 other employees at FOCUS, including the program director, are LEND fellows.

 
 

4/16/2021

Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Report: Six-Month Follow-up

The Institute on Community Integration's Research and Training Center on Community Living for Persons with intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, conducted a survey of approximately 9,000 direct support professionals (DSPs) from across the country about their experiences supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a six-month follow-up report to the initial report completed in April 2020 and is the largest study conducted on the direct support workforce.

 
 

4/15/2021

AUCD's Prepared4ALL Launches Online Training

The Prepared4ALL initiative, offered by AUCD's new Technical Assistance and Training Center, is excited to announce the launch of their online training, "Prepared4ALL: Whole Community Inclusive Emergency Planning". This free self-paced online training aims to help disability organizations increase their knowledge about emergency planning so they can begin or continue to get involved in these efforts in their local community while also building sustainable partnerships with their local emergency and public health professionals. This training is centered around the Prepared4ALL process, a strength-based model which helps organizations creatively and flexibly navigate inclusion and accessibility issues.

 

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