Administration for COMMUNITY LIVING
AUCD counts the Administration for Community Living (ACL as one of its major partners. The largest of the three national networks that comprise AUCD's constituency is the UCEDD network; UCEDDs are currently authorized under the Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) and their core funding is administered by ACL. As the national membership organization of UCEDDs, AUCD partners with ACL in multiple ways to promote the accomplishment a shared vision in which all individuals with disabilities participate fully in the social, economic, and educational life of their communities.

For over 20 years, AUCD has also served as the ACL technical assistance (TA) contractor for the national network of UCEDDs. TA was first defined in the 1987 amendments to the DD Act as "a wide array of activities designed to facilitate individual or agency change in some systematic manner by providing expertise in problem solving." The purpose of the current TA contract is to improve program performance, statutory compliance, and program outcomes across the national network of UCEDDs.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

The Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is one of six bureaus within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The MCHB mission is to provide national leadership and to work in partnership with States, communities, public-private partners, and families to strengthen the maternal and child health (MCH) infrastructure, assure the availability and use of medical homes, and build knowledge and human resources in order to assure continued improvement in the health, safety, and well-being of the maternal and child health population. The MCH population includes all America's pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families-including women of reproductive age, fathers, and children with special health care needs.

AUCD holds a contract with MCHB's Division of Research, Training, and Education (DRTE) to provide technical assistance and consultation to address the needs of the LEND and other MCHB long-term interdisciplinary training programs (LEAH and PPC) in developing leadership systems of quality education for health providers within the Title V Maternal and Child Health network.

AUCD has a long history of working with MCHB to provide technical assistance to the LEND programs, the oldest of our three member networks.


National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
AUCD entered into a cooperative agreement with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the fall of 2002 to strengthen the nation’s capacity to carry out public health activities in the areas of primary and secondary prevention for birth defects (BD) and developmental disabilities (DD), and health promotion for people with disabilities.

This cooperative agreement facilitates a wide range of research, education, and dissemination activities specifically focused on conducting the surveillance BD and DD, increasing a diverse pool of highly trained public health and disability professionals, developing educational resources on evidence-based clinical/environmental interventions for children and adults with disabilities, and disseminating materials and information to key stakeholders aimed at increasing access to social participation of children and adults with disabilities through education and public policy development.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
The NIH's NICHD was initially established to investigate the broad aspects of human development as a means of understanding developmental disabilities, including events that occur during pregnancy. Today, the Institute conducts and supports research on all stages of human development, from preconception to adulthood, to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities.

NICHD is the primary funder of the research conducted at the national network of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers under the P30 funding mechanism.


Association of Maternal Child Health Providers (AMCHP)

AMCHP has worked for over 60 years to protect the health and well-being of all families, especially those who are low-income and underserved. AMCHP represents state public health leaders who promote the health of America's families. Members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors of maternal and child health programs, directors of programs for children with special health care needs, adolescent health coordinators and other public health leaders. Members of this national nonprofit organization also include academic, advocacy and community-based family health professionals, as well as families themselves.


Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.


Friends of NCBDDD

The Friends of NCBDDD (formerly the External Partners Group, EPG) is a coalition of government and private sector participants who work together to enhance the mission and activities of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in promoting child development; preventing birth defects and developmental disorders/disabilities; and enhancing the quality of life and preventing secondary conditions among people who are living with mental or physical disabilities, or a combination thereof.