Trainees & Early Career Professionals

 

AUCD encourages trainees to be involved in the national network of LEND, UCEDD, and IDDRC programs and has created a number of opportunities for trainee involvement.

An AUCD Trainee is any individual who is enrolled in one of AUCD's LEND, UCEDD, or IDDRC programs. A trainee might be an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student in a discipline such as audiology or social work; a trainee might be a fellow in pediatrics or psychology; a trainee might be a research assistant working on a genetic disorder or a family member learning about leadership. All trainees have a common desire to continue learning about helping and working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
  There are over 4,000 AUCD trainees enrolled in the nation's LEND, UCEDD, and IDDRC programs. By being a trainee at an AUCD-member program, individuals are also members of AUCD. These AUCD trainees form a network and can learn from each other by discussing and sharing their common interests and unique experiences.
   Are you an AUCD trainee?

 
 

As you begin your journey with AUCD, these three Trainee Orientation Modules will help you learn, connect, get involved, and grow as part of the network. Each includes videos and links to related resources. They were created with input and support from a range of leaders, including recent trainees. The information is sequenced so you can gradually build your understanding, but feel free to jump in wherever and whenever you are ready to start!

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Trainee & Early Career Professional News

 

6/6/2022

2022 Emerging Leaders Map: Supporting Resiliency and Self-Determination for All

This interactive map highlights Emerging Leaders from across the country. Check out what emerging leaders across the country are doing to support resilience and self-determination.

 
 
(L-R) Flannery Currin, Assistive Technology and Family trainee, and Sofie Dollison, Public Health trainee

6/17/2022

Two Iowa LEND Graduates Named 2022 Healy Award Recipients

Two graduates of the Iowa LEND program were recently named the 2022 recipients of the Alfred Healy Leadership Award in Developmental Disabilities. Each year, Iowa's UCEDD awards a trainee, or trainees, who are nominated by LEND core faculty after completing the LEND program with distinction. This year's recipients are Flannery Currin, Assistive Technology and Family trainee, and Sofie Dollison, Public Health trainee. Nominees share how the LEND program has demonstrated the importance of family-centered, coordinated, and culturally competent care, for individuals with disabilities and families. They also describe their future career plans and proposed leadership activities, which the award will fund.

 
 

6/16/2022

WI LEND Celebrates 10 Years of Welcoming Disability Advocates

Wisconsin�s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (WI LEND) program is proud to celebrate the tenth anniversary of graduating disability advocates as LEND trainees! WI LEND offers interdisciplinary and leadership training to over 30 trainees a year across more than a dozen disciplines, including disability advocates (persons with a developmental disability) and family (family members of a person with a developmental disability).

 
 
 

Upcoming Trainee Events

AIR-P Research Day at Autism CARES 2022

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022
2:00pm ET - 5:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

This virtual, semi-annual event is an opportunity to highlight innovative life course intervention research  supported by the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).

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AIR-P Research Day at AUCD 2022 Conference

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Sunday, November 13, 2022 - Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Location: 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, D.C.

This in-person, semi-annual event is an opportunity to highlight innovative life course intervention research  supported by the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). This event is part of the AUCD 2022 Conference.

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Past Trainee Events

2022 Emerging Leaders End of Year Webinar

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
3:00 - 4:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

This webinar is to celebrate the end of the academic year and share professional development tips with outgoing and continuing trainees in the Emerging Leaders Community, including advice on staying engaged with the AUCD network. Participants can also expect to hear from alumni trainees on how their training experience has helped them achieve professional and personal goals.

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 AIR-P Presents: Tele-therapy for autism during COVID-19: A survey of parents in Southern California

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Zoom

In this webinar, Dr. Kristen Choi will discuss emerging evidence on using telehealth to deliver therapy to children with autism spectrum disorder (e.g., speech therapy, occupational therapy, applied behavior analysis). Using data from a recent survey of parents in Southern California, the mental health impact of the pandemic on parents and their children will be discussed, as well as how COVID-related stress affected perceptions of telehealth.

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AUCD Emerging Leaders Map

The AUCD Emgerging Leaders Map

 
 

Tools


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Self-Assessment Tool

Self-Assessment Tool
The self assessment tool was developed to look at Personal Knowledge and Skills, Working with Others and Working in Systems.

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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
AUCD Employment section includes job opportunities within the AUCD Network and at other organizations within the disability community.