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



2024 EHDI Conference Scholarships for LEND Audiology Trainees

Deadline: February 16th at 11:59pm

AUCD is offering scholarships to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Annual Conference on March 17-19, 2024. All current LEND audiology trainees, including those in their externship year, are eligible to apply.


Upcoming Trainee Events

2024 LEND Audiology Workshop at EHDI Conference

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Colorado Conference Center in Denver, CO

This workshop will introduce LEND pediatric audiology trainees to the various challenges associated with effectively serving deaf/hard of hearing children (including those with additional disabilities) from clinical practice and systems perspectives. It is a unique, interactive learning opportunity that brings together trainees and faculty from across the country. Specific topic information - Coming Soon!

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2024 Disability Policy Seminar Orientation and Policy Education 101 Workshop

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Zoom

Webinar Description: This workshop will help trainees learn how to educate policymakers in DC and at home as well as teach them to connect their experience and expertise to policy. The workshop will help prepare trainees for the 2024 Disability Policy Seminar taking place from April 8-10, 2024, in Washinton, DC. More webinar details and content will be coming soon!

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Past Trainee Events

AIR-P Research Day at AUCD 2023 Conference

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Monday, November 6, 2023 - Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Location: 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC, 20001

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) will be hosting its sixth plenary Research Day at the AUCD 2023 Conference in November 2023. This event is part of the AUCD Conference and will emphasize research led by autistic researchers and collaborators, highlighting content related to the physical health and overall well-being of autistic individuals. This AIR-P Research Day will include a poster presentation symposium and two concurrent sessions. AIR-P will also be present at the AUCD 2023 conference via two exhibit tables. This in-person event is open to all.

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Medicaid Education 101 for Trainees: Learn About Medicaid and Home and Community Based Services

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Thursday, September 21, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Webinar

AUCD hosted an educational webinar for trainees to learn about the structure and financing of the Medicaid program and Home and Community-Based Services. The speakers provided an overview of the Medicaid program and its structure and financing. The webinar also provided an overview of what is happening in Congress and the Administration regarding the Medicaid program.

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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.




Employment Opportunities

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