Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)



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CEDC serves as a focus for the identification and discussion of issues regarding community education and information dissemination; serves as a representative voice of the community education interests and concerns within the network; and influence the development and implementation of national community education and information dissemination policies and initiatives.


How CEDC Relates to AUCD and Its Work

CEDC works for and with AUCD network members who educate, disseminate information to, and otherwise engage with community members. CEDC fulfills its purpose and the mission of AUCD and its constituent membership by serving as a conduit for technical assistance, providing input into policy, and engaging in other support activities deemed necessary to advance the mandate for community education and dissemination. The Council helps the association to:

  • Set and accomplish knowledge-sharing goals specified in the AUCD Strategic Map
  • Carry out training activities to inform Network members on important and emerging community education and dissemination topics
  • Develop the capacity of network members to conduct quality education and dissemination activities
  • Identify topics of common interests to network members and develop recommendations to the AUCD Board
  • Lead the network in involving people with disabilities from diverse cultures to participate in community education and dissemination activities


The Council is composed of not more than two representatives from each AUCD member program who is the Community Education and/or Dissemination Director/Coordinator or a designee who best represents the overall community education and information dissemination interests of that center or program.


Membership Expectations

The full Council meets face-to-face once a year in conjunction with the AUCD Conference. The CEDC Steering Committee and the Council's other working Committees also meet in person once a year and at least three additional times during the year through conference calls.


2018 Focus Areas

  • Strengthen connection among AUCD, Councils, and SIGs
    • Supporting AUCD Strategic Map
    • Inclusion and utilization of Trainees
    • Developing "Best Practices" & database to support network
  • Develop and host webinars related to accessibility
  • Supporting accessibility for AUCD Conference

CEDC Leadership





Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Researchers Awarded $2.48M in Special Education Training Grants

Two Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) researchers have received two training grants totaling $2.48 million in funding from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. The new grants address the need to train culturally conscientious special education teachers of students with high intensity needs. One of the grants will support training for teachers of students with limited or no functional speech. The other grant will support training for teachers of students with visual impairments. Both grants seek to recruit candidates from historically underrepresented groups or with a unique interest in supporting students from culturally and linguistic diverse backgrounds.

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The IDDRC network has completed their 2023 publication section in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders focused on "Etiological heterogeneity, pleiotropy, and polygenicity in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs)". The issue includes seven new publications from IDDRC investigators across the country.



Missouri UCEDD Launches Third Season of Accessible: The Podcast

It's BAAAAACK! The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Institute for Human Development, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for the state of Missouri (UCEDD), has just launched a new season of Accessible: The Podcast. Accessible is the podcast that opens the door to disability leaders and their ideas. Featuring UMKC-IHD Director George Gotto and Senior Research Assistant Amelia Reighard. The podcast hosts leaders in the disability field with new insights and developments that you can channel into your own career and development. Or you can share these ideas to help others learn from you. Listen to the Accessible Podcast.



Highlights From the 39th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

On February 27th, the Center on Disability Studies (HI-UCEDD) welcomed over 750 attendees representing 12 countries from across the globe to Honolulu, Hawaiʻi to the 39th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity both online and in-person. In celebration of the conference theme, Beyond Access: Building a Culture of Belonging we aimed to explore how we all live to belong, to be part of something greater than ourselves.


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