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



Upcoming Events of Interest to CEDC Members

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Biomarkers Can Help Improve Clinical Trials for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Sara Jane Webb, University of Washington IDDRC

In the past decade, many large-scale randomized controlled pharmaceutical clinical trials for children with neurodevelopmental disorders have struggled to demonstrate child clinical changes. In a recent study, researchers from University of Washington IDDRC discuss how biomarkers can help improve clinical trials for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.



Zebrafish Advance as a Model Organism for Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common inherited form of autism, caused by variants in the FMR1 gene. Scientists have developed animal models of the disorder to better understand the consequences of the genetic mutation and to see if they can intervene. In a recent study in The Journal of Neuroscience, Geoffrey Goodhill, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine, and his team describe the utility of zebrafish larvae in recapitulating features of Fragile X.



A Roadmap for Advancing Family-Engaged Developmental Monitoring

The purpose of A Roadmap for Advancing Family-Engaged Developmental Monitoring is to introduce and describe family-engaged developmental monitoring (FEDM) as a key component of a framework for children's healthy development and family wellbeing that includes developmental promotion, FEDM, screening, referral, and receipt of services.



A Look at the Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design. In this program, students learn about and benefit from Universal Design's broad set of strategies that promote inclusion and participation of all people.

Aggie ACHIEVE staff pose for a photo


Aggie ACHIEVE Program Celebrated Friendsgiving

The Aggie ACHIEVE students and staff helped prepare a turkey and cooked recipes during their independent living seminar. Everyone helped contribute to the pot luck and they celebrated inclusion with their Aggie ACHIEVEMates.



HDI's New Project Aims to Enhance Photography of People with Disabilities

A newly funded Fund for Excellence Project, will provide HDI and other organizations with accurate photographs of people with disabilities and will also provide a modeling opportunity for people with disabilities.



JFK Partners Approved for $2,780,297 Million for a Study Comparing Approaches of Two School-Based Interventions to Manage Anxiety in Autistic Students

Funds awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

A research team at University of Colorado School of Medicine, JFK Partners, led by Judy Reaven, Ph.D. has been approved for a $2,780,297 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study A Comparison of Two School-Based Interventions to Manage Anxiety in Autistic Students.



The Ohio State University Nisonger Center Launches Project STEER

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is proud to announce the launch of our Project STEER (Stakeholders Engaged in Early Intervention Research) website! The website contains a variety of resources related to early autism intervention research and consultation, including an early autism intervention Research Agenda created by our stakeholder teams, and a Consultation Workbook to guide researchers in their efforts to collaborate effectively with autism community stakeholders.

 Elise McMillan (gray haired woman wearing a white suit) hands a framed painting to Erik Carter (a tall man with salt and pepper hair and beard wearing a plaid button-down and khaki pants.)


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Celebrates Special Education Professor Erik Carter's Student Mentorship, Community Impact Ahead of Departure

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) and the Vanderbilt Peabody College Department of Special Education held a joint farewell celebration on Dec. 14 to give their best wishes to longtime faculty member Erik Carter, Ph.D., as he prepares for the next phase of his career. Elise McMillan (gray haired woman wearing a white suit) hands a framed painting to Erik Carter (a tall man with salt and pepper hair and beard wearing a plaid button-down and khaki pants.)


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