Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC)



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


Upcoming Events of Interest to CEDC Members

The 2018 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability  Copy to Calendar
Monday, June 11, 2018 - Thursday, June 14, 2018

How Think College "does" Knowledge Translation  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

AUCD Leadership Academy  Copy to Calendar
Monday, June 25, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018

Cross -disciplinary Competencies: Serving the whole child  Copy to Calendar
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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Submit a Proposal for AUCD 2018 Today

Deadline: June 15

The AUCD Conference is one of the nation's premier places to highlight your work. Over 200 different presentations will be accepted to the conference in several different types of sessions, formatted for maximum visibility and interaction with attendees. Proposals are encouraged from students, self-advocates, family leaders, clinicians, and researchers in over 25 topics. Don't miss your chance: submit a proposal today!



Nominate a Deserving Individual for an AUCD Award

Deadline: July 31, 2018

The annual AUCD Awards gives us an opportunity to recognize individuals, programs, and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions. Comprised of 10 categories, the AUCD awards represent the 'best of the best' within our network, and local, state, and federal partners. We know the depth, breadth, and expertise of our trainees, advocates, professionals, and partners is extraordinary and deserving of recognition. In preparation for this year's conference, we invite you to nominate someone who truly inspires you.



Online Professional Development: Photovoice Research Methods (HI UCEDD/LEND)

For 25 years, "Photovoice" has involved people with disabilities, patients, youth, families and communities in representing their lives, point of view, and experience using photos and captions. Photovoice is a participatory approach to communication about health, healthcare, and daily lives in clinical and other settings to encourage dialogue and mutual learning. Photovoice generates powerful data (photographs, captions)thatengage clients, clinicians, evaluators, and the public in identifying opportunities for change, fostering knowledge and awareness, and helping people to feel their 'voices' are heard.



Knowledge Translation in Action: Making Research More Accessible (MT UCEDD)

To translate: to take something written in one language and express it in another. Or, to change something into a new form. This is precisely what RTC:Rural's Knowledge Translation team does.



Dr. Therese Willkomm Receives Award from UNH President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities (NH UCEDD/LEND)

Dr. Therese Willkomm received the 2018 Faculty Award from the University of New Hampshire's President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities. The award is given to people who foster "understanding of the issues, building a community of inclusion, raising awareness through your insight and action, and increasing opportunity and access for people with disabilities and in gratitude for your work."



Just Released - Responsive Practice: Providing Health Care & Screenings to Individuals with Disabilities (NH UCEDD/LEND)

The New Hampshire Disability and Public Health (DPH) project's Responsive Practice training is now available online, on-demand, and is free for a limited time. Responsive Practice enhances health care providers' ability to deliver disability-competent care that is accessible to people with intellectual, mobility, and other disabilities.



UCEDD at OHSU Supporting Oregonians with I/DD through Sexual Health Trainings (OR UCEDD)

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon has been breaking new ground in sexual and reproductive health education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Recently collected data from the Oregon Healthy Teens Survey tells us that youth with disabilities, when compared to peers without disabilities, are sexually active at earlier ages, are less likely to engage in safe sex practices, and are at a higher risk for pregnancy and contracting sexually transmitted infections.



UM Student from Rocky Boy Makes National Contribution to Public Health (MT UCEDD/LEND)

After working for several years as a research assistant for the Montana Disability and Health program at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, and completing her Master's in Public Health at UM, Helen Russette went to work for the Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD). There, she aided in the development of a community health needs assessment (CHA) process that fully includes representatives of marginalized populations. She recently shared this work in February 2018 article published with co-author, Robin Nielson-Cerquone, MJ, MCCHD Accreditation Specialist, on the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) website.


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