AUCD Trainees at Events


AUCD Trainees participate in many events throughout the year, including network-wide events such as the AUCD Annual Meeting and the Disability Policy Seminar, co-sponsored by AUCD.  Below you will find images and comments from some of the network trainees who have attended these or other events.  If you have images and comments from an event that you attended, please email Crystal.



RI LEND/DBP Connections

The Division of DBP at Brown/Hasbro Children's Hospital has graduated 19 DBP fellows since 2003 when they were one of the first programs to receive ACGME accreditation.



HDI Students Visit D.C. for Disability Policy Seminar

Whittney Darnell and Rongxiu Wu, doctoral students in the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Graduate Certificate program in Developmental Disabilities, recently received HDI Student Scholarships to attend the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. "What a cool experience that was to exercise the right to have a voice, and share concerns with our elected leaders," said Wu.



The Autism CARES Act: Reflections of a Policy Advocate

by Kim Musheno, Director of Public Policy, AUCD

As we celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, I paused to reflect on the progress achieved since the passage of the Autism CARES Act (H.R. 113-157), a law for which I helped to advocate. CARES stands for Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support. Originally titled the Combating Autism Act (P.L. 109-419) and signed by President George W. Bush in 2006, the law was intended to dramatically increase the federal government's response to what was then perceived as a crisis in the increasing numbers of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Instead of creating a totally new infrastructure system to address this urgent national priority, the law called for researching, then expanding and coordinating existing federal efforts, bringing together several entities: research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), surveillance and awareness activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and professional development and research into evidence-based interventions at the Health, Resources, and Services Administration (HRSA). An Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) was created and tasked with making sure that all federal agencies were coordinating their efforts, sharing information, and obtaining input from people on the autism spectrum and family members as well as other outside experts.

Samantha Goldman with AUCD President Olivia Raynor


2015 AUCD CORE Trainee Research Award

Samantha Goldman, MEd

The inaugural CORE Trainee Research Award was presented to Samantha Goldman, MEd, at the AUCD Conference on November 17, 2015.



AUCD 2015 Awards to Trainees and Young Professionals

On November 15, 2015, AUCD proudly presented awards to three outstanding young professionals and trainees in our network. These individuals represent the growing leadership in the AUCD network and those who will shape disability policy, practice, and service for years to come.



2009 AUCD Trainees at the Disability Policy Seminar

Over 60 AUCD trainees attended the 2009 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, DC, where they learned about current policy issues, heard from legislative experts, met people from around the country with and without disabilities, and networked with trainees from other AUCD member centers. Some of them documented their experiences here.



AUCD Trainees at the 2008 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference



2008 AUCD Trainees at the Disability Policy Seminar



Virtual Trainee Blog



2007 AUCD Trainees at the Disability Policy Seminar