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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.


MNLEND Fellow Leads Creation of Sensory Tents in the Minneapolis Parks

Summer is coming and city parks will soon be filled with crowds, noisy events, excited children, food, and family pets. For most people, this is a celebration of warm weather and a chance to reconnect with family and friends in the great outdoors. But Elise Niedermeier (far right in photograph), a Fellow in ICI's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) program, and the ADA Coordinator for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), knows that for some people -- such as children with autism -- all this stimulation can become sensory overload.


AUCD Seeks Two Emerging Leaders Interns

Applications Due June 22, 2018

AUCD is seeking two current trainees to work as AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns (formerly Virtual Trainees) to work together to passionately represent the trainee network. Ideal candidates will be big-picture thinkers who value building and enhancing a community among trainees and emerging leaders (e.g. early career professionals and trainee alumni) in meaningful and sustainable ways across all AUCD member sites (i.e., LENDs, UCEDDs, and IDDRCs). The AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns will act as connection points between the national network and each Program/Center by ensuring trainees receive relevant information and opportunities related to leadership, research, grants fellowships, emerging issues, and more.


A Founding Member of the AUCD Family Discipline Network Leaving Va-LEND

Just as a bridge in music links two sections of a composition, so it is with Elaine Ogburn, who has been the bridge connecting Va-LEND trainees with mentoring families for 19 years. This type of synergy is worth noting and will not be easy to duplicate when she leaves Va-LEND on June 30th. Elaine is the Family Mentorship Experience (FME) Coordinator and a Family Discipline faculty member of Va-LEND, part of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Bitter for Better: former UCCEDD LEND trainee running for State Senate in Ohio

Sara Bitter is a mother, lawyer and leader in advocacy. She and her husband, Kai, are the parents of two children living with a developmental disability. Sara has devoted her entire career to helping improve the lives of people living with disabilities and their families, including her current role as the UCCEDD. She knows that parents of children with special healthcare needs, families who have loved ones living with mental health conditions and communities torn apart by the opioid crisis, do not have lobbyists. Sara would like to bring these voices to the Ohio legislature by creating a Disability, Mental Health and Addiction Caucus.

During the LEND workshop, trainees and faculty reflect on their professional experiences of an interaction that they had with a family in which cultural differences might have been a factor.

LEND Audiology Trainees at EHDI 2018

The 17th annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting took place in Denver, CO. The Meeting welcomed around 1,000 diverse stakeholders nationwide to enhance the implementation of comprehensive state-based EHDI programs and expand opportunities for young children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The EHDI Meeting was organized by American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: HRSA, Hands and Voices, and National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University.