AUCD-AAIDD Trainee/Early Career Professional Partnership


About the AUCD-AAIDD Trainee/Early Career Professional Partnership

Collaboration between the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) will strengthen the future of the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities through investments in the leadership development and careers of students and early career professionals. 

A trainee presents a poster



 Trainees meet with staff of Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
A trainee presents her poster at a conference

 Trainees meet with staff of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Read the AUCD-AAIDD Cooperative Agreement [Word Document Icon,29KB].


Upcoming AUCD-AAIDD Events

2018 Pre-EHDI LEND Workshop

2018 Pre-EHDI LEND Workshop  Copy to Calendar

Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel (Denver, CO)

This workshop will introduce trainees to the various challenges associated with assessing, monitoring, and effectively serving deaf / hard of hearing children who have additional disabilities from a systems perspective. It is a unique, interactive learning opportunity that brings together trainees and faculty from across the country. This workshop's focus is on intersectionality of culture and diversity.

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AUCD-AAIDD Event at the 2008 AUCD Annual Meeting & Conference

Changing Demography of the Disability Field, the Role of Associations, and Opportunities for Students and Young Professionals

Dr. Braddock and Early Career Professionals
David Braddock, PhD conversing with Early Career Professionals
At the 2008 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference this session highlighted demographic shifts creating concern about aging of the disability field and the next generation of leaders. It featured an interactive discussion among students, early career professionals, and more established professionals concerning the role of associations, mentorship, and career development. Participants also learned about new resources developed by the AAIDD and AUCD Joint Workgroup on Students and Early Career Professionals.

Panelists Included:

  • Joe Caldwell, PhD; Policy Analyst; AUCD
  • Tammie Picklesimer, Doctoral Candidate, HI - Center on Disability Studies & AUCD Policy Fellow;
  • Glenn Fujiura, PhD, IL - University of Illinois UCE;
  • Bill Kiernan, PhD, MA - Institute for Community Inclusion;
  • Karrie Shogren, PhD, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities;
  • Shea Obremski, KS - Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities; 
  •  Tracy Mann, MA - AUCD/NCBDDD Fellow


  • AAIDD Student and Early Career Professional Newsletter 
    This newsletter was created to connect and share information with students and early career professionals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The newsletter highlights student research, provides a forum for students and early career professonals to ask questions and learn more about AAIDD, and shares information about ongoing activities within AAIDD.
  • AUCD Digest 
    This newsletter connects members at the UCEDDs, LENDs, and IDDRCs within AUCD's network.  This includes students, trainees, and professionals.
  • LEND Links 
    LEND Links strives to feature news, events, resources, and success stories from LEND programs and trainees throughout the AUCD Network. It is an excellent resource for learning about the exciting work LENDs are doing and provides opportunities for information sharing and connecting.

Funding, Fellowship, and Employment Opportunities

  • Funding Opportunities 
    On this page you will find funding opportunities relevant to the work of the AUCD network.
  • Employment Opportunities within AUCD Network 
    In addition to positions available at the AUCD National Office, this section includes job opportunities within the AUCD Network and at other organizations within the disability community.
  • AAIDD Career Center (AAIDD Membership required) 
    The AAIDD Career Center lists positions within the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • AUCD listing of Mid-Career Fellowships in the Field of Disability 2008 [PDF Document,108KB] 
    This document provides a comprehensive list of Fellowships available in the field of Disability including: a summary, link to the website, and a list of former Fellows that are available for contact.

Annual Meetings and Membership

  • AAIDD Student Membership [PDF Document,2,021KB]
    This document details the student membership to AAIDD.  This membership will provide many opportunities to start your career in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • AUCD Annual Meeting 
    This page will provide more information about AUCD's Annual Conference. Trainees receive discounts!
  • AAIDD Annual Meeting 
    More information about AAIDD's Annual Meeting, including discounted rates for students.

Social Networks

Facebook for AUCD Trainees
  • Facebook Fan Page: AUCD Trainees and Early Career Professionals 
    Become a Fan of AUCD Trainees on Facebook and connect with other students and early career professionals in the field of Disability.  Members are able to share resources, research, news, and event information - you'll get updates right in your news feed.


AAIDD logo

AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Student and Early Career Professional Memberships in AAIDD are available at discounted rates. Learn More About AAIDDD Membership.

Visit AAIDD's website to learn more.

AUCD logo

AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

Trainee/Fellow/Student Membership in AUCD is free.  If you are training at an AUCD Member LEND, UCEDD, or IDDRC, you are automatically a member of AUCD and entitled to all resources available to AUCD members.

Visit AUCD's Trainee Webpage for the latest Trainee News, Funding Opportunities, join the AUCD Trainee Listserve or Facebook Group, and more.


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