Multicultural Council



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  • The Council provides leadership and assists the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to respond to the requirements for inclusion, diversity, and cultural competence as set forth in the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.
  • The Council supports AUCD to implement its Strategic Map with an emphasis on growing diverse and skilled leaders, and modeling diversity, equity, and inclusion with and on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the network.



The Council helps the AUCD network to

  • Ensure the meaningful participation of individuals from culturally diverse and underrepresented groups in all activities and across all levels of the Association.
  • Incorporate salient issues in public policy initiatives, at the national, state, and territorial levels that disproportionately impact individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse groups.
  • Create professional development and learning opportunities for member programs that increase capacity and leadership for diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural and linguistic competence.
  • Identify and broker partnerships with organizations and communities concerned with diversity, equity, and inclusion that are external to the AUCD network to effect systems change.
  • Inform the work of other AUCD Councils and assist them to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence in their deliberations and activities.



The Council membership consists of one voting representative from a member program that is endorsed by the Director of the program including UCEDDs, IDDRCs and LENDs. The Council welcomes the participation of other individuals who are interested in advancing the vision, mission, and values of AUCD within the contexts of individuals at risk for and with developmental disabilities and their families from under-served populations and communities in the U.S. territories, and tribal nations.


2018 Focus Areas

  • Identify three areas of focus and develop actions to support the implementation of the Strategic Map.
  •  Recruit Council members to serve as liaisons to other Councils and AUCD and AIDD work groups to facilitate policies and practices that advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural and linguistic competence.
  • Revisit the purpose, name, and scope of the Council.


MCC Leadership



Andy met with President Rosevonne Pato and Vice President Lina Scanlan and Tafaimamao Lefu Tua Tupuola, UCEDD Director at American Samoa Community College.


AUCD's Andy Imparato Visits the Pacific

For the past ten days, AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato has been visiting disability organizations and meetings in the South Pacific, hosted by Tafaimamao Lefu Tua Tupuola and Kiriko Takahashi of the American Samoa UCEDD (Ucedd Ascc). He has met with people with disabilities, families, and numerous staff working on disability issues throughout the South Pacific.



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.



Multi-Cultural Council 2018 Meeting Schedule

pdf File MCC 2018 REV 1 meeting schedule [download]


NEW One Page Informational Flyers for AUCD Councils

The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of committees and councils made up of experts in the field to help the leadership address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network. AUCD has five councils which are open to any AUCD member interested in learning more about these issues. Recently AUCD council chairs created an easy to share resource to describe what each council does. Below are links to each council one-page flyer. Please feel free to share these resources with faculty, staff, and trainees within your center and encourage their participation in council activities with peers across AUCD's national network.




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International Fellowship Host Application Open

AUCD is actively seeking Fall 2018 hosts for the International Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE). PFP-IDE is a U.S. Department of State-sponsored professional exchange program that will enable inclusive employment advocates from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to study best practices in the U.S. and develop partnerships with AUCD network members. Professional Fellows will learn about inclusive employment at AUCD member host sites, contribute to centers' projects and activities, and develop an inclusive employment project that they will implement in their home countries.



VT LEND Awarded Green Mountain Self-Advocates Ally of the Year Award

Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA), Vermont's state wide self-advocacy organization, awarded the 2018 Ally of the Year Award to the Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (VT LEND) for their outstanding support of Vermont self-advocates, the mission of self-advocacy, and Green Mountain Self-Advocates. The award was presented at the 20th Annual Voices and Choices Conference on May 15, 2018 with the following statement: "VT LEND is dedicated to inclusion and making sure people from diverse language and cultural backgrounds, including people with disabilities, are part of the VT LEND training program.


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