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The UCEDD Resource Center (URC) web site provides University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs) with up to date information that will support the implementation of the OIDD core grant.

The DD Act authorizes the use of funds to provide technical assistance to strengthen and support the National Network of UCEDDs. Specifically, the DD Act states that TA shall:

  • Assist in national and international dissemination of specific information from multiple Centers and, in appropriate cases, other entities whose work affects the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities;
  • Compile, analyze, and disseminate state-of-the-art training, research, and demonstration results policies, and practices from multiple Centers and, in appropriate cases, other entities whose work affects the lives of persons with developmental disabilities;
  • Convene experts from multiple Centers to discuss and make recommendations with regard to national emerging needs of individuals with developmental disabilities;
  • Develop portals that link users with every Center's website; 
  • Facilitate electronic information sharing using state-of- the-art Internet technologies such as real-time online discussions, multipoint video conferencing, and web-based audio/video broadcasts, on emerging topics that impact individuals with disabilities and their families;
  • Serve as a research-based resource for Federal and State policymakers on information concerning and issues impacting individuals with developmental disabilities and entities that assist or serve those individuals; or 
  • Undertake any other functions that the Secretary determines to be appropriate; to promote the viability and use of the resources and expertise of the Centers nationally and internationally.

This web site is supported through OIDD's contract with AUCD to provide technical assistance to the national network of UCEDDs.

NEWS

AUCD Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

AUCD Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

As we begin 2020, we as a nation, including the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation impacts the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities and protects against discrimination and ensures and improves access to opportunities afforded to all.

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UCEDD Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets are intended to provide guidance and share peer practices of specific aspects of UCEDD operations, grant management, and core grant application development. Tip sheets clarify requirements outlined in the DD Act, related federal regulations, and/or AIDD's Quality Review System processes as appropriate; and also share experiences and recommendations from network peers.

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EVENTS

Research by UCEDDs

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar will address the Research UCEDD core function. This is the seventh installment of a multi-part series titled "Coffee and TA," addressing the UCEDD core functions as categorized in NIRS. This webinar features three UCEDDs (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, and the Waisman Center) conducting innovative research work.

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Step Up Assistive Technology to Promote Early Literacy

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Join Michelle Schladant, PhD, ATP for a discussion on the importance of assistive technology (AT) for early literacy development. Dr. Schladant will provide an overview of the use of AT in early childhood, the current best practices as well as where we are headed in the field. She will explain the current IDEA policies related to AT at the level of state programs and school districts and highlight the tools and resources available to families. Dr. Schladant will share about the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs funded project, Step Up AT for Early Literacy. Step Up AT is a teacher coaching and professional development program and is one solution for encouraging the adoption of AT practices in the early childhood classroom environment. Outcomes from this program will be discussed.

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