Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs aim to improve health outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.These programs provide graduate-level training to the next generation of clinical, research, and community leaders. By participating in LEND, trainees learn about the importance of person- and family-centered care (honoring values and culture).

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The network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) aims to positively affect the lives of all people with disabilities by building and strengthening systems that support full community participation. They work toward a vision of self-determination, independence, productivity, and community inclusion for people with disabilities throughout the lifespan.

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Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRCs) conduct biomedical and behavioral research to advance understanding of a variety of conditions and topics related to intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). Although each center differs in their scientific focus, size, and history, they all share a commitment to integrated research opportunities for investigators engaged in basic, clinical, and translational science related to IDDs. 

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AUCD Board

The initiatives, activities, and values of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) are guided by the leadership of an elected Board of Directors, who include professionals, peoples with disabilities, and family members. Board members include specific officers, at-large members, Council representation, and Emerging Leaders representation.

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The AUCD Board of Directors has created six Councils to address issues and emerging topics related to core areas of focus. They meet annually at the AUCD Conference, serve as a mechanism for communication across AUCD network members with similar interests and charges, and plan activities to support leaders from across the country.

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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

All AUCD Emerging Leaders are welcome to join one of many Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These groups provide network members with opportunities to share information, engage in discussion, and generate new ideas to make a broader impact. SIGs are led by one or more AUCD network leaders, but are also open to interested members of the public (such as but not limited to staff from partner organizations). They will typically meet in-person at the AUCD Conference and conduct other business via listserv, conference or video calls, webinars, etc. throughout the year. 

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