Student with autism gives powerful speech

He usually doesn't speak. But he had this powerful message for his graduating class
"Remember, if you are following in someone else's footsteps, you will only get where they
want to go. Be the unexpected, like me. Do the unexpected for the benefit of others. Live the unexpected for your own happiness."
- Sef Scott, Graduate at Plano Senior High





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.



Help Teens with Sickle Cell Feel Empowered About Their Health

World Sickle Cell Day is on June 19th

This World Sickle Cell Day, observed each year on June 19th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sharing two resources on transition to help teenagers and young adults with SCD 'step up' and to take ownership of their own health. These resources aim to support and to empower young people with SCD to manage and to prioritize their health and well-being.



WITH Foundation Award & AUCD's HEAT

AUCD was awarded funding to support the Keep the HEAT On (Health is for Everyone Action Team). The project builds on successful adoption of the American Medical Association's (AMA) resolution to include education about the unique needs of people with Developmental Disabilities (DD) at undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education for physicians. Although 20% of adults in the US have a disability, with 1 in 6+ having DD, there is currently no training standard on DD for physicians at all levels of training. Keep the HEAT On will be a second phase of a multiyear effort to better understand DD competency in medical education, learning from previous efforts, and linking these learnings into a shared action plan to include DD in medical education.



AUCD Welcomes Summer Intern Luanjiao Aggie Hu

Luanjiao Aggie Hu is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, with a focus on disability, gender, and education. She identifies as a person with disability herself. She has conducted research and published on disability issues and had been teaching sessions in a core course on disability education. Luanjiao Aggie frequently shares her research on disabilities as a guest speaker at universities across the United States and China.



Community-Based Interventions: Access to Assistive Technology for Latinos with Disabilities: Success Comes from Collaboration (IL UCEDD/LEND)

Although Hispanics are the largest minority in the U.S., research indicates that there is a significant gap in knowledge about assistive technology (AT). Over the course of three years, I have been collaborating with the Assistive Technology Unit (ATU) located at the University of Illinois at Chicago and The Autism Program of Illinois in order to provide Latinos with disabilities (LWDs) and their families with culturally and linguistically relevant resources about AT.

Victor is working on directions and alphabetizing while sorting mail.


Institute for Disability Studies Assisting Young Adults with Job Training, Internships (MS UCEDD)

The transition from youth to adulthood following the completion of high school can be challenging and confusing for any young adult. Further, this transition may be particularly challenging for young adults with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual or developmental disabilities whose life plans are still unclear.


AUCD Webinars

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #1

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #1  Copy to Calendar

Monday, June 18, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us for our first Sex Talk for Self-Advocates webinar! Using real self-advocate questions from a survey, we will have three professional sexuality educators answering questions about sexual relationships. The sexuality educators will talk about questions from the survey like: How do I meet someone? How do you know if someone is your boyfriend or girlfriend? What exactly does consent mean? How do I talk with my partner? Is a non-disabled partner at risk for having sex with a disabled partner? How to be gay?

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 How Think College

How Think College "does" Knowledge Translation  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

During this webinar, participants will learn different methods of knowledge translation that Think College uses, how we identify what data gets passed to which audiences and by what means, and how to know if information is getting to the intended audience. I will also be sharing some general information about Knowledge Translation.

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Cross-disciplinary Competencies: Serving the whole child

Cross-disciplinary Competencies: Serving the whole child  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Traditionally, professionals have been trained in a single discipline usually corresponds to an area of development Additionally, most disciplines are trained to be able to offer services and intervene across a broad age range: the lifespan of an individual. Upon completion of a program of study in a discipline, an individual is then licensed in a discipline to provide services to persons across the lifespan. These training and licensing practices create two challenges to providing effective early childhood intervention to infants and young children and their families: 1) interventions may be focused to specific areas of development by discipline specific interventionists (e.g. an occupational therapist provides specific motor intervention and does not incorporate any other areas of development into her therapy/intervention); and 2) interventions may be provided by a person who does not have any specific experience or competence in infancy or early childhood

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Public Policy


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayFY 2019 Labor-HHS-Ed appropriations bill; Primary Elections; NEMT; Opioids; DREAMers; Perkins; and more


Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All - Rylin Rodgers

This week, Liz goes from being the interviewer to the interviewee. Rylin, AUCD's new policy director, stars as a guest host and interviews Liz about her time spent as a fellow on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Casey.


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayRescission of funds; Healthcare updates; MFP; and more



AUCD Leadership Academy

AUCD Leadership Academy  Copy to Calendar

Monday, June 25, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
Location: Atlanta, GA

The AUCD Leadership Academy is a week-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network in building coalitions that will improve systems of supports and services. Participation is open to individuals from Self Advocacy Organizations, UCEDDs, LENDs, IDDRCs, CILs, DD Councils, Disability Rights, community based disability organizations, and other disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development. Participants will continue to engage with their cohort, academy staff, local coaches, and national allies in the year following the experience. The academy will focus on the exploration of shared values and commitments to civil and human rights, assessments of personal and leadership strengths, skills in building partnerships to achieve collective impact, and establishing personal and professional leadership goals.

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2018 Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) Annual Symposium

2018 Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) Annual Symposium  Copy to Calendar

Friday, July 13, 2018 - Saturday, July 14, 2018
Location: Dallas, TX

This symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum for sharing of knowledge and experiences related to clinical care of children and adults with Down syndrome, clinical research related to Down syndrome, and development of Down syndrome clinics. The intended audience is DSMIG-USA members and other professionals working in the field of Down syndrome including physicians, research scientists, nurses/nurse practitioners, Down syndrome clinic coordinators, psychologists, dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and social workers. Residents and trainees are welcome to attend.

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2018 Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology

2018 Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Location: Broomfield, CO

REGISTRATION for the 2018 Coleman Conference is now open. For more information about this year's conference and to register, please visit:

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