Judge Kavanaugh has said people with disabilities do not have the right to make up
their own minds about their bodies. AUCD's Liz Weintraub was invited to testify before
the Senate Judiciary Committee about the dangers of a Kavanaugh confirmation to
the self-determination of people with disabilities.

Watch her testimony, read the materials, and contact your Senators today.  http://bit.ly/2P7Pbdg

 
 

News

 

9/1/2018

AUCD 2018 Registration is Open!

Deadline: October 26

Join us at AUCD2018 as we come together, celebrate our achievements, and to recharge our commitment to achieving inclusive communities! We welcome network members, non-network organizational partners, experts from all across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and trainees to learn and grow together during this exciting event.

 
 

7/31/2018

AUCD Opposes the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States

Plain Language Summary Available

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a national organization that supports the right of self-determination for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities, and opposes the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. "The appointment of Judge Kavanaugh threatens civil rights protections for people with disabilities including access to healthcare," said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. "Judge Kavanaugh's record on the D.C. Circuit has failed to support the critical principle of self-determination for people with intellectual disabilities and the importance of access to healthcare for millions of Americans with disabilities."

 
 

7/16/2018

Support AUCD while Shopping on AmazonSmile

When you shop on AmazonSmile (the same thing as Amazon) and select AUCD as your charitable donation of choice, AUCD receives donations to fund Conference Scholarships for growing network leaders.For all eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to your selected charitable organization, at no cost to you!

 
 

9/5/2018

Registration Open for AUCD Pre-Conference Summit on Early Childhood

Developing Leadership Competencies for Early Childhood Workforce Development

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Early Childhood/Intervention Special Interest Group (EC SIG) of AUCD have joined with The National Early Childhood Personnel Technical Assistance Center (ECPC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (OSEP), to host the Third Annual Summit on Early Childhood Personnel at AUCD's 2018 Annual Meeting.

 
 

9/17/2018

Article published by international fellow hosted by VT UCEDD

After spending five weeks in the US in an intensive fellowship program for inclusive disability employment, Victoria Lihiru returned home to Tanzania ready to make changes. She recently published an article in The Guardian newspaper in Tanzania, reflecting on her fellowship experiences and progress needed for people with disabilities. Her article is titled "Disability inclusive employment: My two cents from Green Mountain state" and can be read online: https://www.ippmedia.com/en/features/abilityinclusive-employment-my-two-cents-green-mountain-stat This article followed her participation in the Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive Disability Employment. This fellowship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and administered by AUCD in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Humanity and Inclusion.

 
 

9/17/2018

Institute on Disability and Human Development (IL UCEDD) Employee Participates in Public Art Display

Over the summer, the Chicago Lighthouse, a social service organization serving people with blindness, visual impairments, disabilities, and Veterans, in partnership with Huber Financial Advisors, sponsored a public art display in Chicago entitled, "Lighthouses on the Mag Mile". Over 100 artists, more than half who had disabilities, from the community painted 6-foot-tall fiberglass lighthouse sculptures and they were subsequently displayed on Chicago's famous Michigan Ave.

 
 

9/17/2018

Social Skills Groups Adapted from Seeking Safety Model for Adolescents and Young adults with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Diagnoses (CA UCEDD)

Authors: Lina Rodas, Bridgid Mariko Conn, Caitlin S. Sayegh, Sari Glassgold, and Sara Sherer

Mental health providers from the University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) have adapted Seeking Safety to promote social skills development among adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities (DD) and co-morbid mental health diagnoses.

 
 
 

AUCD Webinars

How Does Infant Mental Health Support the Work of Part C/Early Intervention?

How Does Infant Mental Health Support the Work of Part C/Early Intervention?  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Competency Guidelines, created in Michigan, grew from competencies developed for Part C by that state's Department of Education. They have evolved to capture a broad range of knowledge and skill areas and the opportunity to earn a credential (Endorsement) for professionals who serve pregnant women, infants, young children, and families across all disciplines and service sectors, including early intervention. Presentation will include the usefulness of these competencies in supporting social-emotional development and relational health for families where the infant or young child is experiencing a delay or disability.

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You are important to me: Help your DSPs be the best they can be

You are important to me: Help your DSPs be the best they can be  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Our understanding of persons with intellectual disabilities doesn't have to be highly scientific or complex. Let's make it simple. Let's create a concrete and small step process to help your direct service providers (DSPs) be better at their work. Use this framework. Walk just a minute in my shoes. How does my brain work? What makes sense to me? What am I trying to tell you with words and actions? What do I feel and understand about my body? About you? About my world?

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Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar: Act Early Ambassador Spotlight on Ohio, Nevada, and Oregon

Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar: Act Early Ambassador Spotlight on Ohio, Nevada, and Oregon  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26 from 3-4p ET for our Act Early Network Quarterly Webinar, an Act Early Ambassador Spotlight on Ohio, Nevada, and Oregon. The Act Early Program is a collaborative initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to further advance the CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program.

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Public Policy

 

AUCD Opposes the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States

Plain Language Summary Available

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a national organization that supports the right of self-determination for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities, and opposes the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. "The appointment of Judge Kavanaugh threatens civil rights protections for people with disabilities including access to healthcare," said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. "Judge Kavanaugh's record on the D.C. Circuit has failed to support the critical principle of self-determination for people with intellectual disabilities and the importance of access to healthcare for millions of Americans with disabilities."

 
 

Tuesday with Liz: Disability Policy for All - We ALL Belong

This week, Liz interviews Amy Hewitt about AUCD's 2018 Conference. Amy discusses the conference theme, the importance of inclusion, and exciting conference events.

 
 

Tuesdays with Liz: Alexander Santana Talks Immigration and Family Separation

This week, Liz asks Alexander Santana to explain some of the work he does around immigration as part of the Vanderbilt Kennedy UCEDD in Tennessee and the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder. He talks what leads someone to leave their home country, the implications of family separation at the border, and multilingual resources available to immigrants and refugees with disabilities.

 
 
 

Events

Attachment, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology Conference

Attachment, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology Conference  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Friday, September 21, 2018
Location: Iowa City, IA

This 3-day course covers the development, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorder. It weaves together theory, human development, assessment, case examples, and treatment applications to reframe maladpative behavior in terms of strategies for self-protection. The course covers development from infancy to adulthood, emphasizing the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology.

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2018 Welcome Webinar: Get Connected and Involved with AUCD!

2018 Welcome Webinar: Get Connected and Involved with AUCD!  Copy to Calendar

Friday, September 21, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Location: Webinar

Welcome to the AUCD network, 2018-2019 Trainees! Join us on Friday, September 21 to learn more about how you can connect and get involved with the AUCD network. The two AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns, Shayla and Nell, are excited to actively engage with you all to share resources and opportunities to help you make the most out of your traineeship!

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Assistive Technology Makers' Fair

Assistive Technology Makers' Fair  Copy to Calendar

Saturday, September 29, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Concord, NH

The AT Makers' Fair will inspire participants to become creative problem solvers, bringing together makers of all abilities to share ideas, develop new skills and enhance innovations for persons with disabilities. The Fair will empower individuals with the methods, materials and know-how needed to efficiently create everyday just-in-time devices and technologies. Join us! Novice to veteran makers of all ages and abilities are welcome.

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