AUCD is taking our closing plenary to Capitol Hill!

Senators Tammy Duckworth (IL) Bob Casey (PA), and Orrin Hatch (UT) and Congresswoman Radewagen (AS) have committed to joining us, and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA) as well as others have been invited. Come hear from these and potentially even more legislative champions about their priorities and policies around achieving inclusive communities.

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The Sonoran UCEDD Celebrates the Leadership of Founding Director, Leslie Cohen

With deep gratitude the Sonoran UCEDD announced that Leslie Cohen, JD, their inaugural director, will be ending eleven years of service in November 2018. Leslie oversaw the initiation and development of the UCEDD's programs in professional education, employment, health, and aging.



Welcoming A New Director at Sonoroan UCEDD, Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson

Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson will be joining the Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in November as new director for, Leslie Cohen, Sonoran UCEDD's inaugural director, will be stepping down from the position.



AUCD 2018 Conference Registration Deadline Oct. 26

Online registration for the 2018 AUCD Conference, "We ALL Belong Here! Achieving Inclusive Communities" closes on October 26. Reserve your space today and join hundreds of others from across the country to recharge your commitment to achieving inclusive communities!



AUCD Welcomes our Two New Emerging Leader Interns!

The two new Emerging Leaders Interns (formerly the Virtual Trainees), Shayla and Nell, joined the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) team in September 2018! The two interns work together to passionately represent the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community. They will work together to build and enhance the community by being connection points between the national network and each Program/Center by ensuring Emerging Leaders receive information and opportunities related to leadership, research, fellowships, and more.



Sheryl Lazarus (MN UCEDD) Testifies Before U.S. Helsinki Commission

Sheryl Lazarus of the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) testified in Washington, DC before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, at a briefing titled, "A Truly Inclusive Society: Encouraging the Ability in Disability." Lazarus, director of the TIES Center, was part of a panel of speakers exploring best practices developed federally and locally in the U.S. to empower and integrate individuals with intellectual disabilities, and the legal changes that will enable individuals with intellectual disabilities to reach their full potential.


AUCD Webinars

DS-Connect: Connecting families and those with Down syndrome to research that INCLUDEs them

DS-Connect: Connecting families and those with Down syndrome to research that INCLUDEs them  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 25, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

Staff from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will discuss DS-Connect: The Down Syndrome Registry ( and what it can offer families. They will describe how families can fill out surveys, participate in research, and view the aggregate de-identified data. NIH staff will also show how a researcher or clinician interested in any aspect of Down syndrome can use the registry for learning about Down syndrome and recruiting participants for studies. Webinar participants will also learn about progress in studies being supported by DS-Connect.

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Public Policy


Tuesdays with Liz: Your Opinions Matter - Share Them!

Your opinions matter - share them! Liz's testimony on Capitol Hill during the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearings made it clear that people with disabilities have a platform. Liz reflects on her testimony, your support, and what you can do to make sure your voice is heard.


Don't just be a voter - be an EDUCATED voter!

Don't just be a voter - be an EDUCATED voter! This week on Tuesdays with Liz, one of the things Liz talks about is how to get information about the candidates who are running for office in your state's Board of Elections website. Visit and select your state or territory from the drop down menu, then click 'Go' and you will be taken to your state or local election office website where you can learn more about the candidates' positions on issues that matter to you.


Tuesdays with Liz: Marcie Lipsitt Talks Disability Rights in Schools

Join us this week at Liz talks with Marcie Lipsitt about her background in advocating for the civil rights of students with disabilities.



19th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Friday, October 26, 2018
Location: Online Broadcast

AUCD is proud to support the online broadcast of the Baylor College of Medicine's: 19th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care. All MCH Training Programs, UCEDDs, and their collaborators (Title V, clinical partner sites, etc.) are invited and encouraged to participate remotely. Host a live stream of this conference for trainees, faculty, staff, families, and others at your center or program. Eligible broadcast sites include MCH training programs, UCEDDs, and Title V programs.

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