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LEND Programs are interdisciplinary leadership training programs federally funded through HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau. View more information about individual LEND disciplines by clicking on the menu at left.

 
 

News

 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

AUCD 2018 Scholarships Available

Application Deadline: September 30

AUCD is pleased to offer conference scholarships to both network trainees and leaders with disabilities/family members. Learn more about the different types of scholarships, and apply before September 30.

 
 

Change in Leadership for the Oklahoma LEND Program

Oklahoma LEND is excited to welcome our new Program Director, Dr. Ami Bax. She is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician who completed Oklahoma LEND long-term training in 2011 and has served as Instructional Faculty in our LEND program since then. Ami is taking over from the previous Program Director, Dr. Mark Wolraich who has retired after 17 years at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

 
 

AUCD Strongly Opposes Decision to Let Electric Shock Treatments Continue

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) stands with many other national disability organizations in strongly opposing the recent decision by a Probate and Family Court judge to allow a school in Canton, Massachusetts, to continue administering electric shocks to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 
 
LEND Trainees and Faculty pose with Senator Shenna Bellows (third from left) and Kim Humphrey (far right.

Grassroots Advocacy Strategies in the State of Maine (ME LEND)

The Maine LEND Program hosted an Advocacy and Strategy Forum on April 27, 2018, in Lewiston, Maine. LEND Trainee, Kim Humphrey, a public health advocate, founder of Community Connect ME, and mother of a child with autism, led the charge with key decision makers who work with and/or have children with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in the state. State Senator Shenna Bellows and former Maine State Legislator Peter Stuckey led one key aspect of the Strategy Forum. Speakers and presenters also included University of Maine professor and Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies Director, Alan Cobo-Lewis; LEND trainee and occupational therapist, Taylor Cahill;LEND trainee and family member, Sanaa Abduljabbar; Coordinator of Education and Autism for the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Alan Kurtz. There were approximately 40 leaders and advocates in attendance.

 
 

AUCD Strongly Opposes Family Separation at Borders, Calls on Lawmakers and the Administration to Take Action

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a diverse, interdisciplinary leadership, research, training, and service network which includes the nation's leading experts on child development, family-centered care, and trauma. Those perspectives and our shared humanity provide the foundation to unequivocally oppose the separation of families as they enter America.