About this guide
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. Network members consist of:
- 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)
- 43 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
- 15 Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), most of which are funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD)
2014 AUCD Conference
AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement
In keeping with the theme and spirit of last year's conference, the 2014 theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
Engagement is not new to our network; however, with the ever-changing landscape of how, where, when, and with whom we do our work, it requires some intentional reflection. I recently read about the benefits of public engagement to universities and to the public - it enriches teaching and learning, builds trust and mutual understanding, stimulates creativity and innovation, maximizes the flow of knowledge and learning between universities and society, and can increase appreciation and understanding for higher education and research. Engagement makes us relevant. Very powerful stuff.