ADA Anniversary Update: 29 Years Burning Down the Road - Featuring Andy Imparato

The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is just over a year away. What has happened over the past 29 years in fulfilling the goals of the ADA? Equality of opportunity: Full participation: Independent living: Economic self-sufficiency: Andy reflects on these goals and discusses current/future policy issues impacting persons with disabilitiesListen Now! 





E-Learning Module: Autism CARES Act 101

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), is pleased to share the e-Learning module, "Autism CARES Act 101." This free, self-paced module addresses key facets of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, including grassroots and legislative origins, how it has evolved since 2006, and resulting federally-funded programming. It also delves into the impact that the Autism CARES Act has had on services and systems that support autistic individuals and their families. The module features brief video interviews with self-advocates, researchers, and public health professionals about their varied experiences supporting and/or implementing legislative priorities.



Haben Girma to Speak at AUCD2019

Haben Girma will speak at this year's AUCD2019 opening plenary panel along with other leaders in the disability space, to discuss her lived experience, what leading change together means to her, and how we can elevate the conversation around the rights of people with disabilities and their families to bring about change.



CT LEND Fellows Learn about Inclusive Employment

im and her husband Scott partnered with longtime friends, Noelle and Tim Alix, whose daughter Cate also has Down syndrome. Both families wanted an inclusive employment opportunity for the children and others in the community. Their vision is one of an inclusive community where everyone is welcome to work and to gather surrounded by great food, great coffee, and great people and a place where everyone belongs.



Student Emerging Leaders Making a Difference for People with Disabilities (FL UCEDD/LEND)

Samantha Meador, center in picture, a graduate of UM Mailman Center's high school leadership program, Student Emerging Leaders Program's (SELP), was honored with the prestigious Silver Knight Award that is given to high school seniors. Yearly, the Miami Herald and Nuevo Herald Silver Knight Award committee selects thirty students. They are honored for academic achievement and community service.



Students with Disabilities Blaze Trail at UT (TX UCEDD)

The University of Texas at Austin E4Texas project awarded ten students Certificates of Completion on May 11, 2019. The E4Texas program immerses students with and without disabilities into college life at the University of Texas Austin campus. Students come to the university campus from around the state. E4 Texas is project of the Texas Center for Disability Studies. Students who take this program are focused on certification as personal care attendants while building independent living, self-advocacy, and social skills.


AUCD Webinars

APHA Disability Section Webinar: Disability and Measurement

APHA Disability Section Webinar: Disability and Measurement  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

The conceptualization of disability has grown recently and with that, what how we measure different constructs related to individuals with disabilities has grown as well. This webinar gives an overview of disability and measurement as it relates to health and provides some new avenues to explore.

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FY 2020 NIRS Roll-out Webinar

FY 2020 NIRS Roll-out Webinar  Copy to Calendar

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

This webinar introduces UCEDD, LEND, DBP, PPC, and LEAH Directors and Data Coordinators to the changes made in the FY 2020 iteration of NIRS. During the webinar, participants will be provided live demonstrations of all recently updated features and will have opportunities to ask questions.

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Public Policy


Tuesdays with Liz: Voting

You can VOTE! Learn all about overcoming voting barriers for people with disabilities with Liz. Liz discusses how to get to the polls and how early voting might be the right option for you.


Autism CARES Act of 2019: Mark Up

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 (H.R.1058) will be a part of the Health Subcommittee markup on Thursday, July 11. This is a critical next step in the reauthorization process.


Tuesdays with Liz: Ivanova Smith Shares Her LEND Story

Ivanova Smith shares her experience with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs, which are funded through the Autism CARES Act. The act is up for renewal by Congress and needs to be reauthorized or renewed by September 30 the end of 2019 in order to continue to provide funding for programs like LEND. Join Ivanova and Liz in educating members of Congress about the importance of LEND and CARES.




PacRim2020  Copy to Calendar

Monday, March 2, 2020 - Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Location: Honolulu, HI

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Center on Disability Studies, in the College of Education, is accepting presentation proposals to be featured at the 35th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity at the Hawaii Convention Center, March 2-3, 2020. Submissions are being accepted from June 1, 2019-December 1, 2019 at

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