Trainees & Early Career Professionals

 

AUCD encourages trainees to be involved in the national network of LEND, UCEDD, and IDDRC programs and has created a number of opportunities for trainee involvement.

An AUCD Trainee is any individual who is enrolled in one of AUCD's LEND, UCEDD, or IDDRC programs. A trainee might be an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student in a discipline such as audiology or social work; a trainee might be a fellow in pediatrics or psychology; a trainee might be a research assistant working on a genetic disorder or a family member learning about leadership. All trainees have a common desire to continue learning about helping and working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
  There are over 4,000 AUCD trainees enrolled in the nation's LEND, UCEDD, and IDDRC programs. By being a trainee at an AUCD-member program, individuals are also members of AUCD. These AUCD trainees form a network and can learn from each other by discussing and sharing their common interests and unique experiences.
   Are you an AUCD trainee?

 
 

As you begin your journey with AUCD, these three Trainee Orientation Modules will help you learn, connect, get involved, and grow as part of the network. Each includes videos and links to related resources. They were created with input and support from a range of leaders, including recent trainees. The information is sequenced so you can gradually build your understanding, but feel free to jump in wherever and whenever you are ready to start!

LEARN, view videos CONNECT, view webinar GROW, view video

 
 

Trainee & Early Career Professional News

 

3/20/2019

ARMS of Advocacy: Arkansas and Mississippi LEND

The Arkansas (AR) and Mississippi (MS) LEND program engenders a diverse, interdisciplinary culture of growth and learning in the disability field. Composed of trainees and faculty from 16 health care disciplines, we conduct quarterly solution-focused learning sessions with a local family who has a child with a disability. Trainees have the opportunity to interview each family two times and collaborate in inter-disciplinary teams to find solutions to challenges the family and child may be encountering. A third meeting with each family culminates in trainees presenting their findings.

 
 
Boston Children's Fellows gather for a group picture in two rows. Fellows have worked together to build upon each other's knowledge throughout the 2018-2019 Fellowship.

3/4/2019

Beyond the Walls: How Fellows at Boston Children's Go Beyond the Classroom (MA LEND)

By: Sean Fishkind, Boston Children's LEND Fellow and student at Boston College Law School

The interdisciplinary nature of the LEND program gives a unique flavor to each and every week, giving a variety of perspectives to each issue discussed. At Boston Children's LEND program, the interdisciplinary nature is extended beyond the the walls fellows meet in each week. Whether meeting with state leaders for Title V programs, working with Community Based Organizations ("CBOs"), or researching pressing issues in developmental disabilities, fellows are constantly pushing their boundaries. By putting an emphasis on work outside of the "classroom", fellows have expanded their knowledge in a truly interdisciplinary fashion.

 
 

1/2/2019

Fact Sheets Created From Disabled Parenting Project (OH UCEDD/LEND)

These fact sheets were created as part of our Cincinnati LEND Seminars in Evidence-Based Medicine project. A team of LEND trainees and faculty members conducted research on best practices while also consulting with stakeholders, including women with disabilities who have experienced pregnancy and prenatal care as well as medical providers.

 
 
 

Upcoming Trainee Events

Making Lifelong Connections 2019

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - Friday, April 5, 2019
Location: Madison, WI

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Making Lifelong Connections Planning Committee would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCHB trainees and enhance their career development.

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Past Trainee Events

2019 pre-EHDI LEND Workshop

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Sunday, March 3, 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hyatt Regency O'Hare (Chicago, IL), Intl D/E

This workshop will introduce trainees to the various challenges associated with assessing, monitoring, and effectively serving deaf/hard of hearing children who have additional disabilities form a systems perspective. It is a unique, interactive learning opportunity that brings together trainees and faculty from across the country. This workshop will focus on strategies for facilitating early diagnosis and reducing loss to follow up.

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AUCD Leadership Academy

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Monday, June 25, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
Location: Atlanta, GA

The AUCD Leadership Academy is a week-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network in building coalitions that will improve systems of supports and services. Participation is open to individuals from Self Advocacy Organizations, UCEDDs, LENDs, IDDRCs, CILs, DD Councils, Disability Rights, community based disability organizations, and other disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development. Participants will continue to engage with their cohort, academy staff, local coaches, and national allies in the year following the experience. The academy will focus on the exploration of shared values and commitments to civil and human rights, assessments of personal and leadership strengths, skills in building partnerships to achieve collective impact, and establishing personal and professional leadership goals.

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AUCD Emerging Leaders Map

The AUCD Emgerging Leaders Map

 
 

Tools


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Self-Assessment Tool

Self-Assessment Tool
The self assessment tool was developed to look at Personal Knowledge and Skills, Working with Others and Working in Systems.

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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
AUCD Employment section includes job opportunities within the AUCD Network and at other organizations within the disability community.