The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
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Our mission is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting our members in research, education, health, and service activities that achieve our vision.
Our national network includes:
- 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD)
- 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs
- 15 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC)
Our network members and programs serve and are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.
AUCD supports this national network through:
- Leadership on major social problems affecting all people living with developmental or other disabilities or special health needs
- Advocacy with U.S. Congress and government agencies that fund and regulate programs used by people with disabilities
- Networking and partnering with other national organizations to advance research, education, and service for and with people with disabilities
- Promoting communication within the network and with other groups by collecting, organizing, and disseminating data on network activities and accomplishments
- Providing technical assistance and support on a broad range of disability topics
To learn more about AUCD, please visit: www.aucd.org