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April 3, 2024


AUCD 2024 Conference: Call for Proposals Opens in Early May

The AUCD Conference brings together more than 1,100 researchers, policymakers, practitioners, professionals, advocates, community leaders, and students. This annual event is designed to promote innovative thinking that will launch disability policy, research, and advocacy initiatives to the next level. Do not miss this opportunity to highlight your work! Call for proposals will open in early May and close in late June. Stay tuned for more updates.

Disability Policy Seminar

April 8 -10, 2024, Washington, DC

The Disability Policy Seminar is an annual federal legislative conference co-sponsored by The Arc, Autism Society, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy, and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (the partners). The Disability Policy Seminar strengthens our federal advocacy efforts by providing training, learning opportunities, and updates, and opportunities to visit their Members of Congress. 

New Grassroots Advocacy and Action Coalition (NAAC) Recruiting Advocates and Family Leaders 

Application: April 15, 2024

As part of AUCD’s workplan, we are recruiting three disability leader advocates (self-advocates) and three family leaders to help build awareness of activities to improve access to HCBS and engage in leadership opportunities. These individuals will be identified through a competitive application process and will be compensated directly for their time. They will work with AUCD’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Special Interest Group (SIG), a core workgroup (stakeholder engagement, knowledge translation, and quality) and with their UCEDD and/or LEND program to spread information about the work of the NAAC. Applications must be received by April 15. The project starts May 1 and ends September 30, 2024. Please apply at this link, and reach out to Sarah Swanson ( for any questions.

AIR-P Presents: Introduction to Plain Language Writing for Academics and Researchers

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with this Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) April webinar! Get an overview of plain language writing for people who may be more used to writing in academic language. Attendees will learn the principles of plain language writing and have a chance to put them into practice with interactive exercises. There will also be time for questions and answers. 

Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

April 17-19, 2024, InterContinental Hotel, Kansas City, MO

The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is one of the premier conferences for behavioral scientists conducting research on intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has a rich history that started in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 1967, and the name of its original location remained. Each year, Gatlinburg Conference brings together scientists from around the world to gather to discuss research and collaborations in the field.

Employment Opportunities Across the Network

The AUCD Employment page focuses on job and fellowship opportunities at AUCD, within our Network, and at organizations affiliated with AUCD. If you think your organization is an affiliated partner, please contact Anna Costalas. Positions will remain on the website for 90 days.


Simons Foundation, Shenoy Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Neuroscience

Deadline: May 1, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The Simons Foundation invites applications for the Shenoy Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Neuroscience (SURFiN) program. The goal of the SURFiN program is to spark and sustain interest in neuroscience among undergraduate students whose backgrounds and experiences are underrepresented in science. SURFiN provides funds for paid research assistantships for undergraduate students living near participating laboratories in the United States, Canada, and Europe that are supported by the Simons Foundation’s Autism and Neuroscience division. 

Administration for Community Living, Expanding Outreach and Professional Training to Engage Older Adults with Behavioral Health Conditions in Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs

Deadline: May 31, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide leadership, expert guidance, training, and resources to community-based organizations and aging and disability service providers to increase the engagement of older adults with mental and behavioral health needs in evidence-based health promotion programs. Outcomes will include an environmental scan of barriers adults with mental and behavioral health needs experience related to evidence-based program engagement, needs assessment(s) of target audiences, and development and implementation of appropriate training and resources for professionals and service providers. Content created under this grant program must have the potential for broad implementation throughout the aging services network.

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Research to Advance the Science of Primary Care

Deadline: June 5, 2024
Award Ceiling:

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to build evidence about the characteristics and value of primary care that influence patient outcomes and advance health equity, such as care coordination, continuity of care, and comprehensiveness of care, person-centered, whole healthcare, and trust, and how these can be improved and effectively delivered to strengthen primary healthcare.

Administration for Community Living, Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project: Development and Distribution of Mobile Applications For Use By People With Disabilities

Deadline: June 11, 2024
Award Ceiling: $600,000

Under this particular DRRP funding opportunity, applicants must propose to conduct development and knowledge translation activities to facilitate the efficient development and distribution of mobile applications for use by people with disabilities. Mobile applications developed and distributed under this priority must be used to improve outcomes among people with disabilities in one or more of NIDILRR’s outcome domains: (1) community living and participation, (2) health and function, and (3) employment.

Administration for Community Living, Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Enhancing the Accessibility of Air Travel

Deadline: June 11, 2024
Award Ceiling: $500,000

Under this particular DRRP funding opportunity, applicants must propose to (1) conduct research on the air travel experiences and outcomes of people with disabilities; (2) conduct research on practices, policies, and systems that shape air travel experiences and outcomes among people with disabilities; and (3) conduct knowledge translation activities to promote air travel accessibility and positive air travel experiences and outcomes among people with disabilities.


Presidential Action: A Proclamation on World Autism Acceptance
Day on April 1, 2024
on April 1, 2024

America was founded on the idea that all people are created equal and deserve to be treated equally throughout their lives. Today, we champion the equal rights and dignity of the millions of Americans on the autism spectrum, and we celebrate the immense contributions of all neurodiverse people, whose perspectives and experiences make America a richer Nation.

Black Maternal Health Week

Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW), April 11–17, is a week-long campaign led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance to build awareness, activism, and community-building to amplify the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of Black mothers and birthing people. This year’s theme, "Our Bodies STILL Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice NOW!," speaks to the widespread restrictions on abortion care access coupled with rising cases of criminalization due to pregnancy loss continuing to widen the gaps of adverse maternal and birth outcomes in the United States.

CQL Blog: Ableism Impacts Everything in Human Services and
Why That Matters

It’s not about being politically correct. It’s not about focusing on the negative. It’s not even about emphasizing failures. Paying attention to ableism is the key to quality. From the very beginning ableism has shaped the human services field and we’ve been trying to shake that legacy ever since. But ableism is more than a foundation, it still significantly influences how we operate today. Until we shine the spotlight and work to remove its impacts, ableism will always be a barrier to quality services and disabled people’s quality of life.

Archived AIR-P Webinar: Skillflix: A Community-Engaged Process
to Create Short Videos that Enhance Skills Across Populations

In this webinar, the research team told the story of a community-engaged, academic-industry partnership to create online video libraries for autistic young adults and parents of autistic youth. Our first collaboration was a video library presenting short, 2 minute “Microskills” videos to help parents gain the skills needed to talk to autistic youth about sexual and reproductive health and relationships. Building on the success of that project, our second project is an online video library for autistic young adults interested in enhancing skills in relationships, employment, self-advocacy, and more – all areas that our advisory group of autistic young people requested.

Archived NTDC Webinar: Recruiting and Supporting Diverse

The National Training Directors Council (NTDC) hosted an interactive discussion on recruiting and supporting diverse trainees within your training programs. The panel highlighted three training programs in the AUCD Network with experience recruiting and supporting diverse trainees, including trainees across states, trainees utilizing distance learning, trainees with lived experience and finally, second-year trainees. 

Archived UCEDD Administrative Essentials Webinar:
Organizational/Structural Models for UCEDDs

The Winter 2024 installment of the Administrative Essentials Series was an engaging Director-hosted roundtable with a focus on organizational and structural models for UCEDDs. Fellow UCEDD Directors shared insights into their organizational/structural models, staffing patterns, interaction and dynamics between their UCEDD and the LEND/IDDRC, and blending or braiding of funding. 

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This weekly newsletter is in part supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) through a technical assistance contract for the URC, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) through a technical assistance contract for the ITAC, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a National Professional Organization for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. The content of this material does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of any federal agency. No official support or endorsement by federal agencies is intended nor should be inferred.

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