UCEDD Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council advises the leadership of the VKC.

The Council is a full partner in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities. The Council meets at least quarterly. One or more members attend the annual meeting of the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities and take part in the national Council on Community Advocacy (COLA), which is made up of individuals with disabilities and family members from each University Center in the national network.

For more information about the Community Advisory Council, contact ucedd@vumc.org or (615) 936-8852.

What is the AUCD?

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 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 Office on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OIDD)
  • 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
  • 14 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), are funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD)

These 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. The VKC is among only a few Universities nationally to have all three programs. For more information on AUCD visit: www.aucd.org