AUCD for All 2017 Gala: Celebrating Leadership in Employment

25597543796_2c743d2a9c_kJoin the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) on March 22, 2017, to celebrate and elevate leadership that expands inclusive employment for people with disabilities. For more than five decades, AUCD’s network of Centers in every state and territory has invested, through research, training, and advocacy, in improving the lives of millions of individuals with disabilities, their families, and communities. The AUCD for All celebration brings together leaders inside and outside our network who develop and sustain inclusive employment opportunities at the community, state and federal levels to foster long-term partnerships and collaborations in support of people disabilities achieving meaningful employment.

The AUCD network has worked with and for people with disabilities and their families to:

  • Implement innovative support programs for workers with disabilities;
  • Ensure employers know the value, dedication, and productivity of workers with disabilities;
  • Link employers with skilled workers with disabilities;
  • Create and disseminate assistive technology that will make workplaces more accessible;
  • Raise the expectations of society regarding workers with disabilities;
  • Inform families about the benefits of work and career for young people with disabilities;
  • Shape policies that will support workers with disabilities to be able to stay at work as they age
  • Support public policies that provide the home and community-based supportsand services that make it possible for people with long-term complex disabilities to participate fully in the labor force

Event Details:

Where:  The Carnegie Library– 801 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
When:   Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time:     6:00pm – 8:00pm – networking reception and program
8:00pm – 10:00pm – dessert and dancing

25623508905_259b2ee3ff_k.jpgOn this special night, we will highlight leaders from all sectors who demonstrate a commitment to improving policies and practices that link employers to workers with disabilities, create the support necessary for retaining them, and establishing career paths as they gain skills and experience.   Access and opportunity for employment is a civil right, one that has not been widely available to people with disabilities. Join us and support our work to address this long-standing injustice and we work to increase competitive integrated employment for all.

The Power of AUCD

Here are what leaders said at the 2016 Gala about the power of the AUCD network:

gala2“I’m consistently blown away and impressed with their work, the role they play in their communities is so unbelievably powerful.”

Michael Yudin,
Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education
and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education


“AUCD is a critically important organization!  It is a resource to agencies, to organizations, and policymakers concerned about people living with developmental and other disabilities, and their families.”

Wade Henderson,
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights