In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed what is now known as the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, which authorized the first university-based entities for individuals with developmental disabilities. This historic legislation was the beginning of a network of centers embedded in higher education and supported by federal funds to conduct research and provide training and clinical services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. This interdisciplinary approach provided a new way to look at the whole person and the whole family as a means of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) was originally formed in 1971 to represent this network with the federal government and constituent organizations and agencies. In 2021, AUCD celebrates its 50th anniversary as a diverse network of people with disabilities, families, educators, researchers, advocates, and professionals, and grows leaders who have the skills to make a difference throughout the world. In partnership with people with disabilities, AUCD promotes inclusion, dignity, respect, equity, justice, health, and well-being across the lifespan in all communities.
Join us for our 2021 AUCD for ALL Gala to celebrate 50 years of leadership as well as amplify the voices of current and future leaders who are paving the way for continued improvements in community living, social justice and civil rights, healthcare, education, employment, transportation, housing, self-advocacy, the Arts, and so much more with and for people with disabilities and their families.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
7:00pm – Virtual social hour and networking
8:00pm – Virtual Program and Honoree Recognition
9:00pm – Close