AUCD4ALL Stories

We at AUCD recognize the power of personal stories. They help to create a shared understanding of who we are and how we live our lives. They help us celebrate our successes and document our challenges. Stories empower us.

AUCD network member Susan Dell shares her story about the importance of literacy for all and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities / RI College efforts to help with access to literacy through the Adapted Literate Website. Watch her story here:

The documentary “Creating Hope: A History of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center” is the story of an institution that has been a world leader in the field of human development and developmental disabilities for more than half a century. Since its beginnings in the 1960s, the research and activism generated by the John F. Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University has been creating hope for generations of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The documentary was produced in 2015 by Lyle Jackson, Media Content Producer, Research Office, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, for the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Center. Watch the story here:

Anastasia Wilson, a current LEND self advocate trainees, shares the history of the self advocate discipline at the Waisman Center WI LEND.

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Building Community Connection: from feedmill to autims therapy center
In the shadow of the Fennimore water tower in southwestern
Wisconsin sits a nondescript metal building. The once-abandoned former feed mill has now become The Learning Center, a unique resource for youth with autism and their families. Most rural communities don’t have a resource like this, but most communities don’t have someone like Rose Cutting. A mother of a child with autism, Cutting says she saw a big deficit in support for families like hers and decided to make a change. With her boundless determination, a team of community partners, and support from the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rose was able to establish her center.
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