AUCDAssociation of University Centers on Disabilities
AUCDArizona University Center on Disabilities (also seen as AzUCD; Flagstaff, AZ)
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AUCD partners with NCBDDD/CDC and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to implement various projects supported by the "Learn the Signs.
AUCD serves as a collaborator on the Act Early Ambassadors project, a national community change agent program.
To learn more about how to connect with an AUCD Network member near you, please visit www.
Self-advocates and AUCD staff tour facilities, evaluating physical access to hotel and guest rooms, signage, staff training and customer service and emergency procedures.
AUCD program staff, with the help of self-advocates perform accessibility assessments to ensure hotel facilities meet standard accessibility requirements.
The following are sample accessibility checklist items taken from the 2012 Modified Hotel Accessibility Checklist developed by AUCD.
AUCD centers focus on providing research, service and education on issues relevant to people with disabilities and their families; each with unique programs, research objectives, target audiences, and scope of services.
This why AUCD urges its Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs which provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training across disciplines such as developmental pediatrics, psychology, social work, occupational and physical therapy, communication therapy, nutrition and others, to collaborate with public health workforce.
Data on impact and reach of these health initiatives is captured by the National Information Reporting System (NIRS), a unique data reporting and retrieval system used throughout the AUCD network.
AUCD supports national health initiatives through its cooperative agreement with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focused on strengthening the nation's capacity to carry out public health activities inclusive of people with disabilities.
Toolkit user testing was conducted through a series of in depth interviews with attendees of NACCHO (July 2011), APHA (October 2011), and AUCD (November 2011).
For more information on these public health efforts as well as other AUCD initiatives, please visit www.