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Welcome to the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community! Every year, we welcome thousands of Emerging Leaders to the network that share all AUCD members’ commitment to civil rights and social justice. We are excited to have this space just for you!!

The AUCD network is proud to be your professional home – a place where you can learn about the issues, connect with others, get involved, and grow as a leader, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

On the left, listen to some members of the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community share their thoughts on the importance of interdisciplinary training, how they are using their experiences to make an impact, and how being a part of the AUCD network has influenced their pursuit of personal and professional goals.



Emerging Leader Spotlight: Dr. Mollika Sajady (MNLEND 2018-19

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Dr. Mollika Sajady (MN LEND 2018-19) is a developmental pediatrician and parent who believes in the healing power of nature and listening to families. After working with the Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force on ways to provide equitable access to outdoor activities for children, Sajady, now a developmental pediatrician at Children�s Minnesota, recently collaborated on a pilot project with the Minnesota Zoo to hand out free zoo passes to pediatricians and mental health providers, who in turn could hand them out to their patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, or other conditions.

Oklahoma LEND Graduate's Non-Profit Nationally Recognized

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Jeanette O'Hara is an OK LEND 2022 graduate and Founder/Executive Director of the nonprofit, Will's House, located just outside Tulsa in Jenks, Oklahoma. Will's House serves as a specialized respite option that supports full time caregivers of children and young adults with medical needs or intellectual/developmental disabilities. Jeanette's approach is simple yet profound: "What do you need? How can we help you?" This philosophy reflects a commitment to addressing the diverse and often overlooked gaps in services for caregivers and families.

Announcement: Seeking Emerging Leader Board Member Nominations

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The AUCD Board of Directors is seeking nominations from the network's Emerging Leader community to fill the Emerging Leader Board Member voting position on the Board. (*Note that this is not the same as the Emerging Leader Intern.) The Emerging Leader Board Member will be a voting member on AUCD's national Board of Directors and represent the Association and broader AUCD network. This position will bring the voice and perspective of the AUCD Emerging Leader Community, including but not limited to trainees and early career professionals in the network.

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2024 Disability Policy Seminar Orientation and Policy Education 101 Workshop

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Zoom

This workshop will help prepare trainees for the 2024 Disability Policy Seminar taking place from April 8-10, 2024, in Washington, DC, to learn how to educate policymakers in DC and at home, as well as how to connect their experience and expertise to policy.

NTDC Presents: Recruiting and Supporting Diverse Trainees

Friday, March 8, 2024
3:00 - 4:30 PM ET
Location: Zoom

The National Training Directors Council (NTDC) hosted an interactive discussion on recruiting and supporting diverse trainees within your training programs. The panel highlighted three training programs in the AUCD Network with experience recruiting and supporting diverse trainees, including trainees across states, trainees utilizing distance learning, trainees with lived experience and finally, second-year trainees.

2024 Leadership Academy Informational Webinar

Monday, February 12, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom

This webinar offered interested potential applicants an opportunity to interact with the AUCD Leadership Academy faculty. The webinar featured a brief overview of the 2024 Academy curriculum and timeline. It was followed by a time for questions from potential applicants to the 2024 AUCD Leadership Academy. In addition, alumni will shared their reflections about the benefits they gained from participation in the week-long academy. and the follow-up activities.


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