Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) influences the development and implementation of initiatives relevant to achieving and sustaining appropriate research and evaluation activities to guide the development of national policies. 

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Council on Leadership in Advocacy (COLA) supports current and new leaders with lived experience of disability, including family members, by promoting leadership in their programs and communities. 

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Multicultural Council (MCC) emphasizes growing diverse and skilled leaders, and modeling diversity, equity, and inclusion with and on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families. 

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Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC) supports AUCD network members to develop the capacity to conduct high-quality education and dissemination activities through providing input related to policy, source of support in other activities to advance the mandate for community education and dissemination.

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National Training Directors Council (NTDC) consists of preservice education coordinators and/or training directors that share best practices on developing and implementing national training policies and activities. 

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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

AUCD Emerging Leaders are welcome to join one of the network’s many Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These groups provide opportunities to share information, engage in discussion, and generate new ideas to make a broader impact. SIGs are led by one or more AUCD network leaders but are also open to interested members of the public (such as, but not limited to, staff from partner organizations). They will typically meet in-person at the AUCD Conference and conduct other business via listserv, conference or video calls, webinars, etc. throughout the year. To find a SIG of interest to you, browse the list on AUCD’s SIG webpage, and contact the network member listed. There is no commitment required when joining a SIG, as each has varying levels of involvement.