Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
Richard Davis, ODEP Policy Advisor, and Julie Christensen, Director of Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, presenting on ODEP-UCEDD Partnerships through the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) at the 2017 AUCD Annual Conference Poster Symposium on "Ensuring Opportunities for Competitive Employment."
AUCD executive director Andrew Imparato (left) and ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy signed the alliance alongside representatives at the Department of Labor, (left to right) Michael Gamel-McCormick, Carol Dunlap, Richard Davis, Janet Brown and Juston Locks.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that brings together university-based interdisciplinary programs and community resources nationwide to achieve meaningful change for people with disabilities.
- Share expertise and disseminate information on hiring, advancing, and retaining workers with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities.
- Promote and disseminate information about ODEP resources to AUCD members. ODEP resources include, but are not limited to, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD), the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD), Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) Community of Practice, plus practices and policies to increase disability inclusion in the workplace.
- Build awareness and use of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) as a hiring tool for AUCD members and their stakeholder communities.
- Develop and publicize resources on the value of hiring and retaining talented workers with disabilities including veterans with disabilities. Such resources might include, but are not limited to, how-to-guides and other educational materials, success stories, and case studies developed collaboratively or by individual parties.
- Identify emerging issues to which the Alliance should direct particular attention and resources, and determine how best to communicate relevant and useful information related to these issues.
- Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at mutually agreed upon ODEP and AUCD events.
- As appropriate, convene and/or participate in membership meetings focused on forging innovative strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting job candidates and employees with disabilities.
- Provide technical assistance to employers and employees regarding replicable disability employment strategies, policies and effective practices.
- Participate in meetings and/or discussions with representatives from other ODEP Alliances to exchange information on various disability employment issues that are being addressed and to explore opportunities for additional collaborative activities.
- Carry out other activities, as mutually agreed upon, that promote the hiring, advancement, and retention of individuals with disabilities.
- Read the signed Alliance renewal agreement (PDF)
- Read the Alliance report 2016-2018 (PDF)
- Read the signed Alliance agreement (PDF)