Collaborative Partners

FEDERAL COLLABORATORS

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. Network members consist of: 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), receiving core funding from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD); 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs receiving core funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB); and 15 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), receiving core funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD).

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

 Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Therefore, OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

At the Maternal and Child Health Bureau our mission is to improve the health of America’s mothers, children and families. We envision an America where all children and families are healthy and thriving. The Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program has broad reach, serving approximately 42 million people.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. OSEP, directly and through its partners and grantees, develops a wide range of research-based products, publications, and resources to assist states, local district personnel, and families to improve results for students with disabilities.

STATE COLLABORATORS

The Department of Developmental Services

The Department of Developmental Services

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is responsible for the planning, development and administration of complete, comprehensive and integrated statewide services for persons with intellectual disability. DDS provides services through a decentralized system that relies on private provider agencies under contract or enrolled with the department in addition to the state operated services. These services include residential services and in-home supports, day services and employment supports, family support, respite, case management, and other periodic services such as transportation, interpreter services, and clinical services.

The Early Childhood Personnel Center

The Early Childhood Personnel Center

The ECPC was funded to: Serve as a national resource on personnel standards, competencies, and recommended practices; Assist States in aligning personnel standards to national professional organization standards for personnel who serve children with disabilities and their families, integrating those standards with standards for Early Childhood (EC) personnel of all children, and linking those standards to state competencies and certification or licensure requirements; Assist state agencies and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) in partnering to align preservice and inservice training for personnel serving children with disabilities and their families; and Assist States to develop an integrated and comprehensive system of personnel development for all who those serve children (aged birth to five) with disabilities and their families.

Connecticut State Department of Education

Connecticut State Department of Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. The Department is responsible for distributing funds to the state’s 166 school districts. The Department also operates the Connecticut Technical High School System. The Connecticut State Board of Education believes that all students, including students with exceptionalities, are unique and influenced by cultural, linguistic, intellectual, psychological, health and economic factors.

Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut

Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut

The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut, one of the nation’s leading public higher education institutions. With academic departments dedicated to educational leadership, educational psychology, and curriculum and instruction, the Neag School also offers a five-year integrated bachelor’s/master’s program in teacher education and a one-year, post-baccalaureate teacher education program.