Tennessee Community Conversations Featured at the 2016 AUCD Conference

January 10, 2017 - |

erik-and-jenn-picTennesseeWorks team members shared about Community Conversations at the 2016 Conference and Annual Meeting of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) held December 4-7 in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year’s conference was Navigating Change and Building Our Future Together. See details on the session below:

Changing the Conversation: Engaging Local Communities in New Ways to Identify Assets and Improve Outcomes for Individuals with IDD

“Community conversations” are an asset-based approach for increasing the capacity and commitment of professionals, families, and community allies to support access to inclusive school, work, and community experiences. This session addressed how the approach is used to engage local communities in new conversations involving a broader range of stakeholders. Presenters shared lessons learned and research from four states using this approach to inform systems change and improve outcomes.

  • Erik Carter, Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Nashville, TN
  • Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., Tarjan Center UCLA: Los Angeles, CA
  • Jenny Neugart. Waisman Center: Madison, WI
  • Harold Kleinert, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute: Lexington, KY
  • Jenn Bumble, M.Ed., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Nashville, TN
  • Elise McMillan, J.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Nashville, TN

For more information about the 2016 AUCD Conference, including a full conference program visit http://www.aucd.org/conference/index.cfm/aucd-2016-home2016.