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Logo of AUCD Network Narratives: Real Stories from Our MembersA podcast from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) that shares real stories from network members who are working to change systems and structures that impact people with disabilities. Each AUCD Network Narratives episode features a conversation about experiences at a LEND, UCEDD or IDDRC, especially highlighting emerging leaders and the voices of BIPOC disabled people and their families. We aim to energize AUCD network members to take action in their own communities. Episode transcripts are available with each episode listed below.

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May 31, 2023

Resiliency of Black and African American families of young children during COVID with Yetta Myrick

Yetta Myrick is a mother of a teenage son on the autism spectrum. She is the founder and president of DC Autism Parents -a non-profit organization.  In this episode, Jeiri is joined by Yetta to discuss her role as a mother and advocate, and how she promotes developmental monitoring to get her community the help, they need to access services for their children.

May 15, 2023

Ethics, Genetics, and Eugenics with Stephanie Meredith

Stephanie Meredith is a LEND Family Faculty and Medical Outreach Director at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute. She joins the podcast to share why genetics is such a complex issue in the disability field. She also shares how she infuses her work in genetics with her work in advocacy. Her roles include creating and disseminating information about genetic conditions and building relationships between national leaders in the disability and medical communities. Stephanie discusses how she helps clinicians confront ableism and racism in the history of eugenics, why it’s key to having an action plan to bring people together, and what needs to happen to bring together the disability and genetics community.

May 3, 2023

Advocating for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) with Blake Perry

Welcome to another episode of AUCD Network Narratives, the podcast that shares real stories from our members.

April 19, 2023

Being Culturally Aware in Linguistically Responsive Services with Dr. Debra Vigil

Join us for this insightful episode all about cultural humility, impact, and awareness, in the field of linguistically responsive services.

March 29, 2023

A Quality Improvement Network for Interdisciplinary Training in Developmental Disabilities with Jen Smith

Today, Jeiri is joined by her colleague and LEND director, Jen Smith. Dr. Smith is a clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst, specializing in treating children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder.

March 16, 2023

Health Advocacy and Supporting Black Families with Ida Winters

Ida joins Jeiri for a conversation about how she bridges the gap between families and providers. She shares a behind-the-scenes look at her style of advocacy and how she developed it organically through her own experience with her family. Ida also shares her thoughts on why so many people might struggle with trusting professionals in healthcare, along with her biggest barrier when entering the advocacy arena. Then, Ida shares her challenges as a Black family leader at her center. And finally, she wraps up the episode with her advice for Black and Brown families who want to improve their connection to the community.

March 2, 2023

Paving the Way for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Sabrina Smith

In today’s episode, Jeiri is joined by her colleauge, Sabrina Smith. Sabrina Smith is a senior health project coordinator for the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities. Together, Jeiri and Sabrina co-lead a diversity, equity, and inclusion forum for the developmental-behavioral pediatrics division.

February 9, 2023

From Trainee to Network Leader with Shayla Collins and Maureen Johnson

This week’s Network Narratives episode features former trainee Shayla Collins from our Washington LEND and Maureen Johnson past AUCD staff, where they discuss how LEND programs and the Emerging Leaders network serves as a resource hub for upcoming advocates and continuing professionals in our network.