AUCD Network Narratives

AUCD Network Narratives

A 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. View all episodes and transcripts at http://www.aucd.org/podcast

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March 9, 2022 3 min

Join Jeiri, as she thanks you for tuning in to Season 1 of the AUCD Network Narratives podcast. Jeiri reflects on what the 1st season has had in stores and what's to come in season 2.

AUCD Network has had the pleasure of hearing amazing stories from members and insights on ways we to work together to help advocate and educate the community at large.

View all episodes and transcripts at http://www.aucd.org/podcast

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Representation is essential in advocacy work and the push for legislation. When it comes to autism and disability advocacy, listening, engaging, and understanding the experiences of people of color is crucial to changing the narrative. Elizabeth Morgan joins the show to help us understand the importance of connecting with stories of people of color with disabilities and their families.

Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor in Educatio...

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If you’re anything like Jeiri, you might not be familiar with the term “cultural broker”. That is why Jeiri is joined by Angela West. Angela is a multicultural specialist who serves families and professionals by educating them of the cultural impact on disability and connecting them to resources.

Today, Angela is introducing you to what being a cultural broker is like. She talks about her experience being an individual with physical...

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George Gotto has experienced the network from many phases and positions. Today, he is the UCEDD Director of the University of Missouri Kansas City's Institute for Human Development in Kansas City, Missouri. He is trained as a medical anthropologist with an emphasis on community-based research and cross-cultural perspectives on health and discipline.

For most of George’s career, he has experienced several positions within the net...

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January 12, 2022 14 min

When it comes to creating a  self-advocacy curriculum, teamwork really does make the dream work. It takes a deep and patient understanding of the history and culture of the many walks of life. Jairo Arana joins the AUCD Network Narratives podcast today to share his advice on how we can improve self-advocacy curriculums within our programs.

Jairo’s journey in self-advocacy began after being diagnosed late in life with autism and taki...

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Did you know that there isn’t a word for “disability” across indigenous languages? Instead, there are different terminologies used amongst indigenous communities. If you’re wondering what inclusivity and advocacy for disabilities in Indigenous cultures look like, this episode is for you.

Today, Jeiri sits down with Jim Warne, who is the Director of Community Engagement and Diversity at the University of South Dakota’s Center for Dis...

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When it comes to creating change within our network and communities, it is important to make sure that our resources are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Maribel Hernandez does just that in her important role at the Mind Institute. She was born in Mexico and moved to the United States 26 years ago. Today, she’s a proud mother of 2 sons ages 19 and 21, who are both autistic young adults.

In this thoughtful conversation, Jei...

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One of the most important tools to add to your toolbelt as an advocate or a researcher is the power of storytelling. Sharing stories of lived experiences is a powerful tool that can evoke empathy, compassion, and an understanding of different walks of life.

Today, Jeiri is joined by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, an educator, writer, public speaker, parent, global advocate, a professional and disabled non-binary woman of color, and daughter ...

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Being in charge of a huge network with a large reach is a daunting task. You have to be extremely mindful of the different cultural ties of each individual and their communities, and you need to make sure that you’re serving while being respectful of different cultural rules and traditions. 

Kiriko Takahashi is the Interim Director of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with 20+ years of experi...

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Big changes don’t happen overnight. Instead, it takes little day-to-day actions to bring forth change in massive ways. Dr. Gail Chodron is on a mission to bring forth change by improving access to integrated systems for children with an autism spectrum disorder. She is the training director for the Wisconsin LEND and the coordinator of community training and technical assistance. She’s also a parent of a young autistic adult and ha...

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Being truly inclusive of ALL, including people living at the intersections of marginalized racial, ethnic, and other social identities and cultural factors is important to the AUCD Network. But it’s one thing to talk the talk, and another thing entirely to walk it.

Jeiri is joined by Jacy Farkas and Timotheus Gordon for a conversation all about finding multicultural opportunities and creating true diversity, equity, and inclusion wi...

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Stories are powerful. Especially the stories from leaders at the forefront of advocacy, impact, and change. This is why we invite you to tune in to our brand new show, AUCD Network Narratives. Hosted by Jeiri Flores, an advocacy specialist at the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities and the co-chair for the Council on Leadership and Advocacy, AUCD Network Narratives feature guests from all over our network to tell us their ...

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