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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

aucd logoThe 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)
  • 14 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), receiving core funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD)

These programs serve and are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.

AUCD supports this national network through:

  •  Leadership on major social problems affecting all people living with developmental or other disabilities or special health needs
  • Advocacy with Congress and executive branch agencies that fund and regulate programs used by people with disabilities
  • Networking and partnering with other national organizations to advance the network's national agendas
  • Promoting communication within the network and with other groups by collecting, organizing, and disseminating data on network activities and accomplishments
  • Technical assistance provision on a broad range of topics

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

APRIL-logoThe Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grass roots, consumer controlled, nonprofit membership organization consisting of centers for independent living, their satellites and branch offices, statewide independent living councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.  Some highlights of accomplishments:

APRIL was founded in 1986 by twelve directors of rural CILs meeting in Houston, Texas. That meeting was sponsored by the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in Houston Texas, who continued to support the organizing efforts for several years thereafter.

Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities

mcddLogoIn 1970, Congress passed the Developmental Disabilities Act, which among other things established Councils in each state and trust territory to help plan services and to advocate for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities and their families. The Governor appoints the Council membership not to exceed 29 members. The majority of members are people with developmental disabilities and family members. Others represent state agencies, state legislators and groups that work on behalf of people with disabilities. The Council is made up of Montanans both with and without developmental disabilities, who believe in improving the lives of Montana’s citizens who have a disability.

We concentrate on issues related to self-determination, education, employment, transportation, housing, recreation, health care, community inclusion and the overall quality of life of people with developmental disabilities. As a Council we are committed to both question, and action as we work to discover and promote creative ways that families, service agencies and federal, state, local and tribal governments can help people with disabilities to live more independent, fulfilling lives.

Disability Rights Montana

disability rights mt logoDisability Rights Montana (DRM) protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in Montana. We handle cases involving discrimination or violations of the rights of people with disabilities. Our attorneys, advocates, paralegals, and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across Montana.

As the state’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system, our organization receives federal grant funds to do our work. DRM is completely independent of state government and the disability service system. Therefore, we are free of any conflicts of interest that would undermine our capacity to advocate zealously on behalf of the human and legal rights of people with disabilities. Learn more about our areas of work.

Parents, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK)

PLUKParents, Let's Unite for Kids Parent Center unites parents, professionals, families and friends of children and young adults, especially kids with special needs to support one another, and share information for the benefit of children in Montana


Together We Grow

Together We GrowTogether We Grow is a consortium of modern food and agriculture companies, NGOs, members of academia and the government who have a united focus on building a skilled, diverse and inclusive workforce to make American agriculture a leader for generations to come. Dedicated to feeding a rapidly growing population while using fewer resources, Together We Grow aims to attract the brightest talent to our increasingly high-tech industry. Individually we can make progress, but collectively we can actually see change.

To learn more about Together We Grow, visit