The new President-elect of the AUCD — the Association of University Centers on Disabilities — is Dr. Sachin Pavithran, Director of Policy at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD).
He has a plan for his two-year term.
“Getting more voice for people with disabilities, to really educate and also not just advocacy but also play a big role in the field, when it comes to research, when it comes to influencing policy,” said Dr Pavithran. “Having better access for people with disabilities to play that kind of role in the field at large.”
Dr. Pavithran said the AUCD envisions a future in which all people, including those living with developmental and other disabilities, are participating members of their communities.
He served a year on the AUCD Board and in that time emphasized diversity within the network.
Dr. Pavithran said the AUCD wants to see those with developmental and other disabilities become participating members of their communities which is an effort already underway at the CPD at USU.
“Our director, Dr. Matthew Wappett, has put a great emphasis on what inclusion means and what we need to do as a department to really enhance what role people with disabilities can play and families with disabilities can play.
“That needs to be duplicated nationally.”