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Center for Persons with Disabilities

The Center for Persons with Disabilities is Utah’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The CPD was established in 1972 by Dr. Marvin Fifield, and was the first UCEDD program in the nation to focus on the educational and social needs of children with disabilities. Over our 45-year history, the CPD has grown into one of the largest UCEDD programs in the nation and is recognized as a pioneer in research, training, technical assistance, and services for children and adults with disabilities, families, and the professionals who serve them.

Our Mission:

We are working together to create inclusive communities and improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families through sustainable innovation, collaborative research, responsive service, and interdisciplinary training and education.

Our Values:

  • We Innovate: We lead by developing dynamic, sustainable, forward-thinking programs and services.
  • We Include: We demonstrate how to effectively work toward inclusive communities in our planning, programs, and services. We celebrate diversity in ability, race, ethnicity, culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, politics, and religion. 
  • We Collaborate: We forge partnerships. Working together makes us more effective and responsive to the current needs of our clients and communities.
  • We Care: We do what we do because we care. We are making the world a better place for people with disabilities and their families.
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CPD Blog

Award-winning documentary, disability advocate coming to USU

Award-winning documentary, disability advocate coming to USU


My Dad Matthew—the award-winning movie and the man—are both coming to Utah State University on Monday, November 5, at 6 pm in the Taggart Student Center auditorium.

Blurred crowd of people on a busy street

A Rolling Perspective: This IS My Normal


Wheelchair users get such questions by caring people as, “What happened?” or the more blunt, “What’s wrong with you?” When I hear those questions, I look around to see who they mean. Then I realize they’re talking to me.

Amy Heningsen recognized by the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation

Amy Heningsen recognized by the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation


Last month, the CPD’s Amy Henningsen was recognized by the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation for the work she has done with so many families in Northern Utah. “A lot of us in the valley have had Amy come to our house through the Up to 3 program,” said Maria L...

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