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Center for Persons with Disabilities

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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.

CPD Blog

Autism Diaries 2: Tips for self-care

Autism Diaries 2: Tips for self-care


Sensory challenges make self-care and daily activities difficult and downright painful for CPD Social Media Specialist Storee Powell. Here are some things that make it easier.

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Utah primary election 2020: What's different in accessible voting


The Utah primary is June 30. COVID-19 has made some changes, but voters still have a right to accommodations to vote privately and independently. Find out more from the Disability Law Center.

Men and mental health: It's not easy!

Men and mental health: It's not easy!


CPD Executive Director Matthew Wappett opens up about men, mental health and the mountain west culture.

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