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The Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at Utah State University 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 in the nation to be housed within a College of Education, and the first UCEDD focused on rural health and disability issues.  We are proud to be a leading research and outreach center in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at USU. 

Over its 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, interdisciplinary training, technical assistance and services for people with disabilities and their families.  We are part of a network of 67 other UCEDD programs in every U.S. state and territory. We serve as a bridge between the university and the community, by ensuring that state and local government agencies, community providers, nonprofit organizations, schools, professionals, families, and most importantly, individuals with disabilities have access to the most up-to-date, evidence-based education, research, technical assistance and services.

We cultivate a lively, entrepreneurial culture that keeps us at the forefront of state and national issues related to disability services and supports. We are primarily funded through grants, contracts, and fee for service programs.  The CPD administers over 60-70 different research, training, technical assistance, and service programs every year in Utah and across 41 other U.S. states. 

Major activities of the CPD include

Community education and technical assistance to people with developmental disabilities, family members, service providers, educators, and professionals on a wide range of topics including web accessibility, assistive technology, federal and state special education policy, and professional development.

Research on the causes of disability and the implementation of evidence-based practices.

Educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, and advocates.

A broad array of services addressing family and consumer needs through clinical and community settings.

Dissemination of the most current research and information related to disability services and supports.

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  1. Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Utah State University
    1. Dr. Matthew Wappett, CPD Director
    2. Consumer Advisory Council (CAC)
      1. Divisions
        1. John Copenhaver, Technical Assistance Director
          1. Associate Director(s)
          2. Program Coordinators
        2. Sue Olsen, Services Director
          1. Associate Direcotr(s)
          2. Program Coordinators
        3. Mark Innocenti
          1. Associate Director(s)
          2. Program Coordinators
      2. In-House Committees
        1. Marketin & PR Committee
        2. Policy Committee
        3. International & Diversity Committee
        4. Safety Committee