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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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Informational Webinars Interagency Outreach  & Training Initiative    January 30 at 12 pm  February 21 at 2 pm  March 12 at 12 pm   Open to applicants for IOTI training grants.  Applicants need only attend one session.  A recorded session will be archived online.

IOTI application process opens with informational webinars


The first of three informational webinars for Interagency Outreach and Training Initiative grants begins on January 30. These question-and-answer sessions will guide applicants from public agencies, nonprofits, or private for-profit organizations...

A Rolling Perspective: “Lost connection to server”

A Rolling Perspective: “Lost connection to server”


It took but two weeks this last chilly November—car-less, in need of heat and food, and newly arrived in the rural town that had housing for me—to learn that internet does not have the connecting power I thought it did.

Disability course helps identify personal and social privilege and power

Disability course helps identify personal and social privilege and power


Social Power, Privilege, and Difference is an eight-week, online course intended for a wide audience, including people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and anyone who wants to better understand systems of power and and self-advocacy.

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