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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

George Bush and Justin Dart at the signing of the ADA

Disability Law Center works to keep the ADA's promises


July 26 is the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Guest columnist Adina Zahradnikova remembers the history. "We still have a lot of work to do to fulfill its promise of inclusion and participation."

A young woman in a wheelchair looks around at a very confined space

CAC Corner: Our European vacation with a wheelchair


CPD Community Advisory Council Co-chair Michelle Hoggan offers tips on European travel with a family member in a wheelchair: how to plan, what to watch for, and receiving discounts.

Man shops online with his phone in front of a computer

A rolling perspective: Live streaming NOW!


Guest blogger Jennifer Holland on the troublesome time lag between communicator and receiver, plus a resource to help low-income readers hook up to affordable internet service.

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