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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

Planning an accessible event: Tips from TAESE

Planning an accessible event: Tips from TAESE


When you often host more than one event a week, you know a thing or two about conference and event planning. We asked TAESE experts for some tips on running an accessible event. They drew from a deep well of experience.

Celebrate National Disability Awareness Month by taking your legislator to work

Celebrate National Disability Awareness Month by taking your legislator to work


Guest blogger Libby Oseguera writes on National Disability Awareness Month, featuring the ongoing Take Your Legislator to Work program.

A house stands on a rock overlooking the ocean.

A rolling perspective: Fool's paradigm


CPD Columnist Jennifer Holland reflects on housing security, whether the home is built on the rock or the sand.

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