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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


CPD’s Nef and Preston seek to strengthen early intervention in Utah


Up to 3’s Marla Nef and Janel Preston have teamed up to bring better professional development to early intervention workers all over the state. They have spent two years helping to revive the Utah chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division...


A rolling perspective: Get the popcorn!


Finding vegetables and tasty alternative protein sources is important, so I learned A LOT about where and how to get them as a disabled person with no car, using food stamps only.


USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities to collaborate on mental health grant


A collaboration between Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities and its counterparts in Alaska and Kentucky will offer training

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