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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

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A rolling perspective: Welcome Wagon 2.0


It’s time for Welcome Wagon 2.0: people who can provide the accessibility information wheelchair and assistive device patrons—nearly seven million now in the USA—need so desperately.

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Bridgerland Literacy is now part of the CPD


Bridgerland Literacy recently joined the Center for Persons with Disabilities family. And while it is now under the umbrella of the CPD at Utah State University, Bridgerland Literacy’s location will remain at Bridgerland Technology College. Its mission al...

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Transition conference: best practices for those who serve youth with disabilities


Guiding young adults with disabilities into the adult world can be challenging. The Transition Post-Systems Conference is here to help. This event is for Utah educators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, community supported employment providers, schoo...

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