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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

Guest blog: Lessons learned from walking to rolling

Guest blog: Lessons learned from walking to rolling


Guest columnist Kim Beckstead shares the lessons she learned in the three years since experiencing a stroke, reflecting on accessibility, parenting and learning to live left-handed.

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Utah’s 2019 primary elections: a voter’s guide


Utah's municipal primary elections are Tuesday, August 13. Many are conducted by mail, but they offer in-person options, too. Not sure where or how to vote? Find your county's information here.

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A rolling perspective: Trust issues


Columnist Jennifer Holland offers the perfect prescription for resolving trust issues that arise in signing up for Medicare (or other hard decisions). Go to your local library!

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