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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

Five-part radio series highlights disability in rural Utah

Five-part radio series highlights disability in rural Utah


The CPD teamed up with the Disability Law Center and Utah Public Radio on a series highlighting disability issues in rural Utah. Listen to individuals with disabilities tell their stories.

A man in a wheelchair with a crate of belongings on his lap.

A Rolling Perspective: The Deserve Delusion


Homelessness isn't always visible. The "hidden homeless" couch-surf when they're not on vacation, often because affordable housing is not available to them.

CPD bids goodbye to dedicated UATP coordinator

CPD bids goodbye to dedicated UATP coordinator


This month, the Utah Assistive Technology Program’s Logan coordinator departs for North Dakota. The program will continue, but his departure leaves a hole in a lot of hearts.

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