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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

State Department fellow from Kenya visits CPD

State Department fellow from Kenya visits CPD


Lewis Murithi sat down for an interview about his home country, its successes and challenges in serving people with disabilities, and what he hopes to gain from his visit to the CPD.


Tot Spot: Goals yield results


At the beginning of the year, the Up to 3 team set goals to meet Division on Early Childhood recommended practices. Crump decided to set a goal to include more movement.

vegetables sizzle in a wok

A Rolling Perspective: What's on the menu?


Sometimes I’m so shocked at what the restaurant’s charging, I have trouble enjoying it when it arrives. I think of the bills I could pay, or the shoes I could get, or the book I could afford. If you’ve experienced poverty, you totally get it.

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