Skip to main content

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.
training session

CPD Blog

a person signs a document

Call for IOTI grant reviewers


The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is seeking individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the Fiscal Year 2020 Interagency Outreach and Training Initiative Grant competition.

green, blooming plants come up next to a burnt stump

A Rolling Perspective: Resistance is fertile


Imagine my shock when, on January 14th, I received a letter from Social Security informing me my February check would be a third less than normal. What?! I immediately called them. I waited on hold for two hours and twenty-one minutes...

a hipster pushes an elderly man on a wooden bridge

Families urged to contact state legislators in support of waiver


The Governor released a budget including a new Medicaid waiver. Now, the CPD, the Utah Parent Center and the Disability Law Center are urging supporters to contact their state legislators and let them know how the Limited Supports Waiver will help them an...

View More Blog Articles