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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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Pioneering conference for the blind in Mexico has CPD ties


A conference for the blind, their teachers and families offers life-changing information in Mexico. The CPD collaborates on the effort with METAS, an organization dedicated to improving education and services for the blind.

A Rolling Perspective: SOS

A Rolling Perspective: SOS


Columnist Jennifer Holland raises the alarm on the growing problem of homelessness, which can happen to anyone who experiences disability, underemployment, disaster or a high-cost housing market.

Three Utah projects receive IOTI funding to improve disability training

Three Utah projects receive IOTI funding to improve disability training


The CPD awarded Interagency Outreach and Training Initiative funding to three organizations this summer to address disability training in Utah over a period of three years. Watch for these initiatives!

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