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Center for Persons with Disabilities

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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.

CPD Blog

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Guest Column: Rainbow Light


On March 4th, 2021, individuals gathered in the darkness to shine hope into the hearts of those who suffer at the hands of those who say they are not enough. Each rainbow light glowed in honor of a past that no one wants to endure and future that demands ...


Tricia Jones-Parkin on APSE, Employment First in Utah


This spring, Tricia Jones-Parkin was elected to the Association of People Supporting Employment First board. She sat down with the CPD for an interview about the organization, its mission, and why competitive employment for people with disabilities matter...

USU Program Will Train Youth to Find Quality Mental Health Resources

USU Program Will Train Youth to Find Quality Mental Health Resources


A new project from the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University will help youth leaders know how to identify someone that might be experiencing a mental health issue and spot evidence-based resources to treat these issues.

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