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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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People with disabilities and voting in Utah: Know your rights!


In Utah, disability doesn't change your right to vote, though sometimes people try to interfere with it anyway. Here are some things to know.

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Project SCOPE helps service providers understand issues surrounding babies’ opioid withdrawal


The CPD’s Project SCOPE is a national training initiative designed to help early childhood educators, health providers and others who support the children and families affected by opioid use.


Rep. Chris Stewart next in "Getting to Know the Candidates" series


Chris Stewart, Republican incumbent in the race for Utah’s Second Congressional District, is next up an interview with the CPD’s policy team on Thursday, October 8, from 10 to 10:30. You can also watch it later from the CPD's policy page.

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