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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

Disability Advocacy Day: An opportunity to advocate!

Disability Advocacy Day: An opportunity to advocate!


It is vitally important that legislators hear from the people who are directly affected by policies in the State of Utah. Here's how to talk to them in 2021.


CPD salutes "Spirit of Service" recipients


The Spirit of Service awards feature one person from each CPD division who goes the extra mile without being asked, who is a tireless worker, but whose efforts largely go unrecognized. Meet this year's recipients!

CPD's Sachin Pavithran to assume national leadership post

CPD's Sachin Pavithran to assume national leadership post


Dr. Sachin Pavithran, the CPD’s outgoing policy director and the Utah Assistive Technology Program Director, will soon leave for Washington, DC. Starting in January 2021, he will be the new US Access Board Executive Director.

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