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Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice

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The Center for Persons with Disabilities has a new name and logo! We are now the USU Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice (IDRPP). Our new name and logo represent the next step in the evolution of our organization. From our origins as a local specialized school program, to our work today as a national and international leader in research, training, and services for people with disabilities we have made it our purpose to grow with intention and a focus on improving outcomes.

 Over our (almost) 50-year history, the IDRPP 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. Even though we have changed our name and logo, we remain committed to our foundational values of innovation, inclusion, collaboration, and caring. Our team of skilled professionals and staff will continue to deliver the high-quality work that you have come to expect from us.

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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IDRPP Blog

IDRPP Salutes New Division Director

IDRPP Salutes New Division Director

07/19/2021

Dr. Tim Riesen is the new director of the Research and Training division of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy and Practice.

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Grant Addresses Health Concerns Among Rural Utahns

07/06/2021

A team from the Institute for Disability was awarded a grant as part of the National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk.

CPD becomes Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice

CPD becomes Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice

06/29/2021

Effective July 1, 2021, USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities will be renamed the Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice.

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