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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

Women's History Month: An interview with Judith Heumann

Women's History Month: An interview with Judith Heumann


Judy Heumann, pioneering disability activist, talks about her place in history and the Netflix documentary "Crip Camp."

a young man stares at his comuter screen in the dark

WebAIM helps make information accessible in the pandemic


Business and education were already moving online. Then came COVID-19. WebAIM offers insights and resources for content creators so their information can be accessed by everyone.

CPD and COVID-19: A round-up of affected services

CPD and COVID-19: A round-up of affected services


How COVID-19 precautions are affecting services at the CPD.

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