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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


Norm Ames named new director of USU’s special education center


Norm Ames assumes leadership of the CPD's Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education. He will continue its mission of improving education for children with disabilities into the next decade.

Utah State Capitol Rotunda

Disability Advocacy Day: Three ways to make your voice heard


Disability Advocacy Day brings workshops, speakers, informational displays and a reception where self-advocates and their families can tell their legislators about the issues they face.

2019 "Spirit of Service" awardees honored

2019 "Spirit of Service" awardees honored


Brenda Smith, Kalyn Wight, Tom Boman and Connie Panter are this year's Spirit of Service awardees for their hard work and their example in solving problems.

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