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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.
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CPD Blog

A rolling perspective: Fear, the mind-killer

A rolling perspective: Fear, the mind-killer

11/06/2019

CPD columnist Jennifer Holland discusses the issues of an aging society (transportation and housing are at the top of the list), how scary they are, and how she calms her fears for the future.

CPD presenters highlight disability as diversity

CPD presenters highlight disability as diversity

10/29/2019

The CPD's Matthew Wappett, Sachin Pavithran, Storee Powell and other CPD employees will all speak about disability's role in diversity and inclusion during USU's “Disrupt” 2019 Inclusive Excellence Symposium.

CPD director teaches USU employees to laugh off stress

CPD director teaches USU employees to laugh off stress

10/28/2019

CPD Executive Director Matthew Wappett speaks on why stress makes you a terrible person, why you should laugh about it, and how to do some laughing yoga.

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