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Center for Persons with Disabilities

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

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A Rolling Perspective: Running on empty


It amazes me how many people wouldn’t dream of putting the wrong type of gas into their car, but when it comes to living within their means, their “life fuel” budget—food—gets targeted first. They’ll put premium gas into their car or truck and the absolut...


Researchers: web accessibility problems widespread in schools


When it comes to using a school website, accessibility is important not just to students, but to their families. Unfortunately, 95 percent of school websites surveyed by WebAIM's Jared Smith and BYU's Royce Kimmons had problems.

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Rare Disease Day: I'm a circus freak and I'm in great pain


Well, it’s official: I can be featured in the circus sideshow. I can touch my tongue to my nose and hyper flex all of my fingers, along with many other weird bendy, contortionist body positions. Turns out these party tricks aren’t just amusing to bystande...

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