50th Year Anniversary of the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD)

December 9, 2019

This year marks the 50th year anniversary of The Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD). IHDD was established at the University of Georgia in 1969 as part of a national network of federally-designated centers now known as University Centers for Excellence in Development Disabilities, Education, Research and Service (UCEDDS).

IHDD works with people who have disabilities and others, to create opportunities that will improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. IHDD advances the understanding of the abilities of all people and across the lifespan through education, research, and public service. Some of our project categories include: Assistive Technology, Employment, Family Support, Human Rights, Community Involvement, Research, and Student Education.

Whether it is helping a child with an adaptive toy, putting a farmer back into his tractor cab after an injury, or training students or professionals. IHDD provides a strong and positive force for social change. Through project areas, IHDD focuses on the strengths and contributions of people with disabilities and conceptualizes disability as a natural part of human existence.

IHDD believes in self-determination and advocacy for people with disabilities; they are committed to community inclusion, interdependence and the recognition of each person's ability to contribute to society. IHDD believes individuals, families and communities are unique and have inherent value; and that we are all strengthened when that uniqueness is recognized, respected and nurtured. IHDD is a community where everyone belongs. For more information visit our website and follow us on social media to stay in the loop with our projects and community outreach. www.ihdd.uga.edu www.facebook.com/ihdduga www.instagram.com/ihdduga