UCEDD Success Stories

  • University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development: Information Dissemination
    The mission of the UAA Center for Human Development (CHD) is to improve the quality of lives for people who experience disabilities and their families, across the life span, through interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, exemplary service development, applied research and dissemination of information. The goals and activities of CHD are guided by the values of integration and inclusion, self-determination, individual and family empowerment, cultural sensitivity, diversity, community referencing, independence, and productivity.

  • University of Montana: Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities: Research and Evaluation
    Based on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities partners with advocates and communities to serve, train, research, develop and evaluate services that improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Their focus is building and supporting their ability to provide education, services, research, and evaluation.

  • Sonoran UCEDD at University of Arizona - Community Services: Model Services
    Adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD) have the right to access competent, accessible care in their own communities. Lack of primary care practices that provide this care contributes to health disparities in adults with IDD. Models of care for primary care practices must be developed and disseminated, and health care providers must be educated, in order to improve access to competent care and reduce health disparities for adults with IDD in Arizona (AZ) and in the nation.

  • Sonoran UCEDD at University of Arizona - Community Services: Demonstration Services
    The Transition AHEAD Roundtable is a day-long, one-on-one set of activities. It is designed to purposefully engage both the young adult and their family in collaborative activities with Sonoran UCEDD staff and staff from outside agencies and organizations.

  • Sonoran UCEDD at University of Arizona - Community Services: Research and Evaluation
    The Transition Exploration Study funded by the AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, focused on completing a statewide assessment of the current state of transition services in Arizona to identify exemplary practices, areas of need, and recommendations for improving post-school employment rates for youth with disabilities. A comprehensive qualitative and quantitative approach was utilized to gather information from multiple stakeholders involved with transition services for the purpose of contributing to data-informed policy and programmatic decision-making.

  • Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute: Research and Evaluation - Community Services: Model Services
    The Transition Exploration Study funded by the AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, focused on completing a statewide assessment of the current state of transition services in Arizona to identify exemplary practices, areas of need, and recommendations for improving post-school employment rates for youth with disabilities. A comprehensive qualitative and quantitative approach was utilized to gather information from multiple stakeholders involved with transition services for the purpose of contributing to data-informed policy and programmatic decision-making.

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University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) aim to positively affect the lives of people with disabilities by building and strengthening systems that support full community participation. The ExceLens series highlights the valuable work of the UCEDDs within university systems, the community, and in the lives of people with disabilities across the lifespan and their family members.

UCEDD success stories will highlight the impact of the implementation of the UCEDD Core Functions in the community in the areas of:

  • Interdisciplinary Training: Understanding pre-service preparation and continuing education activities.

  • Community Service: Understanding community Training, technical assistance, and model demonstration services.

  • Information Dissemination: Understanding information dissemination to ensure to UCEDD is a local, state, and national resource.

  • Research & Evaluation: Understanding research and evaluation activities.