University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

WIHD is a leader in the areas of disability and human development. The Institute addresses the needs of the community through professional education programs, technical assistance, research, and dissemination of information. We provide health and human services to children and adults. The Institute also promotes changes in public policy and service delivery through its relationships with state and national agencies. As a UCEDD, WIHD leverages its expertise to achieve high levels of social impact through:

  • Innovation to develop and disseminate new ideas, creative solutions, and positive outcomes.
  • Education to train current and future leaders, professionals, family members and self-advocates.
  • Advocacy for changing policies and practices to achieve social change.


From Association of University Centers on Disabilities,
Currently, there are 67 UCEDDs-at least one in every US state and territory-that are in a unique position to facilitate the flow of disability-related information between community and university. Centers work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing, with a focus on building the capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens. UCEDDs have played key roles in every major disability initiative over the past four decades. Many issues, such as early intervention, health care, community-based services, inclusive and meaningful education, transition from school to work, employment, housing, assistive technology, and transportation have been directly benefited by the services, research, and training provided by UCEDDs.