The National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). The Centers support interdisciplinary training, exemplary services, technical assistance, and information/ dissemination activities. These Centers were previously known as University Affiliated Programs (UAP).
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· What is the National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service?
· Who administers the UCEDD program?
· What are the Major Activities of UCEDDs?
o Directing exemplary training programs
o Providing community service and technical assistance
o Contributing to the development of new knowledge through research
o Disseminating information to the field
· Additional Information
o Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
· See Also
The National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (University Centers, UCEDDs) is a discretionary grant program authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. Funding is provided to support the operation and administration of the 61 UCEDDs in every State and territory that comprise the nationwide system. UCEDDs perform interdisciplinary training, community service, technical assistance, research, and information dissemination activities. UCEDD programs are designed to increase the independence, productivity, and community integration of individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is the Federal agency responsible for implementation and administration of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). Organizationally, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities is located within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is part of the Department's Administration for Children and Families. The ADD website is at:
UCEDD activities fall in four broad categories: 1) conducting interdisciplinary training of health, health related and education trainees; 2) promoting exemplary community service programs and providing technical assistance at all levels from local service delivery to community and state governments; 3) conducting research; and 4) disseminating information to the field. UCEDDs have access to and work with a variety of constituent groups, including people with developmental disabilities and their families, state and local government agencies, a range of academic departments and community providers. Current accomplishments of the UCEDD program include:
Directing exemplary training programs. The provision of training may include activities in the areas of family support, individual support, personal assistance services, clinical services, prevention services, self determination, health, regular and special education, vocational and other direct services. Intermediate and long-term trainees are trained in interdisciplinary settings across a variety of over 25 disciplines including pediatrics, special and regular education, psychology, nutrition and nursing.
Providing community service and technical assistance. UCEDD staff offers expertise and services to families, support service organizations, individuals with developmental disabilities, family members of these individuals, professionals, paraprofessionals, students, and volunteers. People acquire knowledge and skills through training and technical assistance activities delivered by the UCEDDs.
Contributing to the development of new knowledge through research. UCEDDs carry out a variety of research activities related to people with developmental disabilities. Staff develops and field tests models of service delivery and evaluates existing innovative practices.
Disseminating information to the field. With the knowledge accumulation that occurs at UCEDDs, they serve as a tremendous resource of information about people with developmental disabilities. UCEDDs create products, publish articles, author books, develop curriculum, and conduct numerous presentations.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD, formerly the American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) is a 501(c) non-profit organization that promotes and supports the national network of university centers on disabilities, which includes University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (DDRC).
Visit the Association of University Centers on Disabilities website at:
A comprehensive contact list of the University Centers may be found at:
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act)
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities
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