National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service

The University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs) are unique among Administration on Disabilities (AoD) grantees in that they are affiliated with universities. This connection enables the 68 UCEDDs throughout the United States and its territories to serve as liaisons between academia and the community.

Discretionary grants are awarded to interdisciplinary education, research, and public service units of universities and public or nonprofit entities associated with universities. AoD funding supports the organizational foundation of UCEDDs, which allows the grantees to pursue other sources of support to conduct various activities. UCEDDs leverage funding from a variety of sources, including federal, state, and local agencies; private foundations; donations; and fee-for-service earnings.

Addressing Issues, Finding Solutions, Advancing Research

UCEDDs are a nationwide network of independent but interlinked centers representing an expansive national resource for addressing issues, finding solutions, and advancing research related to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Four core functions frame the UCEDD program:

  • Interdisciplinary pre-service preparation and continuing education;
  • Research, including basic or applied research, evaluation, and public policy analysis;
  • Information dissemination; and
  • Community services, including direct services, training, technical assistance, and model demonstrations.

UCEDDs support activities that address a range of issues, from early intervention to supported employment. Additional grants may be awarded to UCEDDs to conduct national training and other initiatives. Current national training initiatives are funded to address neonatal abstinence syndrome stemming from the opioid crisis and supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental or behavioral health disabilities.

Find a UCEDD in your state or territory.


Outcome Data Tables

Report Title



Community Training Programs

Number of participants in community training programs offered by the UCEDD faculty/staff broken out by areas of emphasis. 


Continuing Education Programs

Number of participants in continuing education programs across different areas of emphasis offered by the UCEDD that:

  • Serve to maintain professional credentials;
  • Encourage professionals to expand their knowledge bases and stay up-to-date on new developments; and
  • Offer certificates of completion or CEUs (or their equivalents).



Interdisciplinary Pre-Services Trainings Program /

Pre-Service Preparation Programs

Number of participants attending instructional programs offered by the UCEDD that:

  • Advances professional practice, scholarship, and policy that impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities and other disabilities and their families.
  • Is designed to advance in individual’s academic or professional credentials and takes place in academic setting or program; and
  • May lead to the award of an initial academic degree, professional certificate, or advanced academic credential.



Technical Assistance

Number of participants in direct problem-solving services provided by UCEDD faculty/staff to assist programs, agencies, or other entities to improve their outcomes, services, management, and/or policies.



Model Services

Number of participants in specialized services delivered with the intention to enhance the well-being and status of the recipient (this data does not include testing new practices that may be integrated with training, research, and/or dissemination functions).



Demonstration Services

Number of participants that test promising practices across different areas of emphasis. 




Number of participants in research and evaluation activities across different areas of emphasis that impact individuals with developmental disabilities. 



Products Created by UCEDDs

Number of information dissemination products created by UCEDDs.




UCEDD Resource Center
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The UCEDD Resource Center (URC), implemented under contract with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), provides technical assistance to the UCEDDs. AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

The URC provides a wide range of training and technical assistance services that work toward achieving the long-term outcomes of: 

  • Positioning UCEDDs as leaders and catalysts of systems change, capacity building, and advocacy at the international, national, state/territory, and local level; 
  • Positioning the UCEDD Network as a national and international resource that includes specific substantive areas of expertise that may be accessed and applied in diverse settings and circumstances;
  • Increasing the capacity of UCEDDs to provide leadership in; advise federal, state, and community policymakers about; and promote opportunities that lead to individuals with ID/DD exercising self-determination, becoming independent, productive, integrated, and included in all facets of community life;
  • Increasing UCEDD’s quality of data collection for Program Performance reporting (PPR), demonstrating the UCEDD Network’s collective impact on the local, state, national, and international levels; and
  • Increasing the percentage of people with ID/IDD across racial, ethnic, and cultural groups reporting greater equity in opportunities within the UCEDD Network and in the community life. 
Program Contacts

For searchable directory of UCEDD programs by state or territory, click here.

Last modified on 09/20/2022

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