University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) are organizations, located at universities across the nation, that focus on improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Through education, service, research and outreach activities, we work to be instrumental in changing policy, providing training, and educating the public about major disability issues.

The OHSU UCEDD was one of the first UCEDDs created, and celebrates a nearly 45-year history in Oregon. We are instrumental in developing and leading disability research and outreach efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families across the State of Oregon.

UCEDD Appoints Co-Directors

The OHSU UCEDD is pleased to announce the appointment of co-directors Rhonda Eppelsheimer, MSW/LCSW and Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, CCC/Sp.

UCEDD CoDirectors

Eppelsheimer brings over 20 years of experience in education and leading community-based projects and programs that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has been at the OHSU UCEDD since 2012 and currently serves as interim director. Fried-Oken is a professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, Biomedical Engineering, and Otolaryngology, and has been an active member of the OHSU UCEDD since the early 1990's.

Eppelsheimer and Fried-Oken are looking forward to serving together as co-directors of this longstanding and robust federally-funded national center to improve the lives of people with disabilities through education, research, and service.

Read the official announcement.

2016-2017 Community Engagement Grant Awardees

In collaboration with our Community Partner's Council, the UCEDD awarded funding to six Oregon non-profit organizations to support projects that serve people with disabilities and their families. The grants went to projects in the area of health promotion, spiritual support, and sibling support.

This year's awardees:

  • Autism Society of Oregon (Portland) for Autism First Responder & Community Training in Eastern Oregon: $1,000.00
  • Blind Ambition (Portland) for Tempe AZ Regatta: $1,000.00
  • L'Arche (Portland) for Walking Deeper Into Shared Life:Supporting the Core Member Retreat: $975.00
  • Mittleman Jewish Community Center (Portland) for ProvidingOpportunities for People with Disabilities to Play Electric Hockey in theMJCC's Gymnasium: $1,000.00
  • Upward Bound Camp (Gates) for Day Camps: $1,000.00
  • United Cerebral Palsy (Portland) for Sibshops: $1,000.00

For more information about the program, please visit the Community Engagement Grant website.

Jan StaehelyThis blog follows my life. I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy. Since all four of my limbs, plus my speech is affected by the disability, doctors say that I am severely disabled. However, if you ask me, I will tell you that there are people living with more complex disabilities than me.