University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) are organizations, located at universities across the world 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 UCEDD's 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 Summer Internship: Applications Due January 31st, 2016

Held every summer, the UCEDD Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for high school or early college students to gain experience in the disability field, develop transferable skills, and learn about various career paths in health care.

Applications for the 2016 program are currently being accepted. Visit our Summer Internship Program page for more information.

Announcing the 2015-2016 Community Engagement Grant Recipients

This year, the UCEDD and Community Partners Council (CPC) awarded eight grants to community organizations serving people with disabilities across Oregon. This year's projects include:

  • Central Oregon Disability Support Network in Bend: $1,000.00 for Yoga Calm with SuperFlex Classes
  • Independent Living Resources in Portland: $1,000.00 for Peer-Guided "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction" Staff Training
  • L'Arche in Portland: $800.00 for Extended Community Retreat
  • Northwest Down Syndrome Association/All Born (In) in Portland: $1,000.00 for Reciprocal Learning Community Workshop (RLC) - Building Blocks
  • United Cerebral Palsy in Portland: $900.00 for Sibshops
  • Creative Supports and Families for Community in Medford: $1,000.00 for One Page Profiles for Siblings
  • IDD Transition Fair in Portland: $1,000.00 for IDD Transition Fair: Passport to a Healthy Future
  • Autism Society of Oregon in Portland: $985.00 for Native American Sibling Support Group

For more information about the program and how to receive announcements for the next grant cycle, visit the Community Engagement Grant page.

Four Wheeling Through Life

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.