Join us in celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


We hope you find our website informative, inspiring and illustrative of our long-standing commitment to improving health and quality of life for Oregonians with disabilities, and their families, across the lifespan.

We listen to our community and encourage you to contact us with any comments, questions or concerns you might have related to the UCEDD or people experiencing disabilities in our state.

Two UCEDD Co-Directors
Co-directors: Rhonda Eppelsheimer, M.S.W./L.C.S.W. (right)
and Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., C.C.C./Sp. (left)

Who we are

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities 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, they work to be instrumental in changing policy, providing training, and educating the public about disability issues.

The OHSU UCEDD was one of the first UCEDDs created, and celebrates a nearly 50-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.

What's happening - current news

UCEDD joins community leaders united against hate

The UCEDD's Director signed on to a joint statement by elected officials and civil society groups to condemn white nationalism and other movements that use bigotry to build political power. We call on our colleagues in government, in the business community, in faith communities, in organized labor and nonprofits across Oregon to join us. When we all come together, there is no room for hate or violence.

DD Network addresses Governor Brown

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, alongside our DD network partners Disability Rights Oregon, the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the University of Oregon Center on Human Development, wrote a letter to Governor Brown regarding Oregon’s COVID-19 response and planning for people with disabilities and their families. Read the letter to Governor Brown here

Bloomberg News produced a video about Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken's Brain Computer Interface work

Summer Internship Program featured in OHSU Week Podcast:


COVID-19 resources for people with disabilities

Click here for more information specific to people with disabilities or click the banner at the top of the page for OHSU COVID-19 information 

Check out our new Telehealth and You video resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Plain Language from Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC)

ODDS COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1a fact sheet

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Four Wheeling Through Life

Jan Staehely

Jan Staehely  -  UCEDD Staff, Communication Consultant and Blogger, writes about her life in her blog Four Wheeling Through 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."

Events and announcements

Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30!

The UCEDD, in partnership with our DD Network including the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and Disability Rights Oregon celebrated the 30th birthday of the ADA during the week of July 20-24th sharing video interviews with Oregon legislators, self-advocates, and the renowned Liz Weintraub from “Tuesdays with Liz.” Then on Friday we held an ADA Roundtable on voting rights including presentations and discussion. 

Watch all the videos:

Interview with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Interview with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Interview with Liz Weintraub

Interview with Jan Campbell

ADA Roundtable on Voting Rights

Our Year in Review: A video annual report