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: Our Year in Review video now available

Summer Internship Program featured in OHSU Week Podcast:

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."

Subscribe to email announcements

Click below to sign up for our quarterly newsletter and more.

Events and announcements

Upcoming webinars

Faith and disability

Strategies for Hosting an Interfaith Conference

February 26th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities are positioned to leverage community partnerships and have a role to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in communities of faith and spiritual practices. One mechanism is developing a one-day conference platform bringing together people with the lived experience of disability, clergy, and other faith community members to learn from each other. Holding space for dialogue and interaction in the one-day conference platform allows for the community to problem solve and discover ways to increase spiritual supports and full inclusion in communities of faith. This session will outline strategies on how to host a one-day Interfaith Conference. Learn more about faith and disability here.

    Assistive technology

    Complex Access and Communication: A 3-Part Approach for Emerging Communicators

    The OHSU UCEDD and the Community Vision Assistive Technology Lab invite you to join us for a three-part webinar series:

    • March 12th - Session 1: Understand alternative access modes for AAC 
    • April 9th - Session 2: Discuss tools to building AAC approaches across the domains of Participation, Access, and Language 
    • May 14th - Session 3: Explore how Participation, Access, and Language can work together to create a comprehensive, multi-modal AAC

    Share your voice

    Take our Spirituality Survey

    Learn more about the Spirituality Survey