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

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 

More COVID-19 updates

WITH Foundation grant awarded

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with the Assistive Technology Lab at Community Vision, will produce products that address communication and telehealth needs during the COVID crises for adults with I/DD who rely on AAC.

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:

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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

Disability and oral health webinar series

Mouth Matters: Disability and Oral Health

Join us for an informative 2-part webinar series and learn from people with I/DD, dental professionals and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consultants, about oral health barriers experienced by people with I/DD, and what disability service providers and oral health providers can all do to help people with I/DD have successful dental visits and overall dental care.

  • Session 1: June 3rd, 2020 from 12-1:15 p.m.
    • Target audience: People with I/DD, Families, Disability Service Providers, Support Staff, and Dental Students
  • Session 2: June 10th, 2020 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    • Target audience: Dental hygienists, other dental professionals and dental students

1 continuing education credit of ADA CERP is available for Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Oral Surgeons, Dental Assistants, Denturists, Dental Lab Technicians, and Dental Front Office Staff at no cost.

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