About Us

The OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is an organization that supports people with disabilities throughout Oregon.

The UCEDD is one of 67 Centers across the country all dedicated to the same cause, and all are part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities

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

Our mission

The OHSU UCEDD's mission is to promote the health and quality of life for Oregonians with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. We accomplish this through leadership and collaboration with local, state, and national partners, serving as a resource for excellence in education, research and evaluation, community outreach, service and information sharing.

Goals and objectives

Federally funded through the Administration for Community Living, our center provides administrative, programmatic, and research support for the OHSU Institute on Development and Disability. In addition, we promote and enhance the overall mission and activities of our national organization, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

Our four core functions

We provide training to medical students and professionals, high school students, and everyone in between. Some of our featured programs include Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) and the UCEDD Summer Internship Program.

We partner with research expertise at OHSU to further knowledge gain of complex communication needs and speech disorders, health and health care disparities, reproductive health, and more. We also conduct the annual National Core Indicators Adult In-Person Survey and evaluation efforts to the state of Oregon through quality assurance projects.

We provide programs, resources and training to the community through a variety of efforts to enhance mental health, health promotion, sexual health, disability awareness, and more. We engage with partners and organizations at local, state and national levels in this work.

We partner with our advisory council and networks to advocate and educate through product dissemination. We strive to share accessible information that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and meets the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.

DD Network collaboration example

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 in 2020 by producing video interviews with Oregon legislators, self-advocates, and the renowned Liz Weintraub from “Tuesdays with Liz.” Then we held an ADA Roundtable on voting rights including presentations and discussion. 

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