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.

UCEDD CoDirectors Rhonda Eppelsheimer and Melanie Fried-Oken

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 (UCEDD) 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, 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 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 - UCEDD News

UCEDD Interns Model Civic Engagement

A group from our Summer Internship Program visited Senator Ron Wyden's office in Portland to share what they have learned from their experience with the UCEDD, and to promote awareness about Autism research, funding, and services in Oregon. The three interns, Annalee, Aleena, and Preeti, successfully connected their personal experiences with individuals with disabilities, and their interests in policy and health, with the priorities of our national network (AUCD). They made the UCEDD proud!

2018 Summer Internship Program interns visit Senator Wyden's Office

UCEDD Summer Internship Program featured in OHSU Week Podcast!

Recent UCEDD Quarterly Newsletters:

News from our national network, the AUCD, can be found here:

August AUCD 360 Newsletter