Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD)
The CDHD currently operates a variety of independent grant programs and carries out training, services, technical assistance, research, and dissemination activities across the state and nation. To meet its goals the CDHD engages in exemplary activities across five areas:
- Interdisciplinary training and preparation of students and fellows for employment in leadership and direct service positions;
- Direct Services and demonstration projects which include family and individual support, personal assistance services, and infant monitoring;
- Community training and technical assistance which is incorporated into all CDHD projects and focused on activities with individuals with developmental disabilities, families, professionals, paraprofessionals, policy makers, students, and volunteers;
- Research and validation of new ideas and "promising practices" and contributions to the development of new knowledge in the field of developmental disabilities;
- Dissemination of information and research findings to individuals with developmental disabilities, families, professionals, paraprofessionals, policy makers, students, and volunteers.
The CDHD advances evidence-based policy and practice for people with disabilities, their families, and communities through exemplary and innovative education, outreach, research, and service.
The CDHD is building a future in which everyone, including people with developmental and other disabilities, has a meaningful opportunity to live, learn, work, and play in their communities.
People with disabilities and their families have the right to:
Live, learn, work, and play in their communities;
Be equal partners in research, program development, and the systems change process;
Access services that emphasize strengths and abilities;
Make decisions, take risks, and define the quality of the life they choose;
Be equal partners in building inclusive and interdependent communities.