University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)


Buchanan, Ph.D. teaching LEND fellows


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Our Mission

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Shriver Center is dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at all levels. The UCEDD’s mission is to provide leadership and direction so that individuals with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to make choices and lead safe, healthy, independent and productive lives

What We Do

Our mission is accomplished through graduate and post-graduate training, community education and information dissemination programs, research, and clinical services.

Our Core Funding

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs), were conceptualized in the 1960s as part of a comprehensive federal initiative to establish programs in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of developmental disabilities, and to educate and train professionals in the field. The Shriver Center was established for this purpose in 1970 and has led the way in developing undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate training programs for medical and allied health professionals. The UCEDD is designated by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and is part of a national network of University Centers for Excellence focused on the needs of persons with developmental disabilities coordinated by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.