About Us

Our programs in innovative disability related research, training and technical assistance bring about societal change and improvement in relation to persons with disabilities. Through our association and partnership with the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Health Center, we are a premier Center in the northeast for innovative teaching, research, and technical assistance enhancing the quality of services and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Our activities are guided by a belief in individualized supports, inclusion, self-determination, natural supports and collaboration with organizations to address policy issues and systems change. During this past year, through an array of new and expanded activities, we have used education as one of the means for continuing to work to remove barriers to the full participation of persons with disabilities in all areas of community life. These activities address disability issues across the lifespan.

Our goal is to develop, implement, and disseminate a coordinated group of applied research, demonstration and training projects directed at meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and their families in community based settings. We have committed ourselves to the belief that education is a powerful force for positive change. And we look forward to moving together as we continue to seek to use education in service of the real-life issues and needs impacting persons with disabilities and their families.

Vision, Mission, and Core Values


All individuals with disabilities in Connecticut are valued citizens with opportunities and supports that allow them to be fully included, independent, productive and contributing members


To provide interdisciplinary leadership in teaching, research, community services and dissemination of evidence-based practices and policies to ensure all of CT citizens with disabilities and their families fully participate in all facets of community life

Core Values

We believe that all individuals (with and without developmental and other disabilities) have equal rights to a life that includes:

  1. Dignity, presumed competence, and culturally sensitive supports and services
  2. Access, inclusion and a sense of belonging in all facets of community life
  3. Family and person centered planning, especially through life transitions
  4. Informed choice and supported decision making to achieve full participation and a quality life
  5. Interdisciplinary evidenced based supports and services
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