The Center is guided in its work to provide services, supports, and other assistance in a manner that demonstrates respect for individual dignity, personal preferences, and cultural differences.
The Center is driven by the following values:
- Persons with disabilities and their families are integral to all planning, implementation and evaluation activities of the Center.
- All activities represent interdisciplinary collaborations focused on systems-wide change between and amongst agencies.
- The core functions of education, research, dissemination and community service are interdependent, integrated and focused on the same outcome: improvement and expansion of services and supports for persons with disabilities and their families.
- The Center provides exemplary education through workshops, courses and
graduate assistantships throughout Connecticut.
The Center takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with developmental disabilities. Moreover, the Center employs several parents of children with developmental and other disabilities.
The Center has developed relationships with faculty members across regional campuses within the University to help support our interdisciplinary requirements. These faculty members include:
- Dr. Anne Farrell from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Family Studies,
- Dr. Orv Karan from the Neag School of Education,
- Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown from the School of Law, and
- Dr. Cristina Mogro-Wilson, School of Social Work, prior UCEDD Research Director.
While these positions are part-time, the faculty have a work scope which enable them to carry out the Center's objectives and activities within their current home school, as well as serve as part of the interdisciplinary faculty of the Center. These relationships form a good foundation for further building the infrastructure of the Center to broaden its work across the campus and in the community.
The Center is managed by the director (Dr. Mary Beth Bruder) and associate director (Tierney Giannotti). The director, associate director and core function coordinators all take on multiple roles by also managing program areas (e.g., Early Care and Education, Health, Mental Health, Community Living, and Leadership).