UCEDD & AUCD Network

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs)  were created in 1963 with the enactment of Public Law 88-164 to serve people with intellectual disabilities through advocacy, capacity-building, and systemic change efforts. Currently authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (PL 106- 402), UCEDDs are now a resource for Americans with a wide range of disabilities. The UCEDDs receive their core funding from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) within the US Department of Health and Human Services. Each UCEDD is affiliated with a major research university and serves as a resource for all people in the areas of education, research, and service relative to the needs of people with developmental disabilities.

Through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the network of independent yet interlinked Centers represents a tremendous national resource for addressing issues relevant to people with disabilities and their families. The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) is one of 67 UCEDDs throughout the nation all dedicated to achieve a shared vision where all people including individuals with disabilities, participate fully in their communities.

What is AUCD?

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), located in Silver Spring, MD, promotes and supports a national network of interdisciplinary centers on disabilities. The members of AUCD represent every U.S. state and territory and include:

  • 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
  • 52 Interdisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs
  • 14 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC)

Together, these organizations advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities, in support of independence, productivity, and healthy and satisfying quality of life.