Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
A University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
SCDD is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities through research, education, and service. There are 67 UCEDDs across the country with at least one center found in every state and territory in the U.S. Each UCEDD is affiliated with a major research university.
At the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, SCDD is part of the division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. We have been collaborating with the disability community in upstate New York for the last 40 years, providing leadership in developmental disabilities research, policy, service and education.
Our Vision and Mission
The vision of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is for people with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling and independent lives as active and fully participating members of their communities.
SCDD’s mission is as an interdisciplinary University Center for Excellence, to bring the University of Rochester and its community together to provide professional education, state-of-the-art service, community education and information sharing, pioneering research and advocacy in support of people of all ages with developmental disabilities.
SCDD embraces the principles of equal rights and access, cultural competence, self-determination, and quality of life within a society that fully includes individuals with developmental disabilities. SCDD advocates for each individual to choose life goals and to gain access to supports and experiences that enhance such choices.