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University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is the University of Rochester’s UCEDD. First awarded in 1977, the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities strives to collaborate with the community of people with disabilities and their families. Its goal is to create a world in which people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities are valued and respected, lead self-determined lives in the community of their choice, and have the opportunity to contribute to that community and society at large.‚Äč SCDD’s mission is to develop community partnerships, foster accessibility and inclusion, and translate research into best practice with and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in our community. SCDD strives to do this work in a culturally and linguistically respectful manner through its service, research, training, community engagement, and advocacy work. Its programmatic areas of emphasis are education, employment, health disparities, and recreation, and programs and activities cover the age span, from birth to aging. Beyond these activities, the SCDD both informs and supports, and is supported, by the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) clinical and research efforts.

Examples of programs sponsored by the SCDD

Education Employment Health Disparities Recreation
LEND Project SEARCH Special Olympics Accessibility Project
Community Consultation Program- TA and Training Job Club Interpreter Project Inclusive Curriculum for libraries, rec centers, etc.
Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Employment Summit-Disability, Poverty, and Employment Tic Capacity Building Project  
School Based Reform MyPathNY DOH EI Family Engagement Effort Faith Based Initiative


Current Projects and Initiatives

Information on the national level of UCEDD can be found on their site.