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About Us

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Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing research, education, policy, and practice for and with individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities, their families, and communities.


SCDD began in the 1960s as a Community Diagnostic Clinic in the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. With local and state funding as a community voluntary provider agency, this clinic grew to become the main resource for developmental diagnosis in the Finger Lakes Region of NYS. In 1978, we became a satellite University Affiliated Program (UAP) with the name of the Diagnostic Clinic for Developmental Disorders. In 1981, we became a full member of the American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, and in 1988 achieved full status as a University Affiliate Program in Developmental Disabilities. We're now in our 33rd year serving the Rochester regional community as a Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. We've been collaborating with the disability community in upstate New York for the last 40 years.


Our mission as an interdisciplinary University Center for Excellence, is 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.


People with intellectual and developmental disabilities should live fulfilling and independent lives as active and fully participating members of their communities.


SCDD embraces the principles of equal rights and access, cultural and linguistic competence, self-determination, and quality of life within a society that fully includes individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. SCDD advocates for each individual to choose and direct life goals and gain access to supports and experiences that enhance such choices.