University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

CDCI Center Report 2013

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Our Mission: CDCI, in collaboration with individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and communities, promotes the self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our mission is achieved through advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities in the areas of training, community service and technical assistance, research, and dissemination.

CDCI's Impact: the Year in Numbers

Over 4000 Activities: including trainings, workshops, conferences, consultations, assistive technology demonstrations, graduate and undergraduate courses, and research and evaluation activities, were conducted by CDCI personnel during this past year; locally, nationally, and internationally.

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65,479 Participants: Overall, our services reached 65,479 participants this year, promoting our goals of excellence in developmental disabilities education, research, and service.

30 Projects: The Center operated 30 Projects this year, enhancing services for people with disabilities and their families, from early childhood through adulthood.

Publications: One hundred and forty-four publications were developed, including newsletters, brochures, journal articles, books, training materials and fact sheets, reaching 38,577 people.

(Latest data from 2011-2012)

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CDCI is funded through external grants and cooperative agreements from federal and state agencies. Core funding is from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Support is also provided by the University of Vermont, College of Education and Social Services (UVM/CESS).

  • State Funds: 67%
  • Federal Funds: 21%
  • UVM/CESS Funds: 3 %
  • Other: 9%

Funds leveraged this year totaled over $3 million dollars.

Some Project Highlights

Interdisciplinary Training: Our unique Early Childhood Special Education Master’s Program focuses on building the capacity of teachers to meet the needs of refugee children with disabilities. Twenty students are currently doing coursework towards this degree.

Community Service and Outreach: The A.T. Tryout Center at CDCI provides information, referral, and hands-on experience with the latest in assistive technology devices for Vermonters of all ages. The Center is set up in a series of stations, with samples of assistive technology for all aspects of daily living. The Center has access to hundreds of devices, and provides demonstrations and short-term equipment loans. Housed at CDCI offices, the Center is open five days a week.

Research: There are currently 30 UVM Developmental Disabilities Researchers affiliated with the Center, who are engaging in research pertaining to individuals with disabilities. CDCI facilitates the exchange of DD research information across the University, and develops collaborative research activities with the researchers.

Our Community Advisory Council

Our CAC advises on CDCI projects and activities, reviews materials, and represents the interests of Vermonters with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and of families.

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  • Max Barrows
  • June Bascom
  • Jean Beatson
  • Amber Fulcher
  • Joan Haslett
  • Sharon Henault
  • Kathy Holsopple
  • Lisa Maynes
  • Karen Mikkelsen
  • Ed Paquin
  • René Pellerin
  • Karin Price
  • Karen Schwartz
  • Olivia Smith-Hammond
  • Karen Topper

Our Projects 2013

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  • Assistive Technology Tryout Center at CDCI
  • BEST: Building Effective Support for Teaching Students
  • CDCI Consultative Services
  • Continence Project
  • Employment Consultation Training (NIDRR)
  • EVOLVE Plus
  • Foundations for Early Learning
  • Green Mt. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Project
  • Life Histories Project at CDCI
  • Nutrition Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Supported Employment Services
  • Think College VT@CDCI/UVM
  • Vermont AMBUCS
  • Vermont FUTRES: Fostering Understanding to Realize Educational Stability
  • Vermont I-Team
  • Vermont Leadership Series
  • Vermont Part C Early Intervention Program Affiliation
  • Vermont Sensory Access Project
Interdisciplinary Personnel Training Projects
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in the Interdisciplinary Study of Disability
  • Intensive Special Education Endorsement Program (ISE)
  • Vermont Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation Undergraduate Program
  • Vermont Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Master’s Program
For information on each project see: CDCI's Our Projects Page.

Our National Network

Together, UCEDDs work to achieve a shared vision where all people, including people with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. map of U.S. with all UCEDDs marked

Vermont’s UCEDD: CDCI is part of a national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). There are currently 67 UCEDDs, with at least one in every state and U.S. territory. Each UCEDD is affiliated with a 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. UCEDDs receive core funding from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

AUCD: CDCI is an active member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a national, nonprofit organization that promotes and supports our national network, advancing policy and practice through research, education, leadership, and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

Our AIDD Funded Sister Organizations

Our Faculty, Staff & Affiliates:

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