University of Vermont’s Center on Disabilities and Community Inclusion is Vermont’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service. It is one of 67 centers across the country funded by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.


CDCI envisions a future where all people, including people who experience developmental and other disabilities, are fully included in their home, schools, and communities. We envision a future in which supports and services are available across the span of life, leading to interdependence, self-determination, and inclusion.


The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI), in collaboration and coordination with individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and communities, will promote opportunities for these valued life outcomes for individuals with disabilities of all ages in all facets of community life:

  • meaningful relationships,
  • personal choice and control,
  • meaningful activities,
  • safety and health, and
  • living in a home and community.

We see disability as one form of diversity and strive for cultural and linguistic competency. We believe diversity is essential to our success.

How Do We Achieve Our Mission?

  • Interdisciplinary Preparation,
  • Community and Outreach Services,
  • Family and Consumer Services,
  • Research and Evaluation, and
  • Dissemination of Information,
  • in partnership with the programs and activities of university, agencies, and organizations.



The values that form the foundation for the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion are found throughout all of our activities. These values are articulated in the statements below:

  • We believe that all services and supports for children and youth should be family-centered. In the same vein, we believe that all services and supports for adults should be person-centered. That individuals and families should have personal choice and control over their lives.
  • We believe that all children should live in safe homes with their families and that as individuals mature they should have the opportunity to live in homes of their own with appropriate community supports.
  • We believe that all supports should be within the community and that individuals and families needing supports should exercise control over funding, delivery, and quality of supports.
  • We believe that everyone should have access to places and activities meaningful to each individual and that opportunities should be available for developing networks of meaningful relationships.
  • We believe in a strengths approach to assessment and support rather than a problems approach.
  • We believe in prevention rather than in crisis intervention.


Five-Year Plan

As a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities CDCI is part of a federally Association of University Centers on Disability mandated by the DD Act of 2000. This important piece of legislation protects the rights of individuals with disabilities, including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Every five years, CDCI assesses the needs of Vermonters with developmental and intellectual disabilities and rewrites our core grant with new goals and objectives in order to serve our state. These goals fall under five core functions: Interdisciplinary Training, Community Service, Research and Evaluation, Dissemination, and Infrastructure. Our current funding cycle runs from July 2013-June 2018.

Our Five-Year Plan (PDF)

Core Functions

CDCI has four core functions: Interdisciplinary Training, Community Service, Research and Evaluation, and Dissemination. More information, including the core function coordinator’s name and contact information, can be found below:

Interdisciplinary Training

Provide interdisciplinary training for personnel preparing to enter careers that will have an impact on individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Coordinator: Jesse Suter (email link)

Community Service

Develop and coordinate CDCI community service programs and outreach efforts.
Coordinator: Darren McIntyre (email link)

Research and Evaluation

Engage in, and disseminate the results of, collaborative inquiry, applied research, and best practices to targeted audiences, including individuals with disabilities, their families, policy makers, services providers, other professionals, and member of the community at local, state, regional, and national levels.
Coordinator: Valerie Wood (email link)


Develop and coordinate the design and production of all CDCI informational materials and web pages, using Universal Design principles.
Coordinator: Jeanne Nauheimer (email link)