We believe disability is an equity issue.

And we work to create a space where people with disabilities and their families, are fully included in their homes, schools, and communities. 

OUR MISSION:

  • To connect Vermonters with disabilities with services and resources to participate fully in the communities of their choosing.
  • To connect learners with classes, scholarship and opportunities to make disability a professional priority.
  • To connect the dots through research into how things are, and how people with disabilities want them to be.

WHAT WE DO:

WE PROVIDE SERVICES:

WE TEACH:

  • We offer a graduate certificate in disability studies, taught by and with people with disabilities.
  • We're home to the innovative and nationally recognized Think College VT program, that provides students with disabilities supported access to an undergraduate education at the University of Vermont.
  • We partner with people with disabilities in creating courses with other departments, such as this Global Disabilities course in the Special Education department.
  • We work to use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies to promote inclusion, diversity, and self-determination.

WE RESEARCH:

 

OUR VALUES:

  • Disability is one form of diversity and it requires cultural and linguistic competency. Diversity is essential to everyone's success.
  • All services and supports for children and youth should be family-centered.
  • All services and supports for adults should be person-centered. Individuals and families should have personal choice and control over their lives.
  • All children should live in safe homes with their families. As people mature they should have the opportunity to live in homes of their own with appropriate community supports.
  • All supports should be within the community. Individuals and families needing supports should exercise control over funding, delivery, and quality of supports.
  • Everyone should have access to personally meaningful places and activities. Opportunities should be available for everyone to develop networks of meaningful relationships.
  • Effective change stems from a strengths-based approach, rather than a problems approach. That means first looking for the positive rather than the negative, and building from there.
  • Prevention, rather than crisis intervention.

 

What's a UCEDD?

The CDCI is Vermont’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, otherwise known as a UCEDD. That means we're one of 67 centers nationwide funded by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

 

 

Funding: This project is supported in part by grant number 90DDUC0062, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.​​ Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.​

 

CDCI's Copyright Policy

The CDCI respects copyright, and commits to using materials with consent, giving credit when asked, and being transparent about fair-use. 

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The CDCI licenses all our materials including websites, videos, podcast episodes and reference guides, with Creative Commons 4.0.

This license is often abbreviated as "CC BY-NC-SA 4.0". 

This means that we welcome you to use and reproduce our materials for non-commercial purposes ("NC") as long as you give us credit ("BY"). It also means that you cannot claim copyright over those materials; this is called "Share-Alike" ("SA").

If you have questions about copyright and our materials, please contact us, or email Audrey Homan directly.

CDCI's Accessibility Policy

Question mark in a circleCDCI aims to make all its websites and digital materials meet the AA-level of accessibility as specified by the 2.1 Web Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

At a minimum, that means we commit to:

  • Videos with captions
  • Audio with transcripts
  • Images with meaningful alt-text or an image description
  • Best practices in web design

But we also welcome questions and requests around accessibility that goes beyond those guidelines. 

If you'd like the materials on this website in a different format, would like materials presented in a specific way, or have other questions about accessibility, please email Audrey Homan.