Institute on Community integration at the University of Minnesota
Welcome to the Institute on Community Integration. We are a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), part of a national network of similar programs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country.
As a UCEDD, the Institute is funded under the provisions of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal law provides funding to several other Minnesota organizations: the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Minnesota Disability Law Center.
At the Institute, we believe that all persons with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities should live as valued members of local communities. Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, we improve policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice.
Missouri Center Activities
One of the main activities of the Institute is sharing information through print, electronic, and other media, including a vast array of printed materials, presentations, Web sites, movies, e-newsletters, and more. Read more
The Institute conducts evaluations to assess the quality of given organizations, programs, services, and models, and enhance their capacity to serve persons with disabilities. Evaluation activities are conducted both through the Institute’s Evaluation Group and through multiple projects and centers. Read more
The Institute reaches out to the community by connecting ideas or practices around the community integration of individuals with disabilities to the efforts of other organizations, groups, audiences or to the general public. Read more
One of the main activities of the Institute is conducting research to improve policies, practices, and services related to people with disabilities and their families. Read more
One of the main activities of the Institute is providing technical assistance or consultation services to enhance the capacity of agencies to serve people with disabilities. Read more
Training and professional development
One of the main activities of the Institute is training professionals, paraprofessionals, students, and others to better meet the needs of people with disabilities, as well as training people with disabilities to learn ways to achieve their life goals. Read more