Center for Disability Resources (CDR)

Center for Disability Resources (CDR)

About the CDR

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The Center for Disability Resources (CDR) is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in developmental disabilities education, research and service, located in major universities throughout the U.S. We function as a bridge to connect the knowledge, expertise and resources of the university to persons with disabilities and the service delivery systems of the community.

Our mission is to enhance the well-being and quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families. We collaborate with persons with disabilities and their families to develop new knowledge and best practices, train leaders, and effect systems change.

The CDR is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the national network of university centers on disabilities, which includes University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD). For more information please visit the AUCD Website or the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Website.

We work in partnership with the Disability Rights SC and the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council to advance a greater recognition of the abilities of all people and promote their full inclusion into every aspect of society through the following methods:

Interdisciplinary Training: We provide interdisciplinary pre-service training and continuing education for students and fellows from diverse disciplines for preparation in leadership and direct service.

Training and Technical Assistance: We provide training opportunities for people with disabilities, students, professionals, family members, and paraprofessionals.

Community Services and Technical Assistance: We provide community services and technical assistance in order to expand and enhance options for choice and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Research: We implement and disseminate research in the areas of person-centered planning, positive behavior support, transition, and psychopharmacology, to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Dissemination: We develop and disseminate information in print and electronic formats to people with disabilities, students, professionals, family members, paraprofessionals and policymakers.