The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) is a University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Services. It is part of a network of similar programs at universities throughout the United States.
To provide service, education, and research which empowers communities to welcome, value and support the well-being and quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.
People with disabilities have the right to expect that services they receive will appropriately promote their independence, productivity, integration and inclusion.
People with disabilities have the same rights as all citizens.
People with all abilities will be included in all aspects of life and receive services they need.
The NDCPD Core Goals for 2012 - 2017 (pdf 284kb)
NDCPD will increase ND communities’ capacity to support individuals with disabilities and their families.
NDCPD will provide effective pre-service and outreach training that will increase the number of, and quality of direct support and other professionals in the human services and other related fields.
NDCPD will support individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers in ways that maximize their capacity, strengths, and abilities to exercise greater choice and self-determination.
NDCPD will improve systems and services of healthcare for persons with disabilities.
Consumer Advisory Council (CAC)
The Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act) requires that each UCEDD has a Consumer Advisory Council. NDCPD's Consumer Advisory Council consists of 14 members representing each region of the state of North Dakota. The Council meets four times a year and has two primary purposes. First, the Council provides feedback to NDCPD regarding its annual and five year plan. Second, the council provides NDCPD with feedback from the constituents that benefit from the Center's teaching, research and services.