About the Human Development Center
What is the Human Development Center (HDC)?
The Mission of the Human Development Center (HDC) is to provide leadership and innovation in interdisciplinary education, community service, research, and to disseminate information to strengthen and increase the capacity of local communities to support and include individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in all aspects of life in the community.
The Human Development Center (HDC) was established in 1974 and became a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service (UCEDD) in 1984.
Whom does HDC help?
Individuals with disabilities
Some HDC projects connect individuals with disabilities to resources and services that help them grow and be a part of the community.
Some HDC projects help families of individuals with disabilities. HDC offers families referrals to agencies and support advocating for their child.
Some HDC projects help teachers and school administrators support students with disabilities. Other HDC projects teach college students how to better serve clients with disabilities in their future careers.
Some HDC projects teach college students how to better serve clients with disabilities in their future careers.
Healthcare and Employment Professionals
Some HDC projects help healthcare and employment professionals better serve clients with disabilities and their families.
How does HDC help?
HDC helps our disability community through 5 areas:
Some HDC projects help families and teachers of young children. These children can be 0 to 5 years old.
Some HDC projects support students with disabilities and teachers from kindergarten to high school and education after high school.
Transition, Employment, Careers
Some HDC projects help young adults with disabilities get jobs and explore career paths. HDC projects help train and support employment support professionals. Some HDC projects also help people understand how their social security benefits are affected by employment.
Some HDC projects train people from different backgrounds to work together to better serve people with disabilities and their families.
Health and Wellness
Some HDC projects help communities stay physically and mentally healthy.