Our Mission

To provide service, education, and research which empowers communities to welcome, value and support diverse people of all abilities to advance self-determination and inclusion throughout the lifespan.

Updated 1/2021


Vision Statement

NDCPD envisions a world where people see the potential and worth of all individuals. Where people with disabilities are free from abuse and neglect, contribute to a rich and full community life, and make choices about their own future.

Updated 1/2021


  • We value Community Involvement; where people are fully included, have social opportunities, feel welcomed and valued, contribute to their community, and where the community acknowledges the potential and worth of what people with disabilities have to offer.
  • We value Self-determination; where people have choices about their future, have the ability to self-advocate, have access to high quality learning opportunities, have full community participation, and have complete access to healthcare.
  • We value Opportunity; to pursue dreams, to realize potential, to pursue life goals, regardless of culture, and to embrace diversity.
  • We value Safety; where people with disabilities are free from abuse and neglect, and are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Updated 1/2021


NDCPD is a University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Services (UCEDD). We are a part of a national network of 67 similar programs funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), a US Health and Human Services division.  We are a statewide organization that serves the disability community and works with community providers and state and local government agencies to provide training, technical assistance, service, research and information dissemination.  NDCPD works closely with the ND State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the ND Protection Advocacy. Combined, these three entities form the North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Network (NDDDN); other states have similar networks. Our Center began as a satellite in 1989 and became a full UCEDD (then UAP) in 1991. We employ approximately 100 faculty and staff who manage 25-30 grants and contracts. Our faculty and staff have extensive experience in topics such as transition, person-centered planning, self-determination, employment, aging and health and they have cultivated numerous state and national collaborations over the years.  MSU serves as NDCPD’s host institution which is attained via a competitive federal grant process.  Because of the relationship between NDCPD and MSU, NDCPD has access to a variety of campus resources including publication and design services, public information office, wellness center, information technology department, webinar and telecommunication, veterans’ services, multicultural services, and library resources.