A University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
The Center for Human Development (CHD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs) authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. There are 67 UCEDDs, at least one in every state and territory, that form an Association of UCEDDs (AUCD.org). Since CHD is the only UCEDD in Alaska, we serve the entire state.
The UAA Center for Human Development has 4 major functions:
These activities are designed to increase the independence, productivity, and community integration and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. CHD's projects and activities are not limited to developmental disabilities; they focus on a wide range of disabilities, ages, and issues.
Ikautaq Project is a partnership between Aqqaluk Trust, UAA Center for Human Development and Prince William Sound Community College with funding received from the Alaska Native Education Equity Program in Washington DC.
The goal is to recruit 80 Alaska Native students to work towards their Occupational Endorsement Certificate with an emphasis in Children's Behavioral Health Specialist or Direct Service Specialist while continuing to live and work in their home villages.
The Ikautaq Project students will receive tuition, fees, books, a computer (if needed) and scholarship funding from our partners based on eligibility. An Ikautaq Project Mentor will support each student per semester/year and students, mentors, instructors and staff will participate in an orientation prior to the start of the semester.