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: 

  1. Interdisciplinary education
  2. Community training and technical assistance
  3. Research
  4. Information dissemination

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.


A world that is inclusive for all, where people live quality lives.


To improve the quality of lives of Alaskans with disabilities and their families through interdisciplinary education, community service, research, and information dissemination.

Featured Project


Join us at the Artist Career Forums!

The ARTS project aims to engage a variety of stakeholders from across the state in planning, developing, and implementing activities that promote careers in the arts for people with disabilities. The ARTS project will conduct half-day career forums in four outlying regions, including Kotzebue, Fairbanks, Bethel, and Juneau that will inform a full-day Statewide Forum in Anchorage. The forums will focus on identified needs and offer opportunities for participants to listen to presentations, participate in discussions, and brainstorm innovative ways to support and promote careers in the arts for individuals with disabilities. Read more...

Locations and Links to Register





Southeast Region

April 10

1pm - 5pm

Juneau Downtown Public Library*

Interior Region

April 14

1pm - 5pm

Noel Wien Public Library*

Southwest Region

April 16

1pm - 5pm

Kuskokwim Consortium Library*

Northwest Region

April 21

1pm - 5pm

Chukchi Consortium Library*


May 12

8:30am - 5pm

Anchorage BP Energy Center

*OWL distance technology available for participants in areas outside of the regional hub