The Center for Human Development (CHD)

CHD is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in Education, Research, and Service. There are 67 UCEDDs that form an Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Since CHD is the only UCEDD in Alaska, we serve the entire state.

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  • Children's Behavioral Health OEC

    Children's Behavioral Health OEC

    The Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) in Children's Behavioral Health (CBH) is dedicated to people who work with kids with challenging behaviors or mental health diagnoses have. The CBH courses are specifically designed to help gain the skills necessary to be successful while working with these challenging children.
  • Micro Enterprise Grant

    The Micro Enterprise Grant (ME Grant) provides funds to qualified AK Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries to start a business, expand a business, or acquire an existing business. 
  • Friendships & Dating

    Friendships & Dating

    The Friendships & Dating Program teaches teens and adults, 16 years old and older, with intellectual and related developmental disabilities how to develop and maintain healthy relationships and prevent interpersonal violence. Friendships & Dating is a train-the-trainer program; community agency personnel facilitate the program to groups of teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in agency and community settings.
  • Work Incentive Planning & Assistance

    The Alaska Work Incentive Planning & Assistance (WIPA) Project provides assistance to beneficiaries who are working at wage employment, self-employment, or who have a job offer pending. Assistance is offered to help understand the various work incentive programs that might be available, and provide advice about how to manage one’s benefits during the transition to paid employment. We provide both initial and follow along assistance to beneficiaries.  Benefits Counseling and a written Benefits Summary Analysis (BSA) is provided free of charge.

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  • Alaska LEND

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    Alaska LEND provides graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training.

  • Friendship & Dating

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    Friendships & Dating teaches adults with disabilities how to develop and maintain healthy relationships. 

  • Partners in Policymaking

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    Partners in Policymaking (PIP) is a program that promotes advocacy and leadership skills. 

  • Alaska Training Cooperative

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    Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) is a statewide cooperative effort to address workforce training needs. 


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    TAPESTRY is Post-Secondary Transition Program for students with intellectual and cognitive disabilities.

  • Children's Behavioral Health OEC

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    The CBH courses are designed to help gain the necessary skills to be successful while working with challenging children.

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    The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

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    The Alaska WIPA Project provides assistance to beneficiaries who are working at wage employment, self-employment, or who have a job offer pending.

  • Disability Justice Initiatives Reducing Recidivism Logo

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    The Justice Initiative is a collaboration of many different stakeholders who have the common vision of reducing interpersonal violence against Alaskans with disabilities and/or Alaskan seniors.


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    Move Knowledge, Not Patients Supporting primary care providers treating specialty patients in their home communities.

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