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 - Friendships & Dating Program 

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. The UAA Center for Human Development trains staff working in community agencies across Alaska to implement the Friendships & Dating Program. Staff attend a 2-day facilitator workshop to learn how to deliver program content.

Upcoming Training Date:

  • January 14th-15th, 2015: Face-to-face training in Anchorage or video-conference distance training in your community

For more information about the Friendships & Dating Program click here.