What is IDHD?

The Institute on Disability and Human Development is the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD) for the State of Illinois. We’re part of a national network of 67 UCEDDs (there’s at least one in every U.S. state and territory). Authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (the DD Act), UCEDDs are a resource for individuals with a wide range of disabilities.

Learn about UCEDDS and our national network

IDHD Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Read the 2019 IDHD annual report

Academics and community engagement

A national leader in disability education, research and service, we serve as a bridge between the University of Illinois at Chicago and the community in our state and beyond.

We're the only UCEDD that's also an academic department

We offer most of our pre-service training activities through the UIC Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD). From understanding disability to social change, DHD is the only academic department in the disability studies field that provides a path that includes a full range of graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs.
Learn more about DHD

Community Partners

Our work is informed and facilitated by a collaborative network. Our partners and affiliated programs help make sure that the work we do as a team has the greatest impact for our community.

Learn more about our community partners

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

We receive our core funding from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) within the Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services: grant number 90-DD-0010-01-00.