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CHDD is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive interdisciplinary research and training centers focusing on a wide array of developmental disabilities. More than 600 University of Washington faculty and staff members, as well as numerous doctoral and post-doctoral students, provide clinical services, interdisciplinary clinical and research training, and technical assistance and outreach training to community practitioners and community agencies. CHDD scientists and clinicians also conduct basic and translational research to generate new knowledge and disseminate information widely.

Two Major Programs

CHDD is one of the few centers in the country that encompasses two major programs, one focusing on research and the other on clinical services, training, and community outreach. This structure encourages strong connections between researchers and clinicians, and creates an important bridge between basic research and state-of-the-art clinical programs.

image of eeg  sensor locations on 3D model - MRDDRC

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, studies underlying causes of intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and develops behavioral and biomedical techniques to prevent disabilities or minimize their impact. University of Washington faculty members from a wide variety of scientific disciplines are appointed as CHDD Research Affiliates. Supported by Scientific Core Facilities, they work in interdisciplinary collaborations to address developmental disabilities from a broad range of perspectives, including genetic factors, neurobiological processes, and behavior.

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University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is part of a national network supported by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, established in every state to train professionals within an interdisciplinary framework to meet the needs of people with disabilities, provide clinical services and model projects, reach out to the community with technical assistance and training, conduct applied research, and disseminate information widely.

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University of Washington • Center on Human Development and Disability Box 357920 • Seattle WA 98195-7920 USA • 206-543-7701 •

CHDD Director UCEDD IDDRC Adults and Elders Autism Center Center for Techology and Disability Studies Clinical Training Unit Community Disability Policy Initiative Consortium on Early Childhood Intervention Experimental Education Unit Genetics and Disability Scientific Core Facility Brain Imaging Genetics Core Clinical Translational Core Animal Behavior Core UCEDD Programs directions to the CHDD directions page