Our Mission

To provide service, education, and research which empowers communities to welcome, value and support the well-being and quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.

Vision Statement

People with disabilities have the right to expect that services they receive will appropriately promote their independence, productivity, integration and inclusion.


People with disabilities have the same rights as all citizens.


People with all abilities will be included in all aspects of life and receive services they need.

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) is a University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Services (UCEDD). We are a part of a national network of 67 similar programs funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), a US Health and Human Services division.  We are a statewide organization that serves the disability community and works with community providers and state and local government agencies to provide training, technical assistance, service, research and information dissemination.  NDCPD works closely with the ND State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the ND Protection Advocacy. Combined, these three entities form the North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Network (NDDDN); other states have similar networks. Our Center began as a satellite in 1989 and became a full UCEDD (then UAP) in 1991. We employ approximately 100 faculty and staff who manage 25-30 grants and contracts. Our faculty and staff have extensive experience in topics such as transition, person-centered planning, self-determination, employment, aging and health and they have cultivated numerous state and national collaborations over the years.  MSU serves as NDCPD’s host institution which is attained via a competitive federal grant process. NDCPD faculty and staff engage in many cooperative efforts with different entities on campus to make the University’s campus and programs accessible and responsive to students and faculty who have disabilities. NDCPD also works with the University to assure access to underrepresented people including ethnic and cultural minorities. Because of the relationship between NDCPD and MSU, NDCPD has access to a variety of campus resources including publication and design services, public information office, wellness center, information technology department, webinar and telecommunication, veterans’ services, multicultural services, and library resources.