2012- 2013 Report to the Community

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Our Vision...

...is that individuals with disabilities are included in all facets of their community and have access to family-centered, culturally competent, evidence-based knowledge and practices and participate in all life experiences.

Access Attitude Inclusion

The Institute for Human Development - Arizona University Center on Disabilities (IHD-AzUCD) fosters the development of attitudes that promote the public’s appreciation and value of individuals with disabilities. Attitudes, as barriers to or facilitators of inclusion, go hand-in-hand with access. Access, commonly thought of as access to services and supports, can have a much broader meaning. Services are unquestionably essential for inclusion but access also refers to access to information, education, physical environments, community, friendships, relationships, etc. Conceptually, access and attitude have reciprocal roles in promoting or inhibiting inclusion.

2012-2013 Report to the Community

Four Core Functions

Picture of Interdisciplinary Training, Research and Evaluation, Community Service, Information Dissemination

Interdisciplinary Training

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In addition to our academic work, the IHD-AzUCD also offers courses to teachers across the state through the SELECT program that is funded by the Arizona Department of Education. Teachers are able to further their understanding of strategies for improving instruction for students with disabilities

Faculty from the IHD-AzUCD and affiliated programs continued our work in promoting interdisciplinary training of students and professionals across disciplines who will effect positive outcomes in access, attitude, and inclusion for all people with disabilities. As a unit within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences we offer three graduate certificate programs and an undergraduate minor in disability studies.  Our graduate certificates offer specialized training in the areas of assistive technology, positive behavior support, and interdisciplinary policy and practice. Graduates from these certificates possess expanded knowledge and skills that will enable them to work more effectively with persons with disabilities and their families.

Our newest academic program is the Undergraduate Minor in Disabilities Studies launched in the fall semester of 2010. Coordinated by Dr. Kathy Mahosky, the minor includes 18 units of coursework (5 required courses and one elective) delivered through multiple formats. The minor has been well received by the university community with eleven graduates, 49 active students and 11 new applications. Through our efforts to develop new courses for the minor, we have added an additional 9 undergraduate courses focusing on disability to the university curriculum. Students who are not in the minor can also enroll in these courses to meet diversity requirements in their liberal studies. Our newest course, Ethics and Disability, was taught this spring through the Philosophy department.

The IHD-AzUCD provides a wide variety of learning experiences to students on campus. Students learn more about teaming by participating in our Interdisciplinary Training Clinics offered during the academic year. This year four children were evaluated by an interdisciplinary team including a developmental pediatrician, Dr. Sydney Rice from the University of Arizona. Participating students assumed a variety of roles during each clinic. Dr. Trina Spencer, Director of Research, mentored students involved in research studies she coordinates through the IHD-AzUCD.  The Disability Experience module developed several years ago promoting more positive attitudes towards persons with disabilities continues to be embedded in university classes. Lastly, IHD-AzUCD faculty participate as AZLEND faculty mentoring students from across the state . All of these activities enable the IHD-AZUCD to have greater impact on more students across disciplines. 

Research and Evaluation

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The research and evaluation core function is committed to advancing the IHD-AzUCD’s vision and mission through scholarship, knowledge creation and dissemination, and establishing an empirical basis for community service and preservice training programs. Three independent research labs are operated with IHD-AzUCD funds. The Child Development and Language Lab is housed at the IHD-AzUCD on the Northern Arizona University (NAU) campus and the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic is located in the department of psychology at NAU. Medical researchers from the University of Arizona direct the Genetics and Developmental Disabilities Research Lab. Current research areas include surveillance and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, cultural and linguistic diversity, attitudinal barriers, behavior disorders, prevention of literacy disabilities, and child development and language. Research findings are disseminated through scientific journal articles and conference presentations. In addition to research, recent initiatives feature the visibility and accessibility of empirically supported interventions to facilitate evidence-based practice within disability disciplines. IHD-AzUCD researchers offer evidence-based practice technical assistance, training, and support to disability and health service agencies and professionals working with individuals with disabilities. Practitioner-friendly products such as Bridge Briefs: A Research to Practice Resource aim to improve accessibility of research-based practice recommendations and enhance practitioners’ capacity to make effective clinical decisions. Many undergraduate and graduate students receive mentorship and training through research projects and evidence-based practice initiatives.

Community Service

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The Institute for Human Development strives to make connections between the university and the community. Our community service programs use university resources to improve the lives people with disabilities through training, technical assistance, and service.

ADE Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library makes a wide variety of assistive technology devices, equipment, software and professional development materials available to school personnel in order to improve access to assistive technology—at no cost.

The AzEIP Staff Development and Training Project (ASDTP) provides support to early intervention programs, providers and families within the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) through an interagency agreement with the Department of Economic Security (DES).

Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) connects people with disabilities with the assistive technology they need to participate as fully as possible in activities that matter to them.

The Capacity Building for American Indians Project (CBAIP) provides national outreach, technical assistance (TA) and trainings to existing American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs and interested American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

The Growing in Beauty Partnership Program (GIBPP) assists the Navajo tribe in addressing their intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Arizona’s Part C Program for infants and toddlers in the form of direct service and technical support.

IDEA Capacity Building Grants encourage the development of programs that help meet the education requirements of students with a special emphasis on those with disabilities.

The Indian Children’s Program provides responsive, family-centered and community-based services for Native American children with known or suspected disabilities. 

The Meyerson Foundation: Play through Assistive Technology, offers a free library of play and recreation activity kits for children with disabilities.

Information Dissemination

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Information Dissemination is one of four core functions carried out by the Institute for Human Development – Arizona University Center on Disabilities (IHD-AzUCD).  Information including research findings, best practices, services, and supports that promote the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families act as a resource for the disabled community, State agencies, and other provider and advocacy organizations. 

The Dissemination core function works toward reflecting the values of the IHD-AzUCD in its language and images while remaining responsive to community requests and input about our products. Materials disseminated are developed to be accessible to a wide range of disabilities and diverse target audiences.  Through our presentations, activities, and publications, including those based on research conducted at the IHD-AzUCD, we promote best practices and policies. 

IHD-AzUCD understands that disability is a natural part of the human experience.  In that comprehension, we provide specialized supports and services in a culturally competent manner.  We work to eliminate barriers and meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.  We value the protection of human rights, assist in the exercise of greater choice and self-determination, and foster systemic change to further engage and involve people with disabilities.  We work to demonstrate that our Arizona University Center on Disabilities is a liaison to service delivery systems by directing our four core functions to positively affect the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Impact and Activities


IHD-AzUCD Impact and Activities


Total number of UCEDD trainees


Number of UCEDD interdisciplinary training programs


Number of UCEDD discipline specific training programs


Total number of hours for training events


Total number of participants/students trained


Percent of UCEDD long-term trainees reporting an increase in knowledge or skills and/or change in attitude


 Number of professionals participating in UCEDD continuing education programs


Number of UCEDD continuing education programs


Length (amount of course time) of CE program


Number of specialized services offered by the UCEDD to enhance the well being and status of the recipient


Number of individuals who received specialized services from the UCEDD to enhance the well being and status of the recipient


Number of active research projects


Number of products developed


Number of products disseminated


Number of conferences and conference presentations


Number of grants and contracts and other funds leveraged


Number of people trained by participant type (e.g., individuals with D/OD, family members, Service providers, professionals, paraprofessionals, Policy makers Community members) IN AREA OF EMPHASIS


Education & Early Intervention


Health-Related Activities


Employment-Related Activities


Other - Assistive Technology


Other - Cultural Diversity