Current and Completed Projects

Each year we take on multiple projects funded through grants from the Federal government, the State of Connecticut, national organizations, local organizations, and/or other independently funded groups. We take on diverse projects related to public awareness, training, professional resources, and studies. Some of our projects last for a short period of time, while others may span years. Some of our projects are on-going, funded through grants that we renew every few years.

Early Childhood Projects

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Connecticut Pyramid Model
This Connecticut initiative is funded by the Sate Department of Education through June of 2019. The goal is to help early childhood special education professionals to create learning environments where children are engaged, they feel good about coming to school, and where educators are able to teach children.

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Learn the Signs. Act Early Initiative
Connecticut is part of the Act Early Network; a collaborative initiative that supports state efforts to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities. This initiative is rooted in the early identification resources developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” campaign targeting families, healthcare providers, early childhood educators, and other partners.

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School Age Projects

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Discover, Learn, Work
Discover Learn Work Career Training Services assists transitioning students from high school or students that are 16 years old with either autism, developmental disabilities or a mental health disability learn the essential skills that lead to successful employment in the community.

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Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT)
Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) is working with the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) to analyze data on their Unified Fitness Clubs program, which is a fitness program being piloted in Connecticut for Special Olympics International.

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Public Health Research Study
Volunteers are needed for an anonymous research study to better understand the parental attitudes and self-efficacy beliefs in providing sexual health education to their children with ASD. Parents are often the primary and only educators. Results will better inform future programming and support for parents.

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Self-Determination
This one-day training program is designed to familiarize educators with issues pertaining to self-determination and how to include self determination skill-building opportunities for your students into your lesson plans. Attendees will develop an action plan to guide change in the classroom.

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Adult / Lifespan Projects

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Faith Based Initiative
The UCEDD is a partner of the National Collaborative on Faith & Disability and provides technical assistance to faith communities in Connecticut working to be fully inclusive for their members with disabilities.

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Finding Available, Affordable and Accessible Housing in Connecticut
The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service received funding from the Council on Developmental Disabilities to develop a 'one-stop shopping' resource for people with disabilities and their families/friends/significant others seeking available, affordable, and accessible housing. The main outcome of this project is the H.O.M.E. Resource Guide and Training Manual that is available for download in loose-leaf format.

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Emergency Preparedness
There is a wealth of information for individuals with disabilities to prepare emergency 'kits' but two problems exist. First, that information is not widely available to people with disabilities and, second, contents tend to list what an individual should have on hand or do with little attention paid to how people without access to computers or who cannot read these lists should meet their own needs. The UConn UCEDD received funding from the Council on Developmental Disabilities to develop and implement this emergency preparedness curriculum.

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Think College Initiative
Since the 1990’s, some parents and professionals around the country – many affiliated with the international disability advocacy organization, TASH - began “thinking college” for transition aged students.

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Completed Projects