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.
Academic advancement opportunities in which the A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service (UCEDD) is affiliated.

Early Childhood Projects

  • Graduate Opportunities in Early Childhood Intervention
    The University of Connecticut Neag School of Education and the AJ Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service (UCEDD) are pleased to announce a doctoral leadership training concentration in early childhood intervention. Funding is available!
  • Early Intervention Specialist Program (EISP)
    The Early Intervention Specialist Program (EISP) is a 90 hour on-line course on evidence based practices in early intervention. The course is aimed at increasing the number and quality of early interventionists serving infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Participants must be employed in the field of early intervention.
  • Early Childhood Personnel Center
    ECPC generates new knowledge about integrated state-level CSPD for personnel serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities, including literature syntheses, relevant and needed studies, and analyses of existing data.
  • Learn the Signs. Act Early
    Learning opportunities for Early Childhood providers to “Learn the Signs” and “Act Early”. A set of best practice guidelines for a diagnostic evaluation of ASDs that is recognized and implemented by providers. Care of children with developmental delays will be streamlined and with children more accurately diagnosed at an earlier age, access to intervention should occur in a more timely fashion.
  • Early Childhood Community Practices for Social Emotional Development Using the Pyramid Model for Communities of Practice in Early Childhood Special Education
    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 what to do.

School Age Projects

  • Self-Determination
    This one-day training program is designed to familiarize educators with issues pertaining to self-determination (SD) and how to include SD skill-building and opportunities for your students. By the end of the day, you will complete an Action Plan for YOURSELF on what you will do to develop self-determination in your students.
  • Disability Studies in Public Health program
    The University of Connecticut (UConn) A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD), in partnership with the UConn School of Medicine Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, is offering an online graduate-level Disability Studies in Public Health program.

Adult Projects

  • Connecticut Partners in Policymaking - A Self-Advocacy Training Program
    A training program to foster a collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, and policy makers at national, state and local levels.
  • Discover, Learn, Work
    Discover Learn Work (DLW) 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.
  • 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. This study looks at the current environment in Connecticut.
  • Finding Available, Affordable and Accessible Housing in Connecticut
    A 'one-stop shopping' resource for people with disabilities and their families/friends/significant others seeking available, affordable, and accessible housing.

Lifespan Projects

  • Emergency Preparedness
    Tips for Emergency Personnel: Supporting People with Unique Access or Functional Needs (including disabilities).
  • Faith Based Initiative
    Check out this website to see what is happening on the national level, find out what other states are doing, access additional materials that may be helpful to your faith community, and learn about various projects and trainings of interest.