Since 1965, the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD) has been Georgia’s University Center for Excellence in Disability Research, Education and Service (UCEDD), and ranks as one of The University of Georgia’s oldest continuously-funded federal programs. The IHDD works with people who have disabilities and others, to ensure that all people can achieve their highest capacity and quality of life.

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Through UGA’s College of Family & Consumer Sciences, IHDD applies the vast resources, research, and scholarship of the university on behalf of people with disabilities. Future leaders in all disciplines can be certified in disability issues through IHDD. Nationally-known faculty and staff support local, regional, state, national and international efforts. 

As a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), IHDD collaborates with some 60 universities and teaching hospitals around the nation. All of the programs at IHDD are funded solely through grant funds and donations from private entities and friends. 

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The Community Advisory Council is a close partner and advisor in setting goals and planning products and programs. These principles guide all activities:

  • full community inclusion, 
  • respect for the unique characteristics of all individuals and families, 
  • provision of competency-and value-based educational experiences, and
  • promotion of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

IHDD works in close partnership and collaboration with the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities for Georgia, the Georgia Advocacy Office and our own Community Advisory Council. Together, self-advocates and professionals identify goals and achieve outcomes that increase the quality of life for all people with disabilities and their families.

Important issues to know about: Unlock the Waiting Lists! Campaign, and Money Follows the Person (MFP),
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If you believe in a world that includes everyone, a society that lets all work to their full capacity, and a system that won’t let children with disabilities grow up in institutions and nursing homes, you believe in the work of Institute on Human Development & Disability. Join us!

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Friends of IHDD

FRIENDS OF IHDD is a group of people that supports IHDD programs. All programs at IHDD are funded through grants and contributions. With private support, IHDD can do much more to advocate and impact the barriers to full inclusion. Help IHDD expand the vision of inclusion. 

Anyone who wants to see success for IHDD goals is welcome to join! As a member of FRIENDS of IHDD, you'll receive:

  • UPDATE -- the IHDD Newsletter
  • A thank you gift 
  • Invitations to events and fundraisers.

Become a member,  volunteer and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you are playing an active role in outreach, research and dissemination in the disability field.