In 1969, our center was established at the University of Georgia as part of a national network of federally-designated centers now known as University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD).

IHDD can be envisioned as stretching across Georgia, with projects and collaborative agreements touching every corner of the state. As agents for social change, the faculty, students, and staff at IHDD believe in self-determination and advocacy for people with disabilities, and are committed to community inclusion, interdependence, and the recognition of each person’s ability to contribute to society.

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Torch Run to Celebrate 

A torch run at Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 25th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 


Image of an AmeriCorp Member 

AmeriCorp's members are committed to bringing individuals and communities a better life. 


1994 Leadership Training for Youth with Disabilities

Leadership training is designed to help participants understand each other's problems and their mutual interest in building better communities. 


June 9, 1995 Leadership, communication, and advocacy skills

These skills will help make youth of color with disabilities valued members of their communities. Trainees from Southwest Georgia participated in a retret at the Roosevelt Rehabilitation Center in Warm Springs.


Sharing cultures

Native Americans shared their culture with youths of other cultures and disabilities at the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribal Town. 


Bill Holly and Zolinda Stoneman

Representing the University of Georgia at an Diversity Outreach Conference. 


Outdoor gathering at IHDD

Teachers, students and their families gather at IHDD for a fun event.


IHDD classroom

Students learning in a classroom setting with their peers. 


January 1983

John Kregel recieving an award.


Dr. Claire Clements 

Associate Professor in the Division for Exceptional Children, and Technical Assistance Director for the University Affiliated Program [UAP].


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50th Social Media Campagin 

It's All About Attitude 

Meet Tracy Rackensperger. Tracy works at the Institute on Human Development and Disability at UGA as a Public Service Faculty member. Tracy enjoys being outdoors and she is always looking for an adventure! We asked Tracy, “What advice would you offer to other individuals with disabilities to both discover and pursue their personal interests?” Below is her response.

I say to people, “Google is your friend. It’s really how I got into and continue to do adaptive sports. Just type your interests in any search engine and discover what’s out there! Also, get out in the community! One day, I was swimming in a lake at a local park and this guy saw me. It turned out he owns a paddle board rental company. Next thing I knew I was sitting in a beach chair strapped to a board going paddle boarding.” #IHDD50 #disabilities #discover #adventure #uga 

Check out Tracy's video trailer here. Produced by the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia (UCEDD).

#ihdd50 #committoihdd #abetterqualityoflife 


Pictures tell stories, and words paint pictures

In celebration of World Storytelling Day approaching, let’s hear from a brilliant storyteller that travels around the world capturing stories. Robin says “Disability issues and stories became my ‘WHY’ because of my son, who had a stroke at birth. I’ve been immersed in the disability world on a personal level for 35 years.” See below the Q&A we had with Robin Rayne.

1. What do you love about storytelling? Why is it your passion? Pictures tell stories, and words paint pictures. Together, they can take readers into the lives of everyday people who have stories that might not be obvious to the obvious world. Everybody has a story if you dig deep enough, if you take the time to talk with people and make the real effort to listen. Sometimes, the story you think is the story really isn’t, but it leads to the better story. Photojournalism has been my passion for more than 45 years. It’s what I do, from local and international newspaper and magazine stories to documentary films and multimedia projects.

2. You have produced several films while you have been at IHDD. What do you hope that people will glean from the films? The films I’ve produced for IHDD have been the most rewarding projects of my career. The issues they illustrate are deeply personal. Disability issues and stories became my ‘WHY’ because of my son, who had a stroke at birth. I’ve been immersed in the disability world on a personal level for 35 years. I hope everyone who watches the films will come to see those with disabilities as people first, with needs and desires like everyone else. They are to be treated with dignity and respect and as valued members of our communities. They are part of the vast diversity of the human condition and need to be a part of society, not kept apart from it.

3. If someone is interested in telling stories of people with disabilities what advice would you offer them? Anyone who has a desire to tell stories with words and pictures has the basic requirements to work as a journalist, and I would encourage them to take journalism classes that can build the proper foundation and learn the rules we live by in this craft. 

#IHDD50 #worldstorytellingday #disabilities #stories #everyonebelongs


People first, disability second

A beautiful moment captured of Lois Curtis; a women from the Olmstead Decision. “I hope everyone who watches the films will come to see those with disabilities as people first, with needs and desires like everyone else. They are to be treated with dignity and respect and as valued members of our communities. They are part of the vast diversity of the human condition and need to be a part of society, not kept apart from it.” Photo is copyrighted by Robin Rayne. Check out a short film here about the The Olmstead Decision. 

#ihdd50 #everyonebelongs #olmsteaddecision #storytelling