We envision a world where all people live, work and play in their chosen communities throughout their life course.

As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), we work to promote self-determined lives for people with disabilities. As an institute within an urban research university, we work to promote access to opportunities and resources for unserved and underserved populations – especially people with developmental disabilities. We accomplish this by building partnerships that lead to effective social change through research, training, community development and information sharing.

We support and exemplify the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s strategic pillars.

Our Impact


Training videos, guides, EZ Readers and other products disseminated


Students participated in community training and education


Hours of technical assistance provided


Individuals received technical assistance


Individuals participated in IHD research or evaluations

Building Partnerships for Effective Social Change

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Human Development (IHD) operates multiple programs aimed at promoting access to opportunities and resources for unserved and underserved populations, especially for people with developmental disabilities.