About Us

staff and advisory leadership team members pose for a group picture on a stairway

UMKC IHD staff and UCEDD Advisory Leadership Team members, September 2019

As an applied research and training center for human services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, UMKC IHD reports to the Office of the Provost and serves as a bridge between the university and community.

Through our engagement efforts, we provide an inter-disciplinary approach to solving problems through research, education, training, and public service.

UMKC IHD is the federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) for the state of Missouri. We are a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and one of 67 UCEDDs located in every state and United States territory.

Our Advisory Council

UMKC IHD values the contributions of a select group of advisers to our UCEDD. The Advisory Leadership Team (UCEDD-ALT) provides feedback on organizational priorities and activities and participates in statewide education efforts and coalition building led by UMKC IHD.

UCEDD-ALT includes representative adults with disabilities, family members, and leaders of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council, Missouri Protection and Advocacy, Missouri Assistive Technology, and Senate Bill 40 Boards.