University Center for Excellence on
Developmental Disabilities

American Samoa Community College


The University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) assures that individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families participate fully in activities that will design and promote self determination, independence, integration and inclusion in all facets of life in American Samoa.  The UCEDD will ensure the delivery and purpose of the Developmental Disabilities Act through culturally competent activities.


The University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is an interdisciplinary education, research, and public service component of the American Samoa College that engages in the following core functions:

  1. Interdisciplinary pre-service preparation and continuing education of students and fellows, include the preparation and continuing education of leadership, direct service, clinical or personnel to strengthen and increase the capacity of the territory and community;
  2. Community service that provide training and technical assistance for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, paraprofessionals, policymakers, students and other members of the community;
  3. Conduct research and evaluation, analysis of public policy in areas that affect or could affect positively or negatively individuals with developmental disabilities and their families; and
  4. Dissemination information.

The UCEDD addresses the core functions directly or indirectly with one or more following area of emphasis:
  • Quality assurance activities
  • Education and Early Intervention Activities
  • Child Care-related Activities
  • Health-related Activities
  • Employment-related Activities
  • Housing-related Activities
  • Transportation-related Activities
  • Recreation-related Activities
  • Emergency Preparedness-related Activities
and other services provided available or offered to individuals in a community, including formal and informal community supports, that affect their quality of life.                                                                                  

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