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Our Mission

It is our mission to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their loved ones. We share the latest research and teach essential skills and knowledge. We want our graduates to be able to offer support and service to those who need it most. We're dedicated to creating a world where everyone can thrive, and we're honored to be part of that journey.

Welcome Letter from the Department Chair


Our Shared Values

The primary outcome of research, teaching, and service is improving the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families.

Society is enriched by the inclusion and participation of diverse people, including those with disabilities, as full members of the community.

Our primary consumers are the U of U special education students and the ultimate obligation is to people with disabilities and their families.

School districts, the State Board of Education, early intervention agencies, the Department of Health, and other community agencies are essential partners in improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.

It is vital to model collaboration in our research, teaching, and service.

The department has an obligation to sustain an atmosphere that supports the open communication of ideas, beliefs, and opinions.

Participatory decision-making involving students, faculty, and staff members.

Research, teaching, and service should be informed by the needs and perspectives of internal and external stakeholders.

Continual pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, and service.

Progress at all levels should establish high standards and provide individualized support to each student in meeting them.

Faculty, staff, and students have an obligation to base their research, teaching, and service on empirically validated practices, and on legal, professional, and ethical standards.

Last Updated: 4/26/23