Vision, Mission, & Values


The Sonoran UCEDD is based on the vision of a community benefiting from the full participation of all members, with recognition of the strengths brought by diversity in abilities, culture, age, and life-experience.


The mission of the Sonoran UCEDD is to support people living with developmental disabilities through all stages of life, through interdisciplinary education, service development and dissemination, research, and an impact on policy.


The Sonoran UCEDD is based on the value of full participation by people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life, including the development of support services. Our programs are based on the principles of cultural respect, empowerment, and self-determination. These principles are operationalized by the inclusion of a diverse membership with regard to abilities, culture, age, geography, and experience in our programs and governance.


Jamal Sanders, his mother and family friend





The Sonoran UCEDD held group planning sessions throughout Southern Arizona as part of its Person-Centered Planning Model Program for transition aged youth with DD.  To the left is Irma Robles and her parents at a Nogales planning session.  To the right is Jamal Sanders, his mother and family friend at a Tucson planning session.