WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

CED 2016
Year In Review

CED program tree broken into 3 main branches. Under Research branch: Physical Activity and Adaptive Leisure, Return to Learn, Disability and Obesity, and Stress and Mental Health. Under Programs there are Community Living, Assistive Technology and Health and Wellness. Under Community Living, there is MODIFY, Positive Behavior Support, Specialized Family Care, Traumatic Brain Injury and Work Incentive Planning and Assistance. Under Assistive Technology, there is AgrAbility, Green Thumbs, and WV Assistive Technology System. Under Health and Wellness is ECRL Library, Family to Family PNS Specialty Care and Nutrition Services. The third main branch is Training. Under Training is Continueing Education, Diversity Fellowship, Licensing Supervision, MCH/LEND, Pre-Service/Interdiciplinary Disability Studies, and Professional Development and Wellness


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Faculty and staff across 17 locations
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Serving all 55 counties

New Director, New Directions

In 2016, Dr. Lesley Cottrell joined the WVU CED family as Director. As a developmental psychologist and professor of Pediatrics at WVU, Lesley has attempted to improve the lives of West Virginia children and their families through her teaching and research in areas of childhood obesity, diabetes, and risk involvement. She joins an 80+ team of experts in the fields of social work, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology, and the creative arts. Together, the WVU CED is increasing its reach throughout WV and Appalachian region with partners from more than 25 academic units throughout West Virginia University, 7 higher education institutions throughout WV, and more than 62 disability service providers.

Left to Right: Jack Stewart, Assistant Director for Operations - Melina Danko, Manager, Public Relations - Lesley Cottrell, Director - Teresa McCourt, Interim Assistant Director - Lisa Uphold, Administrative Assistant Senior - Ken Rodeheaver, Assistant Director for Finance

West Virginians Served

Significant Program Expansion

Positive Behavior Support

The Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Project was funded to expand services by providing ongoing training and technical assistance to professionals working at six pilot sites for the new Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities Children’s Wraparound Program. The Wraparound program will help support families and their children who are at risk of being sent to an out-of-home placement for services. During the next fiscal year (FY17) two new staff members will provide training opportunities on PBS, person-centered planning, and help brainstorm solutions to challenging behaviors.

Specialized Family Care

In July 2015, the WVU CED became the sole provider of services under the Specialized Family Care (SFC) Program, which provides a family-centered, community-based housing option for both adults and children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Essentially, the program serves as a foster care program for adults and children who lack appropriate familial supports and need housing within the community. The program is an alternative to more restrictive housing environments, group homes, and other settings that may lack a family structure. Historically, the CED shared the statewide program with two other service providers, but has now been operating for over a year as the single agency responsible for the program.

Diversity & Disability Fellowship

The WVU CED was awarded the UCEDD National Training Initiative Supplemental Grant by the Administration for Community Living to develop a Diversity & Disability Fellowship Program in October, 2015. The purpose of the fellowship is to increase knowledge of disability services and supports and increase the diversity of leadership and staff across the disability field. Two graduate students from diverse backgrounds were awarded the Diversity & Disability Fellowship starting in the spring semester of 2016 continuing through the summer of 2016. Through a partnership with Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), a third student was selected who will serve as a joint LEND/ Diversity & Disability Fellow.

  • 175
    Students Enrolled in Disability Courses
  • 868
    Pre-Service Students Trained
  • 19,335
    People Community Trained
FY16 Budget and Leveraged Funding:


Planning for the Future

The CED is preparing for its next five-year competitive renewal by conducting strategic planning sessions with partners from around the state. Together with partners, the CED will identify priority areas and activities to help guide the organizations future direction.

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Become a CED Affiliate

The CED welcomes all individuals and organizations that have an interest, expertise, and/or provide services to individuals with disabilities and their families within West Virginia or the larger Appalachian region to join the WVU CED as an Affiliate Member. We believe strongly in the power of partnerships and we welcome the additional collaborations that can be provided through active and engaged partnerships.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer -- Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

To become an Affiliate or to learn more, visit www.cedwvu.org.