Overview of ICI
The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) was established in 1985 on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. We are a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD - pronounced U Said), part of a national network of similar programs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country. The Institute is home to over 70 projects and 6 Affiliated Centers addressing disability issues across the lifespan (see Projects + Centers for a complete listing). In addition, it works in close collaboration with the University's Center for Early Education and Development, a Partner Center of the Institute.
Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. We work with service providers, policymakers, educators, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, researchers, families, and individuals with disabilities around the world to provide state-of-the-art information and practices that support the community inclusion of individuals with disabilities.
The Institute conducts the following four core activities
Interdisciplinary Preservice and Continuing Education, providing training for students, paraprofessionals, professionals, and leadership personnel seeking to better serve persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
Technical Assistance, offering consultation and program evaluation services to enhance the capacity of existing agencies and services.
Research, improving policies and services affecting persons with developmental disabilities and their families through applied research conducted in collaboration with organizations, agencies, colleges and universities around the country.
Dissemination, sharing information generated by Institute projects and centers through newsletters, curricula, training materials, resource guides, reports, brochures, journal articles, books, Web sites, videos, social media, and other resources.
Institute projects and centers are organized into Program Areas that reflect their focus on particular parts of the lifespan (see Specific life stage under Topics for lists of projects and centers grouped by age and stage in life). The Program Areas are as follows
The Early Intervention + ASD program area works to provide rich training programs for University of Minnesota students and community leaders, robust autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research in underserved communities, tracking rates and trends in ASD prevalence, providing education about the importance of early identification and intervention, building parent knowlege of early developmental milestones, and providing data on transition, community living and employment outcomes for individuals with ASD.
The Educational Assessment + Intervention program area works to provide leadership in: (a) designing and building educational assessment and accountability systems that monitor results for all students, including those who are students with disabilities and English learners (ELs); (b) developing and implementing classroom-based formative assessment processes and intervention systems that provide feedback used to adjust instruction to improve student learning; and (c) deliver training, technical assistance, program development, and evaluation to promote effective implementation of inclusive education practices.
The Educational Systems Improvement program area works to provides technical assistance and dissemination support to state education and lead agencies as they seek to sustain systems change efforts that improve educational results and accountability for children and youth with disabilities and their families.
The Transition program area works to improve access and success for at-risk students and students with disabilities in secondary and postsecondary education, as well as employment, independent living, and community participation.
The Community Living program area at ICI works to promote the inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities in the communities of their choice.
The Institute conducts collaborative projects with over 200 community organizations, K-12 schools, universities and colleges, service providers, government agencies, advocacy and self-advocacy groups, and professional associations around the U.S. and abroad (see the latest annual report for a complete list).
University Advisory Council
The University Advisory Council serves as an internal advisory board to establish broad policies, evaluate the impact of the Institute within the University community, ensure continued University commitment to the Institute's work, and advise the director.
Community Advisory Council
The Community Advisory Council serves as an external advisory board to review and recommend broad programmatic directions, evaluate the impact of the Institute within the state and region, serve as liaison and advocate for the Institute's involvement in community-based activities, and advise on critical areas of need that the Institute should address in future planning efforts. Community Advisory Council Members include consumers and family members, providers or directors of collaborating state and local agencies, and policymakers or senior staff from state agencies that collaborate directly with the Institute. To learn more about the Community Advisory Council, please contact Beth Fondell at 612-624-6830 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute's activities are funded largely through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements from federal, state, and local government agencies as well as private sources. Matching funds are provided mainly by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development and Graduate School. Core funding for the Institute comes from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Grant #90DDUC0070). For a complete list of funding agencies and additional budget information, please download the latest Annual Report.