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
Early Childhood Services Program Area, addressing the social, emotional, educational, and other developmental needs of young children who have (or are at substantial risk for) developmental disabilities, and their family members.
School-Age Services Program Area, emphasizing activities that enhance the full inclusion and support of children with disabilities and those at-risk in educational systems, social environments, and community services.
Transition Services Program Area, working to enable schools and community service agencies to better prepare youth with disabilities for life as productive, responsible adults in the community.
Adult Services and Community Living Program Area, addressing needs related to Direct Support services, social networks, care coordination, aging, residential services, family supports, self-advocacy, self-determination, and other aspects of community living.
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 #90-DD-0001). For a complete list of funding agencies and additional budget information, please download the latest Annual Report.