In support of CSD’s mission, to enhance the University experience for students with disabilities, and goal, to ensure a comprehensively accessible University experience where individuals with disabilities have the same access to programs, opportunities and activities as all others, the Center is committed to promoting access and awareness by collaborating with various departments across the University and serving as a resource to all members of the community.

Best Buddies

Staff members of the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) have served as the advisor for the UConn Chapter of Best Buddies for the past 10 years. Best Buddies is an international organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing one-on-one friendships throughout the community with people with intellectual disabilities. At the Storrs Campus, Best Buddies works very closely with the S.T.A.A.R (Students Transitioning Age Appropriate Routes) Program and Region #19 School District to identify buddies for UConn students.  For more information about this organization and how you can get involved, please visit or email Christine Wenzel, Assistant Director in the Center for Students with Disabilities at

Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability (CPED)

For over 15 years, the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability (CPED) has been a national leader in promoting access to postsecondary education for students with disabilities. Our work combines research-based evidence and professional training to inform the field and advance postsecondary education opportunities for students. We achieve our mission through graduate coursework, our annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute, research and model demonstration projects, conference presentations and involvement and leadership in various professional, state, and national organizations.

Department of Psychology

Research is a primary mission of the UConn Psychology Department with programs in:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience /li>
  • Clinical
  • Language and Cognition
  • Developmental
  • Ecological Perception and Action
  • Industrial/Organizational
  • Social

Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA)

The focus of the Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) program is to develop reflective practitioners in student affairs. The courses and experiences are diverse and reflect the best of contemporary student affairs practice. The core of the HESA program is a 44-credit hour curriculum featuring classes taught by student affairs practitioners as well as full-time faculty scholars. Each year, HESA admits a cohort of approximately 16 students into the program. These students complete the core academic classes together over their two years of study. In addition, students have a variety of elective graduate courses that are offered through the Department of Educational Leadership or through another department.


HuskyTech provides all UConn students with free tech support. We will work on any computer, regardless of where and when it was purchased and whether there is any outstanding warranty. We will make our best effort to help you get online with a game console, iPhone, or other network device from anywhere on the UConn campus. We provide support via phone, email, or live chat, and we work hands-on at our shop in McMahon residence hall.

Students Transitioning Age Appropriate Routes (S.T.A.A.R.) Program

The Center for Students with Disabilities has a unique partnership ith Region #19 School District known as the S.T.A.A.R (Students Transitioning Age Appropriate Routes) Program. The mission of the S.T.A.A.R program is to provide opportunities for 18-21 year old students to continue their learning, refine vocational pursuits, and enhance social relationships in the settings utilized by their college-aged peers. The collaboration with the University creates the possibility for authentic experiences for students to be involved with college students who have a vested interest in working with and having relationships with students with learning disabilities. Outcomes will include knowledge, skills and friendships beneficial to their transition to the adult world. For more information regarding the S.T.A.R.R. program, please refer to the following link.

Practicum Opportunities

For any student interested in working with the S.T.A.A.R Program, there are practicum opportunities available. Working with the S.T.A.A.R program is a great opportunity for students interested in the field of special education with an emphasis on secondary education and transition. The ideal practicum student will be comfortable discussing aspects of adult life and transitions in appropriate and honest ways. The practicum student will work with students with a variety of disabilities on a one-on-one basis in the classroom as well as on community outings and in work experience settings. Practicum students may also be responsible for gathering data on student learning, modifying materials, problem solving and determining best practices for working with students.

UConn Co-op

The UConn Co-op serves as the official bookstore for the University of Connecticut. The Co-op operates campus bookstores in Storrs, at the five regional campuses in Avery Point, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury and West Hartford, and at the three Professional Campuses including UConn School of Law, UConn Health Center and the MBA Shop. In addition to textbooks and course materials, the Co-op offers general books, computers, software, school supplies, art & engineering supplies, UConn apparel & memorabilia, greeting cards, gifts, snacks, health & beauty aids, and much more.


The CSD is an information and referral source to all University and community programs and state services. The CSD will refer students based on need to various services. The CSD works as a liaison service to agencies such as the: