Philosophy and Mission Statement

Mission and Philosophy

Through the integration of teaching, research, and service, it is the mission of the University of Connecticut to provide an outstanding educational experience for each student. The mission of the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is to enhance this experience for students with disabilities. Our goal is 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 also committed to promoting access and awareness as a resource to all members of the community.

While complying with the letter of the law, the CSD also embraces its spirit by providing services to all students with permanent or temporary injuries and conditions to ensure that all University programs and activities are accessible. The Center can assist students to maximize their potential while helping them develop and maintain independence. Our philosophy is one that promotes self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy in a comprehensively accessible environment.

Professional Standards of Ethical Practice

To further the mission and philosophy of the University of Connecticut and the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD), the CSD is committed to professional and ethical practices in decision-making, service-provision, and scholarship.

The CSD staff receives annual ethics training and is guided by:

  • The University of Connecticut Code of Conduct (
  • The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Standards for Disability Resources and Services (
  • The Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Code of Ethics and Professional Standards (
  • The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Ethics Statement (