UNC’s Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) dedicated to providing exemplary clinical services to individuals of all ages who have concerns about or are at risk for intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Conditions such as:

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Genetic or medical conditions which impact development, health, and independence


Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)

CIDD is home to three core federal training initiatives which offer clinical and research opportunities: University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD); Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND); and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC).  There’s also an Intellectual and Developmental Disorders Registry available for NC residents who want to participate in research studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Additionally, the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation’s  offers comprehensive care “lifespan” care.

CP & Dance

The Neuroscience of Dance in Health and Disability Laboratory focuses on research to understand how the human brain generates motor coordination using the language of dance movement.

Interdisciplinary research that involves the areas of dance, biomechanics, mathematical modeling, motor control, motor learning, physics, body-environment interfaces, mixed media, computational neuroscience, neurophysiology, and rehabilitation.

Cerebral Palsy, CP, Dance,

College of Applied Health Sciences


Professor Lopez-Ortiz is working toward starting classes in other states, too!


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