PBUCE: University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities - Includes Hawaii, CNMI, and AS

Pacific Basin UCEDD (PBUCE)

Aloha! Talofa! Hafa Adai!  The Pacific Basin UCEDD (PBUCE) supports, enhances, and improves the quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities as a technical assistance center for the American Samoa (AS) UCEDD and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) UCEDD. 

Become a UCEDD Trainee!

Now Accepting Applicants

The UCEDD trainee program at the Pacific Basin University Center for Excellence (PBUCE) is looking for individuals interested in becoming part of our team as a trainee working with people with disabilities in American Samoa and CNMI. This program helps train individuals to gain skills and knowledge necessary to work with individuals with disabilities and become leaders in the disabilities field. Trainees have a common desire to continue learning about helping and working with individuals with disabilities, in particular, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The program will begin in mid-May and end on March 31, 2023. To learn more, view the UCEDD Trainee Recruitment Flyer (PDF) or access the text version (docx).
For more information, please contact Yoko Kitami at kitami@hawaii.edu.
Geography map of the Pacific Basin with American Samoa, CNMI, and Hawaii highlighted


The purpose of each University Center for for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) as mandated is to:

  1. Provide leadership in and advise Federal and Territory policymakers about, and promote opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.
  2. Provide interdisciplinary pre-service preparation and continuing education opportunities.
  3. Provide community services including training and technical assistance, and/or model demonstration activities. 
  4. Conduct research to promote the use of research-based practices in serving people with developmental disabilities. 
  5.  Disseminate information and practices that are research-based.
  6. Conduct National Training Initiatives on Critical and Emerging Needs.