Part two of a two part publications tracing the evolution of University Centers on Disabilities. Originally University Affiliated Facilities evolved into University Affiliated Programs on disabilities. Early expectations outlined by President Kennedy's Committee on Mental Retardation grew as funding for disability services and programs became available. Key legislation, program developments and organizational decisions are described for the time frame of 1970 through 2000.

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This article describes the origins of disability-related programs at U.S. universities. The idea for these programs came from a committee set up by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. This committee included stakeholders who wanted to improve the lives of people with disabilities. These programs would help people with disabilities through research, service, and training. This article describes key decisions that shaped the identity of these programs. These university programs were originally known as University-Affiliated Programs (UAP). They were later renamed University Centers for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).