The professional association of faculty, staff and students, serving students with disabilities at California's institutions of higher educations.
CAPED mission: To facilitate collaboration and professional development that promotes and models equal access and educational opportunities for students with disabilities in California higher education.
WHAT WE DO:
CAPED provides equal educational access to students with disabilities through support services, adapted curricula, and academic adjustments.
Empowers more than 80,000 students with disabilities in over 125 colleges and universities to realize the potential for learning, independence, employment, and integration.
Is a key advocate with the legislature and public and private systems of higher education to improve, expand, and finance comprehensive and cost-effective program of instruction and services for students with disabilities.
- Is a dynamic organizational model for the training and development of professionals working in higher education.
The History of CAPED
On October 8, 1974 the California Association of Post Secondary Educators of the Disabled was founded by the adoption of By-Laws and promoting professional development, and the advancement of postsecondary educational opportunities for students with disabilities.
The founding of CAPED followed three years of federally funded (Education Professions Development Act) workshops designed to train California Community College personnel how to work effectively with students with disabilities. In April of 1975, with a membership of 86, CAPED was formally incorporated by the state of California as the first non-profit, professional organization of post secondary educators of students with disabilites in the nation.
During the early years the Association attempted to respond to a multitude of diverse interests and needs across all segments of post secondary education in the state through the establishment of CAPED Interest Groups (CIGS) and a burgeoning number of special committees and task forces – the most recent of which deals with the returning veteran who, perhaps unknowingly, is newly disabled.
CAPED has further evolved in recent years through the addition of staff for fund-development and asset management. We also have tools such as monthly – or immediate if the cause merits - digital updates regarding the organization’s activities and information of general interest to those involved with students with disabilities at post-secondary institutions across the state.
Take at look at our website and see why CAPED is viewed as the pre-eminent organization for staff at the Community, CSU and USC colleges in California and join us in our pursuit of excellence for our students.
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CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND DISABILITY (CAPED)