Centre for Disability and Development Research

The Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR) is an international collaboration designed to build knowledge of onset childhood disability, the mechanisms and broader impact of impairment, and its consequences over the lifecourse. Our research examines innovative treatments that benefit children and young people with developmental impairments and chronic health conditions, and their families.

Enabling better lives

CeDDR enabling better lives

Our mission is to enable children, adolescents and adults whose lives are complicated by impairment or chronic medical conditions, to meet their developmental challenges and reach their full potential. We do this by engaging and collaborating with international partners, community groups, families and our own university.


We work closely with the Faculty of Health Sciences, and with international and local health institutions. Our strong relationships with clinical and industry partners and support groups mean our work can be put into practice for lasting impact.

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Our facilities

Much of our work involves field-testing in schools, health clinics and hospitals, and we’re well equipped with modern mobile-testing equipment. We also have access to ACU facilities, including an EEG lab and a virtual rehabilitation R&D lab.

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Featured projects


Development of motor control

This project aims to better understand the development of movement skill in children, and the nexus between action systems and cognition. The research is conducted with experimental and longitudinal methods.

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CeDDR featured projects elements in the crowd

Elements in the Cloud

The Elements tabletop system has been successfully validated as a rehabilitation tool for acquired brain injury. Currently we are developing and validating the Elements system for clinic and home-based use.

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A man and woman couch beside a child in a motorized wheelchair, together they look out on a beach.


ENabling VISions And Growing Expectations examines the effect of supporting parents in their journey of parenting a child with neuro-disability on positive long term outcomes for parents wellbeing and child outcomes. 

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A group of children with cerebral palsy are seated on the floor, in unison they raise their hands alongside a carer.

Cerebral palsy participation

Diversity of participation in cerebral palsy explores the longitudinal participation patterns of those with cerebral palsy, as well as the impact of transition points on participation levels.

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Our people

CeDDR is an international collaboration between ACU and leading international researchers. We work with industry experts and practitioners to promote research outcomes that address critical issues in disability and development. 

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Research training

We offer supervision, mentoring and a supportive team environment to higher degree research candidates to help them be their best. Candidates, and early career researchers, can also do internships and working visits at our international partner organisations.

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