CAPED is the professional associationof 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.


  • 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 150 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 Postsecondary 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. CAPED would later modify our name to the California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability. Our mission and purpose would remain unchanged.

The founding of CAPED followed three years of federally funded (Education Professions Development Act) workshops designed to train California Community College personnel on 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 disabilities in the nation.

During the early years the Association attempted to respond to a multitude of diverse interests and needs across all of California’s segments of post-secondary education 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.