USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is a nationally recognized leader in developing and supporting quality services and systems for individuals with, or at risk for, behavioral, developmental, and/or special health care needs and their families. Our purpose is to provide leadership in strengthening family-centered, consumer responsive, culturally-competent services and systems for the benefit of individuals and their families. The USC UCEDD, founded in 1966, is one of over 67 UCEDDs in the nation, authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), and a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). These university centers work with people with disabilities and members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers on projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing, with a focus on building the capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens. The goal: to enhance quality of life.
Our purpose is to provide leadership in strengthening family-centered, culturally-competent services and systems for the benefit of individuals with, or at risk for, developmental, behavioral and/or special health care needs and their families in partnership with those who utilize the services.
A recognized leader in developing and supporting quality services and systems for individual with or at risk for behavioral, developmental and/or special healthcare needs and their families.
Programs and Services
The USC UCEDD strives to create community-based, culturally-appropriate systems of care centered around individuals and families. Our services include:
Special Program Emphasis
We distribute information on best practices and emerging issues that impact, children and adolescents with disabilities and their families to other UCEDDs nationwide, as well as to local and state agencies, policy-makers, service providers, families, community organizations, researchers, university and other training programs.
In addition, the faculty of the UCEDD Mental Health Program has developed the second-largest training program within Childrens Hospital, annually training more than 20 psychology fellows and interns, social work students, and marriage and family therapists.
UCEDD physicians, other health care providers and trainees engage in a variety of research projects, including clinical, population-based and health/disabilities systems research – all of which contributes to the knowledge base of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.