Welcome to the USC UCEDD

A University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service.

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The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and affiliated with the USC Keck School of Medicine, is a nationally recognized leader in developing and implementing quality services for infants, children, youth and adults with, or at risk for, behavioral, developmental, physical, and/or special health care needs and their families.

Originally funded in 1966, the USC UCEDD is among the largest of the 67 UCEDDs in the nation, authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

Our services

We provide services that are sensitive to the needs, values, and beliefs of not only the individual, but also the entire family. We provide clinical services to more than 5,000 individuals each year and our interdisciplinary training programs reach more than 16,000 parents, students and professionals.

We also collaborate in research and policy projects to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, develop more responsive systems of care, and increase access for children with special health care needs.

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Education

We give you access to trainings, videos, and share research updates 
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Resources

We offer educational resources to everyone
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Advocacy

Find policy and advocacy resources on our website
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Directory

We help you connect with the right resources

Our core programs

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Clinical and Community Services

Specialized clinical services delivered with the intention to enhance the well-being and status of recipients. This includes direct problem-solving services to assist individuals with developmental and other disabilities and their families. Services that field test promising or exemplary practices and may be integrated with training, research, and/or dissemination functions.

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Community Education and Technical Assistance

 

Seminar(s) or courses of instruction offered by a UCEDD that serve to maintain professional credential and encourage professionals to expand their knowledge base and stay up-to-date on new developments. Training provided by UCEDD faculty/staff to enhance knowledge of a variety of community members. 
Direct problem-solving services provided by UCEDD to assist community members.
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Professional Training 

Instructional program offered by the UCEDD that is designed to advance an individual’s academic or professional credentials and takes place in an academic setting or program.

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Research

Implementation of basic and applied research, program evaluation, and analysis of public policy on issues impacting individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Information Dissemination 

Distribution of knowledge-based information through UCEDD developed products and activities.

Our projects

We also collaborate in research and policy projects to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, develop more responsive systems of care, and increase access for children with special health care needs. Originally funded in 1966, the USC UCEDD is among the largest of the 67 UCEDDs in the nation, authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

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