USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles CALIFORNIA

Address: 4650 Sunset Boulevard, Mailstop # 53
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 361-2300 Fax: (323) 3618305 Email: Website:

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.  The USC UCEDD strives to create community-based, culturally-appropriate systems of care centered around individuals and families.

Our services include:

    Clinical Services – Provided through various hospital-based interdisciplinary programs and community-based programs.
    Diagnosis and Evaluation – Diagnostic and treatment/intervention recommendations for developmental, behavioral and attention problems (including Attention Deficit Disorder-ADD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-ADHD)
    Feeding Development – Comprehensive assessment and treatment services for feeding, growth and nutrition problems
    Behavioral Pediatrics – Developmental and psychosocial issues from a family-centered perspective
    Community Mental Health – UCEDD's largest clinical program, it provides individual and group therapy to serve children with severe emotional and behavioral issues, as well as at-risk children and families. Includes the HEALS program for victims of such violent crimes as non-accidental trauma, sexual molestation, and neglect
    Learning Abilities Program – Assessment of the impact of learning strengths and disabilities on school achievement and behavioral development; recommendations for behavioral and special education support and services
    Community-Based Programs – Diagnosis, evaluation and treatment for infants, children and adults at several sites throughout Los Angeles County

    Special Program Emphasis
    Individual, Family and Community Capacity Building – We promote activities that help assure quality of life for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and their families through active involvement in the home, systems of training and service, community support and policy-making
    Prevention and Early Intervention – UCEDD physicians and other health care providers focus on such effective preventive or intervention measures as proactive outreach, early identification of needs, enhanced individual and family resources, and provision of quality community resources

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?