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Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Community Support and Advocacy

Self and Family Advocacy

CEDD is working to strengthen advocacy skills for individuals with disabilities and their families, with special emphasis on the Latino and Southeast Asian communities.  CEDD promotes self- and family-advocacy via outreach, workshops, networking, training materials, technical assistance and website resources.  Recent CEDD offerings have included training opportunities in political advocacy in preparation for Capitol Action Day; Spanish language sibling workshops; and parent training videos in both English and Spanish.

Community Training

CEDD provides more than 100 training opportunities each year for consumers, families, service providers, and professionals to increase their knowledge and skills in the areas of developmental disabilities, early identification, service provision, inclusion, and other medical, legal, social and policy issues related to disabilities. 

Statewide Initiative for Improving Services for People with ASD

CEDD is working at the systems change level to increase training opportunities for professionals across the state.  CEDD staff are facilitating the Interagency Autism Planning Group, consisting of representatives of the California Departments of Developmental Services, Education, and Public Health, and other stakeholders, which has developed the infrastructure and, interagency collaboration to implement a state plan for improving services to children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  

Reducing Health Disparities

CEDD faculty have partnered with the Hmong Women’s Heritage Association and the United Iu-Mien Community, Inc. in a study of the barriers to quality care among Southeast Asian communities, with the goal of improving health care and access to services for children and adults with developmental disabilities in this community. Based on the findings, project staff and community partners developed a public service campaign aimed at increasing the awareness of developmental disabilities, early identification and services for the Southeast Asian communities.

Promoting Inclusive Preschool

CEDD partners with Sacramento’s Triumph Preschool on the development of a high quality, inclusive, early childhood program.  CEDD staff provide support for children with disabilities and/or challenging behaviors through individualized recommendations, staff training, and parent support.  Triumph has implemented the Center for Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) model and is collecting data on the impact on teacher skill and confidence in supporting children with challenging behaviors.

Youth Transition Training and Mentoring

CEDD, in partnership with the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP), has undertaken the Success Defined project to provide training, mentoring, and resources for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities interested in exploring options for post-secondary education, purposeful work or volunteer service, and community living.

Think College

CEDD has taken the lead role in organizing a regional Think College subgroup consisting of representatives of area community colleges and universities and works to develop resources that aid students with autism and other developmental disabilities to succeed in post-secondary education. CEDD also participates on the statewide California Consortium for Post-Secondary Education led by the UCLA Tarjan Center. 

Assistive Technology

CEDD is working to expand knowledge of and access to appropriate assistive technology for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  CEDD helped to start the Supported Life Institute’s Communication Technology Education Center (CTEC), which provides no-cost opportunities for hands-on exploration of communication devices and assessment and training in their use.

The Community of Early Intervention Practitioners

A collaborative project of Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), the Infant Development Association (IDA), and the California Association of Professors of Early Childhood Special Education (CAPESCE).  A home visit blog provides the framework for an interactive, support community of practitioners and families.

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