Resources & Services

UCLA Organizations and Services

UCLA CART is a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence (ACE), playing a leading role in developing and disseminating new and more effective treatments for autism spectrum disorders. The collaborative CART team of clinicians and scientists provide a unique, groundbreaking multidisciplinary approach to studying and caring for individuals with ASD.

The UCLA Semel Institute is an interdisciplinary research and education institute devoted to the understanding of complex human behavior, including the genetic, biological, behavioral and sociocultural underpinnings of normal behavior, and the causes and consequences of neuropsychiatric disorders.

The UCLA CARING Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic that evaluates and treats children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and known genetic syndrome or variant. The CARING Clinic combines excellence in clinical diagnosis and management for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and associated genetic syndromes.

Local and National Adaptive Sports Programs

The Expressive Movement Initiative (EMI) aims to introduce the art of creative movement and therapeutic dance to children with developmental disabilities. Volunteer dance teachers are paired one-on-one with an EMI student, modifying movements to accommodate each dancer at weekly dance classes.

ACEing Autism is a national tennis organization that makes the sport of tennis available to children with autism spectrum disorders as a means to enhance health, fitness, hand-eye coordination, motor development and to improve their social skills.

Team Prime Time’s mission is to provide sports intervention programs for at-risk children from low-income areas of Los Angeles. Team Prime Time combines academics, athletics, leadership training, and the arts to help students reach their full potential.

Affiliated Programs

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health establishes and maintains an interdisciplinary, multicenter research network for scientific collaboration and infrastructure to increase the life expectancy and quality of life for autistic individuals, particularly for underserved and vulnerable populations.

UC LEND is an interdisciplinary program comprised of health professionals and graduate-level fellows with a focus on understanding the impact of neurodevelopmental disabilities (ND) on individuals and families in order to improve the care & outcomes for these individuals over the lifespan.

The Mighty is a safe, supportive community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them. The Mighty believes in the power of stories, the strength of communities, and the beauty of the human spirit.