In Memorandum, Andrew Russell, M.D., Co-Director Emeritus, UCLA Tarjan Center.

The mission of the UCLA Tarjan Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is to advance the self-determination, inclusion, and quality of life among the diversity of people with disabilities and their families. We accomplish our mission through collaborative leadership in training, community education, research, service, and information sharing.

We serve as a bridge between the resources of the university and local, state, and international organizations, agencies, policy makers, people with disabilities and their families.

Director: Elizabeth Laugeson

Letter from the Director


The UCLA Tarjan Center is dedicated to anti-racism, social justice, and firmly condemns the acts of violence against communities of color. The UCLA Tarjan Center acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples.

The UCLA Tarjan Center, is one of 67 federally designated university centers (UCEDDs) across the country. These centers are authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), part of the Administration on Community Living within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.