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June 19, 2012
Now Celebrating 25 Years, Kennedy Krieger's Therapeutic Foster Care Program Trains Foster Parents to Care for Children with Special Needs.

Carl PriceAsk Carl Price about his childhood, and you can't help but feel moved by the struggles he faced as a young boy 25 years ago. With a father in jail and a mother struggling with addiction, Carl wasn't sure when his next meal would come, let alone his next medical checkup. So when Carl developed a tumor on the left side of his neck, it was left untreated for over a year.

Celebrating 75 Years

June 19, 2012
For three quarters of a century, Kennedy Krieger Institute has been unlocking the potential of individuals with developmental disorders and injuries.

Celebrating 75 Years

When the Institute opened in 1937, it did so with an ambitious and novel mission: to be a place where physicians, educators, researchers, nurses, and therapists could provide the compassionate care, education, and support that children with developmental disabilities needed to unlock the potential they had inside -- and to improve upon it through a commitment to research and training.

Alexandra's Story

June 19, 2012
For Alexandra Carter, the Brightside Down Syndrome Mentoring Program is an opportunity to make friends and have fun.

Alexandra CarterAlexandra Carter doesn't lack for social skills. In fact, unlike many teenagers with Down syndrome who may struggle to find their places among social groups and peers, Alexandra is outgoing and vivacious.

News Briefs

January 26, 2012

Career Development Awards from NIH Encourage Research

Every year, in an effort to encourage medical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants funding to clinicians interested in focusing their careers on research. These awards require them to spend a minimum of 75 percent of their efforts on research activities. In 2002, the NIH granted 3,000 awards, totaling more than $400 million, to researchers across the country. Nearly $1 million was granted to several scientists at Kennedy Krieger and its Atlanta affiliate, Marcus Institute.

Catapulting Science through Technology

Dr. Jonathan PevsnerThe complex workings of living creatures have fascinated thinkers for centuries. In the fourth century B.C., Aristotle observed hundreds of species, dissecting dozens, in the hopes of classifying them logically.

Letter From Our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDThe Kennedy Krieger Institute could never provide our patients with our remarkable array of successful, innovative programs without the hard work and dedication of the many talented professionals who work here. We lost one of the finest models of the Kennedy Krieger ethic earlier this year, with the passing of Dr. Hugo W. Moser.

Special Community Issue: News & Events

ROAR for Autism!

Despite overcast skies, this year's Ride On for Autism Research (ROAR) was a huge success. ROAR is a bike ride, nature hike, and family festival dedicated to raising critically needed funds for autism research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The event, which was held on Sunday, April 27, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland, was a great way for people to honor the end of Autism Awareness Month. Participants chose to ride 10, 25, or 50 miles, or hike the park's nature trails.

Piecing Together the Autism Education Puzzle

Piecing Together the Autism Education PuzzleFamilies whose children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder typically have a wide range of reactions: sadness, fear, and, for some, relief at having a name for their child's challenges.

Going for the Gold: How Colbie Found Herself Through Kennedy Krieger's Physically Challenged Sports Program

Colbie BratlieColbie Bratlie wants to be a world champion. And the odds are good that she will be because she competes in wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, track, field, archery, table tennis, and swimming. The athletic 14- year-old already seems Herculean for her stamina and determination, but when you add in that she has cerebral palsy, it truly does make her accomplishments seem superhuman.

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