Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission: "We at the Kennedy Krieger Institute dedicate ourselves to helping children and adolescents with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, school, and community life, while striving to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality."

Our Vision: "To be the nation’s premier institution for research, patient care, professional training, special education, and community programs focused on the child’s brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system."

Our Values: "To utilize an integrated, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach through research, patient care, professional training, special education, community programs, and administrative services to accomplish our mission."

AN ORIGINAL VISION

Kennedy Krieger’s tradition of improving the lives of children with neurological disorders dates back to 1937, when Winthrop Phelps, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from Baltimore, responded to a dire need for treatment for individuals with cerebral palsy. He founded the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute, the first treatment facility in the country dedicated solely to children with cerebral palsy. The Institute was renamed the Kennedy Institute in 1968 in memory of President John F. Kennedy, who enacted the Medical Training Act during his administration, to protect the rights and improve the lives of persons with disabilities. In 1992, the name was changed again to Kennedy Krieger Institute to honor original board member and long-time supporter, Zanvyl Krieger.

A RELENTLESS PURSUIT

More than seventy-five years after its founding, the Kennedy Krieger Institute has evolved into an international resource for children with diverse brain-related disorders, from mild learning disabilities to rare genetic disorders. Thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families come to Kennedy Krieger to receive the best possible medical care, schooling, community initiatives, and benefits of leading edge research available. Individuals the world over have improved outcomes thanks to discoveries made and treatments implemented at Kennedy Krieger. Each year, several hundred graduates and post-graduates on their way to becoming practicing professionals in this field, also receive exemplary training at Kennedy Krieger and go on to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities worldwide.

Kennedy Krieger is committed to improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system, either of congenital onset or acquired through injury or illness. Its focus on pediatric brain disorders, interdisciplinary treatment, ground-breaking research, and application of specific and proven therapies are what make Kennedy Krieger world-renowned.