Kennedy Krieger Announces Launch of New Resource Network'

September 3, 2002
Web site and telephone service links Marylanders to information and resources on developmental disabilities

The Resource Network, a project of Kennedy Krieger Institute, is a new service now available for consumers, families and professionals who need quick and easy access to information on developmental disabilities and resources in Maryland.

The Resource Network is Maryland's central point for everything from information on types of developmental disabilities, to available community and recreational resources, to national and state associations on disabilities, to developmental specialists by location. The Resource Network is the first of its kind to link all available information and services on developmental disabilities in the state, eliminating the need for individuals to make multiple calls or conduct lengthy website searches.

Information is accessible by calling the Resource Network's 24-hour, toll-free telephone number (800) 390-3372, or by logging on to the newly launched website, www.resourcenetworkatkki.org. A Resource Coordinator assists callers during the week, and an automated voice system will be available during unattended times.

"We want the Resource Network to be an easy tool for consumers, families, and professionals to begin their search and to directly get to the information they need, including the names and phone numbers of agencies and organizations that can address their needs," Jackie Stone, director of the Resource Network. "The Resource Network helps families by sharing Kennedy Krieger Institute's knowledge on developmental disabilities and related resources."

The Resource Network is a project of Kennedy Krieger Institute, sponsored by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Kennedy Krieger Institute, a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Designated Center of Excellence, participates in special projects to provide guidelines of care for development disabilities. The Resource Network project was started last year, in response to a state assessment that families in search of information and services on development disabilities needed a quicker, more efficient way to find it.

Kennedy Krieger Institute is a dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as a fully as possible in family, community and school life.

Media Contact Inquiries:

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