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80 Percent Autism Divorce Rate Debunked in First-Of-Its Kind Scientific Study

May 19, 2010
Kennedy Krieger researchers find autism does not affect family structure

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Having a child with autism can put stress on the parents' marriage, and a frequently cited statistic leads to a common perception that the divorce rate among these families is as high as 80 percent. But a study to be released at a news conference today by researchers from Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore found that a child's autism has no effect on the family structure.

Study Provides New Insights into the Implications of Autism Onset Patterns

April 20, 2010
Children with developmental regression at increased risk for more severe autism

(Baltimore, MD) - Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today new study results showing that when and how autism symptoms appear in the first three years of life has vital implications to a child's developmental, diagnostic, and educational outcomes.

Leading Online Autism Registry Empowers Researchers With Access to Data, Study Recruitment

October 5, 2009
Interactive Autism Network Publishes Results from Largest Ever Twin Study, Encourages Researchers to Utilize Registry

(Baltimore, MD) - Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today new study results from the largest ever twin study that confirm the role genetics plays in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but also suggest that environmental factors play a role. Published in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the study examined concordance rates between identical and fraternal twins, or the likelihood that if one twin has a certain genetic characteristic, the other twin will possess the same characteristic.

Rockin' for a Cause

March 12, 2010
Bands on the Bay to benefit Kennedy Krieger's Sturge-Weber Center

Baltimore, MD - Families will be rockin' and rollin' on the Chesapeake Bay at the annual Bands on the Bay event, Sunday, April 25. A music-filled afternoon for the entire family, Bands on the Bay will feature the Doug Segree Band; Orlando Phillips, Caribbean music steel drum musician and the former lead vocalist of the Caribbean music group Mama Jama; Jefe, solo acoustic act; and The Fitzmaurice Band. Guests will enjoy live music and great food and drink while raising money for a good cause-the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Continues to Get Active for Autism Research

March 10, 2010
Annual fundraiser on April 25th raises critical funds during Autism Awareness Month

(Baltimore, MD) - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the incidence rates of autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder, have risen to 1 in 110 children, making autism the most common developmental disability in the country. Annually, April marks the celebration of Autism Awareness Month, a month used to increase awareness and raise funds for autism.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Opens New Location in Howard County

November 15, 2010
Institute's first clinical site outside of Baltimore City offers behavioral psychology services

Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today that it has opened a 5,000 square foot clinic in Columbia, Maryland to provide pediatric behavioral psychology services. The new site is the Institute's first outside of Baltimore City for clinical care. The location was selected to better serve families in Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, as well as the military families at Fort Meade.

Putting a Round for a Good Cause

August 21, 2010
National qualifier miniature golf tournament to raise funds for children at Kennedy Krieger Institute

(Baltimore, MD) - This summer at the 3rd Annual Festival of Tees golf tournament, miniature golfers of all ages will tee off in a competition for a good cause. ParTee Golf, in Perry Hall, Maryland, will once again host the tournament on Saturday, August 21. All funds raised from this golfing event will go to the Silberstein-Harryman Endowment at Kennedy Krieger Institute to benefit children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley addresses Kennedy Krieger High School's 2010 graduating class

June 15, 2010
On Friday, June 11th, Kennedy Krieger High School welcomed Maryland's First Lady Katie O'Malley

Watch an excerpt from the keynote on YouTube.

New Children's Book Teaches"Typical Kids" How to Befriend Children with Autism

February 26, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD - More than ever before, children with autism are being included in classrooms with "typical" children. The increased incidence of the disorder and tightening budgets suggest that nearly every typically-developing school age child will spend time in a classroom, lunchroom, or on a playground alongside a child with autism. Unfortunately, most children will be unprepared and unsure how to engage their new peers.

A Tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver

August 11, 2009
Celebrating her life and legacy 1921-2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Today, we mourn the loss of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics. She was an advocate for people with special needs, and her relentless work on their behalf changed the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world.

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