Hope for Hillary

Father's Memoir of His Daughters Courageous Journey

Hillary with Maureen van StoneAt nine years old, Hillary Reston developed a dangerous energy her father describes as "positively thermonuclear." If they turned their back on her for an instant, her parents often found Hillary perched on top of kitchen cabinets, swallowing staples and tacks, smashing glass tables and throwing knives.

On the Spectrum: One Family's Autism Journey


The Maloni BoysDominic Maloni could not have been a better baby. He was quiet and easy going. In his first year of life, he met all of the usual milestones sitting up, speaking his first words, walking.

News Briefs

Festival of Trees is Right Around the Corner

The 18th annual Kennedy Krieger Institute Festival of Trees will be held November 23-25 in the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. This three-day event is an exciting holiday-themed festival held to raise funds for the research, treatment, education, and community programs of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimnore.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partners with Kennedy Krieger Institute to Illuminate Baltimore City Hall for Autism Awareness Month

March 24, 2011
Part of International "Light It Up Blue" Campaign

(Baltimore, MD) - For the first time, Baltimore City Hall will be bathed in blue lights during the month of April, as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins the Kennedy Krieger Institute to recognize the millions of families facing the challenges of autism. On April 5, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Baltimore City Hall will flip the switch to take part in Light It Up Blue and shine a bright spotlight on autism, a complex, life altering, developmental disorder affecting 1 in 110 U.S. children.

On Your Mark, Get Set...ROAR for Autism!

March 21, 2011
Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual fundraiser raises critical funds for autism research

(Baltimore, MD)- On May 1, 2011, in an effort to raise awareness and critically needed funds for autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute will host its seventh annual ROAR for Autism at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence rate of autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder, has risen to 1 in 110 children. Kennedy Krieger continues to be one of the nation's leaders in autism research, striving to provide earlier diagnosis and intervention.

Kennedy Krieger Institute's Dr. Paul Lipkin Selected for Prestigious National Health Policy Fellowship

July 15, 2010
Dr. Paul Lipkin is among six Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

(Baltimore, MD)-The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, has chosen Dr. Paul Lipkin, Director of Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Development and Learning, for a highly coveted National Health Policy Fellowship. As America's health care system enters a period of dramatic change, and the lives of millions are impacted by the nation's health policy, Dr.

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.

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.

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.

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