To a child with disabilities, your donation opens up a world of possibilities.

What does it take to unlock the potential of more than 20,000 children and young adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system?

At Kennedy Krieger Institute, it means leaving no stone unturned in our mission to turn disabilities into abilities. Between exceptional patient care, cutting-edge research, education programs, community initiatives, and training more than 700 healthcare professionals a year, the Institute takes a multifaceted approach to empowering children with special needs to thrive.

It also takes a community that’s not short on heroes. Since our founding in 1937, Kennedy Krieger has grown to a team of 2,500 employees, spread across 13 locations, who specialize in over 45 diverse brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal disorders. Autism, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, Down syndrome, feeding disorders, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and spinal cord injuries are just a few of the conditions we work to treat each and every day.

Most importantly, it takes help from compassionate people like you, who commit to standing by children with disabilities. Every gift we receive helps to transform a child’s life through our efforts in:

Patient Care

Being a child with disabilities can be an incredibly isolating experience. We understand that it takes a village to unlock a child’s potential— and thanks to your generosity, each of the 20,000+ children in our care has a dedicated, interdisciplinary team of specialists cheering them on every step of the way.

Your gift allows us to provide 24-hour inpatient programs, outpatient treatment, and home- and community-based services, taking a comprehensive approach that draws from science, medicine, therapy, and education. Plus, your support allows us to make a difference early on, when it has the greatest impact on a child’s development.

For more information about the many patient care services offered by Kennedy Krieger Institute, please view our informational fact sheet. And for more information about our efforts made possible by generous people like you, please visit these pages:

Research & Training

Every day, our scientists and researchers work tirelessly to advance the understanding, treatment and prevention of neurological disorders, diseases, and injuries.

Your support empowers our scientists to proudly lead the worldwide charge for innovations in imaging technology, genetic discoveries, and bioinformatics. Translation? We’re breaking down barriers for children with special needs, one new medical discovery at a time— and we’re equally passionate about sharing our knowledge. Beyond published research, we also train more than 700 professionals a year to deliver life-changing care to children across the globe.

Special Education

Due to highly complex disabilities, the children we serve overcome enormous challenges each and every day. Yet many also face even greater barriers when it comes to receiving the customized education they need.

At Kennedy Krieger, we’re firm believers that every mind matters. Thanks to heroes like you, we’re able to take a stand and advocate for kids with special needs, providing compassionate and cutting-edge educational programs that many families have been unable to find elsewhere, from our award-winning and nationally-recognized schools in Baltimore and Washington to partnerships with public school systems.

Community Initiatives

At Kennedy Krieger, changemaking doesn’t end in the clinic or classroom. We believe true transformation happens when we extend our reach directly into the communities our children live in. Outreach, education, training, early intervention support services, adaptive sports, access to resources, and therapeutic foster care programs are just a few of the ways we help children with special needs thrive outside the Institute’s walls.

The heart of these efforts is the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. By partnering with community organizations and state agencies to provide vital resources and services throughout Maryland, the center is dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve independence, productivity, and inclusion within their communities.


Become a champion for a child with special needs today.

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