Using uniform practices for data collection and analysis, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) engages in research, evaluation and analysis in areas important to the field of disabilities, such as:

  • Community Health Needs Assessment
  • School involvement, parent satisfaction and autism
  • Maryland needs assessment and strategic planning
  • Protecting the Health of Children with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities during COVID-19. The goal of this study is to find the best ways to test for COVID-19 among children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In keeping with its core research function, additional projects may include basic or applied research, and evaluation and analysis of public policy in areas that affect, either positively or negatively, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family members.

Autism Research and Engagement

Formerly with the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), a participant-powered research network for families and adults with autism that was active from 2006-2019. Experience and expertise in autism research, stakeholder engagement, and communicating science to the public. Continuing research and engagement activities with SPARK (, funded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative SPARK is the largest autism research study in the U.S. with 170,000 participants and 31 clinical sites, including Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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