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About the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD)
The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute links the community to vital research and information to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Our mission is to provide leadership that advances inclusion for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. The Center is one of a national network of University Centers for Excellence funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
We work in partnership with a Community Advisory Council, advisers who represent the voice of the disability community, advising and supporting the Center in meeting its responsibilities to the citizens of Maryland in accordance with the DD Act. The Council is led by CAC chair and vice chair:
Maryland Disability Law Center
Other CAC members represent people with disabilities, self-advocates, a variety of state agencies, and family members of people with disabilities. Member terms are for a period of two years.
MCDD Leadership Team
Christopher L. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health
Faculty, Center for Women's and Children's Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Christine Schoenberger, MHS
Megan Reed, B.S.
Partners are vital to carrying out the MCDD mission. We could not achieve our goals without collaboration with:
- Maryland Department of Disabilities
- Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
- Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration
- Maryland Disability Law Center
- Pathfinders for Autism
- People On The Go
- Maggie's Light Foundation
- Maryland Department of Aging
- Maryland State Department of Education
Funding from a variety of federal, state, and private sources make the MCDD's work possible. Core funding from AIDD supports overall operations.
Additional sources of funds include but are not limited to the Maryland Dept. of Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities Council, Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the Office of Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs.
MCDD News & Updates
Passage of the Equal Employment Act:
A free resource that provides access to information and support for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.