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MCDD Announces 2 New Strategic Partnerships

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) is pleased to announce two new partnerships, one with the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and one with The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Our new partners will help us convene key players in the disability system in Maryland to improve disability data access and quality.

The IAN team at Kennedy Krieger Institute has spent the last decade developing the world’s largest online community of autism researchers and participants. With tens of thousands of participants, and hundreds of researchers and research projects, IAN is the largest patient- and family-centered national autism data set in existence.

“We’re proud that IAN is advancing new knowledge about autism and connecting families who live with autism,” IAN Director Dr. Paul Lipkin, MD, says.

“Our hope is that through this partnership with MCDD,” he adds, “we can leverage our knowledge and expertise to begin looking at other developmental disabilities in addition to autism.”

The Hilltop Institute is a health research organization with expertise in Medicaid and improving publicly-financed health care systems that conduct research, analysis and evaluations. Hilltop performs a variety of research activities regarding long-term services and supports for state and local agencies in Maryland, many of which are partners of MCDD.

“Our team is looking forward to working with both MCDD and IAN as we leverage our respective strengths to ensure decision makers and the public have access to accurate, relevant and meaningful information about disability,” Hilltop Executive Director Cynthia Woodcock, MBA, says.

“I couldn’t be more pleased about the prospect of working with these two world-class teams. Each brings unique but complementary strengths to the table,” MCDD Director Chris Smith, PhD, adds.

Our new partners are currently in the planning stages of developing an interactive disability network, a comprehensive online disability data resource and a virtual community for Marylanders with developmental disabilities. 

MCDD Newsletter 2017: Issue Two