Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Mission:

To transform the lives of children, adolescents and adults with diseases, disorders and injuries impacting the nervous system. We do this through groundbreaking research, integrated therapies and innovative education, all led by expert, compassionate staff members, faculty members and trainees.

Since its establishment in 1937, Kennedy Krieger Institute has become an international leader in the delivery of patient care, research, training, special education and community programs. Annually, the Institute serves more than 27,000 patients and students whose diagnoses include autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, rare genetic diseases, and a host of other disorders ranging from mild to severe.

The broad scope of what Kennedy Krieger does makes it unique. Services and facilities include an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, more than 80 outpatient programs and clinics, telehealth appointments (more than 5,000 a week in 2020–2021), schools for students with complex disabilities, and myriad community-based programs. Every year, the need for Kennedy Krieger’s services continues to grow.