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A man wearing a suit, tie and face mask with the Maryland state flag on it leans over to shake the hand of a girl sitting in a wheelchair and smiling. They appear to be in a hospital environment.

GOV. MOORE VISITS KENNEDY KRIEGER: Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller toured Kennedy Krieger’s inpatient hospital on September 26, meeting with Institute President and CEO Dr. Bradley L. Schlaggar and other staff members, and patients and their family members. Accompanying them were Maryland Secretary of Health Dr. Laura Herrera Scott and Maryland Secretary of Disabilities Carol A. Beatty.

MARYLAND MATTERS: Kennedy Krieger Institute to Receive $5 Million Grant to Expand Care for Pediatric Cases of Long COVID
October 20, 2023
The funds will help Kennedy Krieger better serve children from underserved communities.

THE BALTIMORE SUN: Kennedy Krieger Project Helps Baltimore-Area Faith Leaders Make Houses of Worship More Inclusive of People With Disabilities
September 11, 2023

Kennedy Krieger’s Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is working to promote the inclusion of individuals with neurodivergence in faith-based gatherings.

See more news coverage about Kennedy Krieger Institute.


Posed photo of eight children and teens, some sitting in wheelchairs, and all wearing sunglasses and red T-shirts that say “Bennett Blazers.” Most are also wearing badges. They are posed in front of a banner that says “Move United Nationals” in multiple places.

Members of the Bennett Blazers team

Congratulations to Kennedy Krieger’s Bennett Blazers adaptive sports team! This past summer, the Blazers placed first overall (out of 44 teams) at Move United Junior Nationals in Alabama. Go, Blazers!

Dr. Amy Bastian, chief science officer and director of the Institute’s Center for Movement Studies, was elected earlier this year to the National Academy of Sciences. She joins approximately 2,400 fellow U.S. scientists and is the first member from Kennedy Krieger.

Dr. Erika Augustine, associate chief science officer and director of the Institute’s Clinical Trials Unit, is the recipient of the 2023 Dr. Sidney Carter Award in Child Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology, which recognizes outstanding work in the field of child neurology/developmental neurobiology.

Dr. Bushra Rizwan, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Institute’s Psychiatric Mental Health Program, and Dr. Stacy Suskauer, vice president of pediatric rehabilitation, were selected by their peers as “Top Doctors” in Baltimore Magazine’s annual recognition.

Upcoming Events

A smiling woman jogs on a road, pushing a smiling boy in a wheelchair. Both wear red hoodies that say “Bennett Blazers” on them, and both are wearing sunglasses.

Racers at ROAR for Kids 2023

Our events are a great way to bring family and community members together! Here are three don’t-miss events coming up in the new year:

20th Annual ROAR for Kids at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Saturday, April 20, 2024
NEW LOCATION: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Join us for our 5K race and low-mileage walk for individuals of all ages, and explore the zoo at a discounted rate after the event!

8th Annual Hats & Horses Benefiting Kennedy Krieger Institute
Friday, May 3, 2024

Join the Women’s Initiative Network for Kennedy Krieger Institute at a festive Derby-themed gala to raise funds to support Kennedy Krieger. More details to come—stay tuned!

Neurodiversity in the Workplace: A Collaborative National Conference
Sunday–Tuesday, October 27–29, 2024
The Westin Washington, DC Downtown

999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Join the collaborative conference that brings together a community that is committed to improving employment outcomes for the neurodiverse workforce.

See the full Kennedy Krieger calendar of events.

We’re Hiring!

Want to help kids pursue all that’s possible? Working at Kennedy Krieger is more than just a job—it’s changing lives. JOIN US!

Learn about job openings at Kennedy Krieger.