The Impact of Your Support

Patient care. Research. Professional training. Special education. Community programs and resources. We do a lot. Your gift can, too.

Kennedy Krieger Institute was founded in 1937 as the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute, the first treatment facility in the United States dedicated to treating children with cerebral palsy. Our name may have changed a couple of times over the years, but our dedication to unlocking the potential in every child has never wavered.

Today, Kennedy Krieger Institute serves children and young adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system through patient care, cutting-edge research, training of the next generation of healthcare professionals, special education programs, and community initiatives. Every year we care for more than 20,000 patients, educate more than 500 children with special needs, and train over 700 healthcare professionals and researchers. We specialize in over 45 diverse brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal disorders, including autism, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, Down syndrome, feeding disorders, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and spinal cord injuries. In order to accomplish what we do, we employ over 2,500 people in 13 locations in Baltimore and campuses in Columbia and Rockville, Md.

We’ve got a lot going on. And we need your help. Every gift we receive makes a real difference in a child’s life through our efforts in:

Patient Care

Kennedy Krieger’s comprehensive approach to patient care draws on science, medicine, therapy, and education to address the problems that affect a child’s development. We believe that early identification and evidence-based interventions are key to maximizing potential and preventing major problems throughout a patient’s life. For each patient, a dedicated team of specialists works with the family to create a tailored care plan aimed at unlocking the child’s potential.

Your gift to Kennedy Krieger Institute helps us provide 24-hour inpatient programs, outpatient treatment, and home- and community-based services to over 20,000 children and young adults every year. For more information about the many patient care services offered by Kennedy Krieger Institute, please view our informational fact sheet. And remember…no matter how you contribute, you are making a real difference in the life of a child.

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Research & Training

Our scientists and researchers are leaders in the worldwide effort to understand, prevent, and treat the problems and injuries that affect a child’s developing brain. They continue to break new ground with advances in imaging technology, genetic discoveries, and bioinformatics, leading to the development of new treatment models and therapies.

In addition to sharing our knowledge through published research, we also train more than 700 professionals each year who go on to deliver life-changing care to children across the country and around the world.

Special Education

Children with complex disabilities need more than just medical treatment. In order to thrive and achieve their potential, they need education designed to address their individual needs. Kennedy Krieger Institute provides a wide range of educational services through our award-winning and nationally-recognized schools in Baltimore and Washington, as well as through partnerships with public school systems.

Your contributions help us develop programs and services that provide the innovative and customized approaches that students need for success.

Community Initiatives

For the children and families we serve, Kennedy Krieger’s reach extends far beyond the clinic and classroom, directly into the communities where they live. The Institute’s community initiatives include outreach, education, training, early intervention support services, adaptive sports, access to resources, and therapeutic foster care programs.

The cornerstone of these efforts is the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. The center partners with community organizations and state agencies to provide vital resources and services throughout Maryland. Through a focus on professional training, community services, research, and information dissemination, the MCDD helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve independence, productivity, and inclusion within their communities.