Research, education, and service programs improving the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Who We Are

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Medical School has a rich history of supporting research, education, and service aimed at improving the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.

Our research covers a wide range of topics related to IDD. We create and deliver training programs that teach and train those who want to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. We develop and provide a range of information and resources to individuals with IDD and autism spectrum disorder and their families – plus clinicians, educators, and human services agencies.

We look forward to working with you.

Overview of Shriver Center activities and programs.


Participate in a Study?

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? Please consider participating in one of our research studies!

The  Shriver Center has been a pioneer in research, education and service for individuals with IDD and their families. To that end, we are always looking for children and young adults—with or without disabilities—to take part in our research programs. 

Learn how to get involved


Oct 12, 2016

By Ellen Moran

A young girl is described as bright, but having few friends. She is frequently late for school and has been absent four times in five weeks. Does she need behavioral health services? Behavioral health providers taking a new training and certification exam through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center’s Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) training program learn how to evaluate her situation and others.


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