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.

 

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

News

Patient Information
Apr 13, 2015

By Ellen Moran

Massachusetts is one of five states using Medicaid claims data to study how people with intellectual disabilities are using health care services. The study led by UMass Medical School aims to improve the health and well-being of this population and understand their health care patterns.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center has received a grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities to examine data from MassHealth, Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, to determine the types of health care used by people with intellectual disabilities. The grant is in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

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