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

News

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Feb 04, 2016

By Ellen Moran

UMass Medical School is developing a toolkit to help community health centers determine whether their emergency preparedness plans address the needs of individuals with disabilities and to assess other potential emergency planning gaps.

“Increasingly, community health centers are taking a greater responsibility for being part of the local emergency planning and have important roles to play in community emergency response,” said Sue Wolf-Fordham, JD, a principal investigator for the project to enhance emergency preparedness for community health centers.

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