On April 2, when UMass Medical School illuminates its landmark building blue, it will be participating not only in the International Light It Up Blue Celebration to show solidarity with millions of people across the world living with autism, it will also be affirming its commitment to the many people and families in Central and Western, MA.
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.
By Sue Wolf-Fordham
Mary Ellen originally decided to ride out Super Storm Sandy at her home in Rockaway Beach, New York, with her husband, a retired firefighter, and her two teen-age sons. Her family had safely weathered Hurricane Irene a year earlier, and had limited evacuation options due to her health and mobility needs.