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Shriver Programs in Plain Language


The Shriver Center has many programs that deal with the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our programs help people with I/DD as well as families, service providers, researchers, and teachers.

Autism Insurance Resource Center

The Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC) helps answer questions and fix problems with medical insurance for autism care.  AIRC helps people with autism and their families. We help service providers, work bosses, and teachers, too. 

Child and Adolescent NeuroDevelopmental Initiative (CANDI)

CANDI’s research and treatment studies are for people with IDD/DD  including autism and fragile X.  Areas include finding biomarkers, brain imaging, and treatment studies.  Biomarkers are used to see how well the body reacts to a treatment for a disease or medical problem. 

The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO)

CANDO provides clinical services, like evaluation and treatment.  Services are for children with autism spectrum and other IDD/DD disorders.

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Program

The CANS Program has training for therapists who help children under the age of 21.  CANS certification and support is for therapists working in Medicaid funded programs.

The Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER)

CDDER offers research, testing and training services. We help build supports for people with IDD/DD.

Division of Neuroinformatics

Neuroinformatics looks at information about neuroscience research.  Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system. We work with the CANDI program to find brain features showing how the brain develops.

Healthy People/Healthy Communities

The Healthy People/Healthy Communities program helps people with IDD/DD to find and keep healthy lifestyles.  Good eating, exercise and weight control are ways to keep healthy. 


INDEX Technical Services develops web pages. The team does e-learning development and accessibility consulting.  INDEX helps people with disabilities in Massachusetts. We help them find the information they need.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

LEND is graduate school level training.  LEND trains people to help improve the health of children and teens with IDD/DD.

Neurobehavioral Science and Neurogenetics

Neurobehavioral Science and Neurogenetics uses computers to study behaviors and brain activity of groups of people. One example is children and adults with IDD/DD. 

Pathways to Inclusive Health Care Program (PIHC)

PIHC trains healthcare students who want to work with people with disabilities.

Sibling Support

The Sibling Support Program helps brothers, sisters, and other family members.  Sibling Support helps families meet challenges.  Working with an aging family member who has a disability can be hard.


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