Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

Pre-Service Training and Preparation
Pre-Service Training and Preparation

Collaborating with community partners to provide trainees valuable experiences, knowledge, and skills in public health disability-related fields
Community Services
Community Services

Providing technical assistance, community education, and direct services to community stakeholders to improve the lives of persons with disabilities
Research and Evaluation
Research and Evaluation Studies

Conducting research and evaluation with community partners to help maximize the potential of individuals with developmental disabilities

Who We Are

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to leadership in the field of developmental and other disabilities, so that people of all ages can maximize their potential and achieve independence, productivity, and inclusion within their communities.

What We Do

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities staff are engaged in four core functions:


  • Cultural Competence
  • Person and Family-Centered Practices
  • Community Inclusion
  • Excellence: Leading Through Innovation, Best Practices, and Collaboration 

People with developmental disabilities are increasingly assuming their rightful place in society. Staff of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities adhere to high ethical standards of professional practice and respect and support the legal and human rights of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

State Developmental Disability Network Organizations (Sister Agencies)

Maryland Disability Law Center
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Collaborating Agencies

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration
Maryland State Department of Education
Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs (Maryland’s Title V Agency)

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities is one of a national network of University Centers for Excellence (UCEDD) federally funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Maximizing Potential. Creating Change

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