Letter from our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDAt the Kennedy Krieger Institute, innovation drives the care we provide our patients. Whether it's a researcher in a lab asking an unanswered question or a therapist who finds the perfect blend of therapies to help each individual patient achieve success, we're not content with the status quo.

In this issue of potential, you'll learn about I-Skate, our innovative new adaptive ice skating program created with help from Olympic gold medalist and figure-skating icon Dorothy Hamill. This exciting program gives children with physical disabilities a chance to do something they never thought was possible: enjoy the freedom of gliding across the ice like any other child and the pride in saying "I can skate."

We bring you the story of Joseph, a 12-year-old with autism, who's making strides thanks to our Building Up Development of Socialization (or BUDS) program. This unique partnership with the National Aquarium here in Baltimore helps children with autism learn how to build relationships and make friends.

Finally, we share with you the amazing work being done at our new Aquatic Therapy Center. Patients like Darin, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident, are able to escape the limitations of gravity and do more in the water than they can on land, which helps them more quickly achieve their therapeutic goals.

These stories of children and young adults who defy expectations and unlock their potential, motivate us to push the boundaries of care and constantly seek to provide the latest and best treatments possible for our patients. I hope you will find them as inspiring as we do.

Sincerely,

Gary W. Goldstein, M.D.
President