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The Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC) supports high-quality basic and applied research relevant to the causes and prevention of intellectual and developmental disabilities. We also support research aimed at the prevention and remediation of some of the many secondary conditions associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as difficulty in language acquisition and behavior problems. 

For more than five decades our Center, in partnership with the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and other federal agencies, has played a major role in generating effective behavioral interventions aimed at the causes, prevention, and treatment for intellectual and related developmental disabilities, and in delineating basic knowledge of the underlying biology of typical and atypical development. We have accomplished this by uniting researchers and clinicians in a common effort at three critical sites within the state of Kansas: the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Juniper Gardens Children's Project; and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

- Peter Smith, Co-Director; John Colombo, Director