Intellectual and Developmental Disability
The Life Span Institute was founded in the 1960s when the science of the study of intellectual and developmental disabilities emerged nationally. Our research in this area seeks to understand the origins of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, language delay, Down Syndrome, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Our scientists are also integrally involved in the conception and implementation of interventions designed to enhance the quality of life, self-determination, and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Our work spans special education, technology, training, technical assistance, transition and more.