The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Owings Mills, Maryland, has announced a five-year, $8 million grant to expand services for children with disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Weinberg Outpatient Center in Baltimore.
The grant will support construction of a rehabilitation center for children with neurodevelopmental disorders featuring group therapy rooms and a controlled multisensory environment for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. The new building also will house space equipped for telemedicine as well as offices.
Before its latest grant, the Weinberg Foundation had awarded capital, operating, and program grants totaling more than $16 million to the institute, which has trained and continues to train hundreds of doctors, therapists, and psychologists who fan out across the world to help low-income and vulnerable children with disabilities.
"Kennedy Krieger Institute is arguably one of the top ten research and direct-service institutions for children and youth with intellectual disabilities," said Weinberg Foundation board chair Ellen M. Heller. "As part of its portfolio of three hundred active grantees in the disabilities field in the U.S. and Israel, the foundation funds programs that help people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities, including autism and those who struggle with psychiatric difficulties. Of all these grantees, Kennedy Krieger offers the foundation the greatest impact by serving the largest number of children at the earliest possible age so that these children have a chance to live independent, purposeful lives in our community."