Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities
The Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities invests in research, training, outreach, and clinical services that promotes the flourishing of people with disabilities, their families, and communities.
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The Center offers three community clinics designed to meet the needs of children and youth with developmental disabilities, as well as their families.
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BCDD is launching new research focused on faith communities and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), led by executive director Dr. Erik Carter, who arrived at Baylor in January 2023. Read about Dr. Carter's personal journey to an impactful career in research — beginning with a life-altering encounter with young adults with IDD — and what this new research means for the BCDD.
Dr. Erik W. Carter, the Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities in the Baylor School of Education and executive director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD), is helping launch a new initiative to support churches in creating more welcoming and accessible experiences for people with autism. Read eight action steps that every church can take immediately.
Dr. Jessica Akers, assistant professor of educational psychology in the Baylor School of Education, has received a $893,409 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop an innovative treatment model for children with autism; the program intentionally focuses on improving the interactions between siblings by inviting the siblings of children with autism to participate as a vital member of the intervention team.
Dr. Tonya Davis, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, received the Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship for Tenured Faculty. Davis specializes in special education and Applied Behavior Analysis and is coordinator of the Special Education Program and the PhD in Educational Psychology. She also serves as graduate program director for the Department of Educational Psychology.