Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities invests in research, training, outreach, and clinical services that promote the flourishing of people with disabilities, their families, and communities.

Center Spotlight

More News
Feb. 16, 2024
Faculty & Staff Reception Recap

Our first Faculty & Staff Reception was a success! Thank you to all who came out to launch our 10th year as a Center. We are grateful to Dr. Reid and Dr. Saxon for speaking such encouraging words about our work.  Read more about the Reception and how you, as Staff or Faculty, could be a part of our work. 

Jan. 24, 2024
Meet Professor Nicholas Benson: Preparing Future School Psychologists in Practice and Research

Nicholas F. Benson, Ph.D., is a Texas licensed psychologist, licensed specialist in school psychology, and nationally certified school psychologist. He teaches courses in intellectual assessment, academic assessment, evaluation, and academic intervention.

Jan. 23, 2024
Meet Dr. MacKenzie Wicker: Transition to Adulthood Programming and Research at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities

Staff spotlight is on Dr. MacKenzie Wicker this month! Learn about her role in spearheading an innovative initiative centered around the transition to adulthood for individuals with disabilities at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD). She also shares her inspiration behind pursuing a Ph.D. and why all the work is worth it.

Dec. 14, 2023
A Special Starry Night

The Heart of Texas Autism Network, The Arc of McLennan County, and The Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities hosted A Special Starry Night for members of the disability community on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 6 p.m. at the Mark & Paula Hurd Welcome Center on Baylor Campus.

Upcoming Events

See More Events
Academic Lecture: Autism & Worship
3:30 - 5:00 pm

Autistic people are less present in churches than their non-autistic peers. Even if they attend, often they are denied liturgical and leadership roles. In this presentation, Dr. Léon van Ommen argues that ‘normalcy’ is a root cause of the absence and ignoring of autistic people. He presents a liturgical theology of availability in response, which he develops with the notions of kenosis and participation.

Community Talk: Church Through the Lens of Autism
9:00 - 10:30 am

Autistic and non-autistic people experience the world differently, in terms of the senses, ways of thinking, socialising, and so on. Based on research with autistic people around the world, in this talk Dr. Léon van Ommen analyses the Church through the lens of autism, and reconsiders the Church’s corporate worship practices.

BCDD Monthly Consortium Meeting
3:30 - 4:30 pm

All of Baylor Faculty is invited to join us for any of our monthly consortium meetings. Our February meeting will be focused on hearing some of the BCDD affiliate faculty present current interdisciplinary projects. We will also have time for discussion and sharing of ideas for future collaborative projects. Please RSVP by Feb. 25th. 

PREPaRE Training
(ends Mar 1, 2024)

The School Psychology Program-Dallas and BCDD are hosting a PREPaRE Training over a two-day period. The PREPaRE curriculum has been developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of NASP's decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety and crisis management plans and emergency response.