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.

Services & Programs

The Center offers three community clinics designed to meet the needs of children and youth with developmental disabilities, as well as their families.

Center Spotlight

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Jun. 1, 2023
A Wider Welcome: BCDD Expansion of Disability Research and Community Impact

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.

Apr. 25, 2023
New Baylor Initiative Promotes Ministry With and By People With Disabilities

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.

Jan. 20, 2023
SOE Receives Autism Grant Award for Innovation from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

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.

Dec. 29, 2022
Dr. Tonya Davis Receives Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award

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.


To advance our mission and vision, the BCDD partners with other Baylor departments and programs, as well as agencies and organizations outside of the university. Our partners include:

Department of Educational Psychology
Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's
Office of Access and Learning Accommodation

Start a Clinic or Program

There are great opportunities to start a program or clinic to train students to work with children with disabilities.

Conduct Research

Our faculty and staff have a wide variety of research interests relating to assessment and intervention for children with developmental disabilities.

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