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Supporting Neurodiverse Individuals Through Research, Training, and Inclusive Events

What is C-RAIND?

The Center for Research in Autism, Intellectual, and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (C-RAIND) is a cross-college, multidisciplinary research, training, and outreach initiative at Michigan State University. Its aim is to improve the quality of life of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs) and their families across the lifespan.

Need for C-RAIND

Neurodevelopmental disabilities affect one in six children in the United States. NDDs include autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and learning disorders. These disabilities can have a significant impact on individuals and families with the lifetime cost of care for an individual as high as 3.5 million dollars. In addition, quality of life can be further impacted by higher rates of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. As the unmet needs of individuals with NDD rise, increased research, training, and outreach are critical to improve the lifetime outcomes of these individuals and their families.

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C-RAIND addresses the critical needs of people with autism, intellectual and other neurodevelopmental disabilities to make a meaningful and sustainable impact on their quality of life, and that of their families. We aim to educate the larger society about neurodevelopmental disabilities and lead initiatives to establish an accepting and supportive cultural environment.

C-RAIND does this by supporting research and programs such as:

  • The Early Learning Institute provides evidence-based educational and social-emotional programming to diverse pre-school children with autism spectrum disorder and their families
  • Designing interventions to decrease vulnerability to victimization among youth with IDD
  • School-to-work transition programs for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • The Sibling Study "What's it like to have a sibling with Autism?"
  • Sensory friendly arts and athletic events for those with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families
  • Celebrating the Spectrum: A Festival of Music and Life – An annual summer festival where pre-college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder receive a preview of a life in music
  • The Annual Parent-Professional Conference on the MSU campus.

 C-RAIND research, training, outreach, and service are underway and will make a difference in the lives of those with neurodevelopmental disabilities. With your help we can continue to launch impactful and community transformative programs!

Project Budget

Your donations will be used to support the most critical needs of C-RAIND’s mission with input from the Internal Advisory and External Advisory Committees.

Who We Are

C-RAIND serves as a coalition of researchers from throughout Michigan State University focused on meeting the needs of communities through research, training, outreach, and service. We are over 80 researchers across more than 11 Colleges conducting multidisciplinary research in five broad areas of inquiry: (1) lifespan developmental issues; (2) measurement, assessment and diagnostic issues; (3) intervention and implementation science; (4) etiology and prevention science; and (5) family, cultural and societal issues. C-RAIND’s research is focused on the critical transition periods of conception to birth, pre-school to school, and high school to adulthood, and will improve the efficacy and outcomes of these transition periods.

The C-RAIND intervention group is recognized nationally for its emphasis on individuals of all ages and severity levels, its focus on the inclusion of diverse populations in research, and its concentration on intervention research in natural social contexts with input from community stakeholders. The C-RAIND etiology group is nationally recognized for its focus on identifying and understanding the role of genetic, epigenetic, and environmental risk factors in the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Our researchers emphasize basic biomedical and epidemiological science to facilitate the development of improved and targeted interventions to prevent, ameliorate, and treat these conditions. Because of the combination of these two emphases, MSU is at the forefront of research leading to approaches that are effective and feasible for implementation in diverse communities serving individuals across the lifespan.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 21GGDCF1CRAIND” in the note section.

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