Intellectual and Developmental Disability Center (IDD-C)

Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) represent a substantial source of morbidity and mortality among the U.S. population. Intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical life skills originating before age 18 years. Developmental disabilities are defined more broadly as severe chronic disabilities that can be cognitive, physical, or both, that generally appear before age 22 years, and that are likely to be lifelong. When identified using this broad definition, IDD is very common, occurring in about 1 in 6 individuals in the U.S.

A significant degree of clinical activity, education and training, and basic and applied research relevant to IDD already occurs throughout the Stanford campus. However, IDD-related expertise and talents at Stanford are currently dispersed.

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Center’s mission is to organize a cohesive infrastructure around IDD at the institutional level with the goal of making Stanford University a leader in discovery, translation, education, prevention and clinical service delivery. Through integrated and coordinated clinical care, research and professional training, Stanford can become a potent force and world leader in this field.