The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, announced today an $8 million grant toward a new international rehabilitation center expanding Kennedy Krieger Institute’s existing Weinberg Outpatient Center.
The Weinberg Foundation has been a stalwart supporter of Kennedy Krieger Institute since 1994, providing a total of more than $16 million in capital, operating, and program grants in addition to this latest gift. As part of its portfolio of 300 active grantees in the disabilities field in the U.S. and Israel, the Foundation funds programs that help people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities, including autism and those who struggle with psychiatric difficulties.
Kennedy Krieger Institute has trained and continues to train hundreds of doctors, therapists, and psychologists who then fan out across the world to help low-income and vulnerable children with disabilities. In fact, Kennedy Krieger-trained physicians are at the Shriner’s Hospital in Honolulu, one of the Weinberg Foundation’s hometown communities which include Baltimore, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Israel.
The new international rehabilitation center will serve children with neurodevelopmental disorders and house group therapy rooms, exam and treatment rooms, and a controlled multisensory environment for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. Space equipped for telemedicine will also be a part of the building extension, as will office space for Kennedy Krieger’s growing staff representing more than 20 different clinical specialties.