BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Kennedy Krieger Institute receives a major grant that will go toward a new building.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced an $8 million grant for the extension of Kennedy Krieger’s existing Weinberg Outpatient Center.

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“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,” said Ellen M. Heller, Weinberg Foundation Chair, in a news release. “Kennedy Krieger Institute is arguably one of the top ten research and direct-service institutions for children and youth with intellectual disabilities.”

Heller went on to say, “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. Of all these grantees, Kennedy Krieger offers the Foundation the greatest impact by serving the largest number of children at the earliest possible age so that these children have a chance to live independent, purposeful lives in our community.”

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Kennedy Krieger trains hundreds of doctors, therapists and psychologists who help low-income and vulnerable children with disabilities across the world.

“We are fortunate that the Weinberg Foundation shares Kennedy Krieger’s belief that children with disabilities deserve every opportunity to unlock their potential and participate as fully as possible in home, school, and community life,” said Dr. Gary Goldstein, President & CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute. “Their financial support will help to make possible a much needed expansion of our patient care and training programs.”

The new building will serve children with neurodevelopmental disorders. It will house group therapy rooms, exam and treatment rooms and a controlled multisensory environment for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

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