RAIND aims to make a meaningful impact on our community.

We are committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with NDDs and their families through the dissemination of cutting-edge research-based intervention and assessment practices. Clinical experts, researchers, and Extension specialists at MSU work together with community partners to deliver high quality services through various clinical, training, and activities. RAIND-affiliated faculty at MSU actively work to translate research findings to the community through dissemination efforts including professional development for current service providers and educating families of individuals with NDDs. These partnerships strengthen the real-life impact of all RAIND activities. Examples of these community-partnered outreach services include:  

  • The MSU Early Learning Institute provides a novel model of early intervention for low income families that combines intensive behavioral therapy with inclusive social learning opportunities. This collaborative project with the Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Community Mental Health Department brings the gold-standard in autism treatment to children and families most in need of effective services.
  • Spartan Project SEARCH is a multi-partner program involving MSU, Ingham Intermediate School District, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Community Mental Health, and a private community-based rehabilitation center (Peckham, Inc.) for improving transition outcomes and quality of life of young adults with NDDs. This program is designed to provide students with NDDs with a year of work experience at the MSU campus through participation in three internship rotations. 
  • FARM! A Musical Experience, is a musical written by the Theatre Department in the College of Arts & Letters specifically for students with ASD and sensory processing disorders, and is performed in classrooms throughout Michigan. In addition to the faculty and students of the Theatre Department, other collaborators are the 4th Wall Theatre Company and the Spartan Public Outreach Team. 

 RAIND-affiliated faculty connect with expanding clinical programs in neurodevelopmental disabilities and pediatric neurosciences at Michigan State University campuses in Lansing, Flint, and Grand Rapids, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and our health system partners.