What is RAIND

The Research in Autism, Intellectual, and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) Initiative 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. Click Here or on the image above to give now!

Need for RAIND

Neurodevelopmental disabilities affect one in six children in the United States. NDDs include autism, 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 affected by higher rates of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. As the unmet needs of individuals with NDD rise, increased research, training, and outreach are necessary to improve the lifetime outcomes of these individuals and their families. 

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

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 larger society about neurodevelopmental disabilities and lead initiatives to establish an accepting and supportive cultural environment.

RAIND does this by financially supporting research and programs such as:

  • The Sibling Study "What's it like to have a sibling with Autism?"
  • The Early Learning Institute provides evidence-based educational and social-emotional programming to diverse pre-school children with autism spectrum disorders and their families
  • Designing interventions to decrease vulnerability to victimization among youth with IDD
  • Spartan Project SEARCH brings a successful international transition to work program for young adults with developmental disabilities to the campus of Michigan State University

 RAIND research is underway and will make a difference in the lives of those with a neurodisability, with your help we can continue to launch impactful and community transformative programs!