Program Priority: Autism

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability among children. The Bradley Hospital Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is the most comprehensive treatment facility of its kind in the nation.


The many conditions that make up Autism Spectrum Disorder involve lifelong neurodevelopmental disorders that significantly affect cognitive, speech, and social skills development.

Our nationally recognized researchers and clinicians translate research findings into medical practice and collaborate with many of the state’s autism experts through the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment. Today our hospitals are at the forefront of pediatric brain science and provide evaluation and treatment of children with autism and other neurological disorders, through our partial hospitalization, inpatient and outpatient programs as well as the Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center. Our Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute is pioneering research related to disorders of the developing brain, such as autism and attention deficit disorder.

Our expanded autism program will deepen our understanding of autism and develop approaches that mitigate symptoms and improve quality of life for children.

Your support will help us expand our outpatient capacity and initiate efforts that focus on transition to adulthood by improving access to case management, treatment, and family support while also enrolling every child with autism in Rhode Island into ongoing research in order to provide insights that lead to new hospital- and community-based approaches.


Meet Duncan

Like most 9-year-old boys, Duncan is full of energy. The youngest of three children, Duncan's love of swimming, reading, and building things is obvious in the first few moments you meet him.

But what’s less obvious is why Duncan has received treatment at our Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) Partial Program.