Ensuring autistic people reach their fullest potential throughout their lives.

The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence, is dedicated to ensuring that autistic individuals reach their fullest potential, allowing society to benefit from the talents and perspectives that neurodiverse individuals offer. With support from Duke University, research grants and philanthropy, we deliver state-of-the-art interdisciplinary clinical care, conduct cutting-edge research, inspire and train the next generation of scientists and clinicians, and partner with the community to impact public policy. The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development is a part of the Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. 

Our Mission
To provide exceptional, compassionate support to families so that each individual on the spectrum will realize his or her fullest potential and to expand our impact through education, innovative participatory research, and public policy.

Our Vision
We envision a world in which all individuals live a life with purpose, dignity, choice, and joy.

Our Values

  • Coordinated, compassionate care and support services
  • Continuity of care and support services throughout the lifespan
  • Building capacity through training
  • Research that improves lives
  • Effective collaboration through community partnerships
  • Equity and Inclusion for all