Our Mission, Vision & Values


The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, an NIH Autism Center of Excellence, is dedicated to ensuring that individuals on the spectrum reach their full potential, allowing society to benefit from the talents that neurodiverse individuals offer. With the 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 care to families so that each individual on the spectrum will realize his or her fullest potential and to expand our impact through education, innovative research, and public policy.

Our Vision
We envision a world that moves from acceptance of neurodiversities to one that celebrates the unique differences in all of us.

Our Values

  • Coordinated, compassionate care
  • Continuity of care throughout the lifespan
  • Building capacity through training
  • Research that improves lives
  • Community partnerships