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Kennedy Krieger Institute to build outpatient facility

The Kennedy Krieger Institute is planning to break ground next year on an outpatient facility for children with disabilities, thanks in part to an $8 million gift from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

The facility will be an addition to Kennedy Krieger’s existing Outpatient Center in Baltimore, which opened on Broadway Street in 2009 and already bears the Weinberg name.

The Weinberg Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private foundations, will donate the money over five years.

A spokeswoman for the Kennedy Krieger Institute said the project will cost more than $8 million, but the organization doesn’t yet know the total expense. She also said the organization has not finalized how large the addition will be or when it will open.

By extending the center, Kennedy Krieger will be able to offer more services for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

It will have exam and treatment rooms, space for group therapy sessions, staff offices and areas specially designed for children with autism and other disorders who benefit from environments where sensory stimuli are carefully controlled.

The building will also be equipped with the technology and infrastructure necessary for telemedicine, which allows on-site physicians to confer with specialists across the country.

“We are fortunate that the Weinberg Foundation shares Kennedy Krieger’s belief that children with disabilities deserve every opportunity to unlock their potential and participate as fully as possible in home, school and community life,” Dr. Gary Goldstein, the institute’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Their financial support will help to make possible a much needed expansion of our patient care and training programs.”

In addition to the Outpatient Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute has locations throughout the Baltimore area dedicated to treatment and research, focusing on pediatric and adolescent disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system.