Welcome to JFK Partners

About Our Program

JFK Partners has been a program of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Colorado School of Medicine since 1965. As a program of the Section of Developmental Pediatrics, JFK Partners is designated as Colorado's University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program.


Our mission is to lead the way in evidence-based interdisciplinary clinical care, education, research, and community partnerships
to enrich the lives of children, youth, and adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and special health care needs.

Our vision is to promote individuality, inclusion, active community engagement, and health and well-being
of all people of diverse backgrounds with 
Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and their families.


Clinical Services



JFK Partners News

  • Father holding small child and tickling older child in wheelchair

    Children with Disabilities Child Support Commission

    Apr 5, 2024
    Did you know that Colorado does not have family law statutes to recognize any differences between a divorcing family with a child with support needs and typical children in child support calculations and parenting time calculations? This means Family Law attorneys and judges often do not recognize the uneven financial and parenting burden of a custodial parent for their child/adult child with chronic care support needs.
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  • Interacting with First Responders: For People with Disabilities and their Loved Ones Webinar

    Mar 13, 2024
    The Colorado IMPACT Initiative will be holding over 150 presentations for people with disabilities and/or mental health disorders and their loved ones to give them tools to empower them, communicate with 1st responders, ask for accommodations, advocate for themselves, and ultimately feel and be safe with first responders.
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  • Teen CRUSH Research Study Seeking Participants

    Feb 8, 2024
    Teen CRUSH: Formative work to develop an intervention to increase the sexual health of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder is seeking participants. This research aims to measure the knowledge and behavior concerning sexual health of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents.
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  • Functional MRI Research Study Seeking Participants

    Feb 8, 2024
    The Section of Developmental Pediatrics and JFK Partners at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are currently seeking research participation in Functional MRI Research Study. Individuals with autism spectrum disorders are needed for a research study to learn more about how exercise and social gaming affect brain responses.
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  • JFK Research Newsletter with image slices

    2023 Research NewsletterOpens in a new window

    Dec 1, 2023
    Welcome to another edition of the Developmental Pediatrics/JFK Partners Research Newsletter! The newsletter highlights a faculty spotlight, new research, research updates, recent publications, and a request for feedback.
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