Health Sciences

Mission and directions

The mission of CeDDR is to enable children, whose lives are complicated by impairment and/or chronic medical conditions, and their families, to meet the challenges of their development and to provide opportunities that will help ensure they reach their full potential across the lifespan. Our overarching theme, Disability and development research: Enabling diversity across the lifespan, encapsulates four critical foci — the 4Ds: Development; Disability; Diversity; and Duration across the Lifespan.

CeDDR undertakes its work within the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), using a thematic approach to maximize the synergies across our respective fields of expertise, and to address the critical ‘next questions’ in the understanding and care of people with childhood-onset conditions and their families.

Our work is progressing under five main programs:

1. Understanding and optimising participation in people with childhood onset disability across the lifespan;
2. Multi-modal therapies for children with motor impairments;
3. Mechanisms of motor control, learning and cognition in neurodevelopmental disorders;
4. Innovations in motor and cognitive rehabilitation using new technologies;
5. Parent and family factors in childhood disability.