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About Us

The mission of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is to save babies by studying and addressing the causes of birth defects; help children reach their potential by understanding developmental disabilities; reduce complications of blood disorders; and improve the health of people living with disabilities.

Our vision is: Babies are born healthy. Children reach their potential. And everyone thrives.

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Video: The NCBDDD Story

NCBDDD promotes health and enhances the potential for full, productive living throughout the lifespan.


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Info for Partners

The Friends of NCBDDD is a coalition of government and private sector participants who work together to enhance the mission and activities of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

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Making a Difference

See how NCBDDD’s thematic areas are making a difference across the life span.

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Flickr: NCBDDD Touching Lives

Personal stories from people who are touched in some way by birth defects, blood disorders, and disabilities.

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Center Brochure

Learn about NCBDDD's mission and work.