Making a Difference Across the Lifespan

At a glance

See how NCBDDD is making a difference.


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NCBDDD strives to advance the health and well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Making a Difference Across the Lifespan

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Saving Babies

  • By studying and addressing the causes of birth defects.
  • 4½ Every minutes a baby is born with a birth defect.
  • NCBDDD detects and responds to emerging health threats to mothers and babies.

Helping Children

  • Reach their potential by understanding developmental disabilities.
  • 1 in 36 has autism spectrum disorder.
  • NCBDDD promotes developmental monitoring of all young children to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities.

Protecting People

  • By reducing complications of blood disorders and genetic conditions.
  • 1 in 10 with a blood clot will die if it moves to the lungs. Stop the Clot, Spread the Word™*.
  • NCBDDD raises awareness of the signs, symptoms, and risks of deadly blood clots.

Improving Health

  • Of people living with disabilities.
  • 1 in 4 adults has some kind of disability.
  • NCBDDD informs data-driven practices through state and national disability and health programs.

*Stop the Clot, Spread the Word TM is a public education campaign made possible by funding provided to the National Blood Clot Alliance.

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) promotes health and enhances the potential for full, productive living throughout the lifespan.

We protect those who are most vulnerable to health problems — babies, children, people with blood disorders and genetic conditions, and people with disabilities. But we can do more.