About Us


Developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Shriver Center, UDiscovering offers a new line of online training tools, products, and services to help families and professionals touched by or working in the fields of autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

UMass Medical School

UMass Medical School, one of five campuses of the University of Massachusetts and the state's only public medical school, is an academic health sciences center that is part of Massachusetts' public university system. It is at the forefront of health care delivery, informatics, and public policy formulation, and it is home to Nobel Prize-winning research. With a commitment to using rigorously tested research to make evidence-based recommendations, UMass Medical School reaches beyond the traditional boundaries of academia to establish research initiatives, training programs, and clinical services focusing on special populations.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

The Shriver Center is a nationally and internationally recognized research, education, and public service center dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established 30 years ago, it became a part of UMass Medical School in 2000. The Center offers a wide range of resources:

  • Helping the public understand and ameliorate the challenges faced by those with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities 
  • Training professionals and leaders in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field
  • Promoting efforts to enhance the health, safety, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families
  • Offering a series of disability related products, starting with Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent's Interactive Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Research Funded by National Institutes of Health

Shriver Center researchers and developmental disability experts have been conducting research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for many years. NIH grants have been awarded to fund innovative products to help families and professionals support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. These products are developed under the rigorous clinical research guidelines expected by NIH reviewers as a condition of funding. NIH also requires that all grant-funded research have acceptable Institutional Review Board protocols. NIH receives periodic reports throughout the life of the grant, as well as a final assessment documenting knowledge acquisition and participant satisfaction. To demonstrate knowledge acquisition researchers recruit field testers, who are representative of users and administer pre- and post-tests.