Opening Doors

Opening Doors, a National Center funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR), was started in Boston in 2006 and housed at the Children’s Hospital Boston and the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston. The focus of this project is research and training on how to give youth with disabilities and special health care needs from underserved communities a better future. Visit for more information about screening, community-based recreation, and transition to college for CYSHCN from underserved communities.

According to the US Maternal and Child Health Bureau, about 10 million US children have special health care needs. Children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs from immigrant communities, linguistic minorities and poor urban areas often face great obstacles to obtaining needed health, education, recreation and vocational services. The Opening Doors Project brings together national experts in pediatrics, public policy, education, family advocacy, and rehabilitation to help children from birth through young adulthood to study how to improve the opportunities for these children and youth and their families.