The Tizard Centre


The Tizard Centre is part of the University of Kent with a track record of excellence in research, teaching and consultancy in the area of intellectual and developmental disability. The Centre has been responsible for major contributions to supporting improved service provision for people with disabilities and those who support them particularly in relation to behaviour that challenges.

Tizard Associates are a group of highly skilled professionals who work with us on our consultancy work.  They are often people who used to work at the Tizard Centre, or who have studied with us, or people we have worked alongside in services.  The Associates are all supervised by members of staff who work at the Tizard Centre.  Our current Tizard Associates include Clinical Psychologists, social workers and people who have completed our undergraduate and/or masters programmes in Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

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The Centre works to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, focusing on the relationship between policy, management and practice to bring about enhancements in the quality of their lives. The Centre has a commitment to social justice and its work is under-pinned by strong values relating to anti-discriminatory practice, social equality and rights. It influences service provision and policy through vocationally relevant teaching, high-quality applied research and targeted consultancy. The Tizard Centre keep people with IDD and their families as their main focus, and work on health, care and education systems surrounding them. This distinctive approach enables us to make a sustained positive difference to their lives.

We are both distinctive and pioneering in our focus on people with more complex needs. Our work includes deinstitutionalisation, work on sexuality, supported employment, autism and challenging behaviour. We are often particularly distinctive in our ability to translate research and policy to ensure meaningful outcomes for people with the most complex needs.

Both my wife and I and everyone at the College who had contact with the Tizard consultant have been thoroughly impressed by the consultant's knowledge and professionalism. As parents, her insights and personal experience of the behaviour and issues involved were enormously helpful. A completely positive experience!





Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7LR

Telephone: +44(0)1227 827373 or contact us

Last Updated: 28/09/2017