History

Bridge to a better life

Training – Education – Research – Innovation

Since its inception in 1980, TERI has grown to accommodate the needs of many while remaining true to founder Cheryl Kilmer’s original goal- to improve the quality of life for children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities. Through support, advocacy, dedication, innovation, and resolve, we have brought opportunity and hope to countless individuals and families.

TERI specializes in serving individuals who have needs which cannot be met by other existing programs. This includes services to persons who have autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, brain trauma, severe behavioral disorders, dual diagnoses, and learning disabilities. Based in San Diego, California, TERI has grown to serve over 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families; and employs 400+ professional and paraprofessional staff.

The agency has been recognized as a model program in the State of California for the quality of services it provides to this population. As a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) California Corporation, the agency relies on donations from the community and foundations in order to continue to set the highest standards and ensure an uncompromised quality of life to this population.

TERI looks to the future by continuing its commitment to set new standards through establishing and operating model programs, conducting applied research in best practice procedures, and offering training and consultation to professionals, families, and other community members.