Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides a narrow range of topics related to birth defects. Despite the limited number of topics, links here do provide a good range of information. The site is recommended as a possible starting point for information about developmental disabilities, birth defects, and genetic blood disorders.

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Review Date: 11/5/2018


Ease of Use

Although the site is simple to navigate using the alphabetical menu, the topic labels don't clearly reflect the actual topics available. Users must also navigate to and from other websites to access information. This jumping back and forth may be disorienting for some web users.

Visual Design

This subsection of the CDC website follows the organization's basic template. However, most pages include at least one striking image or infographic to keep the reader engaged.


The links provided here are hit or miss, leading to information of variable quality depending on the source. The seemingly random choice of topics prevents users from gaining an overall picture of any disease topic.


A qualified team of medical experts created the index on this page, which was last reviewed in June 2018. The credibility of the site is less important than that of the resources it promotes, which varies considerably by topic and resource.


  1. Links provide a good range of information to external resources
  2. Reliable information from a government website


  1. A mixed bag of arbitrarily chosen, sometimes unrelated topics
  2. There is little information on the site, and it merely serves as a portal to other sites
  3. The site's name is not intuitive and doesn't help readers know what can be found here


Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Brochures, videos, research articles

Languages: English