Symposium explores research opportunities in disability, aging

Symposium explores research opportunities in disability, aging

Karen Salisbury Henry

A new KU working group that will develop and study innovations across the lifespan of Americans who have lifelong or early-onset disabilities kicked off its efforts in November with a daylong research symposium.

Nearly 80 scientists, advocates and leaders in disability and aging attended “Experience of Aging for People with Long-Term Disabilities: Opportunities to Further Research” held at KU. Keynote speaker was Kathy Greenlee, who heads the administration for community living and is assistant secretary for aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Former Kansas Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker also spoke.

The KU Work Group on Community Living was formed by four KU research groups, three of them affiliated with LSI: the Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies (Center for Research on Learning), the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities and the Research and Training Center on Independent Living. The fourth group is the Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options in the KU School of Social Welfare.