People at the Beach Center on Disability

Beach Center Investigators represent a wide variety of interests about people with disabilities in the community. They may focus on people of different ages -- from children to adults; varying disabilities rather than focusing on the negative aspects of disability; and a variety of topics such as employment, education, social aspects including positive behavior support, and families of individuals with a disability.

Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú

Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú (CASP) is a nonprofit educational institution that serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities, autism and behavioral problems as well as their families and professionals from Peru and other parts of the world. Under the direction of its founder, Liliana Mayo, Ph.D., CASP is recognized and honored worldwide for its contributions as a model research, demonstration and training center.

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The SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) Education Center

SWIFT Education Center is a national technical assistance center that builds school capacity for equity-based inclusion—that is, an educational system that values every student as a member of the neighborhood school and that has the infrastructure and practices in place to provide academic and behavioral supports to improve the outcomes for all students, including those with the most extensive support needs. SWIFT technical assistance supports state education agencies, districts, and schools as they become excellent and equitable teaching and learning environments for all students.

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The Center for Community Health and Development

The mission of the KU Center for Community Health and Development (CCHD) is to promote community health and development through collaborative research, teaching and public service. Established in 1975, the KU CCHD joined the Life Span Institute as a distinct center in 1990. The CCHD has developed widely used capabilities for community-based participatory research (including its Online Documentation and Support System) and for building capacity for community work (including the Community Tool Box).

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Research and Training Center on Independent Living

The Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) has a 35-year history of conducting disability research, providing training and transferring knowledge to practice. The Center furthers independent living for people with disabilities through scientifically sound, theoretically driven sustainable interventions and measures that lead to effective community living solutions and policy change. Center researchers work closely with consumers and service providers to develop research and products that meet their critical needs.

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Merrill Advanced Studies Center

The Merrill Advanced Studies Center, established in 1990 with an endowment from Virginia Urban Merrill and Fred Merrill, is a catalyst for scholarship on disabilities and policies that shape university research. Merrill conferences and publications establish new directions and build collaborative projects in both science and policy. World-class experts often meet as a group for the first time at Merrill conferences and go on to develop national projects that answer key questions in science.

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The Life Span Institute at Parsons

As the founding center of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies (Life Span Institute), the University of Kansas Life Span Institute at Parsons has partnered with national, state, regional and community partners to conduct research, develop model service programs and provide training for professionals involved in services to young children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families.

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Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

More than 40 years ago, as the Life Span Institute's research on developmental disabilities took root, efforts began to translate this research into practice through what is now known as the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD). Virtually all of the Life Span Institute's direct service, technical assistance and post-doctoral, pre- and in-service training are associated with KUCDD.

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The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training

The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART), established in 2008 with private and public funds, is a multidisciplinary center that promotes research and training on the causes, nature and management of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

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Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

The Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Center (KIDDRC) supports high quality, high impact basic and applied research within themes that are relevant to the etiology, identification, prevention, and treatment of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Center is focused on four basic themes:

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