The Center for Research on Learning

The Center for Research on Learning (CRL), joining the Life Span Institute in 2014, has a long history as an internationally recognized research and development organization noted for creating solutions that dramatically improve quality of life, learning, and performance, especially for those who experience barriers to success. The CRL encompasses six divisions, each with a slightly different research emphasis. Researchers study problems in education and work to place solutions that make a difference into the hands of educators, learners, employers, and policy makers.

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Juniper Gardens Children's Project

The Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP) began in 1964 when citizens from northeast Kansas City, Kansas joined with faculty from the University of Kansas to devise solutions to specific problems in educational achievement and parenting in that low-income community.

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Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders Center

The Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders (BNCD) was founded in 2002 when the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders awarded a core grant to establish the center. The BNCD is a natural outgrowth of the Life Span Institute's long-standing focus on communication and language development and intervention.

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Child Language Doctoral Program

The Child Language Doctoral Program was established in 1983 as the first specialized degree program in the emerging field of child language acquisition. The program focuses on the interdisciplinary academic preparation and research training of child language specialists. The internationally recognized faculty brings diverse approaches to the study of how children communicate and speak.

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Beach Center on Disability

Through excellence in research, training, technical assistance and public service in Kansas, the nation and the world, the Beach Center on Disability seeks to make a significant and sustainable difference in the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability. Research focuses on access to the general curriculum, assistive technology, deaf-blindness, disability policy, employment, family supports and services in early childhood, family quality of life, individual control of funding, positive behavior support and self-determination.

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