Life Span Institute Blog

Here you can read our researchers' stories, special achievements, and other personable narratives.

Community mourns death of Life Span Institute researcher Morris Faiman

 Morris “Morrie” Faiman, longtime faculty member and research professor at the Life Span Institute, died April 23 at age 91.

ATK Celebrates Assistive Technology Month in Kansas

Assistive Technology for Kansans staff, council members and supporters gathered April 17 at the Capitol in Topeka in celebration of Gov. Laura Kelly designating April as Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Kansas. 

5 ways to better communicate with people who use AAC devices 

As part of Assistive Technology Month in Kansas, we’re highlighting some of their advice on how others can help facilitate better conversations in and outside of the classroom to better allow everyone to participate in conversations.

Three winners of Patrick Guthrie Hawks for Hope Research Awards announced

The Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment has announced the three recipients of the Patrick Guthrie Hawks for Hope Research Awards.

Two Life Span Institute Investigators Among 12 KU Research GO Recipients

Two Life Span Institute researchers were among 12 selected by the KU Office of Research for the 2024 Research Grant Opportunity Program, or Research GO. The office received 50 proposals, which underwent peer review.

Fair offers resources for youth with disabilities transitioning from high school

Youth who have disabilities and their families are invited to a resource fair on May 4 for Wyandotte County residents to help support successful transition from high school.

Three researchers honored for research achievements

The University of Kansas recognized Life Span Institute researchers John Colombo, Tyler Hicks and Lauren Ptomey last night at the University Research Achievement Awards celebration. 

Director of Research Center at Life Span Institute Appointed to Census Committee

KU Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies Director Jean Hall has been named to the 2030 Census Advisory Committee (2030 CAC) and will serve as an expert in research examining the intersection of disability, health, employment, and community participation.

Special issue explores the complex genetic landscape around diverse IDDs

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) network has completed their 2023 publication section in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders focused on "Etiological heterogeneity, pleiotropy, and polygenicity in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs)." The issue includes seven new publications from IDDRC investigators across the country. The full section is now available online.

Families Impacted by Fragile X and Fragile X Gene Premutation Invited to Informational Event

The Kansas City chapter of the National Fragile X Foundation is hosting a meet and greet with providers and researchers at the University of Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (KCART). Clinical service and research opportunities for individuals with Fragile X or Fragile X gene (FMR1) premutations will be discussed.