Life Span Institute Blog

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

Heat waves disproportionately increase health risks for people with disabilities

Heat can exacerbate preexisting conditions, including neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular diseases, and more. While the risk of heat-related illness applies to everyone, those at the highest risk include the very young, older adults, and people with disabilities.

Social stigma creates barriers to treatment for people with substance use disorders

Stigma associated with substance use can dehumanize people, increase shame and be a roadblock for those who might seek assistance or health care.

National research organization honors Life Span Institute scientists for commitment to research focused on people with disabilities

Jean Hall, director of Institute on Health and Disability Studies, received the distinguished service award from the organization, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life, independence, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families through research. 

Sean Swindler honored with Judith Heumann Disability Rights Advocacy Award

The director of community program development and evaluation at KCART and project manager at the KUCDD, has advanced disability rights and inclusion throughout his career.

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.

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.

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. 

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.