Health and Disability Policy News

KU Research Supports Competitive, Integrated Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Research by KU scientists and others has long reinforced that career development opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities provide not only financial benefits, but improved physical and mental health, and better quality of life. Researchers also have established that with appropriate supports, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can participate in competitive integrated employment.

Federal surveys missing as many as 43 percent of individuals with disabilities

To better understand the prevalence of disability in America and to address health disparities, the Affordable Care Act mandated that federal health surveys collect data to identify people with disabilities. But new research from the University of Kansas has found that the two most common sets of disability questions used in federal surveys are missing as many as 43% of individuals who should be counted, especially those with psychiatric disabilities or chronic health conditions.

KU Lands Grants to Work with Families, Communities to Improve Transition for Individuals with Disabilities

The University of Kansas has secured a pair of grants that will enable researchers to partner with community leaders, self-advocates with disabilities, and families to help improve the transition of young people with disabilities from school to vocational training, higher education, and careers.

KU researchers join project aimed to examine ACA coverage for individuals with disabilities

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- University of Kansas researchers will be a part of a $2.5 million grant projected to examine the Affordable Health Care Act and its effects on individuals with disabilities.

New report focuses on improving online learning among students with disabilities

Researchers with the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities have issued an in-depth analysis of the online education policies in all 50 states and five U.S. territories with recommendations for improving online and blended learning for students.

Tour focuses on accessibility for aspiring farmers with disabilities

The Kansas AgrAbility Project recently gave a large group of soldiers transitioning to civilian life and veterans from Fort Riley an up-close look at how people with disabilities can be active, successful farmers in the Sunflower State.

ADA commemoration turns spotlight on LSI researchers

The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) marked its 25th anniversary on July 25 with commemorations held across the country including at the University of Kansas.

Learning how to improve health empowers people with disabilities

Maria* was critically injured in an act of domestic violence. Bradley,* a veteran, returned from Iraq with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Both turned to their local Center for Independent Living (CIL) for help navigating the world. Nonprofit CILs provide advocacy and services for people with disabilities, who are considered “consumers” of those services.

Bob Dole makes gift to KU disabilities center

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole has made a gift of $10,000 to the University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL). Founded in 1980, the RTC/IL conducts disability research and provides training designed to enhance independent living for people with disabilities.

CDC grant to improve access to health program for individuals with disabilities

Researchers at the University of Kansas have landed a grant to help improve the health of individuals with disabilities by increasing accessibility to programs and removing barriers to services designed to promote healthy living.