Intellectual and Developmental Disability News

KU project aims to identify risk factors for toddlers with autism who may remain minimally verbal

A five-year project with KU Life Span Institute researchers with a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health are working on a study to provide guidance for therapists to predict which children will remain minimally verbal and benefit most from intensive language intervention at earlier ages.

Researchers to test app that empowers students with disabilities through self-determination

Researchers at the University of Kansas who have been instrumental in developing and implementing the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction have secured funding to test a new app that delivers the proven method to students.

Study identifies grammar challenge task with potential to identify language disorder among older children

To help identify Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in children who are beyond their preschool years, researchers at the KU Life Span Institute have evaluated a new, more grammatically challenging language task to aid in diagnosis.

KU researchers partner with state to better understand experiences of Kansans on disability services waitlist

The KU Life Span Institute is working the state to better understand the impact to thousands of Kansans stuck on a waitlist for disability services. Researchers are looking for solutions to the current backlog as well as how to prevent future delays for essential support services.

Study identifies best ways of helping teachers support students with autism

A new study from the University of Kansas and University of Washington sheds light on the best ways to train teachers so they understand the practices and can implement them in their classrooms.

Researchers to identify key brain and behavioral changes in aging women with premtuations of the Fragile X gene, FMR1

Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome is a genetic disorder first documented in a small group of men who had grandchildren with Fragile X Syndrome. Scientists are now looking to learn more about its effect in women.

KU promotes the intellectual diversity in higher education during Think College Awareness Week

More than 300 universities and colleges offer programs for students with intellectual disabilities. KU is home to Transition to Postsecondary Education, the state's only inclusive postsecondary education program for people with intellectual disabilities.

Project awarded $250K to increase inclusion in research for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

 A team at the University of Kansas has been approved for a $250,000 funding award by the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The funds will support a project designed to expand inclusion in research for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Karrie Shogren Named Distinguished Professor

Karrie Shogren advises foreign government ministers, presents in countries around the globe and contributes her knowledge to Kansas in presentations across the state. In recognition of her academic excellence, she has been recognized with the rank of distinguished professor.

Grant to Expand Research That Supports Kansans with Disabilities and Their Families

The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities has received a five-year, $2.9 million federal grant to expand work that supports people with disabilities and their families throughout Kansas