Intellectual and Developmental Disability News

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

$3M award to boost IDD research at KU

The University of Kansas has awarded the KU Life Span Institute a $3 million grant to expand the organization’s capacity, staff, recruitment, and training in intellectual and developmental disability research. 

Measure to Teach Students Self-Determination Translated to American Sign Language, Shown to be Effective with Deaf Youth

LAWRENCE — A research-based assessment of self-determination is effective with deaf youth and speakers of American Sign Language, a new study from the University of Kansas and the University of Texas at Austin has shown.

Project Now Housed at KU Adds to 60 Years of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research at the University

One of only three federally funded longitudinal data projects of national significance that collects and analyzes how public funds are expended on services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has moved to the University of Kansas, building on 60 years of work in the field at KU.

Juniper Gardens Children's Project Enrolling Preschoolers with Autism for a Research Study

  Stay-Play-Talk with iPad: A Communication Intervention for Children with Autism and Peer Buddies This study is a good match if: your child speaks less than 20 words your child has autism or related characteristics your child attends a preschool with peers Your child would:

KU researcher to test community-based method to help adolescents with autism take lead in education, careers

Research has shown that when students with disabilities shape their own learning, career and life goals, they attain higher levels of achievement than when following routine curriculum and plans. A University of Kansas researcher has earned a grant to test an evidenced-based intervention designed to enhance self-determination in community-based settings for adolescents with autism to improve education, community participation, and physical and mental health outcomes.

Study shows differences in rapidly processing sensory feedback among people with autism spectrum disorder

Sensorimotor issues aren’t well understood in people with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, yet they are important because they can be observed before social and communication indicators for the disorder, and they can predict worse functional outcomes. Such skills can impact everything from handwriting to zipping up a coat to language development, with implications for education and independence over a person’s lifetime.

KU researchers receive $2.4 million grant to increase access to and evaluate online interventions for autism spectrum disorder

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools and forced many children with autism spectrum disorder to be schooled at home, professionals and families became concerned that children with disabilities might not be receiving adequate and specialized instruction because teachers had limited time or resources needed to support all children and parents.

University of Kansas Autism Researcher Invited to Advise Sesame Workshop

Brian Boyd, director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the KU Life Span Institute, was invited by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to join an advisory meeting on May 18th to discuss recommendations for new resources for Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children.