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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.

Grant to test AI integration with KU literacy program for students with disabilities

A University of Kansas project that improves literacy skills has been awarded a $1.875 million grant to test integrating artificial intelligence into its writing program and tailoring it to assist adolescent students with disabilities.

KU researchers describe new direction for understanding causes of autism  

Hundreds to thousands of genes are involved in autism, but progress in determining the genetic factors has been limited. Researchers describe how new strategies are needed to understand the complex genetic landscape. 

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.

Pilot study aims to engage exercise virtually among mobility impaired individuals

Researchers at the Life Span Institute’s Research and Training Center on Independent Living are working to learn more about effective ways to promote aerobic exercise among this group with a pilot study involving 10 participants in a 16-week virtual intervention program. 

Researchers describe how federal funding supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities nationwide

University of Kansas researchers shared information about how federal funds are distributed to each state to help individuals, families and caretakers.

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.

Gatlinburg Conference draws 430 experts in IDD research from around the world

The Gatlinburg Conference kicked off with a panel on inclusive communication in research, which helped set the tone for the 56th annual event from April 17-19 in Kansas City, Mo.

Team leads special journal edition on including people with disabilities in research

A team from the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities in the Life Span Institute led the development of the Special Issue of Inclusion, the e-journal of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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