At the Life Span Institute, our research began in the 1960s as an effort to better understand the needs and development of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who were isolated in institutional settings that rejected them as full human beings. That early focus on inclusion and equity has evolved and broadened over the past six decades to include research, service and outreach across the fields of education, behavioral science and neuroscience.
Today, through research, service, training and outreach, we:
- develop and implement interventions that improve the long-term well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- seek to identify the earliest behavioral, genetic, and biological markers for intellectual and developmental disabilities, so that we can place individuals into interventions when they are most effective
- help teachers create inclusive, equitable classrooms that offer all students opportunities to achieve their goals.
- engage with unusual voices and underserved audiences to help them build stronger communities
- expand knowledge of effective prenatal and postnatal nutrition leading to healthier outcomes for babies and children
- connect people who have disabilities with technology that helps them stay independently in their homes
- develop ways to help people with intellectual disabilities lead self-determined lives, participate fully in the classroom and pursue meaningful employment
- study the roots of addiction while we seek to reduce its stigma
- foster future discoveries by training and mentoring the next generation of scientists
- And much more.
We are driven to find solutions to complex challenges in human development, health and welfare, across the life span.
Structure as Strength
Challenges in inclusion, disability, equity, language, addiction, development, community health, education and more require an interdisciplinary approach. To meet that need, we bring together the collective energy and ideas of more than 300 staff and investigators, 14 research centers and community partners.Research Centers at a Glance