Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Consumer Advisory Panel



Researchers and trainees at KUCDD conduct basic or applied research, evaluation, and public policy analysis in areas that affect or could affect individuals with DD and their families. Some areas of KUCDD research impact employment, transition from school to adulthood, self-determination, supports and supports intensity, quality of life, and education.


CAP Training


KUCDD personnel provide training, technical assistance, and model activities to enable individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their families, including individuals from racial ethnic minority and rural backgrounds, to pursue a desired quality of life.


KUCDD personnel and trainees are dedicated to helping individual with Developmental Disabilities and their families to access and use community services that promote inclusion and integration. People with disabilities should have access to and, when necessary, use supports for community living in areas of education, health, employment, assistive technology, and/or Positive Behavior Supports.


KUCDD provides information to promote the participation of individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their families in the design and access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in community life.



Large-scale studies by Karrie Shogren and Michael Wehmeyer show that self-determination interventions are successful for students with disabilities. Read more!

Congratulations to Annette McDonald, recipient of the 2018 Whelan Leadership for Learning Award. The Whelan Leadership for Learning Award is sponsored by the KU Department of Special Education and the Center for Research on Learning.

Addressing Health and Educational Inequities in Tribal Communities Through Targeted Recruitment of American Indian and Alaska Native Early College Students: A Pilot Project – Joshuaa Allison-Burbank, M.A., CCC-SLP.

Exciting opportunity to participate in KU research about diet quality in teens with intellectual or developmental disabilities! Please share the flyer with colleagues and parents or caregivers of teens with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Contact eatstudy@ku.edu or 785-864-8830 for more information.

Supports for all student with disabilities -- A KU-led scale to support kids with autism has been validated.

Upcoming Conferences

November 8-10, 2018 | The Arc's 2018 National Convention, Nashville, TN

November 28-30, 2018 | 2018 TASH Conference, Portland, OR

January 16-18, 2019 | 20th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities (CEC/DADD)

January 29-February 2, 2019 | CEC Annual Convention & Expo

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