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.



Follow the research of Life Span Institute investigator Jennifer Kurth as she studies outcomes for students with cognitive disabilities.

KUCDD, KU Special Education, and Life Span Institute researcher Jennifer Kurth recently received a grant to look at factors leading to special education placements and outcomes for students. Learn more about this at https://today.ku.edu/2019/02/05/ku-researchers-land-grant-study-factors-....

SIS-C IES Grant Team converges at KUCDD for two days of work. Pictured from left to right: Megan Carpenter, Jessica Nelson, Virginia Walker, James Thompson, Melinda Snodgrass, Mayumi Hagiwara, and Michael Wehmeyer.

KU Special Education is currently accepting applications for doctoral students for the KU LEAP program for Fall 2020. KU LEAP involves a competitive funding package, and you get to learn with some of the best scholars in the areas of severe disabilities.

To apply today to the KU SPED doctoral program, visit:


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