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.



Kathryn Burke — Alice Hayden Emerging Leader Award — Kathryn Burke is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and Project ACCESS Fellow at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities and Beach Center on Disability. Her research focuses on promoting self-determination across the lifespan for people with disabilities. Kathryn was formerly an elementary special education teacher in Philadelphia and is passionate about advancing strengths-based inclusive education through scholarship, teaching, and service.

Jennifer Kurth — Early Career Researcher Award — Dr. Kurth has authored at least 29 peer-reviewed publications, six book chapters, two books, including one of the leading textbooks used in teacher education courses on severe disabilities. Her research has focused on the detrimental and disproportionate use of restrictive environments, and inclusion and positive behavior supports for students with significant disabilities, as well as IEPs and teacher education in the area of significant disabilities. The breadth of her research is remarkable. More importantly, however, is that it is situated in the realities of current practices and urgent needs in the field, directly responding to issues that face teachers and students every day.

Congratulations to KUCDD doctoral student Sheida K. Raley on being one of the winners of the Patricia L. Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award at the 2018 Division on Career Development and Transition International Conference in Cedar Rapids, IA. This award is presented to an individual who has contributed to more positive outcomes for transition-aged youth and to the field of transition through a body of research in transition.

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

Upcoming Conferences

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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