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.



Amanda Miller, Doctoral Student at Beach Center and KUCDD, was selected to participate in the Doctoral Research Fellows Program of KU’s Institute for Policy and Social Research. Amanda will take part in bi-monthly discussions with other scholars in related interdisciplinary social science fields. She will discuss research, gain skills in in disciplinary research, and share experiences and knowledge while preparing a presentation in the spring of 2018 when the program ends. http://ipsr.ku.edu/about/gradfellows/fellows.shtml

Mike Wehmeyer took over the role of Chair of the Department of Special Education effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Wehmeyer continues to serve as the Director of the Beach Center on Disability and is the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education.

Ann Turnbull, former co-director of the Beach Center on Disability, will receive CADRE’s 2017 “Keys to Access” Award at CADRE’s Seventh National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, October 18-20, 2017.

Kathleen Lane, recipient of the 2017 Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award.

Karrie Shogren, Michael Wehmeyer, KU land grant to help teachers, students with disabilities set goals for competitve employment, KU News

Michael Wehmeyer, Giving a name and dignity to a disability, New York Times

Mary Morningstar's KU Transition to Postsecondary Education, is a two-year program designed for students with intellectual disabilities.


November 5-8, 2017 | 2017 AUCD Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

December 13-15, 2017 | 2017 TASH Conference, Atlanta, GA

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