The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD), established in 1969, is a component of the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas. The KUCDD maintains facilities on the University's main campus in Lawrence, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and in Parsons. In addition to these primary sites, the KUCDD supports affiliated projects in many Kansas communities and provides training and other types of support to all regions of the state. As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the core functions of the KUCDD are:
- pre-service training
- information dissemination
- community services
Our misson, as established by the KUCDD Consumer Advisory Panel, is, through research, training, technical assistance, and community service activities, to enhance the quality of life, self-determination, and inclusion of Kansans with developmental disabilities and their families.
The KUCDD is unique among UCEDDs in that the functions of the KUCDD are not performed at one location or site, but are distributed among three distinct sites, each with its unique leadership and capacity, but all contributing to the mission of the KUCDD as a whole. We believe that this configuration allows us to be more flexible and effective than we could be if KUCDD functions were centralized at any one site.
Fifty-four LSI investigators comprise the core faculty affiliated with the KUCDD. These core investigators currently operate 82 externally funded projects and contribute to the KUCDD's capacity to achieve the ADD's mission of UCEDDs to promote independence,productivity, integration, inclusion, and self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities. The work of KUCDD projects impacts knowledge and practice across the world, in the United States, and in Kansas.