Community Services at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)
KUCDD staff and affiliates are involved in local, state, regional, and national activities that promote the best and most effective services for individuals with DD and their families. KUCDD works within the DD network in the state to collaborate with multiple agencies to impact DD services in Kansas. For example, KUCDD representatives meet bi-weekly with the DD Buddy Group to identify issues and advocacy needs in Kansas. KUCDD personnel interact with state agencies, disability organization, other research centers, other UCEDDs, and a number of university personnel across the country. Our KUCDD community service activities also focus on diverse populations and cultures within Kansas, a largely rural state – with all the challenges of connecting individuals with DD and others to join together to advocate, deliver health services, support employment, and improve quality of life for individuals with DD.
The KUCDD Consumer Advisory Panel, or KUCDD-CAP as it has come to be known, is a a 9-member panel, with people with developmental disabilities constituting the majority of the members. The primary function of the KUCDD-CAP is to advise KUCDD’s Director, Researchers, and Staff about issues that are important to people with disabilities and their families in Kansas. The KUCDD-CAP also provides advice regarding the KUCDD’s strategic plan and offers feedback to researchers on their current projects, as well as advice about new proposals. Perhaps most importantly, the KUCDD-CAP connects the KUCDD to other organizations in Kansas that are working to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. The KUCDD-CAP meets either by telephone conference call or face-to-face four times each year.