Resources at the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)
The KUCDD team works to design resources to encourage access and participation of individuals with DD and their families in needed community services, individualized supports, and other areas of need. We focus on promoting self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in community life for all, but most specifically for people with DD and their family members.
Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) focuses on sharing information and resources on assistive technology for people with DD in the state. ATK provides training, technical assistance, and loans equipment through five regional centers within Kansas. Over time, we estimate that ATK will train 2,000 stakeholders on the availability or use of Assistive Technology, provide technical assistance to at least 1,000 people on use and availability of devices, and loan devices to 500 people with DD.
Kansas In-service Training System – Early Childhood Resource Center has a library of information on high quality early intervention, child care for infants and toddlers, and preschool resources. The following items are available to use: videos/DVDs, assessment materials, books, audio materials, curriculum materials, and materials on professional development.
Kansans with disabilities and their families can gain information on the availability of programs and benefits of increased physical activity, improved nutrition, and better oral health to people with DD. The Kansas Disability and Health Program center continues to develop linkages between health and wellness for people with special needs to link healthy living and an improved quality of life.
Researchers at KUCDD Lawrence site are working to provide research and practice supports to enhance measurement of self-determination in youth ages 13-22 years with and without disabilities. The Self-Determination Inventory will be available to individuals and groups (for research purposes) in the near future.