Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Training at Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)

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KUCDD training focuses on students, fellows, and professionals to build capacity to increase their knowledge in working effectively with people of all ages with DD and their families. We also strive to address family concerns and needs for most current information and resources within the framework of family-professional partnership  – a mutual information-sharing that improves both our knowledge as KUCDD staff, and that of families as equal partners.  We use a) interdisciplinary pre-service preparation of students and fellows, b) continuing education for other professionals, and c) online and print dissemination of information to provide information on best and most effective practice. KUCDD personnel have expertise on employment, self-determination, quality of life, health, technology, early childhood services, inclusive education for students ages 3 to 22, and transition to adulthood (community living, transportation, post-secondary education and training, recreation).


LEND - Preservice Preparation and Continuing Education

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) engages in interdisciplinary pre-service preparation of students and fellows and continuing education. Our goal is to increase the number of professionals, including professionals from cultural and linguistically diverse background, working with people with DD and their families. http://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/cchd/education.html

Transition Coalition

The Transition Coalition provides multiple resources and online professional development opportunities regarding secondary transition for young adults with disabilities. As an NTACT partner, we support school and rehabilitation professionals as well as families through the US states and territories. Have questions about transition or professional development for your team? Contact us!

Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE)

The University of Kansas Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE) is a federally-funded project to implement an inclusive college program at KU for young adults with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school and are 18-24 years old. Students attend KU:

  • for 2 years (4 semesters)
  • as non-degree seeking students
  • work toward the Career Development Certificate
  • take at least 6 credit hours (about 3 classes) of regular KU classes per semester for 4 semesters
  • develop a career path based on their interests and skills
  • participate in career internships each semester
  • participate in KU student clubs/organizations
  • can live in KU Housing

Click here for our KU-TPE brochure.


Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS)

Project personnel affiliated with Parsons provide professional development and technical assistance to staff and programs providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers (0-3years) with disabilities and their families. Training is delivered at sites throughout the state and virtually delivered to support the families, professionals, and young children with special needs. http://parsons.lsi.ku.edu/kansas-inservice-training-system-kits-infanttoddler-component

Active Treatment Training Program

This project at the Life Span Institute at Parsons provides training to personnel who work to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities in several ICF/MR facilities. Staff provide consultations, collaborative training, and support services. National leaders on special topics in the field of developmental disabilities often provide consults and special topic workshops. http://parsons.lsi.ku.edu/active-treatment-training-program

Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities – Kansas Inservice Training System (KCCTO-KITS)

This Parsons project provides tiered level of support to early childhood professionals across Kansas including early childhood teachers, administrators, and family child care providers. A skilled team of early interventionists and speech-language pathologists consult through online courses and trainings, webinars, support to access state and national resources, community-based training, online/Wiki/Community of Practice supports, consultation, and intensive technical assistance plans. Support is available free of charge for programs or child care providers to improve quality of care for young children included in community placements. http://parsons.lsi.ku.edu/kccto-kits-partnership-statewide-child-care-infant-toddler-specialist-network


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