Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Education and Training


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We provide training and technical assistance to enable individuals with developmental disabilities to pursue a desired quality of life. Our training focuses on 1) interdisciplinary preservice preparation of students and fellows, and 2) continuing education for professionals to increase knowledge in working effectively with people of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families.

KU LEAP - The goal of the University of Kansas Preparing Leaders to Create Ambitious Educational Programs for Students with Severe Disabilities: Beyond De Minimis (KU LEAP) program is to prepare four doctoral level scholars who are well qualified for, and can act effectively in, leadership positions in universities in (a) teacher education, (b) research, and (c) service, with specific expertise in the field of special education for students with severe disabilities.

AUCD Emerging Leaders - The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Emerging Leaders is a community of emerging AUCD leaders dedicated to making a difference for people with disabilities throughout the world. AUCD recently featured one of our students who is an AUCD Emerging Leader, Hunter Matusevich.

KU ACCESS - The goal of the University of Kansas Access, College, Career, and Extensive and Significant Supports (KU ACCESS) program is to prepare a cadre of five doctoral level scholars who are well qualified for, and can act effectively in leadership positions in universities in (a) teacher education, (b) research, and (c) service, with specific expertise in the field of secondary education for students with severe disabilities.  

KU LEND - The KU Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) training provides graduate and post-graduate level professionals from a variety of disciplines the necessary preparation for becoming future leaders in the field of Developmental disabilities for the improvement of the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. The program serves graduate, post-doctoral, continuing education healthcare professionals, and family members of children with disabilities. Trainees participate in 12 areas of leadership competency ensuring a high level of interdisciplinary clinical competence in providing health and related services for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

SDMLI - The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI) is used by teachers to enable students to:

  • Set goals
  • Make choices and decisions
  • Develop plans to reach goals
  • Track progress toward goals

Read more about the SDLMI through the SDLMI Teacher's Guide that describes the learning model and how teachers can use the model to support students with or without disabilities. Additional information is also found on our SDLMI information page.