Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Research


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At KUCDD, we conduct research, evaluation, and public policy analysis in areas that affect or could affect individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Our research focuses on self-determination, early childhood education, transitions from school to adulthood, employment, supported decision-making, and quality of life. Research efforts are supported by high quality data validation and analysis services provided by our center's statistics team.

Among our research initiatives are:

Self-determination - Self-determination is about acting or causing something to happen in life. Self-determined people are causal agents who act in service to freely chosen goals. They make, or cause, things to happen in their lives through goal setting and attainment strategies.  


Comprehensive, Integrated Three-Tiered Model of Prevention (Ci3T) - Ci3T models of prevention assist schools in creating a comprehensive systems-oriented approach to (a) integrate efforts to support the academic, behavioral, and social competencies of all students; (b) promote collaboration and teaming between all school and community stakeholders; and (c) support educators’ efficacy and well-being through data-informed professional learning, clear expectations for staff and students, and supportive, positive environments.


The Early Childhood Institute - The mission of the Early Childhood Institute is to promote full participation and inclusion of young children and their families in home, school, and community settings. Our focus on young children includes those in preschool and elementary school settings, although we hope to expand our supports to include young children in community and home settings in the future. We work to promote participation and equitable inclusion through investigating instructional practices, effective coaching partnerships, and meaningful assessment procedures.


Inclusive education - Inclusion is one of the key research areas at KUCDD. Current projects include an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funded study of the academic, social, communication, and behavior outcomes associated with placement for elementary students with significant cognitive disability. Other projects include research related to teacher preparation for inclusive education, including documenting the skills needed of general educators working in inclusive settings. We are also continuing work related to the involvement of students with significant cognitive disability in Tier 1 schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports, including efforts to make this instruction inclusive and accessible.


Supported decision-making - Supported decision-making is a personalized process that changes over the life course and involves an array of supports that are based on, at any given point in time, the person’s abilities and environmental demands for decision-making. Supported decision-making provides a framework for how we support decision-making for people with disabilities across the life course.  We approach supported decision-making from considering the person’s decision-making abilities, the environmental demands of the decision being made, and the supports needed to make and enact the decision.  Our current research projects are seeking to a) understand how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families use supported decision-making in their life, and b) develop and test interventions and training materials to enhance personal capacity for decision-making and planning for supports.

Current Research Projects

Principal Investigator Project Title Funding Agency Project Dates
Shogren, Karrie Center for Postsecondary Outcomes for Deaf Individuals U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 01/01/2017
End Date: 12/31/2021
Dean, Evan Coming Together and Moving Forward: Supporting Self-Determination, Independence, and Decision-Making in Kansas Administration for Community Living (ACL) Start Date: 09/30/2019
Finish Date: 09/29/2020
Lane, Kathleen Enhancing Ci3T: Building Professional Capacity for High Fidelity Implementation to support Students' Educational Outcomes (Project ENHANCE) U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 07/01/2019
Finish Date: 06/30/2020
Dean, Evan Promoting Supported Decision Making Planning for Self-Advocates and Families Working for Inclusive and Transformative Healthcare (WITH) Foundation Start Date: 10/07/2019
Finish Date: 10/07/2020
Wehmeyer, Michael Understanding and Increasing Supported Decision-Making's Positive Impact on Community Living and Participation Outcomes National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Start Date: 09/30/2015
Finish Date: 09/29/2020
Lindeman, David Active Treatment Training Program Kansas Neurological Institute Start Date: 07/01/2009
Finish Date: 06/30/2019
Sack, Sara Assisting Medicaid Beneficiaries in Accessing Assistive Technology Kansas Department of Health and Environment Start Date: 07/01/2016
Finish Date: 06/29/2019
Sack, Sara Assistive Technology for Kansans Federal Communications Commission Start Date: 07/01/2017
Finish Date: 06/30/2022
Gordon, Chandra Cystic Fibrosis Mental Health Coordinator Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Start Date: 01/01/2017
Finish Date: 12/31/2019
Sack, Sara Dual Party Relay System Kansas Corporation Commission Start Date: 03/11/2014
Finish Date: 03/31/2019
Kurth, Jennifer Factors Contributing to Academic, Social/Communication, and Behavioral Outcomes for Elementary Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Abilities U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 06/30/2018
Finish Date: 06/29/2019
Sack, Sara Jerry Vogel Assistive Technology Fund Jerry Vogel Trust Fund Start Date: 04/01/2014
Finish Date: 08/05/2020
Sack, Sara Kansas Equipment Exchange: Increasing Access to Durable Medical Equipment Kansas Department of Health and Environment Start Date: 07/01/2017
Finish Date: 06/29/2019
Lindeman, David Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS): Infant/Toddler Expansion Kansas Department of Health and Environment Start Date: 07/01/1998
Finish Date: 06/30/2019
Sack, Sara Kansas Telecommunications Access Program and TRS Program Mgt Kansas Corporation Commission Start Date: 03/11/2014
Finish Date: 03/31/2019
Shogren, Karrie Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)- Lawrence U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Start Date: 07/01/1969
Finish Date: 06/30/2022
Lindeman, David KCCTO--KITS Partnership: Statewide Child Care Infant-- Toddler Specialist Network Kansas Department for Children and Families Start Date: 01/01/2016
Finish Date: 06/29/2019
Gordon, Chandra KDHE Specialty Clinic Support Project Department of Health Start Date: 07/01/2019
Finish Date: 06/30/2020
Shogren, Karrie KU ACCESS: Leadership in Access, College, Career, and Extensive and Significant Supports for Secondary Students with Severe Disabilities U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 01/01/2015
Finish Date: 12/31/2019
Shogren, Karrie KU LEAP: Preparing Leaders to Create Ambitious Educational Programs for Students with Severe Disabilities: Beyond De Minimis U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 12/31/2018
Finish Date: 12/30/2023
Lane, Kathleen KU RITE - Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 08/01/2017
Finish Date: 07/31/2021
Lattin, Dana KU Transition to Postsecondary Education for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 10/01/2015
Finish Date: 09/30/2020
Jamison, Rene Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilties Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Core Funding Start Date: 07/01/2016
Finish Date: 06/30/2021
Shogren, Karrie MTSS & Self-Determination: Examining the Impact of Tier 1 Supports to Promote Self-Determination & Academic Outcomes for All Students U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 09/01/2017
Finish Date: 08/31/2021
Wehmeyer, Michael National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Start Date: 09/01/2014
Finish Date: 08/31/2019
Gordon, Chandra Partnership Enhancement Program Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Start Date: 10/01/2019
Finish Date: 09/30/2020
Lane, Kathleen Project SCREEN: Validation of a Free-Access Screening Tool for K-12 Educators to Screen Students for Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior Patterns U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 07/01/2019
Finish Date: 06/30/2020
Shogren, Karrie Promoting Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities: A Goal Setting Challenge App U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 06/30/2018
Finish Date: 06/29/2019
Thompson, James SIS Annual Review Protocol & Validating the SIS-A for Adults with ASD American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Start Date: 09/01/2016
Finish Date: 08/31/2019
Kurth, Jennifer Strengthening Outcomes for All Learners in Inclusive Settings (SOARS) U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 08/01/2017
Finish Date: 07/31/2021
Dean, Evan Supporting Decision Making: Learning from Self-Advocate Experience Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council Start Date: 10/01/2019
Finish Date: 09/30/2020
Lane, Kathleen Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 10/01/2014
Finish Date: 12/31/2018
Sack, Sara Tiny k - AT Services for Infants and Toddlers Kansas Department of Health and Environment Start Date: 04/03/2007
Finish Date: 06/30/2019
Thompson, James Updating and Expanding the SIS-A American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Start Date: 08/31/2018
Finish Date: 08/30/2019
Thompson, James Using the Supports Intensity Scale-Children's Version to Engage in Supports Planning to Enhance Access to the General Education Curriculum for Children with Intellectual Disability U.S. Department of Education Start Date: 08/31/2018
Finish Date: 08/30/2019