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 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, or Ci3T, assist schools in creating a comprehensive systems-oriented approach to support the academic, behavioral, and social competencies of all students; promote collaboration between stakeholders; and support educators’ efficacy and well-being.
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.
Inclusion is one of the key research areas at KUCDD. Current projects include a study of the academic, social, communication, and behavior outcomes associated with placement for elementary students with significant cognitive disability.
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.