Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Service and Outreach

Disabled Latino teenager with Celebral Palsy and mother laughing

We are dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities and their families access and use community services that promote inclusion and integration. We offer a variety of services throughout the state to individuals of all ages.

Assistive Technology for Kansans - Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) connects people of all ages with disabilities and health conditions with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.

Covid-19 Resources - A collection of resources helpful to people with disabilities, their families, and those that support them.

Kansas Disability and Health Program - The Kansas Disability and Health Program (DHP) helps  improve the health and quality of life of Kansans with disabilities by increasing access to programs and services that promote healthy living. The DHP focuses on people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and people with mobility limitations, but our mission is to improve the health of all Kansans with disabilities.

Kansas Inservice Training System - The Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) project provides training, technical assistance, and resources for early intervention and early childhood special education program staff through collaborative activities on a comprehensive statewide basis. Additionally, parents and staff from agencies collaborating with early intervention and preschool programs are afforded the opportunity to be involved in all activities associated with the project. The comprehensive system is realized through four identified system components of collaboration/linkages, information services, training, and technical assistance.

Project SEARCH - Project SEARCH provides employability skills training and workplace internships for individuals with disabilities, particularly youth transitioning from high school to adult life. Project SEARCH originated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and now has program sites throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Since 2011, KU and Project SEARCH have partnered to educate people with disabilities through on-the-job training. KU works with Project SEARCH leaders to place eligible participants in internship roles at KU. Placements are selected to align with participants’ strengths, job interests, and career aspirations. Participants have the opportunity to rotate through a maximum of three placements throughout the academic year.

TelehealthTelehealth is a collaborative program between the KUCDD in Parsons, Kansas, and the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth. It provides for local health care needs and problems that are amenable to a telemedicine approach. This program supports individuals by eliminating or reducing travel to Kansas City and specialty clinics. Specifically, this program addresses needs for early identification and intervention development for young children with autism or autism specific disorders.

Transition to Postsecondary Education - The KU Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU TPE) is an inclusive postsecondary education program for KU students with intellectual disabilities. KU TPE is a two-year non-degree program that leads to the Transition to Postsecondary Education Certificate. Students take regular KU courses, participate in student clubs and activities, can live in KU Housing, and engage in career internships. 

Self-Determination Inventory System - The Self-Determination Inventory System (SDIS) is a free, online system of tools that can be used to understand self-determination in young people. It includes three assessments: 1) the Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report (SDI:SR), where students (13 to 22 years old) self-report on self-determination in their lives, and 2) the Self-Determination Inventory: Parent/Teacher Report (SDI:PTR), where parents/family members/teachers can report on the self-determination of a young person, and 3) the Self-Determination Inventory: Adult Report (SDI:AR), where adults 18 and up can self-report on self-determination in their lives. The information from these assessments can be used to understand more about what supports might be helpful to enhance self-determination in the lives of young people. These assessments have accessible features built-in and can be completed in about 10 minutes. Visit the links below and learn more about your own self-determination today:
SDI:SR (student self-report)
SDI:PTR (parent/teacher report)
SDI:AR (adult self-report)
SDI Report Guide