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Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
Research
KUCDD researchers are investigating
  • the impact of technology on self-determination of youth with cognitive disabilities
  • the effectiveness of a career development model on young girls with disabilities
  • the bearing of promoting self-determination or transition-related and adult outcomes
  • differences in consumer satisfaction with healthcare services and physician evaluations delivered by telemedicine clinics compared with traditional, onsite physician evaluation.
  • the influence of technology use on the self-determination and self-direction of students with cognitive disabilities.
Training
  • In the past two years, the Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD) has at KUCDD's Kansas City site has trained 30 long term graduate/postgraduate students and 217 short term trainees in pre-service preparation participating in interdisciplinary pre-service preparation These trainees cross disciplines and levels of experience, and included educators, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, speech and language therapists, pediatricians and audiologists.
  • Forty-two professionals have obtained certification as facilitators in positive behavior support via the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS).
  • Another 1,299 professionals have participated in KIPBS-related training activities in the past two years.
  • The Kansas Inservice Training System operated at the Parsons-site has assisted in the development and implementation of 37 technical assistance plans for early intervention providers or preschool special educators in Kansas. These current year TA Plans had an impact on 102 administrators, 713 teachers, and 6,434 children.
Technical Assistance
  • The Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) staff has conducted 29 Technical Assistance trainings for 671 participants (107.75 hours of training).
  • Parsons-site KUCDD faculty have trained 4500 early intervention providers or preschool special educators on quality early childhood and preschool practices.
Community Services
  • KUCDD faculty have conducted health care screening and evaluation and educational diagnosis to 92 children with DD and their families who live in rural Kansas through the Rural Telemedicine Clinics.  These clinics have been very cost-effective for families. Many families have to drive over five hours to obtain specialty interdisciplinary services which are costly in time and travel expense. We have had some families who do not have a car or other ways to get to needed services. Some children have gone without needed diagnosis and treatment for years.
News

The new publication, Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting the Social Well-Being of Children and Youth with Disabilities, brings together practical, insightful, and inspiring articles focusing on what adults can do to create and sustain environments that contribute to social well-being for young people with disabilities and their peers. KUCDD researchers and student assistants contributed to this publication.
Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Minnesota. This Impact issue is online in two versions: The color PDF with photos is at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/241/241.pdf, and the text-only format is at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/241. It is also available in print: The first print copy is free and each additional copy is $4. To request a free print copy e-mail icipub@umn.edu or call 612-624-4512. To order multiple copies, go to http://ici.umn.edu/products/order.html or call/e-mail for further information.

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Success Stories

A district administrator contacted The Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) for help in addressing the least restrictive environment (LRE) requirement for children with disabilities. When KITS began working with the district, 76% of preschool children withdisabilities were receiving their special education and related services in special education classrooms. As a result of KITS facilitation of district planning and collaboration with community agencies, all children with disabilities ages 3 through 5 will receive their special education and related services in quality early childhood settings with typically developing peers.

A man with a spinal cord injury due to an accident wanted to return to school for retraining. He needed a tilt-in-space power wheelchair to maintain the schedule of a full-time student. Staff from the Statewide Assistive Technology Program, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), wrote a funding justification for the wheelchair and submitted applications to four different private funds. The tilt-in-space wheelchair was funded through Friends of Man, United Cerebral Palsy Durable Medical Equipment Fund, and Sedgwick County Flex Funds. The telephone was funded through the Telecommunication Access Program. He is currently a full-time student at Wichita State University.