Welcome to our site about independent living for people with disabilities!

Our mission is to further Independent Living for people with disabilities by collaborating with consumers
on productive research and by using innovative methods to disseminate useful knowledge.

Emergency Preparedness for
Every Member of Your Family

Now is always the time to prepare for an emergency, especially for people with disabilities. We offer publications, videos and trainings to assist you in preparing for natural and man-made disasters.

Also, don't forget to consider the safety of your service animal and pets in the event of a disaster. One way to prepare for the unexpected is to complete an identification form for each of your animals.

For a quick overview, watch our emergency preparedness videos to learn what you need to have on hand and the steps you can take be ready for the unexpected.

Community Living Research

People with disabilities still face many barriers to living and participating in their community. The Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL) is building on two evidence-based interventions to increase their community participation.

Since participation begins at home, the Home Usability Program helps people learn how to modify their home environments to support their needs.

The Out and About program enhances the personal skills of people with disabilities so they may pursue opportunities in the community that they choose.

This Center also promotes the dissemination and utilization of other successful practices that enhance participation.


News Highlights

New Video: "Stoplights Don't Stop Us!"

People with disabilities can make changes in their communities!

To make change in your community, see "Your Action Planning Guide for Promoting Full Community Participation Among People with Disabilities" (PDF).

Learn more about this project to build capacity of consumers.

Advisors Visit Center

Stan Holbrook and Phil Rumrill visited campus to share their ideas on disseminating Center research.

KU disability researchers edit special journal issue

The RTC/IL's Glen White and Jean Ann Summers co-edited an issue of the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, and other staff members contributed articles. 

Community Partner Success Stories

Community partners who participated in our research share their experiences.

Bob Dole Makes Gift to Center

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole has made a generous gift of $10,000 to the RTC/IL.

HAIL Program Highlighted

The Life Span Institute featured our program in its annual report.

Center Receives Grant to Promote Community Participation

The RTC/IL has been awarded a five-year, $4.375 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to promote community participation for adults with physical disabilities.

Center Hosts Community Living Summit

Center partners presented the findings of their research to a gathering of disability advocates, other researchers and policymakers from national organizations.

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