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Zhang Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Dr. E "Alice" Zhang on successfully defending her dissertation on April 18! Read more.

Watch "Always Available: Community Living Resources

The Research and Training Center on Community Living completed its work in September 2017 - but our resources are still here for you! Watch this video to learn about some of them.

"Stoplights Don't Stop Us!" Video Highlights Community Advocacy Success

This new video (also available with audio description) features one successful outcome of our project to build the capacity of consumers to make change in their communities. Read the KU news story.

Advisor Profile: Phil Rumrill

Phil Rumrill shared his perspectives on Center research during a campus visit. Read story.

Advisor Profile: Stan Holbrook

Stan Holbrook visited the Center to discuss ideas for disseminating its research. Read story.

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. Read story.

Researchers Find Secrets to Resilience

With the help of a trait known as resilience, many people with disabilities who live in rural areas have achieved a good quality of life and are able to participate in their communities. Read story.

Accessible Parking Etiquette: New Brochure Available

The Center's new brochure explains the dos and don'ts of accessible parking.

Bob Dole Makes Gift to RTC/IL

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole has made a gift of $10,000 to the University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living. Read story.

Center Supports Mixed-Ability Dance Workshops

The RTC/IL co-sponsored mixed-ability dance workshops held by AXIS Dance Company on Nov. 9. Read more. The workshops were held in conjunction with the company's performance at KU's Lied Center for the performing arts. Story and photos.

New Grant Supports 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. Read more.

Community Living Summit

At the Community Living Summit, Center partners presented the findings of their research to a gathering of disability advocates, other researchers and policymakers from national organizations. See the presentations.

Center Partners on CDC Health Program

RTC staff are working on a project to improve the health of Kansans with disabilities. Read more.

Alice Zhang Receives Award

Graduate student Alice Zhang received the LSI 2015 Early Stage Graduate Award. Read more.

Advisor Profile: Ron Garcia

Ron Garcia visited the Center to share his perspective as a CIL director. Read more.

Guidelines Now in Spanish

The RTC/IL has produced a Spanish version of its internationally known recommendations for disability terminology. Read more.


More About the Center

In addition to our News page, we publish two newsletters for disability advocates and stakeholders of our work:

Celebrating the ADA at 25

Our Center celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with this tote bag.

A woman models the tote bag, which says, "Celebrating the ADA - 25 years and going strong." The Center's logo is beneath the slogan.

We distributed the tote at national and local events to spread the word about this landmark civil rights law.


The Establishment created a list of questions to ask potential therapists to see if they’ll be a good fit: https://t.co/gJ3axbSXDL

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