Highlights of recently concluded projects follow.
This center developed evidence-based programs, policies and practices to further community living among people with disabilities.
This research identified the personal and environmental factors that support resilience in people with disabilities who live in rural communities.
We partnered with KU's Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options (CRADO) to develop a Medicaid Functional Eligibility Instrument (MFEI) for the state of Kansas, along with a training program for assessors.
This exploratory study considered the impact of non-visitable homes on wheelchair users. This research was funded by a Switzer Fellowship from NIDRR.
This study explored the availability of wheelchair-accessible scales in Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas.
The Research and Training Center on Full Participation in Independent Living (RTC/FPIL) and the Research and Training Center for Underserved Populations were funded research with policy significance to persons with disabilities. These specialized centers studied independent living needs assessment for underserved populations, assistive technology skills training for consumers with psychiatric disabilities, service accommodation for consumers with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, and facilitation of effective board skills for underserved disability populations.
Collaboration. Throughout our research and knowledge dissemination activities, we have collaborated with other individuals and organizations. For example, we teamed with the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program of TIRR to improve access and use of independent living research information through the Research Information for Independent Living (RIIL) project, which included several webcasts and the interactive Internet database (www.getriil.org) that contains research summaries on key independent living-related topics.