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

When a natural or man-made disaster strikes, service animals and pets also need to be accounted for.

One way to prepare for the unexpected is to complete an identification form for each of your animals.

Community Living Research

People with disabilities still face many barriers to living and participating in their community.

The Research and Training Center on Community Living investigates the factors that put people with disabilities at risk for institutionalization. That information is incorporated into new strategies designed to improve the experience of living in the community .


News Highlights

Alice Zhang Receives Award

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

Advisor Profile

Ron Garcia shared his experience as a CIL director during a visit to our center.

Guidelines: En Español

A Spanish translation of our internationally known guide to preferred disability language is now available.

Graduate Student Wins Research Award

Marren Leon-Barajas has won the inaugural Community Living Research Award from the Research and Training Center on Independent Living.

Center Researchers Receive ADA Grant

Glen White will direct research conducted by E Alice Zhang and Kelsey Shinnick with support from a $25,500 GE Research Grant.

Summers and Hodgesmith Named Women of Distinction

KU has recognized two of our staff for their disability advocacy, along with KU alumnae Ranita Wilks and Katerina Birge.

What's Your Weight?

For wheelchair users, answering this question can be daunting.

Glen White Trains Peruvians

Our center director and a KU student trained medical professionals in Perú on caring for people with spinal cord injuries.

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Congrats E (Alice) Zhang on recognition for your #disability research. https://t.co/WLzSfGPFZ6 https://t.co/kXyUt7cLP4