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

HAIL Program Highlighted

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

Center Supports Mixed-Ability Dance Workshops

Glen White, in wheelchair, mirrors movements of AXIS dancer.

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.

Center Partners on CDC Health Program

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

Guidelines: En Español

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

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.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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