Research and Training Center on Independent Living
Our major research project:
CHEC Out Our Motion Graphic!
Learn about the CHEC, a tool to map sites in your community for usability.
There's a Map for That:
Accessible Paths on Campus
Dot Nary helped identify accessible activity options at KU.
Do you know where your pets are?
Emergency preparedness involves every member of the family.
Alumna Brings IL
Yen Vo advocates for people with disabilities in her country. Read more.
Our center director and a KU student trained medical professionals in Perú on caring for people with spinal cord injuries. Read more.
Welcome to our Center dedicated to independent living (IL)
for people with disabilities!
In a collaboration with the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, we led focus groups for Kansans with brain injuries (BI) to learn about their experiences with and access to health care. Findings are reported in an Issue Brief that summarizes what participants said works and doesn't work, then presents recommendations to improve policies, programs and practices.
Two Center researchers have received a three-year $600,000 grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to help community college students with disabilities request the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations they need to succeed in their post-secondary experiences.
Check out our new housing infographics, based on data from the American Housing Survey. One infographic shows information for the entire U.S., both urban and rural, while the second focuses on rural conditions.
The infographics show that people with mobility disabilities still face many barriers in their homes that affect their ability to participate in the community. Positive changes can be made, though, through advocacy and policy change.
Download your free copies today or order multiple print copies. These are great resources to share with your colleagues, friends and family to spread the word about respectful and accurate use of language when discussing people with disabilities.
In addition to updated terminology, the 8th edition of the brochure includes three new sections: "Rosa's Law and the Language of Bullying," "Key Concepts in the Disability Community" and "A Few Exceptions."
Improving Access to Health Care for Kansans
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A White Paper
We met with Kansans across the state to discuss their health care experiences. This white paper presents their suggestions for programs, practices and policies that can improve access to health care for people with IDD.
Martha Hodgesmith presented results of the project at the National Home & Community-Based Services Conference in early Sept., 2013.
Chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes are very common among people with disabilties. This infographic presents new research on the topic and provides insights on which disability types are most at risk.
Just as one storm season passes, another blusters in. Check out our emergency preparedness resources to make sure you and those you love are prepared in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Read more.
Do you know how to advocate for yourself?
The RTC/IL provides resources for learning this important skill, and several of our research projects focus on advocacy to make changes in housing, civic involvement and recreation for people with disabilities.
Learn more about these resources and projects.
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 .