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Collaborations to Enhance Independent Living

The RTC/IL collaborates with numerous organizations to produce research and trainings that benefit people with disabilities. Our collaborators have included:

These products are results of our collaborations.

Healthcare Access for Persons with Disabilities (Link to online training)

This course is available free to providers nationwide. One CME/CNE is offered for a $10. PDF description of course.

This online course for healthcare professionals is designed to provide a better understanding of health, wellness and care issues for people with physical and sensory disabilities. Physicians, nurses, social workers, other healthcare professionals and medical office staff will learn skills to increase effective communication and tips for problem solving to enhance quality care for people with disabilities.

To enroll:

  •  If you're in Kansas, go to Kansas TRAIN at http://ks.train.org or to the course information page
  •   All others, go to www.train.org.
  •  Search for "Healthcare Access for Persons with Disabilities," course number 1025624 (University of Kansas).
  •  First-time users must create a login name and password.

The RTC/IL developed the course in collaboration with KDHE's Disability and Health Program.

Data Inventory on the Employment and Health of Kansans with Disabilities

Cover of data inventory book

This publication supports improved data sharing for people who run programs that serve people with disabilities in Kansas and people who are conducting disability-related research.

This collaboration was funded by two grants: One from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, awarded to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which contracts with the RTC/IL; and one from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the Kansas Health Policy Authority, with a contract to KU's Center for Research on Learning.

Back to school COVID info for parents and teachers: https://t.co/XIlwJ8CCBc

Success Story

Our collaboration with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was recognized as a CDC Grantee Success Story (click on Kansas on the map). 

The story features the online course for healthcare providers that Amanda Reichard, PhD, and Jamie Simpson, MS, co-developed.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today

Read the long-range plan for 2013-17 from our funder, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research(NIDRR). 

Informational Webinar for NIDRR's Long-Range Plan 
On this webpage you will find a recorded webinar, transcript, presentation slides, and audio from webinars about the LRP.

Read All About Us!

The Lawrence-Journal World reports on our Center in this story.