For more than 50 years, the University of Kansas Life Span Institute at Parsons has partnered with national, state, regional, and community partners to:
- Conduct research,
- Develop model service programs,
- Provide training for professionals involved in services to young children, youth and adults with disabilities, and their families, and
- Disseminate information.
The Parsons LSI includes a component of the Kansas University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) and the Parsons Research Center.
The KUCDD, with core funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on activities that include exemplary client services, research activities and the development and dissemination of information to local, state, regional, and national agencies that provide services to persons with intellectual or other developmental disabilities and their families. Project activities include: early childhood intervention, assistive technology, family care treatment, behavioral crisis intervention, and respite and associated services.
Parsons Research Center is the research component of the LSI at Parsons and home base to a number of projects, many of which are funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Current research includes studies of reading; the effects of reinforcement variables on self-injurious and destructive behaviors; the treatment of sexual offenders; the effect of drugs on abberant behaviors, adaptive behaviors, and cognitive skills; and audiometric assessment for young children.