For more than 60 years, the University of Kansas Life Span Institute at Parsons has

  • Partnered with national, state, regional, and community partners,
  • Conducted research,
  • Developed model service programs,
  • Provided training for professionals involved in services to young children, youth and adults with disabilities, and their families.

The Parsons LSI includes a component of the Kansas University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) and the Parsons Research Center.

Highlights FY 2018

Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) served 3,355 Kansans with disabilities and chronic health conditions at six sites where individuals accessed more than 5,013 assistive technology (AT) services and acquired nearly 1,284 AT devices valued at more than $1,329,888. In FY 2018, 72 farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers were served by ATK AgrAbility Specialists statewide.

Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) provided training and individualized technical assistance (TA) to 363 teachers / administrators resulting in a potential impact on 3,401 children and families. In addition, 1,256 professionals were engaged in other training / professional development events.

KCCTO-KITS ITSN. KITS, in collaboration with KCCTO, Inc., is providing statewide training and technical assistance (TA) for childcare providers. This project focuses on increasing access to and quality of child care services. In this initial year the project provided support to over 1,700 providers.

Southeast Kansas Respite Services, associated with the Life Span Institute at Parsons, provided respite, supportive home care, payee, and homemaker services to 107 families for a total of 47,919.5 hours, as well as, managing the Social Security benefits for 170 customers in 12 counties. Through a crisis intervention program for persons with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, institutionalization was prevented for 27 individuals.

LSI Parsons Research Center. Through collaborative research, a Parsons PI is working to develop novel pre-clinical models to understand and develop treatments for self-injurious and aggressive behavior in individuals with developmental disabilities by combining clinical and laboratory research.

By the Numbers

In FY 2018, LSI at Parsons' faculty and staff provided direct services, training, or technical assistance (TA) to 18,929 Kansans in all 105 counties. Each year, more than 14,857 (average over 24 years) Kansans were impacted through

  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Conference presentations

Each year, more than 2,436 (average over 15 years) professionals, trainees, educators, and others attend regional, national, international presentations given by LSI at Parsons faculty and staff.

LSI at Parsons' faculty and staff presented their research and technical expertise to:

  • 26 national, and international audiences, in addition to 330 in-state presentations, direct services, training and technical assistance activities
  • 2 newsletter series were produced and distributed

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