For more than 50 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 2017

Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) served 3,844 Kansans with disabilities and chronic health conditions at six sites where individuals accessed more than 5,809 assistive technology (AT) services and acquired nearly 2,400 AT devices valued at more than $1.4 million.

Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) provided training and individualized technical assistance (TA) to 106 teachers/ administrators resulting in a potential impact on 1,925 children and families. In addition, 1,040 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 547 providers.

Southeast Kansas Respite Services, associated with the Life Span Institute at Parsons, provided respite, supportive home care, payee, and homemaker services to 124 families for a total of 41,600 hours, as well as, managing the Social Security benefits for 170 customers in FY 2017. Through a crisis intervention program for persons with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, institutionalization was prevented for 33 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 2017, LSI at Parsons' faculty and staff provided direct services, training, or technical assistance (TA) to 9,481 Kansans in all 105 counties. Each year, more than 14,680 (average over 23 years) Kansans were impacted through

  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Conference presentations

Each year, more than 2,463 (average over 14 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:

  • 17 state, national, and international audiences, in addition to 339 other training and outreach activities
  • 8 peer-reviewed publications
  • 2 newsletter series were produced and distributed

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