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About LSI at Parsons Projects

The Institute for Life Span Studies at Parsons is engaged in research and training in the field of developmental disabilities and acquired an international reputation for its pioneering work with persons with disabilities.

The Life Span Institute at Parsons is committed to optimizing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families through research, training, technical assistance, and public service.

Faculty and staff focus their efforts on research, training, and service programs that address the following issues:

  • Procedures for treating challenging and dangerous behaviors in persons with disabilities.
  • Identifying and increasing access to assistive technology that enhance the ability of individuals to live more independently.
  • Providing effective supports for child care providers resulting in expanded access and improved quality.
  • Providing  supports to allow families and friends to support individuals with disabilities in their own homes and communities.
  • Providing training for the effective and cost-efficient delivery of early prevention and intervention services to Kansas families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Electronic media and information for developing and disseminating educational information for researchers and consumers.

Life Span Institute at Parsons Facts:

  • University researchers at Parsons developed and disseminated the first procedures for reliably testing both hearing and vision of persons with intellectual disabilities, whose hearing and vision impairments were typically neither diagnosed nor treated before these developments.
  • University of Kansas programs at Parsons employ 30 research faculty and staff who generate approximately $4 million in grants annually.
  • University of Kansas programs at Parsons have provided direct services, training, or technical assistance to more than 80,000 people in the past five years in all 105 counties in Kansas.
  • University of Kansas programs at Parsons have pioneered in the field of testing and treatment for disorders of speech, language, and communications.

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