The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism and other disabilities across the lifespan through innovative social polices that foster inclusion into the mainstream of society. The Lurie Institute conducts research on disability policy in the United States with a special emphasis on autism, focusing on the lifespan of persons with disabilities and their families, and analyzing policy options for achieving the broadest integration of persons with disabilities into the mainstream of U.S. society, including their own voices in such analyses.

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy was created with a generous gift from the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation. Through research, policy development, education, and public engagement, the Lurie Institute provides a comprehensive approach to addressing disability issues across the lifespan. Brandeis’ ongoing scientific research into developmental disabilities, including autism, also informs the Institute’s activities.


The mission of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is to promote inclusive and effective policies that improve the well-being of children and adults with disabilities and their caregiving families.



  • Brandeis NOW features the Lurie Institute's work to support caregivers in advocating for important health screenings for women with disabilities. Check out our new short videos discussed in the article.

  • We wish long time Lurie Research Associate, Leah Igdalsky'14, best wishes as she pursues her studies at Boston College's School of Social Work this fall. She will be missed!Parish and Igdalsky photo(Leah Igdalsky'14 & Susan Parish)

  • Kudos to Lurie Institute's Robyn Powell for her thoughtful response to a recent article in Pediatrics. Check out her comment, reminding allthatdisabled adolescents deserve the samecare, respect and access to sexual and reproductive health services as non-disabled adolescents. "Sterilization as a means to control menstruation and prevent sexual abuse must be explicitly condemned by all professional organizations."…/1/e20160295.comment…

  • Congratulations to the Lurie Institute's Rajan Sonik, Susan Parish, Subha Ghosh and Leah Igdalsky on their new paper, "Food Insecurity in U.S. Households That Include Children With Disabilities", published in Exceptional Children.  Their work suggests that children with disabilities face an increased risk of experiencing food insecurity and that there is a pressing need to improve the safety net system for them.

  • We are pleased to announce that Professor Monika Mitra was awarded a Brandeis University's Provost Award to study Violence Victimization against People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Dr. Mitra's team will include Senior Scientist, Dr. Ilhom Akobirshoev, and Research Associate, Robyn Powell. 

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