The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

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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.

Congratulations to Marji Erickson Warfield who has been awarded a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, of the National Institutes of Health to study "The Impact of Parental Military Deployment on Children with Disabilities."  This grant will assess the unstudied health care service utilization patterns among military members' children with significant disabilities, measure the impact of deployment on these utilization patterns and test how aspects of the family environment influence the effect of deployment on utilization.

Susan Parish considers Is Ratifying The U.N. Convention On The Rights Of People With Disabilities Necessary For The U.S.? in a new posting on the blog Zeh Lezeh (For One Another).

Marji Erickson Warfield, director of the Starr Center, and Esther Son, Senior Research Associate for the Lurie Institute,  were just awarded 2014 Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Grants!  Marji's study,  "Making Healthy Connections:What are the Long-Term Benefits?"  will assess the extent to which the Making Healthy Connections program builds the personal assets and social capital of youth with disabilities and their families and facilitates their transition to adult roles.  Esther's project is entitled "Understanding the health care experiences of Asian children with special health care needs on health care access, service utilization, and quality of care".

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is delighted to announce the selection of the 2015  Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars.  Brandeis University juniors Jennifer Bromberg, Elizabeth Chalfin, Jennifer Lee and Deanna Marion were selected from a pool of very qualified applicants.   They will each begin their summer internships over the next few weeks. Congratulations to all of the new Scholars! The Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars Program was established in 2013 through the generosity of the Ruderman Family Foundation and is an opportunity for Brandeis undergraduates with an interest in disability issues to expand their knowledge and experience in the field.

Susan Parish travelled to Athens, Greece in May to present a paper on Pregnancy Outcomes of Women with Developmental Disabilities at the Athens Institute for Education and Research 2nd Annual International Conference on Health & Medical Sciences.




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