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.

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Jonathan Stein, LLB will be the featured speaker at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy's Annual Distinguished Lecture held at 6pm on Tuesday, November 10th in the Zinner Forum at the Heller School.  The title of his lecture is "Supplemental Security Income for Disabled Children: Policy Successes and Travails Along a Circuitous Path". Mr. Stein has spent his career as an attorney at Philadelphia's Community Legal Services engaged in advocacy in various fields affecting low income children and adults, including reforms of the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs; employment discrimination against people with disabilities; access to utility service; access to low income health insurance; free school meals reforms; housing civil rights litigation; and childhood lead paint poisoning prevention.  A reception will follow the lecture.

The Lurie Institute is thrilled to announce that it has received a five-year grant to support its disability policy postdoctoral research fellowship program. This new funding is from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. Fellows will work on the intersections of disability and health.

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