The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
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.
The Lurie Institute is excited to co-sponsor "Spread the Word to End the Word" with Brandeis University's Waltham Group. Members of the Brandeis community can stop by the SCC and Usdan to sign a pledge to stop using the "r-word" anytime from 11-2pm on March 3-6. In addition, all are welcome to the closing event on Thursday, March 6th at 7pm in Pearlman Lounge. Lurie Fellow, Representative Tom Sannicandro will be speaking about his work to change DMR to DDS, self-advocates will share their stories, and a short film festival will be presented. Refreshments will be provided.
Susan Parish and collegues have a new paper, "Healthcare Expenditures for Autism During Times of School Transition: Some Vulnerable Families Fall Behind" published in the February 2014 issue of Maternal and Child Health Journal.
Susan Parish was delighted to present at the First International Symposium on Cancer in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities which was held in Montpellier, France in February. Susan spoke about cervical cancer screening for women with intellectual disabilities, and about the Woman Be Healthy studies.
The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is pleased to announce the selection of the 2014 Inaugural Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars. Brandeis University seniors Danielle Sackstein and Ruth Zeilicovich began their research assistantship with Susan Parish, director for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, on February 1st. 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.
Lurie Institute Research Assistant Leah Igdalsky has recently been appointed a Lurie Fellow, and will collaborate with Danielle Sackstein and Ruth Zeilicovich, the new Ruderman Scholars.
Lurie Institute director, Susan Parish, presented a talk on Access to Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Developmental Disabilities as part of the Harvard School of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Seminar series on Janaury 29th.
The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies' Committee on National Statistics has published a workshop summary of the Research Opportunites Concerning the Causes and Consequences of Child Food Insecurity and Hunger. Susan Parish is a member of the steering committee for the workshop.******************************************************************