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 policies 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.



Research Associate, Robyn Powell, JD, will be speaking on the radio Thursday January 18th @ 3:30pm Central Time about parents with disabilities and the child welfare system. 

We're co-hosting a Deis Impact  event with the Brandeis American Sign Language Club on February 5th. We'll be screening the film Sound and Fury and hosting a panel discussion on cochlear implants with experts in the field after the film. 

New policy brief outlines that "Health and Healthcare Access among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability 2015 - 2016"

New policy brief outlines that "Older youth receiving Supplemental Security Income are no more likely than non-recipients to drop out of school"

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