The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and ManagementReturn to this website's homepageBrandeis University

Flash Movie

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 for Disability Policy is pleased to announce an opening in our postdoctoral research training program in disability policy research. This fellowship is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (US Dept of Health & Human Services). Review of applications will begin immediately.  Interested doctoral students and recent PhD graduates can find more information about the application requirements on the job posting.

Applications to the 2017 Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars Program are now being accepted. This program is an excellent opportunity for Brandeis undergraduates with an interest in disability issues to expand their knowledge and experience in the field.  Any Brandeis sophomore or junior is eligible to apply.  Selected students will receive scholarship funds and a $2500 stipend.  The fellowship will commence June, 2016 with a summer internship. During the following academic year, Ruderman Scholars will participate in a year-long mentored research assistantship under the direction of a Brandeis faculty member engaged in disability policy research. The application deadline for the fellowship is March 1, 2016. Scholars will be notified of their selection by March 15, 2016.

The Lurie Institue is pleased to note that Winter 2016 Heller Magazine features the work of Susan Parish and her team  entitled "At the Intersection of Race and Disability".

Susan Parish presented an RRTC webinar on the topic of Pregnancy Outcomes of Women with Developmental Disabilities on January 21, 2106.

We are delighted to share the Fall 2015 Heller Social Policy Impact Report, which explores some of the important work being done at the Heller School.  Look to pages 6, 15 and 23 for more information about specific Lurie Institute engagement in publications, grants, and presentations.


Copyright 2016 • Brandeis University • All rights are reserved