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 on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other disabilities, across the lifespan through innovative social policies that foster inclusion into the mainstream of society. The Lurie Institute conducts cross-disciplinary 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.



We are now accepting applications for 2019/2020 Nathan and Toby Starr Fellowship. A great opportunity for Brandeis undergraduates!

Just released: The Lurie Institute's 2018 Achievement Report

Lurie Institute welcomed renowned disability rights activist Judy Heumann to Brandeis on March 7. View the complete presentation on video!  

Monika Mitra, PhD, was named Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy in September 2018. 

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Hon. Jonathan Brant ’68 Fellowship, which provides financial support for the research and policy efforts of doctoral students affiliated with the Lurie Institute.

In our position statement regarding the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) we urge Congress to oppose H.R. 620 and other efforts to diminish access to mainstream society.

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


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