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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.

The Lurie Institute was pleased to again host the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation's annual summer workshop. This year's event, Harnessing Technology to Improve the Lives of People with Autism, was held on Wednesday, July 23rd at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.  Featured speakers included Rosalind Picard ScD, FIEEE, Elizabeth Torres PhD, William Kiernan PhD, Christine Ashby PhD, and Matt Goodwin PhD.  A screening of the documentary, "I Want to Say", was also part of the daylong event.

Congratulations to Marji Erickson Warfield who has been awarded a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, of the National Institutes of Health to study "The Impact of Parental Military Deployment on Children with Disabilities."  This grant will assess the unstudied health care service utilization patterns among military members' children with significant disabilities, measure the impact of deployment on these utilization patterns and test how aspects of the family environment influence the effect of deployment on utilization.

Susan Parish considers Is Ratifying The U.N. Convention On The Rights Of People With Disabilities Necessary For The U.S.? in a new posting on the blog Zeh Lezeh (For One Another).

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