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.

Mission

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.

News

News

Our Annual Distinguished Lecture took place on November 8th at 6pm in the Zinner Forum in the Heller School. This year, our distinguished lecturer was David Mandell, ScD whose presentation was titled "The Broken Links Between Policy and Practice in Autism Care." 

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JFK and Another Civil Rights Movement: People with Intellectual Disabilities - On October 23rd, we hosted a panel discussion moderated by Professor Eileen McNamara, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Boston Globe columnist, as part of the JFK Centennial Celebration. Panelists included K. Charlie Lakin, former director, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota; Derek Nord, director, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University; Amy Robison, bakery clerk, Roche Bros.; Deborah Spitalnik, professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Sue Swenson, president-elect, Inclusion International. View the recording


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