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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 is delighted to announce the selection of the 2017 Ruderman Social Justice in Disability Scholars.  Next year's Scholars will be Samantha Doonan, Shayna Korol, Leah Levine, Kekoa Lopez, and Nicole Wengrofsky.  These five students were selected from an extremely strong pool of applicants. Congratulations to all!  

The Harvard Law School Project on Disability joined us in presenting Arie Rimmerman on April 6th at 12:15pm at the Heller School.  Dr. Rimmerman is the Richard Crossman Professor  of Social Welfare and Social Planning and founder Dean of Social Welfare and Health Sciences and head of School of Social Work at University of Haifa, Israel. His research focuses on comparative disability policies, particularly in areas of employment, civic society and family support. Dr. Rimmerman will discuss his forthcoming book 'Disability and Community Living Policies' by Cambridge University Press. 

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The Lurie Institute presented Sara Rosenbaum on Thursday, March 10th at 12:15pm.  Dr. Rossenbaum is currently with George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.  She has devoted her 40-year career to issues of health justice for populations who are medically underserved as a result of race, poverty, disability, or cultural exclusion.

Congratulations to Lurie Research Assistant and Heller PhD student, Robyn Powell, for winning a 2016 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award.  Robyn was given this prestigious award in recognition of her work as an emerging leader and dedication to the disability community.


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