The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Nathan and Toby Starr Center on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Nathan and Toby Starr Center, directed by Marji Erickson Warfield, PhD '91, collaborates with individuals, families, providers and government officials on research and evaluation that advances inclusive disability programs and policies. Current projects are focused on improving the transition from pediatric to adult health care for youth with autism spectrum disorders, examining caregiver well-being in self-directed waiver programs, investigating the impact of deployment on health care utilization among children with disabilities in military families, and improving health care provision to adults with developmental disabilities.  Since its establishment in 1985, the Starr Center has conducted a number of landmark studies including:

  • the longest-running study of a cohort of infants and toddlers with special needs who received early intervention services, followed through age 23 years to investigate their developmental patterns and the adaptation of their families;
  • the first systematic analysis of the implications for service agencies of the programmatic needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are elders; and
  • the largest study ever conducted of elderly parents with adult children with intellectual and developmental disabilities living at home.

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