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2018 News

Former Sen. Tom Harkin to Present 2018 Lurie Institute Annual Distinguished Lecture 

Retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a pioneer in championing disability policy on Capitol Hill, will present the 2018 Lurie Institute Annual Distinguished Lecture, "True Integration: Meaningful Work for People with Disabilities," on Nov. 7. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in Zinner Forum. This event will be streamed via Facebook Live to the Lurie Institute Facebook Page. (Note: You do not need a Facebook account to access this event. Reception to follow. Please RSVP to lurielectures@brandeis.edu.

Spanish-Language Version of the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities Website Now Available 

The Lurie Institute's National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities, a cross-disability research and advocacy program, is pleased to announce that the Spanish-language version of the website, Centro Nacional de Investigación para Padres con Discapacidades, is now available.  

Heller School Awarded Federal Grant for Research on Opioid Use among People with Disabilities 

Heller School researchers, including Principal Investigator Sharon Reif, PhD’02, senior scientist and deputy director of the Institute for Behavioral Health (IBH) and Drs. Monika Mitra and Joanne Nicholson of the Lurie Institute, have received a $1.5 million, three-year grant to investigate opioid use among people with disabilities in the United States

Lurie Institute Awarded Federal Grant for Community Living Policy Center 

We are proud to announce that the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy has been awarded a federal grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to develop a comprehensive Community Living Policy Center in conjunction with a coalition of nonprofit organizations geared toward advancing fostering the inclusion of people with disabilities within the wider community. 

Lurie Institute Researchers Awarded Grants and Fellowships 

Three of our researchers, Ilhom Akobirshoev, Robyn Powell, and Marji Erickson Warfield, have received grants and fellowships for their groundbreaking work in disability policy. Robyn Powell is the inaugural recipient of the Judge Jonathan Brant Fellowship, a doctoral research fellowship for researchers in disability policy. In addition, she has also received the Brandeis Provost's Award for her work. Drs. Marji Erickson Warfield and Ilhom Akobirshoev have received Noonan Grants to investigate the health-care needs and experiences of Boston-area children. 

Dr. Monika Mitra Named Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy 

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Monika Mitra has been named the Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy after serving as the Interim Director for the past year. We are delighted to continue working under her stewardship. 

Aging & Autism with Marsha Mailick

On April 24th Dr. Marsha Mailick, PhD'78, offered a lunchtime lecture Aging and Autism: Changes in the Autism Behavioral Phenotype and Health. Dr. Mailick is the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Marsha Mailick

Image shows a portrait of Marsha Mailick.

Sound and Fury 

On February 5th, we co-hosted a 'Deis Impact  event with the Brandeis American Sign Language Club. We screened the film Sound and Fury and hosted a panel discussion on cochlear implants with experts in the field after the film. 

deis impact panelists

Image shows (from left to right) Professor James Morris from the HSSP Department who moderated the panel; Courtney Dunne, Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at EDCO Collaborative within Newton Public Schools; Bruce Bucci, Director of Boston University’s Programs in Deaf Studies; and Larry Stephen, part of the American Sign Language faculty at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA.

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