The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Staffed by leading experts in disability as well as doctoral fellows and other graduate students, the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is composed of a group of thoughtful, civic-minded staff devoted to ensuring the social, political and civil equality of people with disabilities through innovative research and informed advocacy. Our staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds, spanning several states, countries, communities, research interests, career histories and other experiences, though we all have one thing in common: a desire to work toward the full acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities within society. The Lurie Institute faculty and staff—a vibrant group of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and research associates—bring their expertise in a variety of disability-centric topics: the prenatal health of pregnant women with physical disabilities, racial and ethnic disparities in access to healthcare, mental health, substance abuse, the needs of transition-aged young adults with disabilities, inclusion of people with disabilities within the general community, and the relationships between people with disabilities and their families. Our researchers' expertise covers several different disabilities, including physical, sensory, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Similarly, our doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students research and explore a variety of disability-related areas of research as part of their programs, including access to K-12 and higher education, employment, parenting, mental health and substance abuse treatment, international disability policy, and the rights of parents with disabilities.

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