The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Policy Briefs

The Lurie Institute’s policy briefs summarize our academic research on the needs, wellbeing and inclusion of people with disabilities for laypeople and disability professionals. These briefs cover a wide variety of subjects related to people with disabilities and their caregivers, including racial and ethnic disparities among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, healthcare access for adults on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities, bullying interventions for young children with disabilities, Medicaid funding for families with children with disabilities, and other salient policy and social issues affecting people with disabilities and the broader community.


Health and Healthcare Access among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability 2015 - 2016 - November 2017

Older Youth Receiving Supplemental Security Income are No More Likely than Non-recipients to Drop out of School - November 2017 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Fall 2015

Racial Disparities in the Quality of Health Care Provider Interactions for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities - November 2014

Determinants of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women with Intellectual Disabilities - May 2014

Targeted Bullying Intervention Strategies Needed Urgently for Young Children with Disabilities in the United States - January 2014

Single Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities Face Significant Financial Adversity - December 2013

Racial Disparities in Receipt of Mammography Screening among Women with Intellectual Disabilities  - December 2013

Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs Experience Greater Family Burden in States with State-level Income Inequality - December 2013

Hardship among Low-Income US Families that receive Children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - October 2013

Transition to Adulthood for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Current Issues and Future Perspectives- April 2013

State Insurance Parity Legislation Reduces Financial Burden of Families with Children with Autism - September 2012

US Children Experiencing Material Hardship, by Disability Status and Household Income Relative to the Federal Poverty Level, 2002

Deprivation in Families of Disabled Children that Receive Child Supplemental Security Income Payments - September 2012

Health Screenings for Women with Developmental Disabilities: Notes for Social Workers and Case Managers - January 2012

Increasing Participation of Women with Intellectual Disabilities in Randomized Control Trials through Enhanced Recruitment and Consent - January 2012

SSI Cuts Would Increase Hardship for Families with Disabled Children - July 2011

Families' Financial Burden of Raising Children with Autism: Association with State Medicaid Spending -June 2011

Increased Knowledge of Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Needed Among Women with Developmental Disabilities - June 2011

Latino Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Experience Disparities in Access, Utilization, and Quality of Health Care - June 2011

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