The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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About the Lurie Institute

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is dedicated to ensuring the full integration into society of people on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other disabilities, across the lifespan through innovative social policies that foster their inclusion. The Lurie Institute conducts cross-disciplinary 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. Throughout our work, we foreground the voices of people with lived experience, identify racial, cultural and gender disparities in disability service provision for policymakers to mitigate those gaps, and combine rigorous academic analysis with empathic approaches in our research. 

The Institute 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.

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