Supported Decision Making

Beach Center researchers are developing assessments and interventions to increase personal autonomy for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) through supported decision making.


Family Employment Awareness Training

Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) is designed for individuals with disabilities and their families to increase expectations for competitive employment and awareness of resources in Kansas supporting individuals with disabilities to be competitively employed.


The comprehensive, integrated three-tiered (Ci3T) model of prevention is a data-informed, graduated systems of support constructed to address students’ multiple needs in academic, behavioral, and social domains that can be designed to fit the needs of each school or academic unit.


The Beach Center focuses on research for and about families worldwide whose members include individuals with disabilities. Our work has influenced policy, services, and training to support not only families but also practitioners who serve families and their members with disabilities.


Beach Center investigators are internationally-recognized leaders in research on and interventions to promote the self-determination of children, youth, and adults with (and without) disabilities. Research at the Beach Center has established causal evidence for the impact of promoting self-determination and self-determination status on better school and transition outcomes and more positive quality of life and life satisfaction. This work spans from early childhood to adolescence and adulthood and examines the importance of self-determination across multiple contexts (school, employment, independent living, health, etc.). The important role of parents and family members, professionals and children, youth, and adults with disabilities in achieving more positive self-determination outcomes is explored and supports for these stakeholders developed, evaluated, and disseminated.

Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a research-based, person-centered framework focused on decreasing problem behavior and increasing quality of life.


Ann Turnbull, former co-director of the Beach Center on Disability, will receive CADRE’s 2017 “Keys to Access” Award at CADRE’s Seventh National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, October 18-20, 2017.

Kathleen Lane, recipient of the 2017 Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award.

Karrie Shogren, Michael Wehmeyer, KU lands grant to help teachers, students with disabilities set goals for competitve employment, KU News

Susan Palmer, named recipient of Warren Research Achievement Award, KU News

Michael Wehmeyer, Giving a name and dignity to a disability, New York Times

Mary Morningstar, KU Transition to Postsecondary Education, two-year program designed for students with intellectual disabilities.


May 17-18, 2017 | 2017 National Technical Assistance Center in Transition Capacity Building Conference (NTACT), Kansas City, MO

June 20-22, 2017 | 2017 Association for People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) Annual Conference, Portland, OR

June 26-29, 2017 | 2017 AAIDD Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT


Transition Coalition

The Transition Coalition maximizes professional development opportunities for educators of secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.

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