Beach Center on Disability

About Us

Mission Statement

The Beach Center on Disability is a multidisciplinary research and training center committed to making a significant and sustainable positive difference in the quality of life of individuals and families affected by disability and the professionals who support them.

General Description of Research, Related Activities, and Research Approach

Since our founding in 1988, we have (a) conducted research, (b) carried out training and technical assistance, and (c) provided international, national, state, regional, and local leadership and service. We have carried out these three activities in collaboration with families who have members with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, the professionals and policy leaders who serve families and individuals, and members of the communities in which the families and individuals live. Go to our mini-sites to have access to our research publications and technical assistance.

Context of Mission Statement

We are a permanent unit of the University of Kansas, a major international center for research and other scholarship, teaching and learning, and service to the citizens of Kansas, the United States of America, and people throughout the world. We are affiliated with two units within the University, namely, The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies and the School of Education’s Department of Special Education. The Center is funded by the University of Kansas, the Kansas University Endowment Association, and federal and state agencies. Its staff has carried out their work in more than 29 countries and throughout all of Kansas and the United States.


See a listing of staff at the Beach Center.