Making a significant and sustainable difference in quality of life


Supported Decision Making

Beach Center researchers are developing assessments and interventions to reduce control by others in the lives of people with ID through supported decision making.



The Beach Center focus on research for and about families that include individuals with disabilities worldwide has influenced policy, service and coordination models and training and support for practitioners who serve families and their members with disabilities.

Family Employment Awareness Training

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.



Beach Center's work on self-determination in individuals with disabilities is multidimensional spanning early childhood to young adulthood, home and school settings and family-professional partnerships.



Comprehensive, Integrated Three-Tiered Model of Prevention are data informed, graduated systems of support constructed to address student's multiple needs in academic, behavioral, and social domains.

Postive Behaviour

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.

Transition coalition

Transition Coalition

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

Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE)

The University of Kansas Transition to Postsecondary Education(KU-TPE) is a federally-funded project to implement an inclusive college program at KU for young adults with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school and are 18-24 years old. Students attend KU: