Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies

The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning


Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies at the KU Center for Research on Learning


Current IHDPS Projects


Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE)

The ASPIRE project is a consortium of six western states (AZ, CO, MT, ND, SD, UT) funded by the US Department of Education as part of the national PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) initiative. States awarded PROMISE funding are working to establish and operate model demonstration projects designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and their families. With colleagues from the University of Montana and the University of Utah, IHDPS staff serve as the Evaluation team for the ASPIRE Project.


Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL)

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) a 5-year Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program (DRRP) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0075-01-00). The CHRIL brings together disability advocates and researchers from 4 institutions (Washington State University, the University of Kansas, George Mason University, and the Independent Living Research Utilization program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital) to systematically investigate and disseminate essential findings about how implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects working age adults with disabilities.



WORK Allocation and Assessment Project

IHDPS staff, with funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, are working with partners at the KU School of Social Welfare to review the instrument currently being used to assess the service needs of participants in the Work Opportunities Reward Kansans (WORK) optional Medicaid program for people with disabilities who are competitively employed.