The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School leads research that helps shape policies, programs and practices which improve the lives of people with disabilities across the lifespan.

We partner with people with disabilities, community organizations, policymakers, and clinicians to produce research that addresses the critical issues that people with disabilities and their families face. This research incorporates qualitative and quantitative projects that are informed by the disability community and grounded in disability justice. Our research team includes established academic scholars, postdoctoral fellows, professional research staff, and student research assistants. We prioritize mentorship of the next generation of researchers.

What's Happening at the Lurie Institute

Lurie Researcher Robyn Powell Receives Award for Excellence

Robyn Powell Receives APHA Law Section's 2022 Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health LawAt the American Public Health Association's annual conference, Robyn Powell was recognized for her work with the Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law. The APHA Law Section gives the Early Career Award annually "to an individual who demonstrates great promise as a future leader in the field of public health law."

Powell's work focuses especially on the intersection of disability and reproductive justice.

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Welcoming Alex Green to the Lurie Institute Team

Welcome to the Lurie Institute,  Alex Green. We're delighted to announce that Alex Green is joining the Lurie Institute team as a Visiting Scholar.

We are excited to welcome Alex Green to the Lurie Institute as a visiting research scholar. Green’s research focuses on the history of institutionalization in the United States with a specific focus on public institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Announcing the Establishment of the Community Living Equity Center

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy announces the establishment of the Community Living Equity CenterThe Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Community Living Equity Center (CLEC). CLEC is the Lurie Institute's fourth federally funded research center.

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Announcing the Carrie Buck Distinguished Fellowship

Carrie Buck Distinguished FellowshipThe Lurie Institute for Disability Policy announces its inaugural Carrie Buck Distinguished Fellowship. Funded by the Ford Foundation, the Fellowship is intended for activists, scholars, and community organizers with disabilities whose work draws national attention to systemic ableism in reproductive health policy.

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See also:

Lurie Institute Researcher's Analysis of Disabled People's Needs for Abortion Access Now Available

Read the work-in-progress

Black Maternal Health: Data Shows Unequal Care and Unequal Outcomes for Black Disabled Mothers

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Participants Needed for Research Study of New HCBS Outcome Measures

Review the study description and eligibility criteria

Current Featured Work

Affordable, Accessible Housing and Community Living Policy webinar

Webinar: Affordable, Accessible Housing and Community Living Policy

On December 8 at 3 p.m ET, the Community Living Policy Center will discuss an analysis of the American Housing Survey, a promising practice housing case study in California, and the policy implications around housing and community living. Register for the webinar.
Infectious-Diseases-Related Emergency Department Visits among US Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Infectious-Diseases-Related Emergency Department Visits among US Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Lurie researchers find that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have significantly higher risks than adults without IDD of visiting emergency departments, being hospitalized, and dying.
Utilization of HIV Testing and Counseling Services by Women with Disabilities during Antenatal Care in Uganda

Utilization of HIV Testing and Counseling Services by Women with Disabilities during Antenatal Care in Uganda

Lurie research indicates that pregnant women with disabilities in Uganda were less likely to receive HIV testing and counseling services than pregnant women without disabilities.
Webinar: Perinatal Health of Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Perinatal Health of Women with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

At the National Center for Disability and Pregnancy Research, parent panelist Lindsay Brillhart shared her pregnancy and parenting experiences.

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Our Areas of Study

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Healthcare Equity

People with disabilities across the United States face significant disparities in finding and receiving healthcare. Our work uncovers these disparities through rigorous analysis and identifies promising policy solutions that governments, hospitals, insurance providers, clinics, and providers can use to ensure that people with disabilities receive equitable care.
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Parents with Disabilities

Parents with disabilities have experiences and support needs that are often different from those of parents without disabilities. Our research identifies these experiences and needs to shape policies and programs that help parents with disabilities raise their children, receive culturally competent healthcare, and advocate for themselves when working with child welfare agencies or family courts.
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Community Living Policy

The Lurie Institute conducts and supports research into policies that integrate people with disabilities into the wider community. People with disabilities have the right to live, work, and play in the community, and we are proud to help support those rights through our work.

“People with disabilities, like everybody else, should have the supports to live and to thrive in their communities.” - Monika Mitra, Director, Lurie Institute