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

We're Hiring a Budget Consultant!

We Are Hiring! Budget Consultant

The Budget Consultant will track subawards and external consultant invoicing and payments; follow up with external partners for invoicing; complete paperwork required to onboard external consultants; process honorarium payments; assist with Associate Directors to manage budgets of grant-funded research and staff-effort allocations. The consultant should have a strong attention to detail and a passion for organizing processes, along with proficiency in Excel functions, including pivot tables. Starting at 5–8 hrs/ week at $65/hr.

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Carrie Buck Distinguished Fellowship 2024: Robin Wilson-Beattie

Accessing Reproductive Justice: Using Intersectional Self-, Systems, and Community Advocacy to Create Inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and Expression - A conversation with Robin Wilson-Beattie

A conversation with Carrie Buck Distinguished Fellow Robin Wilson-Beattie and Rebecca Cokley will take place on March 7, 2024 at 5 p.m. ET. In-person and online.

Robin's groundbreaking insights into the intersection of disability, sexuality, healthcare, design, and identity have revolutionized sexual-health education.

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Disability Research for a New Generation

Photo of Monika Mitra, Shoshana Finkel, Alanna Levy, Norma Stobbe, Monica Chen, Rachel Steinberg. Front row: Shira Levie, Judy Heumann, Max Tang. Text on picture reads "Disability Research for a New Generation"

The Lurie Undergraduate Fellowship offers opportunity to learn policy and create community.

For more than half a century, the Brandeis University community has championed the rights of people with disabilities, part of the school’s commitment to social justice.


We're Hiring for an Open-Rank Faculty Appointment in Disability Policy

We're Hiring – Open-Rank Faculty Position in Disability PolicyWe are seeking a scholar whose research and teaching apply to issues of disability policy. The specific focus within this broad field is open, and applicants with expertise in areas such as health, poverty, community-living policy, employment, housing, civil rights, and intersectionality are welcome to apply.

The Heller School is looking for candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship with a record of funded research and public engagement. We hope to identify a future colleague for whom our tagline, “knowledge advancing social justice,” resonates.

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Current Featured Work

Webinar: The Role of the HHS Office for Civil Rights in Advancing Rights for Disabled Parents: Safeguards in Child Welfare Cases

Webinar: The Role of the HHS Office for Civil Rights in Advancing Rights for Disabled Parents

National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities hosted a webinar on how the HHS Office for Civil Rights can apply safeguards in child welfare cases and protect the rights of disabled parents. With Carla Carter of the HHS Office for Civil Rights and Robyn Powell of NRCPD. Webinar recording now available.

Disability Identity and Pride in Equity Research - Webinar Recap & Summary Available

Disability Identity & Pride in Equity Research: New CLEC Publications

Now Available! The extended recap and 2-page summary of CLEC's first-ever webinar, on Disability Identity & Pride in Equity Research, outlining the themes and recommendations that emerged.

Looking at HCBS Equity at a State Level

Webinar on HCBS Equity on a State Level

The Community Living Equity Center held its second webinar on Looking at HCBS Equity on a State Level. Access the recording.
Strategies to Support Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities with Child Welfare Involvement: Perspectives from Staff Providing Legal Services

Webinar: Strategies to Support Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities with Child Welfare Involvement

This webinar focuses on parents with psychiatric disabilities involved in the child welfare system, with perspectives from legal services providers. Access the webinar recording.

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