History

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From the beginning of its “modern era” in 1956, the Life Span Institute (Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies) pioneered new understanding and approaches to intellectual and developmental disabilities and, later, to child development, language and hearing disorders and public health that have resulted in treatments and practices that have contributed to the great progress in the quality of life, community engagement, independence and education for people with and without disabilities. Truly, a national, if not world leader, the Life Span Institute, the largest and oldest of research institutes at the University of Kansas, continues to make history.