Researchers win grants on employment of people with disabilities

Researchers win grants on employment of people with disabilities

Karen Salisbury Henry

LAWRENCE — Researchers from three programs affiliated with the University of Kansas Life Span Institute were awarded Empower Kansas grants earlier this month in Parsons by UnitedHealthcare, one of the three managed-care organizations that provide services to Medicaid consumers in Kansas.

Assistive Technology for Kansans, directed by Sara Sack, senior scientist, received  $122,200 to fund specialized technology training for people living with disabilities actively seeking competitive employment.

The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, co-directed by Karrie Shogren, associate professor of special education, was awarded $40,000 to demonstrate the effect of new career development models to increase lasting, replicable employment for people living with disabilities.

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