Beach Research

Research at the Beach Center on Disability


Research Projects

The research of the Beach Center on Disability focuses on improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families, teachers and providers to support a desired quality of life for people with disabilities where they live, work, and spend leisure time in communities.

Research Supplemental Materials

Additional materials related to research publications on support needs assessment and self-determination interventions and assessment.


The Beach Center Research Team is involved with numerous grants and contracts with funding from national, state, and private sources with work in many different areas of research for improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.


Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT)

FEAT’s goal is to reach out to individuals with disabilities, their family members and service providers to increase expectations for competitive employment to increase and support the competitive employment of individuals with disabilities.


Supported Decision Making

Beach Center researchers are developing assessments and interventions to reduce control by others in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through supported decision making.



Ci3T models are data-informed, graduated systems of support constructed to address academic, behavioral, and social domains, with an overarching goal of supporting all learners in inclusive environments by maximizing available expertise through professional collaborations among school personnel.


Transition Coalition

The Transition Coalition maximizes professional development opportunities for educators of secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.


Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS)

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a research-based, person-centered framework focused on decreasing problem behavior and increasing quality of life.


The Self-Determined Inventory-Self-Report (SDI-SR) Project)

The SDI-SR research project will develop, refine, and validate an online measure of self-determination for all youth and young adults between ages 13 and 22 years, with and without disabilities. This new measure is still in development but will be offered for general use upon completion to support self-determination in research and practice.

Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE)

The University of Kansas Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE) is a federally-funded project to implement an inclusive college program at KU for young adults with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school and are 18-24 years old. Students attend KU:

  • for 2 years (4 semesters)
  • as non-degree seeking students
  • work toward the Career Development Certificate
  • take at least 6 credit hours (about 3 classes) of regular KU classes per semester for 4 semesters
  • develop a career path based on their interests and skills
  • participate in career internships each semester
  • participate in KU student clubs/organizations
  • can live in KU Housing

Click here for our KU-TPE brochure.