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The Life Span Institute (Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies) was created in 1990 out of the 67-year-old Kansas Bureau of Child Research. Today it is one of the largest and most highly regarded human development and disabilities research centers in the country

The LSI brings together scientists of diverse disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, speech pathology, sociology, education, biology, pharmacology, physiology and medicine to study human development from its genetic origins through the final stages of life.

The LSI supports basic and translational research, technical assistance, direct services, consultation and training—notably, training of the next generation of scientists.

The Life Span Institute's 14 centers have more than 120 programs and projects active at any one time in Kansas as well as other states and countries. Many projects directly serve individuals, families, and communities and are located in underserved Kansas City neighborhoods and rural Kansas counties. Many projects are regional or national in scope.

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  • Beach Center on Disability [121]

    Together with families and individuals affected by disability, the Beach Center on Disability strives to make a significant and sustainable difference in the quality of life of families and individuals.

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