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Community Connections

ArtReach at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

ArtReach logoGirl drawing at ArtReachStudents at ArtReachArtReach is a collaborative project between the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development.
The museum offers four free workshops for children with and without developmental disabilities each semester. The object of ArtReach is to provide opportunities for self-expression and communication through the visual arts. Each hands-on workshop is designed for a particular age group and relates to specific works of art on view. Participants will learn how to work with different media and gain knowledge of elements of art while being introduced to a specific artist's work and his or her inspiration. Students will create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop.

Community Partnerships

Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (KCART): K-CART at the University of Kansas is a multidisciplinary center that promotes research and training on the causes, nature and management of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Committed to the highest standards of scientific rigor, K-CART will generate new scientific discoveries about ASD, disseminate research-based practices by training professionals, practitioners and families who serve children and adults with autism, and provide clinical services through the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD): KUCDD is part of the Life Span Insititute (LSI), a leading research unit at the University of Kansas. The KUCDD maintains facilities in Lawrence, Kansas City, and Parsons. KUCDD was established in 1969 under the leadership of Dr. Richard Schiefelbusch, a pioneer in the field of interdisciplinary work related to the developmental disabilities. Within the sate of Kansas, KUCDD supports affiliated projects in many communities and provides training and other types of support to both rural and urban regions of the state. Through research, training, technical assistance, and community service activities, we strive to enhance the quality of life, self-determination, and inclusion for Kansans with developmental disabilities and their families. 

Juniper Gardens: Juniper Gardens is the hub through which much of area research in childhood DDs is planned, executed, and disseminated. At Juniper Gardens, families, community workers, educators, and university students are trained in the best practices for addressing ASDs and other DDs.

Project Eagle: For over 20 years, Project EAGLE has worked with KUMC to provide extensive community services to children and families in Wyandotte County. Information, materials, and services are provided in both Spanish and English.

Lifespan Institute: The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies (LSI) 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 gerontololgy, 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.

Last modified: Oct 23, 2019