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KU Research Grant To Focus On Disability Health Care

Kansas is one of 19 states chosen to make a difference for those with disabilities.

A five-year, 1.5 million dollar grant from the Center of Disease Control has been put into the hands of KU researchers to help develop better programs and improve the health of people with disabilities.

Director of KU’s Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies Jean Hall said there are obstacles for those with disabilities when accessing proper health care.

“A lot of times, we’ve heard that doctor and dentist offices are not accessible to people who use wheelchairs,” Hall said. “Or, they might not feel comfortable working with people who have intellectual disabilities, so we are working on ways to improve that access as well.”

Hall said plan will focus on improving access in three areas: physical activity, nutrition and oral health care.

“We’re really excited about it,” Hall said. “We think improving health is great for everybody, and giving people with disabilities an equal opportunity to access health promotes activeness just like everyone else.”