Research at the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training

Women's educational equity program

This is a current project.


This project is addressing the need for meaningful employment for young adult women with developmental disabilities (DD). Women with DD typically earn less than their male counterparts and are less likely to be employed, work full time and stay employed. Researchers are providing young women in Kansas high schools and middle schools with career development, job exploration and employment planning. It also is conducting teacher training about successful self-directed employment models.

Project Administration

Wendy Parent, principal investigator

Project Contact

Wendy Parent, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor and Assistant Director, KUCDD
1082 Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
University of Kansas

This is a project of:

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Education Women's Educational Equity Act

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