KU Center for Research on Learning

KU Center for Research on Learning

DAS Vision and Mission


A world that values and respects people by fostering equal and continuing opportunities for all to fully participate in society.

Mission Statement:

To foster opportunities for people with disabilities or disadvantages, DAS conducts rigorous research and evaluation that promote improved policies and practices.

Division of Adult Studies is committed to enhancing quality of life for people with disabilities or who experience societal and ecological barriers. This commitment is achieved through efficacy-based, transdisciplinary, consumer-focused methods that result in improved practice and experiences for numerous stakeholders.

Our commitment is operationalized in terms of the following activities:

  • Policy analysis

  • Research

  • Product development

  • Staff development

  • Dissemination

  • Evaluation

Stakeholders include individuals with disabilities and family members, service providers, staff development personnel, policy developers, and policy analysts.

DAS history and products:

The Division of Adult Studies is part of the KU Center for Research on Learning (KU-CRL). We founded the Division in 1993 to address issues in the transition, education, employment, and quality of life of adults with disabilities. Our staff members provide research-based information to policy makers, service providers, individuals with disabilities, and family members that will ultimately empower people with disabilities to live more productively and independently.

Because the Division of Adult Studies is part of KU-CRL, it has full access to KU-CRL resources. These resources include the Advanced Learning Technologies (ALTEC) group, operating facilities including office space and equipment, access to all University of Kansas campus resources, and collaboration with the internationally recognized research staff of the KU-CRL.