To address the needs of our diverse community, the Texas Center for Disability Studies conducts research on a variety of topics, including education and early intervention, mental health, and transition to adulthood.


The ASPEN Program is a parent-mediated intervention that is designed to provide information and empower parents of young children with developmental delays.

Autism Consortium of Texas

The purpose of the autism consortium is to network and foster autism-related research and program collaborations at the University of Texas at Austin and in the Central Texas area. 


Working with self-advocates, caregivers, and other stakeholders this project identifies the gaps in knowledge, skills, and the overall healthcare transition readiness of racially and minoritized youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their caregivers. 


PODER plans to conduct three studies that examine health and obesity among Latino children and adolescents with IDD, and develop and test an intervention for Latino children and adolescents with IDD and their families to promote healthy lifestyles.

  • Latest Research:
    • Examining Overweight and Obesity Among Latino Children with and Without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in a National Sample
    • Towards health equity for Latinx families of children with IDD: A study examining determinants of health and health behaviors
      • Authors: Weiwen Zeng, Sandy Magaña, Nazanin Heydarian, & Vanessa Errisuriz