Richard L. Simpson

Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Richard L. Simpson is Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas where he has directed numerous University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical Center demonstration programs for students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities and coordinated a variety of federal grant programs related to students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. He has also worked as a special education teacher, school psychologist and coordinator of a community mental health outreach program. He has authored numerous books, articles and tests on a variety of topics connected to students with disabilities. Simpson is the former senior editor of the professional journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Awards include the Council for Exceptional Children Research Award, Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Leadership Award, Autism Society of Kansas Leadership Award, and numerous University of Kansas awards and distinguished roles, including the Gene A. Budig Endowed Teaching Professorship of Special Education.

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D, Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1973
  • M.S., Psychology, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, 1969
  • B.A., Psychology, Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas, 1967


Autism spectrum disorders and behavior disorders

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

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Special Education Events
An important event! WP4KU Special Education Dinner Women Philanthropists for KU is pleased to feature the KU Department of Special Education and the interactive learning environment for educators, TeachLivE. Please join us for dinner and this engaging program. Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:00 p.m. $25 per person The Pavilion Lied Center of Kansas 1600 Stewart Drive Lawrence, Kan. Seating is limited. Register for this event here:

A letter from a parent to teacher about her daughter from SWIFT SCHOOLS:

#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
2nd nationwide for most published journal articles in special education
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
A $2.5 million grant will fund research on reasons effective technology tools are underused for students with disabilities