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Southeast SuperHub Champions working to increase vaccine confidence 

Led by the Human Development Institute in partnership with Georgia State University, a coalition of advocates and community partners have taken on the important task of promoting vaccine confidence in the Southeast US. The COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Dissemination SuperHub for the Southeast region was organized with the goal to Increase vaccine access and uptake among the disability population in southeast region. As new variants of COVID-19 emerge, continuing the vaccine conversation is more important than ever.  

Barriers to vaccine uptake include hesitancy and access. Organizers of the Southeast SuperHub determined that members of the disability community can be the catalyst to increase the rate of vaccination among disabled people. Local Trusted Champions are in their communities discussing vaccine resources with those in their immediate circles in person and online. They are assisting with vaccine outreach and the dissemination of plain language resources developed by the Human Development Institute and Georgia State University. By having one-on-one conversations, Champions are helping to quell fears of the vaccine and answer questions with a personal approach. They are leveraging their status as trusted members of their communities to tailor the messaging to a local context.  

Champions are also breaking down barriers in vaccine access. The plain language resources disseminated by Local Trusted Champions are available in multiple languages, which are important as many members of the disability do not speak English as their first language. Additionally, champions have identified ways in which vaccine sites may not be accessible to wheelchair users, those who are deaf and hard of hearing, or who have limited vision.  

Local Trusted Champions are compensated for their efforts by a stipend and are asked to complete a Local Champion 101 training, as well as a course on Motivational Interviewing. They are also expected to track their data and report back to the SuperHub during monthly meetings. Recruitment of Local Champions is ongoing, and though the project will conclude on September 30, Champions’ efforts will make a lasting impact. 

For more information, contact Natasha.Collier@uky.edu.

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Funding Opportunity to Establish a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is inviting applications from Kentucky institutions of higher education for 12-month planning funds to support them in developing a plan to establish and sustain a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program for students with intellectual disabilities.

To support the establishment of new CTP programs in Kentucky, HDI intends to fund up to seven applications with a one-time award of $20,000.

HDI plans to fund up to four applications from colleges within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and up to three applications from other Kentucky institutions of higher education. If fewer than the established number of applications in one of these categories are chosen for funding, HDI may fund additional applications in the other category. The application deadline is May 2, 2022.

Learn more, register for an informational webinar and apply at the Kentucky Supported Higher Education Partnership website.

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Dr. Phillip Rumrill to deliver Hanoch Livneh Lecture on Psychosocial Adaptation Research

The Council on Psychosocial Adaptation Research (PAR) has invited Dr. Phillip Rumrill, Director of Research and Training at the UK Human Development Institute, to deliver the prestigious Hanoch Livneh Lecture on PAR at the 2022 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Conference in San Diego, California. The title of the presentation is Strategies for Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of People with Emerging Disabilities across Phases of the Rehabilitation Counseling Process.

Chung-Yi Chiu, Ph.D., CRC, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and Brad McDaniels, Ph.D., CRC, University of North Texas serve as Co-Chairs for the Council on Psychosocial Adaptation Research for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Dr. McDaniels says, “We could think of no one more passionate about nor instrumental to our current conceptualization of psychosocial adaptation. Your ability to identify novel concepts related to PAR, along with your prestigious record of research make you the ideal candidate”.

Congratulations, Dr. Rumrill!

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HDI Staff and Students Selected to present at National Conferences

Congratulations to HDI Staff selected to present at the 2022 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Conference in San Diego, California in March.

Evaluating the Stress-Appraisal-Coping Model of Wellbeing for People with Multiple Sclerosis during the Pandemic by Kanako Iwanaga and Phillip Rumrill

Determinants of Quality of Life Among Employed People with Multiple Sclerosis: Hierarchical Analysis by Muna Bhattarai, Phillip Rumrill, Malachy Bishop, and Mirang Park, Ph.D

Strategies For Working with Individuals with TBI Across Phases Of The VR Process by Ahonle, Zaccheus .J., Phillip Rumrill, Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, and Charles Edmund Degeneffe

Consumer-Centered Vocational Rehabilitation Strategies for Stroke Survivors: Implications for the Coronavirus Era presented by Walt Bower, Phillip Rumrill, Amy Rumrill, Deborah Minton

Transition-aged Youth with Disabilities in STEM: A Snapshot and Future Considerations by Jina Chun, Kaiqi Zhou, Stuart Rumrill, Tracy Tittelbach, David Rosenthal

The Association Between Hope and Employment Among Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis by Beatrice Less, Stuart Rumrill, Antonio Reyes, and Bradley McDaniels

New Directions in Rehabilitation Counseling for Individuals with Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders by Stuart Rumrill, Jaeyoung Kim, and Kaiqi Zhou

Drug Abuse and Academic Adjustment in Veterans with Disabilities: A Parallel Mediation Study by Stuart Rumrill, Yazmin Castruita Rios, Mizuka Yasuoka, Zeynep Aydin, Emre Umucu, and Kaiqi Zhou

Employment Experiences of Hispanic/Latinx with Multiple Sclerosis: Results from a National Survey by Yazmin Castruita Rios and Stuart Rumrill

Return to Work and Job Retention Interventions for Working-Aged Adults with Multiple Sclerosis by Judy Huang and Stuart Rumrill

Congratulations to HDI Staff and students selected to present at the 2022 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, Hawaii in February.

Consumer-Centered Vocational Rehabilitation Strategies for Stroke Survivors: Implications for the Coronavirus by Walt Bower, Julie Pfeiffer, Phillip Rumrill

Emerging Disabilities and Considerations for Employment, Education, and Healthcare in an Expanding Disabled Population by Julie Pfeiffer, Sara McCurry, Jon Drummond, Juliet Souders

The Current State of Air Travel for Americans with Disabilities: Implications for Policy, Regulation, Implementation, and Advocacy by Julie Pfeiffer, Walt Bower, Phillip Rumrill

Increasing Access to the Performing Arts: Using Universal Design to Make the Arts Better for Everyone by Haley Potter

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Stuart Rumrill, NCRE Doctoral Student of the Year

Stuart Rumrill, Field Researcher with RETAIN Kentucky, on his selection by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) and the NCRE Leadership Team to receive the Rehabilitation Doctoral Student of the Year Award. This award is presented to a doctoral student who has demonstrated outstanding service, leadership, advocacy, and/or research contributions in rehabilitation and/or with individuals with disabilities.  

Congratulations, Stuart!