KentuckyWorks Presents “Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities

HDI in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation announce Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities, a four-part webinar series designed to support Kentucky school districts in their efforts to create meaningful work experiences leading to competitive integrated employment for students with significant disabilities. The webinar series will present learning from work with schools, employers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, parents and families, and will include tools and processes to support students with significant disabilities in obtaining competitive integrated employment. Each webinar will be one (1) hour and will begin at 4:00pm EST/ 3:00pm CST.

Register for each session at the links provided below:
January 20, 2021 | Charting a Course Toward Improved Outcomes | https://bit.ly/35pMhM5
February 3, 2021 | Student Engagement | https://bit.ly/2UhXWGo
February 17, 2021 | Family Engagement | https://bit.ly/38zmYJ5
March 3, 2021 | Employer Engagement | https://bit.ly/3f0DdjX

Questions? Contact Johnny.Collett@uky.edu.

Virtual Retreat

HDI receives Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Grant

A team of HDI staff including Dr. Chithra Adams, Jason Jones, Lindsey Mullis and Abby Marsh have received $50,000 through Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s 2020 COVID-19 Quality of Life grants program, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living. Their proposal, Recharging Resiliency Together-Virtual Retreat will help people with paralysis recharge their resilience and provide the necessary connections and supports that are needed to navigate in a COVID-19 environment.

This series of virtual retreats will be accompanied by three follow up group calls to build upon the skills learned during the retreat and to build a tightknit group of peers (pods) who are supportive of one another. Each session in the retreat will be universally designed, accessible and have expert presentation followed by a group activity. The purpose of the group activity is to participate in real time sense-making about how strategies presented can be used presently or in the future.

Contact Chithra.Adams@uky.edu for more information.

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Alice Wang awarded the 2020 Shouse Service Award

Alice Wang, Administrative Support Associate for the University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute has been awarded the 2020 Jacki Shouse Service Award. This award is given to an HDI staff member who demonstrates excellent job performance through their contributions to increase efficiency, provision of high quality customer service, increased cost savings, or enhanced daily operations. The candidate must be responsive, respectful, and work collaboratively with others. Alice Wang’s colleagues shared how she is deserving of this special award.

Alice is humble, hardworking, and detail-oriented.  Her strong work ethic and her integrity allow us to be consistently reassured that everything that needs to be handled in accounting is accurate and up-to-date.  She responds quickly to emails and offers strong solutions to problems.  She always knows the latest changes in UK systems and works hard to be sure that transitions are easy on those of us who just need things paid on time.

Alice is ultra-dependable, extremely reliable, and a super speedy communicator. She is incredibly detail oriented and keeps Early Childhood running like a well-oiled machine. She is consistently kind and patient when working with the Child Care Aware staff which has 80+ employees. It is very comforting to me to know Alice has our backs with our budgets. She is easy to talk to, helps us think through the proper protocol when making purchases and processing bills.

Alice does this with kindness and efficiency each step of the way. She is most worthy of this award that honors the spirit of Jackie Shouse. 

Jacki Shouse began working at UK in March of 1990. She accepted her first position with the Human Development Institute in February of 1998, where she spent the next 19 years until her retirement. Although we miss her greatly, giving this annual award gives us an opportunity to reflect on what she meant to HDI. Congratulations Alice and thank you! 

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Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute – HDI, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation are pleased to announce Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities, a four-part webinar series designed to support Kentucky school districts in their efforts to create meaningful work experiences leading to competitive integrated employment for students with significant disabilities. The webinar series will present learning from work with schools, employers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, parents and families, and will include tools and processes to support students with significant disabilities in obtaining competitive integrated employment.

Each webinar will be one (1) hour and will begin at 4:00pm EST/ 3:00pm CST.Register for each session at the links provided below:

January 20, 2021 | Charting a Course Toward Improved Outcomes | https://bit.ly/35pMhM5

February 3, 2021 | Student Engagement | https://bit.ly/2UhXWGo

February 17, 2021 | Family Engagement | https://bit.ly/38zmYJ5

March 3, 2021 | Employer Engagement | https://bit.ly/3f0DdjX

Questions? Contact Johnny.Collett@uky.edu.

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Emily Moseley, a white woman is wearing a blue and white striped shirt and scarf. She has dark, shoulder length brown hair and is smiling. There are trees in the background.

Emily Moseley awarded prestigious Anne Rudigier Award

Emily Moseley, Human Development Institute (HDI) trainee, and graduate student in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, has been awarded the prestigious Anne Rudigier Award at the 2020 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference.  This award is presented by the Rudigier Family to commemorate the accomplishments and commitment of their daughter Anne to recognize an outstanding trainee/student demonstrating a commitment to supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Emily began a research assistantship with HDI in 2019 and has recently worked on several research projects related to people with disabilities and their experience with COVID-19. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Developmental Disabilities from the UK Human Development Institute. Her commitment to social justice and equity, academic excellence, and leadership qualities were recognized in July 2020, when she received HDI’s highest student achievement, the Paul Kevin Burberry Award.

“Making the world more equitable for people with disabilities is making the world better for everybody.” – Emily Moseley