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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute – HDI Digital Storytelling Initiative is collecting stories about the lived experiences of people with disabilities. Our team will help record the story in the format that you choose. These stories will help improve our work. Are you interested in learning more? Contact Patti Logsdon at or 859-218-1338.

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30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications (

Join the UK Human Development Institute during the month of July as we celebrate this life-changing event.  Throughout the month of July, visit our Facebook and Instagram accounts for videos and other content to reflect on the accomplishments of the last 30 years, while continuing our work to promote inclusion, independence, and contributions of people with disabilities and their families across the world.

Logo Credit:  ADA National Network

A woman with brown hair and black glasses wearing a black dress and copper sweater seated at a brown desk with white papers on it. A silver laptop is on her desk next to office supplies and a telephone. There is a multi-colored chart behind her.

Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities Student Spotlight: Emily Moseley

After nearly ten years as a photographer, Emily Moseley decided to change careers. She wanted her work to promote social justice and equity while being of service to others, so she enrolled in the University of Kentucky Master’s degree in Social Work program along with the Human Development Institute’s (HDI) Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities. She also began a research assistantship with HDI and is working on several projects related to people with disabilities and their experiences with COVID-19.

Emily explained that social work offers a holistic approach that appealed to her, and the certificate in Developmental Disabilities complemented her studies nicely. “I knew very little about disability,” she said. “It was a way to increase my learning experience, but I’ve been continually surprised about how well aligned HDI is with the social work program.” She went on to say that the certificate program has been “very enlightening and eye-opening and will definitely inform my work.” Continue reading

Celebrating 30 years of the ADA!

Join the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute – HDIKentucky Protection & Advocacy – P&A, and the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities as we commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a virtual screening of the award-winning documentary “Crip Camp“, followed by a panel discussion with the Directors of the film, Nicole Newnham and James Lebrecht! HDI’s Morgan Turner will complete this prestigious panel.

Register at to participate virtually on July 13. The movie will be shown from 4:00 – 6:00pm ET and the panel discussion will be held from 6:00 – 7:30pm ET. If you have already seen Crip Camp, feel free join us for the panel presentation! #ThankstotheADA