Employment

People work for a variety of reasons. HDI projects, initiatives and partnerships aim to decrease employment disparities that exist between people with and without disabilities. HDI is committed to helping Kentucky fulfill the promise of Employment First.


Projects

Community Work Transition Program

The Community Work Transition Program (CWTP) is a longstanding project of the University of Kentucky’s ...

Employment Concerns among Latinas/os and African Americans with Multiple Sclerosis

An Examination of Labor Force Participation, Employment Concerns, and Workplace Discrimination among Latinas/os and African ...

Employment First Kentucky

Employment First is the philosophy that everyone, including people with significant disabilities, can work in ...

Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers

Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers (ISAW) is a collaborative project, funded by the Office of ...

IPS Supported Employment Project

The purpose of the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) Supported Employment Project is to implement ...

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Interpreter Services

In partnership with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), the University of Kentucky Human ...

Kentucky Post School Outcome Study (KYPSO)

Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center (KYPSO) collects data on the transitional experiences of students with ...

Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project provides support for professionals who in turn support people with ...

RETAIN Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment, University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, and other committed ...

Supported Higher Education Project Technical Assistance Center

HDI’s Supported Higher Education Project Technical Assistance Center (SHEP-TAC) provides customized technical assistance and direct ...

VCU-Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC) on the Employment of Transition- Aged Youth with Disabilities

VCU-Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC) on the Employment of Transition- Aged Youth. Effects of ...

Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE)

Funded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison via a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s ...

Products

This research brief explores the impact of COVID-19 on those affected by spinal cord injuries ...
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Excerpt: This tool is designed for employers to cultivate a welcoming, safe, and inclusive professional ...
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These employment checklists contain helpful information for families, caregivers and children and youth with disabilities ...
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Learn how to use the Work Experience Survey tool with the Work Experience Survey (WES) ...
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View nine steps to restart or get started on a new career ...
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In Kentucky, there are increasingly more higher education options for students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) ...
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During times of economic stress, leveraging all available resources is vital. JAN provides free and ...
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HDI has been at the forefront of helping to lead and guide what it looks ...
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CTPs are higher education programs for individuals with ID that lead to a meaningful credential ...
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Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs (CTPs) were created by the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA, ...
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There are hundreds of thousands of individuals with significant disabilities who remain unemployed in this ...
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The speakers for this interactive seminar are rehabilitation counselors discussing their experiences of working with ...
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Accessible, affordable transportation is an essential part of inclusive community life. Arthur Campbell, a disability ...
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For 50 years, the Human Development Institute (HDI) has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the ...
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Important resources to help students achieve their goals of employment and post secondary education, as ...
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Test your ability to work without risking your Social Security Disability Insurance payment infographic ...
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Infographic on Social Security Disability Insurance and employment ...
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This resource directory was designed primarily for use by people with disabilities and family members ...
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This book is a collection of stories of eight young adults in Kentucky. Their backgrounds ...
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News

RETAIN Kentucky Goes to the 2022 Kentucky State Fair

RETAIN Exhibit Table
The Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN KY) Team recently participated in the Kentucky State Fair to raise awareness about a Department of ...

Sheppard-Jones receives 2021 APSE Award

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute - HDI congratulates Executive Director, Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, recipient of the Kentucky APSE Willie Byrd Legislative Award 2021 ...

Addressing Education and Postsecondary Inequities for Kentucky Students with Intellectual Disabilities

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On May 20, 2021, the University of Kentucky submitted application to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid to establish a Comprehensive ...
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