Individuals with disabilities experience significant inequities in health and wellness outcomes. A variety of HDI efforts seek to address this, while promoting the capacity of local communities to provide more inclusive health and wellness opportunities.


Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities has been awarded to the ...

Inclusive Health and Wellness Initiative

The Inclusive Health & Wellness Initiative provides information and resources incorporating Universal Design principles on ...


As the nation's clearinghouse & comprehensive training center for sharing accurate, balanced, and up-to-date information ...

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center

The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) National Training Center is a collaboration between the ...

Preservice Health Training Project

The Human Development Institute has developed, in collaboration with families, consumers, and medical, nursing, and ...

Project CHEER

Project CHEER (Community Health Education and Exercise Resources) is Kentucky’s State Disability and Health program ...

Project Supporting Children of the OPioid Epidemic (Project SCOPE)

Project SCOPE is a nationwide initiative to train interdisciplinary teams in high priority states on ...

Special Olympics Kentucky’s Healthy Athletes Program

Special Olympics International began the Healthy Athletes Initiative in 1997 with the mission is to ...

Wellness Edge

Wellness Edge aims to increase the quality of engagement for individuals with paralysis and their ...


The purpose of this guide is to increase awareness of recreation opportunities for individuals of all abilities across Kentucky, as well as general resources that serve people across the nation. This guide is updated frequently as new opportunities become available across the state.
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Join Morgan Turner, Health Education Specialist of the Inclusive Health & Wellness Initiative for the video series Morgan’s Musings. In this informational series, Morgan interviews self-advocates, professionals, and family members of individuals with disabilities to gain a unique insight into their perspective and experience. Topics focus on leadership, self-advocacy, and disability as they relate to health.
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Project CHEER worked with a team of self-advocates in partnership with Disability Don’t Mean Can’t, a fitness and motivational resource developed by Kentucky native, Michael Carter, to create a comic book called Busting Down Barriers! The storyline was developed in collaboration with the real-life characters. The easy to read comic addresses different areas of health including how to be a strong self-advocate, access to healthy resources and how to achieve personal health goals. The comic is available in both print copies and an online video.
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For 50 years, the Human Development Institute (HDI) has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the region, and the nation as a major leader in thought, policy, and science regarding the lived experiences of Americans with disabilities. Ongoing research projects of HDI generate important resources that build infrastructure and generate new knowledge to advance disciplines. Evaluation generates an understanding of the complex context within which many programs reside and provides meaningful information for program impact and sustainability. In collaboration with virtually every academic unit at UK and a vast network of external partners, HDI has developed a strong national and international reputation for research excellence.
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Fact sheet on opioid use and disability, using national and Kentucky statistics.
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2019 National Core Indicators KY health data. This file includes health resources in Kentucky.
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This resource directory was designed primarily for use by people with disabilities and family members. We hope that it is also useful for professionals and researchers. The focus of this directory is to provide a searchable database of available resources, and to provide contact information to apply for resources and/or locate additional information. In many cases, we took definitions and eligibility for services directly from the agency websites that offer these programs.
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Communication Initiative for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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A UK Human Development Institute (HDI) Fund for Excellence award has been given to Jacqui Kearns, PhD, to create a set of unique online modules ...

Wellness Edge awards grants to local communities!

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute’s Kentucky Inclusive Health Collaborative has awarded grants through Wellness Edge. This program aims to improve health outcomes for individuals with ...

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute - HDI​ with Michael Carter, creator of  the "Disability Don't Mean Can't" (DDMC) comic book series to host ...
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