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.

UK Memorial Hall

HDI presents the 2020 University Lecture Series

The Human Development Institute (HDI) has developed a series of dynamic one-hour lecture and seminar style presentations available at the University of Kentucky. These presentations cover an array of topics that include foundational lectures on disability, advocacy, health, employment, universal design and assistive technology. While the content is expansive, the common theme is around building inclusive communities. Presenters are people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and other interdisciplinary experts.

This is a great opportunity for University of Kentucky faculty and staff to schedule presentations for the 2020 spring semester. The Lecture Series launched in fall, 2019, with 17 lectures provided to over 700 students and faculty. For more information or to schedule a lecture for your class, contact Dr. Caroline Gooden at cjgood2@uky.edu.