Early Childhood & Education News

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Nicholas Hoffman

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Nicholas Hoffman
Meet Nicholas Hoffman! Nicholas is a fourth-year student at Eastern Kentucky University’s Doctor of Psychology program and is currently enrolled in classes and accruing hours ...
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ASL Team delivers services at Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness

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This past October, the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting Team, housed at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, ...
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KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Hope Leet Dittmeier

LEND Trainee Spotlight: Meet Hope Leet Dittmeier
Meet Hope Leet Dittmeier! Hope has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over forty years. Hope has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation from ...
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Kentucky DeafBlind Project Connects Youth from Across the State for a Week of Hands-On Education and Fun

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For each of the past seven summers, DeafBlind young adults across Kentucky have come together for Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) Week, a five-day recreational learning ...
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KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Cameron Tyrrell

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Cameron Tyrell is a second-year doctoral student in the Special Education program at the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education ...
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Going beyond the requirements, UK HDI’s Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center sets exemplary standard for improving students with disabilities transitional outcomes after high school

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In 2020, Kentucky students with disabilities who had exited high school in the previous year were asked which resource in high school had continued to ...
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UK Human Development Institute Resources Formally Recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics for Families of Infants with Down Syndrome

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In a clinical report released on April 18, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended resources administered by the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute to ...
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UK Human Development Institute Welcomes Kentucky High School Upperclassmen with Disabilities to Apply to its Summer Leadership Experience Camp 

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute will host its Summer Leadership Experience camp for its sixth consecutive summer. The transitional experience camp, which will ...
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Funding Opportunity to Establish a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is inviting applications from Kentucky institutions of higher education for 12-month planning funds to support them in ...
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HDI Staff and Students Selected to present at National Conferences

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Congratulations to HDI Staff selected to present at the 2022 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Conference in San Diego, California in March. Evaluating the Stress-Appraisal-Coping ...
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Taylor Tucker named “Hometown Hero”

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Congratulations to Taylor Tucker, a Quality Coach for Child Care Aware of Kentucky in the Two Rivers region. Tucker was recently named a Hometown Hero ...
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University of Kentucky Human Development Institute releases 2022-2023 Strategic Plan

University of Kentucky Human Development Institute releases 2022-2023 Strategic Plan
The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is pleased to announce the release of its 2022-2023 Strategic Plan. As Kentucky’s University Center on Disability, ...
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HDI Staff to Present at Annual AUCD Conference

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University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) staff are preparing to present sessions and posters at the 2021 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) ...
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Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design Student Spotlight: Victoria Cabral

Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design Student Spotlight: Victoria Cabral
By: Amanda Corbin Victoria Cabral is a busy junior with a double major in Spanish and Computer Science who also started coursework in the Undergraduate ...
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HDI Launches Storytelling Website

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute Digital Storytelling Initiative highlights the stories and lived experiences of people with disabilities. By recording and collecting stories, the ...
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HDI Receives Notice of Awards

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) received notice of award of a five-year grant from the Administration for Community Living to better serve ...
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Funding Opportunity to Establish a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program

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The Human Development Institute (HDI) is inviting applications from Kentucky Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) for a 12-month planning grant to support IHEs in developing ...
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Project SCOPE Online Training Series

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The UK Human Development Institute Project SCOPE online training series (nine sessions) is for early care staff who work directly with young children who have ...
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Kentucky Supported Higher Education Partnership Launches Website

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The University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) launches the Kentucky Supported Higher Education Partnership’s (KSHEP) website. KSHEP is a network of institutions of ...
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Child Care Aware of Kentucky Regional Administrator selected for 2021 Exchange Leadership Initiative

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Hans Peterson, Regional Administrator of the Jefferson region of Child Care Aware (CCA) of Kentucky has been selected to participate in the 2021 Exchange Leadership ...
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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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2021 Summer Leadership Experience Accepting Applications

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute in partnership with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation present the Summer Leadership Experience on July 7–10, 2021 ...
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Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities Student Spotlight: Emma Foret

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Music therapy is gaining popularity as an effective approach for enhancing communication and social skills for people with developmental disabilities. This year’s cohort of Graduate ...
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Koeller named WKU Child Studies 2021 Alumnus of the Year

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Western Kentucky University has named Stephanie Koeller the Child Studies 2021 Alumnus of the Year. Stephanie is a Professional Development Coach with Child Care Aware ...
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The Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center Takes on a New Look

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The Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center (KYPSO) has a new project logo. KYPSO, a project of the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, introduces a ...
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Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute - HDI, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation are pleased to announce ...
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Kentucky awarded an OSEP Educational Leadership Grant

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The Kentucky LEADS (Leading, Educating, Advocating-Directors of Special Education) Academy grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to the Kentucky Department of Education ...
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The Kentucky Alternate Assessment Project

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The Kentucky Alternate Assessment Project (KAAP) is a result of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990 and is designed to include students with ...
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Percussion Empowerment Project

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A UK Human Development Institute (HDI) Fund for Excellence award has been given to Haley Potter, BA, to fund a pilot project aimed at teaching ...
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Hausman and Howard to lead Kentucky’s Act Early Network

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) has received a 2020 Act Early State and Territorial Team COVID-19 Response Initiative grant funded through an ...
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HDI Program Administrator to serve as Co-Investigator for IMLS National Libraries Leadership Award

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Dr. Caroline Gooden, Disability Program Administrator at the UK Human Development Institute, will serve as a Co-Investigator for the “Services for Children of All Abilities ...
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Supporting Kentucky’s Child Care Programs

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As part of Kentucky’s response to COVID-19, up to 38,000 Kentucky childcare providers will complete mandatory training to fulfill requirements to re-open their programs. Child ...
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Mary Howard selected a Children’s Mental Health Champion

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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) with support from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has selected Mary Howard, HDI Research and Development ...
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Eagle Scout Project Supports Alternative Communication

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Nate Slack, a senior at West Jessamine High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 473 at the Nicholasville United Methodist Church, completed his Eagle ...
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Summer Leadership Experience

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The University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation invites Kentucky high school students with disabilities entering their ...
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Kentucky Post School Outcome Center Begins Data Collection

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The UK Human Development Institute (HDI) houses the Kentucky Post School Outcome Center (KyPSO) to increase the capacity of local school districts, teachers, parents, and ...
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HDI Awarded Project to Support Children and Families of the Opioid Epidemic

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The University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) has been selected as a primary lead program for Project Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic ...
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Administration for Community Living funds Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

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The Administration for Community Living has awarded the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities a $1.5 million grant to lead eight national partners, ...
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HDI partnership receives AUCD grant to support Kentucky families

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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has awarded the UK Human Development Institute (HDI) the Innovative Community of Practice (CoP) on Parenting, Behavioral ...
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HDI Reaches Notable Milestone with 100 Online Courses!

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HDI has reached a notable milestone of 100 online courses, including 4 in development! HDI launched online learning initiative for early childhood in 2004 with ...
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Latest Fund for Excellence Awards: March 2019

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The Human Development Institute (HDI) established the Fund for Excellence for the development of innovative programs, services or products to address the needs of individuals ...
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HDI Projects for Education & an Insider Perspective from Mike Abell: Part 2

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by Amanda Corbin Innovations in Education For students age three to 21, in both special education and general education, we are already seeing innovation in ...
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HDI Projects for Education & an Insider Perspective from Mike Abell: Part 1

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Amanda Kelley Corbin Dr. Mike Abell has worked in special education since 1991 and has experience with students with disabilities from preschool to post-secondary transition ...
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Supported Training Experiences Post-Secondary (STEPS) Helps Students with Disabilities Thrive in College

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by Amanda Corbin The Supported Training Experiences Post-Secondary (STEPS) case study project provides leadership skill-building opportunities for college freshmen with disabilities who participated in the ...
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Fall Seminar: School Bullying, Students with Disabilities, and School Safety

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“If it takes a village to raise a child, then it may take a village to help prevent and eliminate bullying of our children. Bullying ...
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HDI Speakers Featured at Post-Secondary Education Workshop in Louisville

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On Thursday, October 11,  HDI's Teresa Belluscio and her two STEPS students, Emma Keyser and Brooke Wray, co-presented at a "Build Your Future" workshop at ...
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Fund for Excellence Awarded for Teacher Effectiveness Study

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We’re excited to share that HDI is offering a Fund for Excellence grant this year entitled “Teacher Effectiveness Pilot,” led by Dr. Caroline Gooden, Growing Together ...
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HDI and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) Work to Create School Ready Libraries

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By Mary Howard and Stephanie Meredith HDI and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) have worked for the past three years to prepare ...
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KentuckyWorks Post-Secondary Community Conversation

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by Amanda Corbin Nearly 100 people attended a community conversation on May 21 for self-advocates, families, and professionals to discuss how to increase post-secondary opportunities ...
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Research Brief Winter 2018

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A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Peer Networks and Peer Support Arrangements in Project Pilot Schools by Patti Logsdon, Mark Samudre, & Harold Kleinert Photo ...
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