Employment News

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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RETAIN Kentucky Receives Grant to Expand Services

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The UK Human Development Institute Executive Director, Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones joins Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman and UK President Eli Capilouto to announce the state has ...
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HDI to pilot Professional Certification in Universal Design

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A University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) Fund for Excellence award has been given to Christina Espinosa Bard and Patti Singleton to offer ...
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Morgan Turner leads presentation at the Dignity of Work International Forum

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HDI Program Education Assistant, Morgan Turner, recently presented at the Dignity of Work International Forum sponsored by the Institute on Community Integration. In his presentation, ...
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The Rehabilitation Services Administration Funds Partnership to establish Technical Assistance Center on Quality Employment

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In concert with the University of Wisconsin and other committed partners, the University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) is part of the new ...
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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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Kentucky Awarded Office of Disability Employment Policy VOICE Technical Assistance Grant

Kentucky Awarded Office of Disability Employment Policy VOICE Technical Assistance Grant
Kentucky has been awarded a Visionary Opportunities to Increase Competitive Employment (VOICE) Technical Assistance Grant by the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment ...
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RETAIN Kentucky Helps Injured Workers Remain at or Return to Their Jobs

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When people leave the labor force because they become sick or have an injury, it can be detrimental—for them, their families, employers and the economy ...
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Research Brief Spring 2019

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Preliminary examination of return to work interests among unemployed individuals with multiple sclerosis by Rongxiu Wu, Amanda Corbin, Penina Goldstein, Chithra Adams, Phillip Rumrill, Malachy ...
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Kentucky Workforce Landscape Holds Promise for People with Disabilities

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Employment is an expectation. Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 furthered that expectation for people with disabilities across the country. In Kentucky, ...
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Op-Ed | We should be more welcoming to workers with disabilities, Kentucky’s untapped workforce

Finish school and get a job—that’s the plan for most students from the time they start kindergarten. But for a significant portion of Kentucky’s young ...
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Results from needs assessment for Kentuckians with developmental/intellectual disabilities

Results from needs assessment for Kentuckians with developmental/intellectual disabilities
Education and early intervention, self-advocacy, employment, housing, transportation, childcare, and community supports were all listed as areas of need by service providers, family members and ...
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Employment for Youth with Disabilities: Seeing a Brighter Future, HDI Seminar Recap

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By Amanda Kelley Corbin What are your hopes and dreams for your son or daughter’s future? It’s something every parent has pondered. And while the ...
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Kentucky Employment First Council Establishes Sub-Committees

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By Jeff White Noted self-advocate Robert M. Hensel is frequently quoted as stating, “There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see ...
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HB144 Employment Subcommittee

by Kellie McCain of the DD Council Kentucky’s Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities (also known as HB ...
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Spring Seminar: Employment for Youth with Disabilities: Seeing a Brighter Future

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"As an employer, I've been fortunate to have employees with intellectual disabilities who meaningfully contribute to our programs, and as a mother, I have been ...
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KentuckyWorks holds Community Conversation in Louisville

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by Amanda Kelley Corbin Self-advocates, families, and professionals gathered for a community conversation to discuss employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities on Monday, December ...
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KentuckyWorks Louisville Employment Community Conversation

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Come join us on Monday, December 3 from 6:30-8:30pm at Down Syndrome of Louisville's Sublett Hall to engage in conversations about setting employment priorities for ...
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Tracking Employment Progress in KY for Students with Disabilities

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by Tony Lobianco, Principal Investigator / Project Director KentuckyPost School Outcomes Center KentuckyWorks tracks its progress through data from the Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center ...
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Kentucky’s Employment First Council Launches First Meeting!

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Kentucky’s Employment First Council assembled for its first meeting on Thursday, October 4. The 27 member group is comprised of people with disabilities, family members, ...
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KentuckyWorks featured at Regional Parent Summit on Autism

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by Larry Taylor, Ed.D., Executive Director Kentucky Autism Training Center The Kentucky Autism Training Center and the Kentucky Office of Autism collaborated to offer the Regional Parent Summit ...
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Perspectives on Youth and Family Engagement

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By Amanda Kelley Corbin Sean Roy (right), who is the Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) Center’s state liaison to Kentucky and a training associate with TransCen ...
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KentuckyWorks Family and Youth Engagement Community Conversation

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Come join us on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 for youth with intellectual disabilities, families, and professionals to discuss what families and youth need to prepare ...
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Governor Issues Executive Order Making Employment for People with Disabilities a Top Priority in Kentucky

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On May 15, 2018, Governor Matt Bevin signed Executive Order 2018-328 to add Kentucky to the growing list of states with Employment First policies for ...
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Transportation Initiative Seeks to Find Solutions for Rural Kentucky

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KentuckyWorks and Kentucky E3TC held a joint community conversation on March 20 in Jackson, Kentucky. The goal of the activity was to bring together a diverse ...
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KentuckyWorks Morehead Community Conversation Update

A Community Conversation held in Morehead, Kentucky on February 27, 2017 identified two major projects local volunteers determined would provide significant initiative to promote the ...
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Employment for People with Intellectual Disabilities and KentuckyWorks Featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader

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Employment for people with intellectual disabilities and KentuckyWorks were recently featured in an article by Valarie Honeycutt Spears in the Lexington Herald-Leader. The article highlights the ...
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KentuckyWorks Website and Learning Modules Empower Youth with Disabilities to Reach Their Potential!

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HDI has recently launched a new website and learning modules for teachers, people with disabilities, employers, families, and employment professionals at kentuckyworks.org. The purpose of this website ...
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HDI Free Documentary Film Screening of “Bottom Dollars”

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A free screening of the Bottom Dollars film, an original documentary by Rooted in Rights about the work exploitation of nearly 250,000 people with disabilities, ...
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Fall Seminar: Path to Employment for Veterans With and Without Disabilities

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“Today’s military has almost all the occupations found in the business community. With businesses struggling to find qualified employees, veterans with and without disabilities can ...
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