Leadership & Self Advocacy News

HDI staff receive the Tom Gravitt Advocacy Award

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Jason Jones, Disability Specialist, and Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Executive Director, have received the 2020 Tom Gravitt Advocacy Award from the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord ...
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Governor Beshear appoints HDI Computer Specialist to Hart-Supported Living Council

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Darrell Mattingly, Computer Specialist at UK Human Development Institute has been appointed by Governor Andy Beshear to serve a two-year term on the Hart-Supported Living ...
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Dr. Sheppard-Jones selected for UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team

Dr. Sheppard-Jones selected for UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team
Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Executive Director of the UK Human Development Institute and adjunct assistant professor of the College of Education, has been selected as a ...
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Do you want to tell your story?

Hello. My name is Jake Parsons. I live in Lexington Kentucky and I am 27 years old. I work at Walgreens and Common Grounds Coffee ...
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Share Your Story!

Share Your Story!
The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute - HDI Digital Storytelling Initiative is collecting stories about the lived experiences of people with disabilities. Our team will help ...
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30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all ...
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Celebrating 30 years of the ADA!

Celebrating 30 years of the ADA!
Join the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute - HDI, Kentucky Protection & Advocacy - P&A, and the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities as we commemorate the 30th Anniversary ...
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Kentucky COVID-19 Story Portal

Kentucky COVID-19 Story Portal
HDI Consumer Advisory Council member, Joe Cowan, in collaboration with Kentucky Protection & Advocacy, invite people with disabilities (or family members of people with disabilities) ...
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Transportation Tuesdays: The History of Public Transportation

Transportation Tuesdays:  The History of Public Transportation
“When people with disabilities started to move out of the institutions and out of their parents back bedrooms, they soon discovered that if they didn't ...
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Transportation Tuesdays: Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation

Transportation Tuesdays: Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC) provides loans for any type of assistive device, equipment, or home modification that will improve the quality of ...
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Participate in the 2020 Virtual Summer Leadership Experience

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The 2020 Virtual Summer Leadership Experience for Kentucky high school students with disabilities entering 11th or 12th grade will be held online from July 29 ...
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Transportation Tuesday: Ride Share

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Since the invention of cars, people have shared rides; however, ride share participation has dropped significantly in recent years. Data shows that nine out of ...
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HDI Introduces “Transportation Tuesdays”

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HDI introduces a new series: Transportation Tuesdays! Every Tuesday for the next six weeks, we will share alternative, accessible modes of transportation and how to ...
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Do you have something to say about COVID-19 and disability?

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is collecting stories from individuals with disabilities about COVID-19 in Kentucky and how it affects people living with ...
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UK Human Development Institute News Update

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Staff from the UK Human Development Institute (HDI) began operating remotely more than a month ago. Using available tools and technology, HDI continues to promote ...
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Danielle Augustin selected as AUCD Emerging Leader

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The UK Human Development Institute is pleased to announce the selection of Danielle Augustin as an Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Emerging Leader.  ...
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Healthy and Connected: An important message from the UK Human Development Institute

Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Executive Director of the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI), shares an important and timely message with Kentuckians. This short video ...
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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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My Choice Kentucky: Making Decisions in Dental Care

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The UK Human Development Institute (HDI) and the UK College of Dentistry have received a grant from the WITH Foundation, the American Academy of Developmental ...
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Level Up: From Ally to Accomplice

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Level Up: From Ally to Accomplice Every marginalized group needs allies. People with disabilities are no exception. Last year, Unpuzzling Disability hosted Allyship 101, a ...
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Kennedy Guess Receives the 2019 Burberry Award

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) has presented the 2019 Paul Kevin Burberry Award to Kennedy Guess. Guess is the first UK student ...
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4th Thursday ADA Talks

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HDI and HDI CATS host an ADA Training series held on the fourth Thursday of each month covering different topics surrounding the Americans with Disabilities ...
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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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Anderson County High School students awarded trips to HDI Summer Leadership Camp

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Two Anderson County High School students have been awarded trips to the HDI Summer Leadership Camp at the University of Kentucky. The Central Kentucky Educational ...
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Elizabeth Biggs receives the Maurice A. Clay Award as outstanding graduate senior in the College of Social Work.

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Elizabeth Biggs, who works as an HDI practicum student under the supervision of Bev Harp, received the Maurice A. Clay Award which recognized her as ...
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Spring Seminar: Service Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act

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“Each day in the United States service dogs provide an invaluable service for their handlers.  Whether it is assisting someone who is blind to navigate ...
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Summer Leadership Camp Experience 2019

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The Summer Leadership Experience Camp is for KY high school students entering their junior or senior year with mild to moderate disabilities who want to continue ...
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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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“874K Coalition Advocacy Day Preparation” Lunch & Learn on January 15

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Join us for a Lunch & Learn titled, “874K Coalition Advocacy Day Preparation” Date & Time: January 15 from 12:00 to 1:00pm EST Place: UK ...
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HDI Student Planning Still We Rise Banquet to Honor Resiliency of Fellow UK Students

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Last year, as part of their studies in the Human Development Institute’s (HDI) Universal Design Certificate Program, two undergraduate students, Lauren Brown and Kennedy Guess, ...
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Cerebral Palsy’s No Match for this Kenpo Karate Warrior

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Personal Life: I was born and raised in rural Marion County, Kentucky. After high school, I attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY where ...
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Spotlight on Danielle Augustin

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Danielle Augustin is a part-time Inclusive Health Project Assistant at HDI with work spanning several projects, including the Health and Wellness Initiative: Project CHEER and ...
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HDI’s Judy Johns Recognized by the National Association for Mental Health (NAMI)

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HDI's Judy Johns was recognized as the "Family Support Group Facilitator of the Year" on September 22 at the 2018 NAMI Kentucky Annual Conference for ...
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Fall Seminar: A Brief History of Developmental Disabilities—What Have We Learned from the Past Fifty Years

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“While tremendous progress has been made in enhancing life opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the past 50 years – both nationally ...
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Fall Seminar: Supported Decision-Making and Guardianship

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“Guardianship has been the default option for people who “need protection” for centuries.  It’s time to rethink that option. There are people who have a ...
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Research Brief Summer 2018

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Exploring and Understanding the Advocacy Needs of Kentuckians with Developmental Disabilities by Chithra Adams, Amanda Corbin, Luke O’Hara, Kathleen Sheppard-Jones, & Malachy Bishop In this ...
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UK HDI Receives Grant to Help Serve Individuals With Paralysis

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From UKNow: HDI has received a three-year grant totaling $600,000 from the Administration on Community Living. The project, Wellness Edge, is a Paralysis Resource Center State ...
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Congratulations to Lindsey Woosley as the Recipient of the 2018 Paul Kevin Burberry Award!

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) has presented the 2018 Paul Kevin Burberry Award to Lindsey Woosley. Woosley is a doctoral student in ...
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HDI’s Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate Program Invites Tony Dotson to Speak on Leadership

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Are leaders born or are they made? Is leadership art or a science? Can you be introverted and be a leader? These are the types ...
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Unpuzzling Disability: Self Advocates Redefining Leadership Coming in July!

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The purpose of this event is to bring together people with all types of disabilities who are interested in developing and sharing leadership skills. In ...
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HDI Receives 2018 University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Award in the Department/Unit category!

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HDI was recently selected as a recipient of the 2018 University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Award in the Department/Unit category in appreciation for the institute's dedication ...
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Join us for the Summer Leadership Experience Camp!

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I liked the Summer Leadership Experience Camp because of all the new opportunities it brought me, the friendships it brought me as well. I also ...
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Latest Fund for Excellence Grants: Winter 2018

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We're excited to share that HDI is funding the following four outstanding Fund for Excellence projects this quarter! With improved consumer advocacy, leadership, and transportation options, ...
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Results From Needs Assessment for Kentuckians with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities

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by Amanda Corbin Education and early intervention, self-advocacy, employment, housing, transportation, childcare, and community supports were all listed as areas of need by service providers, ...
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Spring Seminar: Speaking Your Mind—Self-Advocacy and Self-Help Lessons Learned from the History of Independent Living

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“The Independent Living movement is a reaction to the dehumanizing process inherent in the medical model and to the need for civil rights, equal access, ...
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