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Exploring Intersectionality: How Disabled and Queer Identity Shape Mental Health Care According to Dr. Rachel Womack

Exploring Intersectionality: How Disabled and Queer Identity Shape Mental Health Care According to Dr. Rachel Womack
Research has shown a strong connection between queer identity and disability—a connection Dr. Rachel Womack is deeply familiar with. “The research shows that folks with ...

State of HDI: Communication Q&A with Jacqui Kearns

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Transcript [Patti Singleton] All right. Hello and welcome and thank you for joining us on the state of HDI. A podcast of the University of ...

Dr. Bartilow receives Cooter Social Justice Advocate Award and dissertation of the year

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Dr. Gayle Bartilow was not prepared for how much of an effect her dissertation research would have on her. When she traveled to South Africa ...

HDI Collaborates with CVG to Promote Accessible Air Travel

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Dr. Walt Bower has been involved in disability advocacy for a while but even he is continually learning about the difficulties of air travel for ...

Dr. Rachel Womack represents HDI at Disability Policy Seminar

Dr. Rachel Womack represents HDI at Disability Policy Seminar
When Dr. Rachel Womack attended the Disability Policy Seminar, she wasn’t entirely sure what was in store for her. Womack, who serves as HDI’s Training ...

Fowler named Rehabilitation Technologist of the Year

Fowler names Rehabilitation Technologist of the Year
Josiah Fowler, a Rehabilitation Technologist for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, thinks of his job like a puzzle. Luckily, he’s good at puzzles. Though the ...

HDI dedicates Maurice Dawson, Jr. Training Rooms

HDI dedicates Maurice Dawson, Jr. Training Rooms
Christina Espinosa remembers Maurice Dawson as a beloved member of HDI’s community. “Maurice was one of the few people at HDI as a member of ...

Staff Spotlight on Anthony Glenn

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Anthony Glenn has had a wildly diverse career. Now, he’s a return-to-work coordinator on the RETAIN Kentucky project at HDI, but through the years, he’s ...

Dr. Rachel Womack joins HDI!

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HDI’s new training director worked with the organization before, and it had a profound impact on her life. Now, she’ll be working with some of the ...

HDI receives gift from the Saul Schottenstein Foundation B

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HDI’s Supported Decision-Making program just got a little bit of extra support. The Saul Schottenstein Foundation B has generously gifted $2,500 to HDI. The money ...

Exploring the Intersectionality of Ability, Race, & Religion

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Dr. Nicholas Wright and Maria Kemplin, staff at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, received a University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity Award ...

HDI staff spotlight on Carolyn Wheeler

Staff spotlight of Carolyn Wheeler
Carolyn Wheeler’s heart broke when she came across a book called Christmas in Purgatory on her mom’s bookshelf. The book was a photographic essay on ...

HDI Celebrates National Mentoring Month

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January is National Mentoring Month, and that makes it a great time to highlight HDI’s Disability Mentoring Program. The program pairs people with disabilities with ...

Making Connections

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As Executive Director Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones tells it, 2023 was a year of connections for the Human Development Institute. Connections, according to Sheppard-Jones, are a ...

She wears many hats! A staff spotlight on Chelsea Bocard

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Chelsea Bocard wears enough hats, she could open her own hatter. Bocard’s technical job title is Disability Program Assistant, but it doesn’t get across exactly ...

Applications being accepted for the 2024 Summer Leadership Experience

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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 (SLE) in July 2024. All Kentucky ...

Johnny Collett joins a special episode of the State of HDI Podcast

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is pleased to announce a special episode of the State of HDI podcast series. Listeners have the ...

HDI Staff and Students Attend AUCD Annual Conference

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University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) staff and students attend the 2023 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) conference. The theme of this ...

People make her happy! A staff spotlight on Richelle Gabbard

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Richelle Gabbard calls herself a people person. She considers herself an extravert. She loves to learn about people, and loves to help them solve their ...

Nugent appointed to National Disability Rights Network Board of Directors

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Austin Nugent has built bridges between many different parts of the disability community, and she's about to put those connections to use. Nugent, who is ...

Summer Leadership Experience 2023

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What comes next after you graduate high school? When students toss their caps in the air, a whole new world opens up and they’re faced ...

HDI Photo Library Available Now!

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Stock photography lacks disability representation. The photos are often staged and use models without disabilities resulting in misrepresentation and unnatural scenes. Staff from the University ...

Turner appointed to Kentucky Employment First Council by Governor Beshear

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In 2020, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order to create the Kentucky Employment First Council, which helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment ...

Hoffman receives prestigious Kevin Burberry Award

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Kevin Burberry was a trailblazer. A tireless self-advocate, a gifted academic, and a dedicated leader. Every year, HDI recognizes someone who demonstrates these qualities with ...

Turner wins Gold!

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Though everyone working at HDI is a champion of some sort, one of us has the medals to prove it. Morgan Turner, a program education ...

Supported Employment Staff Earns Recognition

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Supported employment has changed a lot over the years. Both Lori Norton and Margaret Lopresto can attest to that. Both have been involved in the ...

Increase Accessibility with Plain Language

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Opportunities to make life more inclusive are everywhere - even something as simple as the language we use can have huge implications for accessibility. One ...

“Mental health isn’t a one-size fits all.” Austin Nugent speaks on her experience with OCD and how it may look different from what you think.

"Mental health isn't a one-size fits all." Austin Nugent speaks on her experience with OCD and how it may look different from what you think.
What do you think of when you think about OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder? Is it someone who has to obsessively organize their whole book collection ...

Austin Nugent reflects on her experience in therapy, misdiagnosis, and the importance of finding a therapist you trust

Austin Nugent reflects on her experience in therapy, misdiagnosis, and the importance of finding a therapist you trust
Austin Nugent remembers the moment when someone first suggested she try therapy. “I was in Europe, and I called my mom from a four-star hotel ...

Michelle Graham-Smith receives the Dr. Morris Grubbs Outstanding Dedication to the Graduate Student Congress Award

Michelle Graham-Smith receives the Dr. Morris Grubbs Outstanding Dedication to the Graduate Student Congress Award
Michelle Graham-Smith had a simple reason for working with the Graduate Student Congress - someone asked. A gap on the congress needed to be filled ...

More Than a Race: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) is Ongoing

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Running is a major part of my life and I run daily. Running has several health benefits such as cardiovascular health, muscular strength, and bone ...

Thoughts from HDI’s Glen Jennings On Autism Acceptance Month

Thoughts from HDI’s Glen Jennings On Autism Acceptance Month
This April, we recognize Autism Acceptance Month. This is a month where we celebrate what autistic people are capable of and work to support mainstream ...

Thoughts from HDI’s Brittany Granville On Autism Acceptance Month

Thoughts from HDI’s Brittany Granville On Autism Acceptance Month
While it’s important that autistic people have their place in society, Brittany Granville believes autism acceptance goes beyond that. She thinks it can save lives ...

Thoughts from HDI’s Bev Harp On Autism Acceptance Month

Thoughts from HDI’s Bev Harp On Autism Acceptance Month
Bev Harp, Project Director for HDI’s Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers, remembers the days when the only rhetoric about autism was awareness rhetoric. And she ...

Thoughts from HDI’s Walt Bower On Autism Acceptance Month

Thoughts from HDI’s Walt Bower On Autism Acceptance Month
For Walt Bower, Preservice Training Coordinator for HDI, there’s an important first step to take when talking about how best to support autistic people. “People ...

HDI Celebrates Developmental Disability Awareness Month

HDI Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2023 with Amanda Stahl
This month (March), HDI celebrates Developmental Disability Awareness Month. For some people, that may lead to questions about what defines a developmental disability. Developmental disabilities ...

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Completes Certification in Inclusive Mentoring Practices through the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC)

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The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) has successfully completed a four-month-long certification program on how to create mentoring programs, activities, and events that ...

HDI Summer Leadership Experience Camp Registration Open Now

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Over the years, Teresa Belluscio has had a lot of people ask her how to create an experience like HDI’s Summer Leadership Experience Camp. Many ...

HDI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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by Dr. Nicholas Wright, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than buzzwords for the Human Development Institute (HDI) at ...

A look into the Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design

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Universal Design affects everyone—students of all disciplines, people with disabilities, and any other community members. Universal design creates spaces and products that are as usable ...

HDI’s new project aims to enhance photography of people with disabilities

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Stock photography is a common tool used by almost all businesses and organizations; however, stock photos featuring people with disabilities are often staged using models ...

Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities Student Spotlight: Ruhiyyih Henderson

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Meet Ruhiyyih Henderson: a student in the Human Development Institute’s Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities program! Ruhiyyih has worked with people with a wide range ...

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Micah Peace Urquilla

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Meet Micah Peace Urquilla! Micah is a 28 year old Queer, Autistic, and multiply Disabled self-advocate. Micah lives in Louisville with their husband Manny and ...

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Clare Andres

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Meet Clare Andres! Clare is a third-year graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the University of Kentucky. Clare recently completed her ...

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Gabby Imfeld

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Meet Gabby Imfeld! Gabby is currently a third-year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program here at the University of Kentucky. Gabby initially found ...

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Drummond USAF

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Meet Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Jonathan Drummond USAF (retired)! Jon comes to the University of Kentucky with an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Kansas State University) ...

Representation for Models of All Abilities in Clothing Advertisement

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Written by Delaney Wickert The popular athletic wear company Aerie has recently expanded their cast of clothing models to include individuals with a range of ...

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 ...

Time to Change Our Thinking About Disability in Kentucky – Kentucky.com Editorial by Kathy Sheppard-Jones

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Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D., is executive director of the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI). Roughly one in three people in Kentucky have a disability ...

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Hope Leet Dittmeier

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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 ...

A Statement from the Human Development Institute

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As you are likely aware, a violent racist assault took place at UK over the weekend. We at HDI stand with the University community voices ...

HDI celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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17 October, 2022 | Written by Delaney Wickert Upon the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th—October 15th), the Human Development Institute would like to ...

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 ...

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 ...

The State of HDI Episode 1: Inclusive Higher Education in Kentucky Supported Higher Education Project

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Date: 9/7/2022 Description: Students with intellectual disabilities have been significantly underrepresented in higher education. Learn more about inclusive higher education programs supporting students with education ...

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 ...

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 ...

Stuart Rumrill, NCRE Doctoral Student of the Year

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Stuart Rumrill, Field Researcher with RETAIN Kentucky, on his selection by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) and the NCRE Leadership Team to receive ...

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, ...

KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Morgan Turner

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Morgan Turner works as a Program Education Assistant at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute. He is a self-advocate with both cognitive and physical ...

Kelley Salyers receives the 2021 Jackie Shouse Service Award

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Kelley Salyers, Administrative Support Associate II for the University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute has been awarded the 2021 Jacki Shouse Service Award. Kelley ...

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 ...

HDI Collaborates with DAIL to host Training

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The State Guardianship Training Project is a collaboration with the Department of Aging and Independent Living, Division of Guardianship, to host online training courses. This ...

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) ...

Kentucky’s OVR Interpreters in Action at SERID Conference

Kentucky’s OVR Interpreters in Action at SERID Conference
Interpreters from the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, in conjunction with others across the country, provided American Sign Language interpreting services at the 2021 Southeast ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Haley Potter Awarded Burberry Award

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The University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) has awarded the prestigious Paul Kevin Burberry Award to Haley Potter. Haley is a full-time HDI ...

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 ...

Executive Order extends Mattingly’s appointment to the KY Statewide Independent Living Council

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On May 21, 2021, an Executive Order was issued by Governor Andy Beshear that extends Darrell Mattingly's appointment to the KY Statewide Independent Living Council ...

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 ...

Austin Nugent named 2021 AUCD Emerging Leader

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Austin Nugent, Disability & Health Program Coordinator for the UK Human Development Institute (HDI) has been selected as a 2021 Association of University Centers on ...

The HDI Digital Storytelling Initiative features Dr. Phillip Rumrill

The HDI Digital Storytelling Initiative features Dr. Phillip Rumrill
The UK Human Development Institute presents the second video in its Digital Storytelling Initiative, a Fund for Excellence project. In this video, Morgan Turner, Project ...

HDI to partner with the Adaptive Martial Arts Association

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The Kentucky Inclusive Health Collaborative at the UK Human Development Institute is excited to partner with the Adaptive Martial Arts Association (AMAA) to develop training ...

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, ...

Recharging Resiliency Together

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Register now for Recharging Resiliency Together! HDI would like to thank the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program for providing funding ...

Digital Storytelling Initiative

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Tina Jackson is a disability justice advocate living in Louisa, KY. She tells her story of growing up, and aging, with cerebral palsy and other ...

Alice Wang awarded the 2020 Shouse Service Award

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Alice Wang, Administrative Support Associate for the University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute has been awarded the 2020 Jacki Shouse Service Award. This award ...

Emily Moseley awarded prestigious Anne Rudigier Award

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Emily Moseley, Human Development Institute (HDI) trainee, and graduate student in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, has been awarded the prestigious Anne ...

HDI Staff to present at AUCD Annual Conference

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Staff representing the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) will present at the 2020 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) conference December 7-9 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Dr. Sheppard-Jones selected for UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team

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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 ...

Do you want to tell your story?

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kentucky COVID-19 Story Portal

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HDI Consumer Advisory Council member, Joe Cowan, in collaboration with Kentucky Protection & Advocacy, invite people with disabilities (or family members of people with disabilities) ...

Transportation Tuesdays: The History of Public Transportation

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“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Join us for the Summer Leadership Experience Camp!

Students at camp.
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 ...

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, ...

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, ...

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, ...