Morgan Turner and Megan Jasperson teaching a class.

HDI’s University Lecture Series

The Human Development Institute (HDI) is pleased to present the 2019 University Lecture Series. The catalog of 35 presentations include one-hour lectures, panels and seminar style offerings. Topics include foundational lectures on disability, development, advocacy, employment, education, community living, health, assistive technology and universal design. Presenters are self-advocates with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and other interdisciplinary experts.

“HDI has a wide range of projects and expertise that is probably better known off campus,” explains HDI’s Executive Director, Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones. “The University Lecture Series is a way for us to give back to UK. It enables HDI faculty, staff and partners to share information with the university community about an array of content that highlights the experience of disability, inclusion, and universal design. This is powerful for all of our students as they prepare for careers in the Commonwealth, where roughly one-third of all people have a disability.”

To see the catalog of lectures available, go to For more information or to schedule a lecture that can be included in your course, contact Caroline Gooden at If you would like to learn more about HDI’s Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design, visit