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HDI participates in the 2019 AUCD Conference

The UK Human Development Institute is well represented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference 2019, “Leading Change Together”. This year’s theme reflects the work being done across the AUCD network on research, policy, practice, and advocacy that impacts the broad spectrum of disability. With more than 1,000 attendees from across the US and Territories, this event attracts a diverse national audience of leaders from multiple disciplines, researchers, scientists, advocates, and policy experts. The AUCD Conference serves as a place to exchange ideas and celebrate accomplishments.
Learn more about the AUCD Conference and future dates and themes at www.aucd.org/conference/.
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UK Human Development Institute celebrates at 50th Anniversary Gala

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) hosted its 50th anniversary Gala at the Gatton Student Center on Saturday, November 4, 2019. This momentous occasion brought together nearly 200 current and former staff, students, families, and community partners to celebrate the achievements of HDI’s mission to promote the inclusion, independence, and contributions of people with disabilities and their families throughout the lifespan.
On behalf of HDI, Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones welcomed special guest speakers that included UK Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. David Blackwell, UK Vice-President for Research, Dr. Lisa Cassis, former Executive Director of HDI, Dr. Harold Kleinert, and Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Andy Imparato, JD. Imparato said, “HDI has been a force for change in Kentucky and across the country for the past 50 years. Under Kathy’s leadership, HDI is poised to change the world with and for people with disabilities moving into the future”. Continue reading