Emma Keyser and Brooke Wray

HDI Speakers Featured at Post-Secondary Education Workshop in Louisville

On Thursday, October 11,  HDI’s Teresa Belluscio and her two STEPS students, Emma Keyser and Brooke Wray, co-presented at a “Build Your Future” workshop at the McDowell Center in Louisville. The McDowell Center holds the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and Kentucky Office for the Blind (OFB) Offices. The workshop was sponsored by the Center for Independent Living.

The speakers shared tips on choosing a college, how the disability resource center on campus can help, and being successful in college. They also discussed options for students with intellectual disabilities, and Emma and Brooke participated on the panel of current college students. Continue reading

Men with Down syndrome at work.

KentuckyWorks Post-Secondary Community Conversation

by Amanda Corbin

Nearly 100 people attended a community conversation on May 21 for self-advocates, families, and professionals to discuss how to increase post-secondary opportunities for youth with intellectual disabilities (ID). The conversation was held simultaneously in Morehead, Murray, and Lexington via video conference.

Guest speakers included Cate Weir, Project Director for the Think College National Coordinating Center; Dr. Harold Kleinert, former director of the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute; and Dr. Erik Carter, Special Education Professor at Vanderbilt.   Continue reading

Students at camp.

Join us for the Summer Leadership Experience 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 liked it because the atmosphere was great and the leaders were excellent, had a love for the camp and the campers as well.  –Emma

The Summer Leadership Experience is for students entering their high school junior or senior year with mild to moderate disabilities who want to transition to higher education and learn skills such as self-discovery, college preparation, health and wellness, vocational rehabilitation, self -advocacy, accommodations, technology, and independent living. Activities include a campus tour at the University of Kentucky, group activities, mentoring and round table discussions with college students and faculty, and much, much more!

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Student receiving certificate from camp.

HDI Hosts Summer Leadership Camp For High School Students with Disabilities

Last week, HDI hosted a Summer Leadership Experience Camp for high school students with disabilities. The camp, designed to prepare students for a successful transition to college, included presentations and activities to promote self-advocacy, self-determination, and leadership skills needed to succeed in college. Continue reading