Woman with long brown hair wearing a blue shirt in front of a classroom of 7 students wearing a black sweatshirt, burgundy sweatshirt and hat, black sweatshirt with multi-colored lettering, tie dye blue and pink shirt, blue flannel shirt, navy sweatshirt. One student, wearing a white sweatshirt with black cartoons on it, has his hand raised.

Participate in the 2020 Virtual Summer Leadership Experience

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 – 31 from 10:00am – 4:00pm daily. Register by July 12 at bit.ly/308S9ac to reserve your spot. Campers with articulated plans to continue their education upon exiting high school are given priority acceptance.  Camp sessions include financial aid, access to resources to support student success, health and wellness, and leadership skill development.

This camp is sponsored by our partners at the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Contact teresa.belluscio@uky.edu for more information.

 

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Summer Leadership Experience

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 junior or senior year to apply for the Summer Leadership Experience. This three-day overnight camp on the campus of the University of Kentucky equips young adults to be successful in higher education like college, technical school, or apprenticeship after high school. Students will participate in skill-building activities in a variety of areas including advocacy, health and fitness, accommodations, independent living, technology, financial management, preparation for higher education or training, and much more.

The Summer Leadership Experience is held at the University of Kentucky. Students interested in attending should complete and submit an application, letter of recommendation, and $50 for registration, lodging, meals, and a t-shirt. The Camp Director will begin contacting applicants in April; however, the registration window is open until June 21, 2020.

The application can be accessed at https://bit.ly/39FGwcr. If you need the application in another format, contact Teresa.Belluscio@uky.edu.

Project Contact
Teresa Belluscio
Teresa.Belluscio@uky.edu

Teresa Belluscio, Nicholas Breiner, and Candy Rollins

Anderson County High School students awarded trips to HDI Summer Leadership Camp

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 Cooperative (CKEC) recently received an HDI grant for (RITT’s) Regional Transition Teams to develop trainings or avenues for students with disabilities to transition beyond high school. CKEC Transition Specialists Tara Wells and Candy Rollins (pictured on the right) set up a student contest which awarded students a summer camp to Sullican or the HDI Summer Leadership Camp. Seen here are Candy and Teresa Belluscio, Camp Director (pictured on the left) awarding the two students with the certificate of participation for the summer camp and a UK camp tee-shirt! Continue reading

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

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