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Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute – HDI, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation are pleased to announce Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities, a four-part webinar series designed to support Kentucky school districts in their efforts to create meaningful work experiences leading to competitive integrated employment for students with significant disabilities. The webinar series will present learning from work with schools, employers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, parents and families, and will include tools and processes to support students with significant disabilities in obtaining competitive integrated employment.

Each webinar will be one (1) hour and will begin at 4:00pm EST/ 3:00pm CST.Register for each session at the links provided below:

January 20, 2021 | Charting a Course Toward Improved Outcomes | https://bit.ly/35pMhM5

February 3, 2021 | Student Engagement | https://bit.ly/2UhXWGo

February 17, 2021 | Family Engagement | https://bit.ly/38zmYJ5

March 3, 2021 | Employer Engagement | https://bit.ly/3f0DdjX

Questions? Contact Johnny.Collett@uky.edu.

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Kentucky Post School Outcome Center Begins Data Collection

The UK Human Development Institute (HDI) houses the Kentucky Post School Outcome Center (KyPSO) to increase the capacity of local school districts, teachers, parents, and adult service providers to provide exemplary transition planning and increase student success. This is accomplished through the collection and reporting of data related to post school plans and outcomes, and the provision of training and technical assistance.

The Kentucky Department of Education contracts with KyPSO to collect secondary data about students with disabilities to identify factors that may contribute to successful transition planning and outcomes. Data are collected through the “Youth One Year Out (YOYO)” former student interview. The YOYO includes a series of questions about post school employment and education, the student’s personal experiences, involvement with other agencies, living arrangements, and community engagement. The KyPSO staff collect and analyze the data to create reports for district, regional and state-level staff.

Visit www.kypso.org or follow us on and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KyPSO1 to learn more about KyPSO and its resources.

Project Contact:
Tony Lobianco, PhD

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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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