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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

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Research Assistant Spotlight: Jessica Gregory

Article by: Bill Mazzoleni

Jessica Gregory is a PhD student at the University of Kentucky. She is in her second semester studying school Psychology. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri; however, she has been living in San Antonio, Texas for the past 8 years. Jessica moved to Kentucky for the PhD program at UK.

Jessica is currently at HDI working on the Quality of Life survey with Laura Butler. She obtains data regarding individuals who transitioned from Personal Care Homes. Jessica is interested in working with individuals whom have developmental disabilities. She did not receive any training about the special needs population during her Master’s Degree. Working at HDI gives her the opportunity to further her education.

Jessica stated, “I am really excited to be able to advocate for individuals who may not be able to advocate for themselves.”  She also added,” the more she works, the more she sees that there’s an extreme need for it.”

Jessica’s favorite flavor of ice-cream is chocolate chip cookie dough. Her favorite book would have to be one of the many books from the Star Wars series.

Empowering People to Navigate the University of Kentucky

The Accessibility Mapping Project is providing the University of Kentucky community with current and accessible mobility related data about campus. This effort is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Human Development Institute, Kentucky Geological Survey, Facilities Information Services, and Parking and Transportation Services. Continue reading