University Lecture Series

The Human Development Institute has an extensive catalog of one-hour lecture and seminar style presentations available at the University of Kentucky. These lectures are being offered virtually through zoom for online classes as well. We welcome the opportunity to bring diverse perspectives to your classes. The lectures cover an array of topics that include: foundational lectures on disability, advocacy, health, employment, early childhood, universal design, and assistive technology. Presenters are people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and other interdisciplinary experts. For more information or to schedule a lecture for your class, Contact to reserve a speaker.

Human Development Institute: University Lecture Series 2023-2024 [PDF]

Online learning has become a mainstay in early care and education professional development. This session is for trainers or faculty interested in developing online training, or for anyone who is training online and would like to make content interactive, engaging, and universally designed. Two stages of development will be discussed, as well as turning problems into online learning solutions. Questions and answers will be addressed in real time with the use of participants’ smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Objectives include develop a problem based learning objective; identify a knowledge, skill, and attitude for your learning objective; develop an assessment for the knowledge, skill, and attitude; identify universal design for learning strategies

Patti Singleton 

This lecture will explain the interdisciplinary training aspect of the HDI’s Graduate Certificate nd the Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design, as more on-campus students become involved with HDI projects. The lecture will discuss research opportunities available for students to engage with HDI projects, practicum opportunities available for students, and HDI’s family mentor program as a valuable training opportunity for students to learn first-hand from the family’s perspective.

Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Walt Bower

By executive order of the Governor, “It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that competitive integrated employment in the community shall be considered the first and primary option for persons with disabilities of working age who desire to become employed.” This policy is intended to increase meaningful opportunities for competitive integrated employment for citizens with disabilities seeking employment, regardless of their level of disability.

Participants will learn more about employment first policy in Kentucky and the nation, as well as HDI and partner efforts related to supported and customized employment. As Kentucky’s employment first policy includes all persons with disabilities, including students and persons with significant disabilities of working age who desire to become employed, discussion will also include how this policy should inform the development and implementation of program plans and services for both adults and youth with disabilities.

Johnny W. Collett, Katie Wolf Whaley, Kathy Sheppard-Jones

Dr. Rumrill will discuss career opportunities for UK students with disabilities; key provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act that mandate inclusive employment policies and practices; reasonable accommodations as a key ingredient of career success; and will describe a 9-step process to guide students’ journey from graduate school to a meaningful and rewarding career.

Phillip Rumrill, PhD, CRC

Considerations and Practices by the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute
Authored by: Sincere Holmes, Stuart Rumrill, Stefani Whaley, and Nicholas L. Wright

Graphic Medicine and Universal Design: Using Graphic Arts to Reduce Barriers in Healthcare

Principles to Advance Ideas for Improvement Within a System

Those who are closest to the work know the most about it. Often, they have great ideas related to improvement. At the same time, these individuals are often not in a position to compel actions they believe can improve processes and results. Some of the best ideas for improvement and innovation may never see the light of day. This is partly because individuals within the system may not be well-equipped to advance those ideas. Let’s face it, advancing ideas for improvement or innovation is hard, no matter who you are. Join this discussion to learn principles that individuals and teams can use to advance ideas for improvement or innovation within their systems.

Johnny W. Collett

Those who are closest to the work know the most about it, and often have great ideas related to improvement. At the same time, though, they are often not in a position to compel actions they believe could improve processes and results. This session will introduce a set of principles that individuals or teams can use to advance ideas for improvement or innovation within their systems. They apply in any setting, can be used regardless of where you are organizationally situated, and will increase your ability to lead from where you are, wherever that may be

Johnny W. Collett