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 Caroline Gooden at caroline.gooden@uky.edu.

Human Development Institute: University Lecture Series 2021-2022 [PDF]

This lecture will further enhance the interdisciplinary training aspect of the Graduate Certificate and the Undergraduate Certificate 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

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

These employment checklists contain helpful information for families, caregivers and children and youth with disabilities. It’s never too early or too late to start planning for employment.

  • Employment Checklist for Youth Age 16 – 18
  • Employment Checklist for Families with a Child Age 16 – 18
  • Employment Checklist for Youth Age 11 – 15
  • Employment Checklist for Families with a Child Age 11 – 15
  • Employment Checklist for Families with a Child Age 6 – 10
  • Employment Checklist for Families with a Child Age 3 – 5
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