Promoting independence, productivity, and integration for all people.


The Human Development Institute is Kentucky's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. We focus our efforts on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community.

The Institute provides a strong foundation for more than 40 research, training and service projects, addressing a wide range of topics and issues in areas such as early childhood, education and alternate assessment, transition across the lifespan, employment, community living, and personnel preparation.

HDI is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Kentucky and a member institution of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).