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May Mother’s Day Campaign: Sharing Resources with Obstetric Medical Students

Published: May 21, 2015

The Human Development Institute’s National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources raised about $1800 from its Mother’s Day Campaign to distribute packets of resources for expectant parents learning about a diagnosis of Down syndrome. With the funds donated to this “Shaping the Future” campaign, the National Center can deliver a complete packet of our resources, “Diagnosis to Delivery: A Pregnant Mother’s Guide to Down Syndrome,” “Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis,” “Understanding Prenatal Screening and Testing for Chromosome Conditions,” and “Delivering a Down Syndrome Diagnosis to every obstetric medical residency program in the US. The purpose of the campaign is to prepare obstetric medical students to answer the fundamental questions expectant parents have when learning about a diagnosis: “What is life like for people living with Down syndrome?” and “Where can I get support?”

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Group Photo of the History of Disabilities in Kentucky panel at the HDI Seminar Series April 2015 event

The Human Development Institute’s Seminar Series, an opportunity to increase your knowledge

Published: May 13, 2015

The Human Development Institute’s Seminar Series (www.hdi.uky.edu/training/hdi-seminar-series)
is an opportunity to increase your knowledge about the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families. These live, interactive seminars are open to faculty, staff and students, as well as statewide self-advocates, parents /caregivers, and professionals. Contact walt.bower@uky.edu if you have a video-conference site and want to host our seminars!

The most recent seminar addressed a brief history of developmental disabilities in our state since 1970, with a particular focus on the power of individual and systems advocacy to create sustained change. Self-advocates and parents who have lived with developmental disabilities, as well as MaryLee Underwood from the Developmental Disabilities Council, Jeff Edwards from the KY Protection & Advocacy Division, and Harold Kleinert from the Human Development Institute – discussed the key successes and the most significant challenges to creating fully inclusive communities The Human Development Institute’s Seminar Series, an opportunity to increase your knowledgeRead More…