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Joint Needs Assessment Report

Published: January 26, 2016

In spring 2015, the Commonwealth Council for Developmental Disabilities, Kentucky Protection and Advocacy, and the Human Development Institute (HDI), (University of Kentucky) developed a needs assessment to identify areas of high need for people with disabilities in Kentucky in an effort to assist the above agencies in planning purposes.Joint Needs Assessment ReportRead More…

Spring Seminar: Toddlers and Technology

Published: January 20, 2016

Join us in person or online for our Spring Seminar series on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00p ET to learn more about Toddlers and Technology from Dr. Judith Page and Dr. Jane Kleinert at the William T. Young Library Alumni Gallery Room at the University of Kentucky. A link to the live video stream of the seminar will be sent to registrants.

Click here to register for the seminar. For help registering, contact Spring Seminar: Toddlers and TechnologyRead More…

“Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome” Book Now Available in Spanish Thanks to the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation


The new parent guide, “Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome” by Nancy McCrea Iannone and HDI’s Stephanie Meredith, has just been released in Spanish thanks to a generous grant from the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. The newborn book published last year was specifically written for new parents during the first months after the birth of their baby with Down syndrome and includes topics like breastfeeding, adjusting to a diagnosis, preparing siblings, understanding medical issues, preparing for the future, and, most importantly, it shares diverse stories about the daily lives of families whose children have Down syndrome at different ages.

The Spanish version of “Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome” is available in print at and also free online through the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute. This book was also reviewed by top professionals in the medical, education, and Down syndrome communities and includes beautiful photography.“Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome” Book Now Available in Spanish Thanks to the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. FoundationRead More…

Trainee Spotlight: Mark Samudre

Published: January 19, 2016


Research Assistant and Graduate Certificate Student, Mark Sumadre started his professional career as a Special Education Teacher at the elementary level. In the coming years he began to entertain the possibility of pursuing his Ph.D. in Special Education but felt he needed to stretch his scope beyond the educational context.  So, he decided to apply for the graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities. As an RA for the Quality of Life project, he surveys individuals who are currently looking to transition into the community. The survey addresses areas that are paramount to a certain level of quality of life. Serving as both a certificate student and research assistant has helped him gain a broader perspective of what we’ve done, what we are currently doing, and where we have yet to go in the field of disabilities. Trainee Spotlight: Mark SamudreRead More…

Join Our NIH Grant Application Workshop Friday, February 26

Published: January 13, 2016

Kathy Grzech and Margot McCullers from the Proposal Development Office will be providing an excellent workshop on Friday, February 26th from 1-3 PM about how to apply for an NIH grant.
The registration link is now available at:
You may attend at any of the HDI sites (Coldstream, MIB, KU). Even if you are not considering an NIH grant, this is a tremendous opportunity to learn more about how the Proposal Development Office can significantly help with grant writing. Please encourage staff and students to attend, and bring a friend!