Our Mission

To promote the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities and their families throughout the life span. We accomplish this across the state and nation through:

  • interdisciplinary education
  • research and development
  • information sharing
  • advocacy and outreach

Our Principles

The following principles guide all of our interactions:

  • We convey esteem and respect for all individuals.
  • We promote individual growth, learning, choices and self-advocacy.
  • We advocate for supports and full access in education, work, recreation and relationships
    throughout a person's community.
  • We foster creativity, flexibility and collaboration.
  • We cultivate both individual and organizational learning.
  • We champion open and responsive communication.

Our Sponsors

HDI's work is funded by:

  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
  • U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities
  • U.S. Administration for Children & Families – Child Care Bureau
  • Knight Foundation
  • Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care, Department for Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Kentucky Department of Education, Department of Public Health, Division of Exceptional Children
  • Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation