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Fall Seminar: Medicaid Waivers 101

Published: November 3, 2017

“What are the Medicaid waiver programs available to assist persons with developmental disabilities in Kentucky? What services does the Medicaid waivers program offer in Kentucky? How do I apply for Kentucky’s Medicaid waivers program? Join us for the Medicaid Waivers 101 HDI seminar to receive answers to these questions!” – Lori Gresham

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Annual Report

HDI 2017 Annual Report and Video

Published: October 6, 2017

Take a look at how HDI is building a more inclusive world in Kentucky and beyond! You can read our annual report to find out what we have done this past year and check out our HDI Overview Video to find out what we do every day.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am pleased to share with you the Human Development Institute’s Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report. HDI stands as Kentucky’s Center on Disability at the University of Kentucky. This was a year of change, of growth, and of softening the ground for new opportunities. Included in this overview you will find data that outline some of our accomplishments around research, education, training and information sharing, along with spotlights of our staff, students, and those we serve. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into some of our most recent work. Thank you for your support and for your partnership in helping to building brighter tomorrows, today.

Most Sincerely,

Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Executive Director

Read the HDI 2017 Annual Report



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Bottom Dollars, a Rooted in Rights original documentary, screening on July 27

Published: July 20, 2017

The UK Human Development Institute invites you to a FREE screening of the film Bottom Dollars, a Rooted in Rights original documentary. This FREE and open to the public event will occur at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky and is presented by the UK-Human Development Institute, the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Kentucky Protection & Advocacy (P&A).

This film exposes the exploitation of nearly 250,000 people with disabilities in the U.S. that are legally being paid less than the minimum wage. The documentary calls for the phase-out of the unfair practices of sub-minimum wages and sheltered workshops, and offers solutions for fair wages and inclusive employment.Bottom Dollars, a Rooted in Rights original documentary, screening on July 27Read More…



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Research Assistant Spotlight: Bradley McDaniels

Published: June 30, 2017

by Bill Mazzoleni

Bradley McDaniels is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. However, he has been in Kentucky since 1989. He is currently working on his PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling.

He received his BS in biology and chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University in 1992. He is working for Dr. Bishop as a Research Assistant on a national project funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). This project is aimed at assisting people with disabilities from underserved communities who achieve independent living and vocational goals. He chose to work at HDI specifically to be able to continue to work with Dr. Bishop who has been instrumental in his development both as a student and an aspiring professional.

Bradley’s favorite ice cream flavor is Rocky Road. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is his favorite book. After completing his doctorate, he hopes to obtain a position at a research institution where he can implement what he has learned while a student at UK and RA at HDI. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the outstanding work being done at HDI.



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Summer Leadership Training Camp 2017

Published: May 17, 2017

The Summer Leadership Experience is a wonderful opportunity for high school juniors and seniors with mild to moderate disabilities to get a glimpse of the college experience for a week this summer. This program is for students who want to transition to higher education. The Summer Leadership Experience is a day camp that will begin at 9 am on Monday, July 17th and will run through Friday, July 21st.Summer Leadership Training Camp 2017Read More…



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Spring Seminar: “Serving Those Who Served Us: Understanding Military Culture and Disability Awareness in College”

Published: March 24, 2017

Student veteran success within higher education is dependent in large part on higher education’s understanding of military culture. Since the gap appears to be at its largest on campuses nation-wide, it is imperative that we make the effort to better inform those who are involved in student success. While military experiences vary widely, all veterans regardless of their experience come back to a culture that views them differently simply because of that service. – Tony Dotson

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Kentucky Transition Summit Brings Community Together to Shares Ideas About Employment for Youth with Disabilities

Published: March 10, 2017

“The author Zig Ziglar was often quoted as saying, ‘the first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it exists.’  At the Kentucky Transition Summit we were joined by nearly one hundred-fifty concerned students, advocates, educators, administrators, and family members who took the first step by recognizing that we simply do not do enough to help our students with the most significant disabilities take their role in the workplace or in continuing education. They then took the next step by helping us identify four to five hundred ideas that could move us toward solving the problem.” Jeff White, KentuckyWorks Project Director

The Inaugural KentuckyWorks Transition Summit and Community Conversation took place on February 28 in Frankfort. Representatives from across the state packed into the large conference room at the Administrative Office of the Courts Building to begin a dialogue as to how to improve job outcomes for students with disabilities transitioning from school to the workforce. More than 150 participants, made up of educators, service providers, agency liaisons, parents and students, attended. Kentucky Transition Summit Brings Community Together to Shares Ideas About Employment for Youth with DisabilitiesRead More…



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Spring Seminar: “ABLE Accounts and other Financial Planning Tools: The Importance of Developing a Financial Identity”

Published: February 21, 2017

Millions of persons with disabilities and their families are often relegated to a life of poverty as a result of not being allowed to build even the most modest levels of resources. Persons receiving supports through Social Security, Medicaid and other publicly-funded programs are often disqualified from those supports if they have more than $2,000 worth of countable resources or assets.  –Carolyn Wheeler

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2017 KentuckyWorks Transition Summit & Community Conversation

Published: February 17, 2017

KentuckyWorks will be hosting two Kentucky events for family members, youth, professionals, and employers to discuss strategies for successfully transitioning students from high school to employment. A community conversation will be held at the Morehead Conference Center in Morehead from 5:30-7:30pm on February 27. A statewide transition summit, featuring national transition expert Dr. Erik Carter of Vanderbilt, will be held at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort from 9am to 4pm on February 28. All who are interested in participating are welcome to attend.2017 KentuckyWorks Transition Summit & Community ConversationRead More…



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Accessing the New Kentucky ABLE Accounts

Published: January 19, 2017

The STABLE Kentucky program has launched in Kentucky to make savings more accessible for everyone! This program allows qualified individuals with disabilities to save up to $14,000 a year in an ABLE account without jeopardizing their eligibility for federally-funded means tested benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. The funds in the account can be used for disability-related expenses that assist in increasing and/or maintaining health, independence or quality of life. For more information visit StableKentucky.com.Accessing the New Kentucky ABLE AccountsRead More…