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ADA Talks flyer for September on Disability and Law Enforcement

The 4th Thursday ADA Talks: September

Published: September 11, 2018

HDI and HDI CATS have launched an ADA Training series to be held on the fourth Thursday of each month covering different topics surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The next training will be led by Jason Jones and will cover Disability & Law Enforcement: Interaction and Emergency Response on September 27, 2018 from 10-11am. You can register here or get more information by emailing hdiatcenter@l.uky.edu.The 4th Thursday ADA Talks: SeptemberRead More…



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Project CHEER offers Adaptive Exercise Videos to Improve Health for Everyone!

Published: September 4, 2018

by Danielle Augustin

Individuals with disabilities experience many barriers that prevent them from living the healthiest lifestyle possible. Ability to participate in regular physical activity is a common barrier that individuals with disabilities face due to lack of guidance and inaccessible equipment. Inability to engage in regular physical activity puts individuals at a higher risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke. One of HDI’s grant funded efforts, Project CHEER, has made it one of their missions to eliminate as many barriers to physical activity as possible for all individuals. Throughout the past year, Project CHEER has been working to create a series of adaptive exercise videos which provide instruction on physical activity that everyone, regardless of knowledge or ability level, can participate in.Project CHEER offers Adaptive Exercise Videos to Improve Health for Everyone!Read More…



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Fund for Excellence Awarded for Teacher Effectiveness Study

Published: August 24, 2018

by Caroline Gooden

We’re excited to share that HDI is offering a Fund for Excellence grant this year entitled “Teacher Effectiveness Pilot,” led by Dr. Caroline Gooden, Growing Together Preschool’s (GTP) Director Cerise Bouchard, and Education Coordinator Denise Menshouse.

The Teacher Effectiveness Pilot (TEP) will be conducted at Growing Together Preschool (GTP) in Lexington, with the full support of Director Cerise Bouchard and her staff. Four of GTPs classroom teachers will be the focus of the pilot, as classrooms where the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS; Pianta et al., 2008) is administered three times a year. Teachers will be rated on their classroom climate, teacher sensitivity, and productivity. Teacher goals relative to CLASS scores will be updated quarterly and will inform progress with the TEP.Fund for Excellence Awarded for Teacher Effectiveness StudyRead More…



Man with Down syndrome working at a computer.

Fall Seminar: Supported Decision-Making and Guardianship

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“Guardianship has been the default option for people who “need protection” for centuries.  It’s time to rethink that option. There are people who have a legitimate need for a guardian; however, many other people could be better served by simply  getting some support to make decisions. Supported decision-making is being utilized across the globe both as an alternative to guardianship and as a way to increase self-determination for all people with disabilities and older adults.” – Laura Butler

Join us in person or online for our Fall Seminar series on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 1 – 3pm ET to learn more about “Supported Decision-Making and Guardianship.”
Learn more from experts Laura Butler, Camille Collins, and Bill Dolan. The seminar will be held at the UK Coldstream Research Campus Human Development Institute Training Room 1525 Bull Lea Road, Lexington KY. 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 walt.bower@uky.edu.Fall Seminar: Supported Decision-Making and GuardianshipRead More…



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KentuckyWorks featured at Regional Parent Summit on Autism

Published: August 22, 2018

by Larry Taylor, Ed.D., Executive Director Kentucky Autism Training Center

The Kentucky Autism Training Center and the Kentucky Office of Autism collaborated to offer the Regional Parent Summit at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup, Kentucky. Parents of individuals with autism, self-advocates, and professionals gathered on June 28 and 29th to learn, network, and develop relationships.KentuckyWorks featured at Regional Parent Summit on AutismRead More…



Two men, including one with prosthetics and one man using a wheelchair, exercising with a woman

Wellness Edge is ready to accept applications!

Published: August 20, 2018

by Jason Jones

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) received a three-year grant totaling $600,000 from the Administration on Community Living. The project, Wellness Edge, is a Paralysis Resource Center State Pilot program grant. It will build connection within local communities to enhance and facilitate access to recreational programs to better serve people with paralysis and their support networks.

Wellness Edge will provide grants of up to $10,000-$24,999 to community organizations that provide organized recreational activities that are intentionally designed to benefit individuals, groups or communities.Wellness Edge is ready to accept applications!Read More…



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HDI and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) Work to Create School Ready Libraries

Published: August 17, 2018

By Mary Howard and Stephanie Meredith

HDI and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) have worked for the past three years to prepare Kentucky libraries to be “School Ready Libraries” through funding  from a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant at the Institute of Museum and Library Science. To fulfill the goals of this grant, HDI and KDLA have worked with Kentucky public library staff to provide them with the training and skills needed to implement successful school readiness programs. Through this project, KDLA hopes to provide access to essential knowledge of early childhood development to librarians so they can help students get ready for school at a young age and have the best chances for success. Check out the Kentucky School Ready Libraries website.​

“This was a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our relationship with an important community partner. This collaboration provided a chance to help educate on effective early childhood practices and also share information about what we do at HDI. A great opportunity that will hopefully lead to further work with KDLA in the future.”   —Mary Howard, HDI Research and Development Associate

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The Department for Medicaid Services Rescinds Proposed Changes to the Collection of Patient Liability for Long-Term Care Waiver Recipients

Published: August 14, 2018

by Kevin McManis

Between May and June 2018, the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services sent letters to approximately 20,000 Kentucky long-term care waiver recipients detailing the amount of ‘patient liability’ they were expected to pay each month to maintain their Medicaid eligibility. After a Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee meeting and testimony from advocates in July, Medicaid officials announced they were not going to change patient liability and would provide further guidance after review.The Department for Medicaid Services Rescinds Proposed Changes to the Collection of Patient Liability for Long-Term Care Waiver RecipientsRead More…



Photo of Harold Kleinert, Stephanie Meredith, and Sean Roy

Perspectives on Youth and Family Engagement

Published: July 31, 2018

By Amanda Kelley Corbin

Sean Roy (right), who is the Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) Center’s state liaison to Kentucky and a training associate with TransCen (adapted from “Transition Center”), a national nonprofit organization that specializes in school-to-work transition for students with disabilities, was a guest speaker at a recent KentuckyWorks community conversation and parent engagement training session. Before the events, he provided his perspectives on youth and family engagement around employment for students with disabilities.Perspectives on Youth and Family EngagementRead More…



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The 4th Thursday ADA Talks: August

Published: July 30, 2018

HDI and HDI CATS have launched an ADA Training series to be held on the fourth Thursday of each month covering different topics surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The next training will be led by Jason Jones and will cover Public Transportation & the ADA: FTA-DOT Regulations on August 23, 2018 from 10-11am. You can register at https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dmuHhROVAnYfsON or get more information by emailing hdiatcenter@l.uky.edu.

Join us:
In person – HDI CATS – 2358 Nicholasville Rd. Suite 180, Lexington KY

From PC, MAC or mobile device: uky.zoom.us/j/8592577225

By phone 1.646.558.8656 meeting id: 8592577225

We were trained by the Southeast ADA to provide trainings on topics that cover the ADA. We are just beginning with a 4th Thursday ADA series, and have a different topic each month. These are intended to increase understanding of rights and responsibilities offered through the legislation. Certainly a good opportunity to increase capacity of providers! —Christina Espinosa-Bard, Center for Assistive Technology Services Director.

View the flyer.

Mark your calendars for upcoming ADA Talks:

Public Transportation & the ADA: FTA-DOT Regulations: August 23, 2018
Disability & Law Enforcement: Interaction and Emergency Response: September 27, 2018
ADA & Public Accommodations: Legal Applications of Title III: October 25, 2019
(No 4th Thursday ADA Talks in November & December)
Accessible Technology & the Workforce: AT as a Reasonable Accommodation: January 24, 2019