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UK HDI Receives Grant to Help Serve Individuals With Paralysis

Published: July 13, 2018

From UKNow:

HDI has 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.UK HDI Receives Grant to Help Serve Individuals With ParalysisRead More…



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Latest Fund for Excellence: Research on Impact of Physical Activity on ADHD Symptoms

Published: July 12, 2018

We’re excited to share that HDI will be devoting a Fund for Excellence grant this spring to research focused on “A School-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Children with and without ADHD Symptomology” led by Megan Jaspersen, Dr. Alicia Fedewa, Dr. Heather Erwin, and Morgan Turner.Latest Fund for Excellence: Research on Impact of Physical Activity on ADHD SymptomsRead More…



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The 4th Thursday ADA Talks: July

Published: July 10, 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 Program Access and Structural Accessibility of Public Facilities: Exploring Title II on July 26, 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.

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Congratulations to Lindsey Woosley as the Recipient of the 2018 Paul Kevin Burberry Award!

Published: June 21, 2018

The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) has presented the 2018 Paul Kevin Burberry Award to Lindsey Woosley. Woosley is a doctoral student in physical therapy at UK and is completing HDI’s Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities.Congratulations to Lindsey Woosley as the Recipient of the 2018 Paul Kevin Burberry Award!Read More…



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HDI’s Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate Program Invites Tony Dotson to Speak on Leadership

Published: June 7, 2018

Are leaders born or are they made? Is leadership art or a science? Can you be introverted and be a leader? These are the types of questions graduate students in the Human Development Institute’s (HDI) Leadership course recently discussed in the Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate.

“Leadership is an art, and if you know about art, art is always changing and leaders must be open to learning new knowledge about leadership as well,” said Tony Dotson, Director of University of Kentucky Veterans Resource Center.

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KentuckyWorks Post-Secondary Community Conversation

Published: June 5, 2018

by Amanda Corbin

Nearly 100 people attended a community conversation on May 21 for self-advocates, families, and professionals to discuss how to increase post-secondary opportunities for youth with intellectual disabilities (ID). The conversation was held simultaneously in Morehead, Murray, and Lexington via video conference.

Guest speakers included Cate Weir, Project Director for the Think College National Coordinating Center; Dr. Harold Kleinert, former director of the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute; and Dr. Erik Carter, Special Education Professor at Vanderbilt.  KentuckyWorks Post-Secondary Community ConversationRead More…



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KentuckyWorks Family and Youth Engagement Community Conversation

Published: June 1, 2018

Come join us on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 for youth with intellectual disabilities, families, and professionals to discuss what families and youth need to prepare for the world of work! We need to hear your voices, including parents of younger and older students with disabilities and youth with more significant needs. Help us figure out how to make employment a possibility for everyone!KentuckyWorks Family and Youth Engagement Community ConversationRead More…



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Governor Issues Executive Order Making Employment for People with Disabilities a Top Priority in Kentucky

Published: May 15, 2018

On May 15, 2018, Governor Matt Bevin signed Executive Order 2018-328 to add Kentucky to the growing list of states with Employment First policies for people with disabilities. This Order will ensure that competitive and integrated employment in the community shall be considered the first and primary option for persons with disabilities who want to become employed. This means that all state agencies will work toward making sure people with disabilities have opportunities to work in the community and offer valuable skills to their employers while receiving a competitive wage.Governor Issues Executive Order Making Employment for People with Disabilities a Top Priority in KentuckyRead More…



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Unpuzzling Disability: Self Advocates Redefining Leadership Coming in July!

Published: May 11, 2018

The purpose of this event is to bring together people with all types of disabilities who are interested in developing and sharing leadership skills. In order to have our voices heard and respected, we must create stronger networks for sharing and supporting one another. Kentucky has a few self-advocacy groups, but they tend to be small and disconnected from one another. We are hoping that the unconference will help to create some stronger bonds and help us all to think about new ways to work together on issues of importance to our communities.

The unconference format is a great equalizer. There is a structure behind the apparent lack of structure that encourages participation by those who may have found themselves disempowered in more formal settings. There is a strong sense of ownership and connection that comes from the shared responsibility of creating and leading sessions. It is an approach very well suited to the discussion of self-advocate leadership. —Bev Harp

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HDI Receives 2018 University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Award in the Department/Unit category!

Published: April 25, 2018

HDI was recently selected as a recipient of the 2018 University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Award in the Department/Unit category in appreciation for the institute’s dedication and passion to advances in diversity and inclusion, which aligns with the University’s Strategic Plan.

HDI’s commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion through campus and community leadership and engagement was recognized at the University of Kentucky Faculty Awards ceremony, Thursday, April 19. All HDI staff were invited to attend the ceremony, and HDI’s Executive Director, Kathy Sheppard-Jones, accepted this significant award on behalf of the institute.HDI Receives 2018 University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Award in the Department/Unit category!Read More…