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The 4th Thursday ADA Talks

Published: March 20, 2018

HDI and HDI CATS has 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 ADA and EMPLOYMENT: Exploring TITLE 1 on March 22 from 10-11am. You can register at or get more information by emailing

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HDI Promotes Health and Wellness at the Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball Tournament: The Healthy Athletes Event

Published: March 19, 2018

HDI’s Elaine Eisenbaum, Lindsey Mullis, and Anna Fuller promoted good health with friends at the Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball tournament—the Healthy Athletes event! Lindsey and Megan are the Kentucky Clinical Directors for the Health Promotion discipline, and Elaine is the Kentucky Clinical Director for the Strong Minds discipline. Strong Minds is a newly added Healthy Athletes discipline and this is the first time it was hosted in Kentucky! Strong Minds focuses on emotional wellness and developing strategies for coping with stress.

Athletes learn about and try different active coping strategies. This is important because we know that there are high rates of co-occurring mental health disabilities among people with intellectual disabilities. The Health Promotion discipline educates athletes on healthy living and healthy lifestyle choices, and also provides screenings for BMI, blood pressure, and bone density.

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Join us for the Summer Leadership Experience Camp!

Published: February 27, 2018

I liked the Summer Leadership Experience Camp because of all the new opportunities it brought me, the friendships it brought me as well. I also liked it because the atmosphere was great and the leaders were excellent, had a love for the camp and the campers as well.  –Emma

The Summer Leadership Experience is for students entering their high school junior or senior year with mild to moderate disabilities who want to transition to higher education and learn skills such as self-discovery, college preparation, health and wellness, vocational rehabilitation, self -advocacy, accommodations, technology, and independent living. Activities include a campus tour at the University of Kentucky, group activities, mentoring and round table discussions with college students and faculty, and much, much more!

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Spring Seminar: Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: An Overview

Published: February 23, 2018

“Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptomology can overlap and present similarly. The presentation will provide an overview of TBI and PTSD while also outlining how the course of symptoms differ.” – Dr. Keli Blankenship

Join us in person or online for our Spring Seminar series on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 1 – 3pm ET to learn more about the “Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Overview.” Learn more from experts Dr. Keli Blankenship and Dr. Elizabeth Rudisell (Psychologist at the Lexington VA within the Substance Abuse and PTSD residential program). 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.

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Raising Awareness and Inclusion for Healthy Hearts

Published: February 21, 2018

by Lindsey Mullis

The Kentucky CARE Collaborative (Cardiovascular, Assessment, Risk-reduction and Education) is a free blood pressure awareness program that aims to increase the number of people who are taking action to help control elevated blood pressure through appropriate counseling about health behaviors and/or lifestyle changes. Because Kentuckians with disabilities can have higher blood pressure than those without disabilities, HDI is coordinating the Project CHEER effort to provide more inclusive CARE programming.Raising Awareness and Inclusion for Healthy HeartsRead More…

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HDI’s Christine Hausman Selected as Act Early Ambassador for Kentucky


We’re excited to share that HDI’s Professional Development Content Coordinator for Child Care Aware, Christine Hausman, has been selected as an Act Early Ambassador for Kentucky and will serve as a state liaison to the “Learn the Signs. Act Early” campaign! In this role, she will support the work of Act Early State Teams and other state/territorial or national initiatives to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability and promote the adoption and integration of “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources into systems that serve young children and their families.

Christine’s early childhood work gives her strong connections to communities  to improve early identification of developmental delay. She will head to the CDC in Atlanta for Ambassador training in March. She will represent HDI and Kentucky well! —Kathy Sheppard-Jones

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Latest Fund for Excellence Grants: Winter 2018

Published: February 12, 2018

We’re excited to share that HDI is funding the following four outstanding Fund for Excellence projects this quarter! With improved consumer advocacy, leadership, and transportation options, take a look at these projects to learn how HDI plans to build more inclusive and empowered communities in Kentucky and nationwide.

This round of Fund for Excellence projects represent timely and exciting recognition of pressing needs in Kentucky. We hope that findings will be used to directly impact lives of Kentuckians with disabilities and their families, with the potential to add to the literature and develop larger projects as well!—Kathy Sheppard-Jones

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HDI Center for Assistive Technology Services Grand Opening!

Published: January 29, 2018

The Center for Assistive Technology Services at HDI is planning an open house and grand opening from 3:00 -5:00pm on February 9. Join us for a tour, demonstrations and refreshments!HDI Center for Assistive Technology Services Grand Opening!Read More…

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Research Brief Winter 2018

Published: January 26, 2018

A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Peer Networks and Peer Support Arrangements in Project Pilot Schools

by Patti Logsdon, Mark Samudre, & Harold Kleinert

Photo by Andy and Justin Meredith

Research tells us that making friends can be especially hard for students with significant disabilities. Peer support arrangements and peer networks are evidence-based interventions that involve identifying and equipping a group of peers to provide ongoing support to individual students with significant disabilities in or outside of the classroom. Within inclusive, general education classrooms, peer support arrangements train students (typically 2-3 students) to provide academic and social supports to a student with significant disabilities during ongoing classroom activities.

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Trainee Spotlight: Mary Comis

Published: January 25, 2018

by Bill Mazzoleni

Mary Comis is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She was attending Duquesne University for undergrad work in Pittsburgh; however, she is now attending UK. Her area of study is School Psychology.

Her current work at HDI is trainee for certificate program for developmental disability. She is interested in doing work at HDI because it’s related to her field of study. She will be interacting with people with all ranges of disabilities. It is important for her to understand certain circumstances they may experience.

When it comes to her ice cream flavor, she can be found devouring strawberry. As far as books are concerned, she doesn’t read much for fun, but she does have a preference for Pride and Prejudice. Her favorite hobby is cooking. She has a dog named Nala, who is part pit-bull and part Border collie.