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Updated “Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis” book Available Now

Published: June 22, 2017

The nationally recommended book for new and expectant parents learning about Down syndrome, Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis, from the Lettercase National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute, has been recently updated with unprecedented collaboration from leading experts across the nation to improve the diagnosis experience for families. Updated “Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis” book Available NowRead More…



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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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Student Scholarships: Disability Policy Seminar

Published: May 9, 2017

Whittney Darnell and Rongxiu Wu, doctoral students in the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Graduate Certificate program in Developmental Disabilities, recently received HDI Student Scholarships to attend the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.

The Disability Policy Seminar is an annual conference put on in collaboration by multiple national disability organizations including the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). The conference focuses on educating participants about policy issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Student Scholarships: Disability Policy SeminarRead More…



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Research Brief Spring 2017

Published: April 13, 2017

Having a Son or Daughter with Jacobsen Syndrome/11q Deletion Syndrome: Perspectives of Parents

by Stephanie Meredith, Anthony Lobianco & Harold Kleinert

Jacobsen syndrome (JS) is a rare genetic condition that often causes intellectual disabilities and health issues and has recently been added to various cell-free DNA prenatal screening tests. This condition often includes multiple physical features, a blood disorder, serious congenital heart defects in about 56% of patients, and a range of intellectual disabilities (ID). Individuals may also experience mild to moderate impairment in expressive language, vision problems, digestive issues; and common infections of the upper respiratory system [Grossfeld, 2004]. However, because JS is relatively rare, psychosocial research has never been performed on this population. Correspondingly, a patient education resource about this condition has not yet been published that reflects “the medical and psychosocial implications of the diagnosis” identified as a priority in the ACMG guidelines when providing information to prospective parents learning about screening results.

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HDI Announces Applications Open for Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate

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Applications are now open for the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of this Graduate Certificate is to prepare students from a broad range of disciplines to play a leadership role in providing services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition to classroom learning, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a practicum and learn directly from individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.HDI Announces Applications Open for Developmental Disabilities Graduate CertificateRead More…



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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UK HDI announces new Universal Design class and certificate program

Published: March 20, 2017

The University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute is offering a new undergraduate universal design class in fall 2017, HDI 350: Universal Design. Students from any discipline can take the HDI 350: Universal Design course. This interdisciplinary course provides students with an opportunity to learn about the foundations and principles of universal design. Additionally, after taking HDI 350, students who want to continue learning about universal design have the opportunity to enroll in the new universal design certificate program.

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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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HDI Fund for Excellence Awarded for Expanded Photo Library to Improve Representation of Diversity, Employment, and the Lifespan

Published: March 7, 2017

HDI’s Stephanie Meredith and Harold Kleinert recently received the HDI Fund for Excellence award to expand our photo library of people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds for the entire Institute and also the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources. These photos play a critical role in portraying diverse people with disabilities across the lifespan as active participants in an inclusive world.HDI Fund for Excellence Awarded for Expanded Photo Library to Improve Representation of Diversity, Employment, and the LifespanRead More…



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Research Assistant Spotlight: Minnah Farook

Published: February 28, 2017

Article by: Bill Mazzoleni

Minnah Farook is currently a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky. She is a research assistant for the KyPSO program. KyPSO stands for Kentucky Post School Outcomes. Minnah collects survey information and figures out reasoning for statistics.Research Assistant Spotlight: Minnah FarookRead More…