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Fall Seminar: A Brief History of Developmental Disabilities—What Have We Learned from the Past Fifty Years

Published: September 26, 2018

“While tremendous progress has been made in enhancing life opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the past 50 years – both nationally and in our own state – that progress has only come through vigorous advocacy. The power of personal stories, as a keystone of that advocacy, cannot be underestimated. We will share some of those stories, the lessons they have taught us, as well as the challenges that we still face.” – Harold Kleinert

Join us in person or online for our Fall Seminar series on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 1 – 3pm ET to learn more about “A Brief History of Developmental Disabilities—What Have We Learned from the Past Fifty Years.”

Learn more from experts Jeff Edwards, Mark Newton, Heather Bava, and Dr. Harold Kleinert. 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.

Presenters:

Jeff Edwards, Director of the Kentucky Protection & Advocacy Division
Mark Newton, Self-advocate, educator, organizer, and former member of the Protection and Advocacy Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
Heather Bava, Panel Participant
Harold Kleinert, Director Emeritus, University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute

Overview:

This session will address a brief history of developmental disabilities in our state since 1970, with a particular focus on where we have been, where we are now, and future challenges. The Director of the KY Protection & Advocacy Division, a self-advocate and former member of the Protection and Advocacy Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, a panel participant, and the Director Emeritus of the Human Development Institute will share stories that have shaped their own lives and careers, and what they have learned from those experiences. The power of personal stories in creating inclusive communities, and in driving broader systems change, will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of the significant progress achieved in the past 50 years for persons with developmental disabilities.
  2. Learn how shared stories can have an impact on systemic change
  3. Become familiar with key challenges to sustaining the progress we have made.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. CRC credit hours are pending for Rehabilitation Counseling. Continuing Education credits are approved for Effective Instructional Leadership (EILA).

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