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Kentucky Employment First Council Establishes Sub-Committees

Published: February 5, 2019

By Jeff White

Noted self-advocate Robert M. Hensel is frequently quoted as stating, “There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more.” This is quite an understatement considering that Mr. Hensel is the Guinness World Records holder for the longest non-stop wheelie in a wheelchair, covering a total distance of 6.178 miles.  Mr. Hensel exhibited abilities far beyond what could reasonably be expected.  Now, here in Kentucky, we have the opportunity to give others like Mr. Hensel the chance to prove what they can accomplish.  Sometimes, an opportunity is all that is needed.Kentucky Employment First Council Establishes Sub-CommitteesRead More…



HB144 Employment Subcommittee

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by Kellie McCain of the DD Council

Kentucky’s Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities (also known as HB 144 Commission) advises the Governor and General Assembly about the service system that impacts the lives of people with disabilities. A sub-committee of the HB 144 commission was established to address issues impacting employment for persons with developmental disabilities. Comprised of members representing state agencies, service providers, advocacy agencies, lawmakers and people with developmental disabilities, the committee has set out to identify what must occur to create an efficient employment system that is supportive of people with developmental disabilities obtaining meaningful employment in the Commonwealth.HB144 Employment SubcommitteeRead More…



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HDI 2018 Annual Report

Published: January 30, 2019

Take a look at how HDI is building a more inclusive world in Kentucky and beyond! You can read our annual report to find out what we have done this past year.

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Spring Seminar: Employment for Youth with Disabilities: Seeing a Brighter Future

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“As an employer, I’ve been fortunate to have employees with intellectual disabilities who meaningfully contribute to our programs, and as a mother, I have been so proud of my own son with Down syndrome as he has worked in the community at a grocery store and is also working toward a career as a photographer, and I don’t think these are isolated cases of what success can look like. People with intellectual disabilities have much to offer when given the opportunity!” – Stephanie Meredith

Join us in person or online for our Spring Seminar on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30pm ET to learn more about “Employment for Youth with Disabilities: Seeing a Brighter Future.”

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.Spring Seminar: Employment for Youth with Disabilities: Seeing a Brighter FutureRead More…



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Supported Training Experiences Post-Secondary (STEPS) Helps Students with Disabilities Thrive in College

Published: January 10, 2019

by Amanda Corbin

The Supported Training Experiences Post-Secondary (STEPS) case study project provides leadership skill-building opportunities for college freshmen with disabilities who participated in the HDI Summer Leadership Experience (SLE) camp. HDI’s Teresa Belluscio leads the project. Teresa is a disability advocate with over twenty years’ experience serving underrepresented groups.

Five students participated in STEPS. After attending SLE camp as high school seniors, they graduated and began their first semester of college in August 2018. These five students met together regularly with Ms. Belluscio to discuss leadership and self-advocacy. They also became official peer mentors for high schoolers at the 2018 SLE camp where they worked with campers throughout the week.Supported Training Experiences Post-Secondary (STEPS) Helps Students with Disabilities Thrive in CollegeRead More…



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The 4th Thursday ADA Talks: January

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HDI and HDI CATS host 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 “Accessible Technology & the Workforce: AT as a Reasonable Accommodation” on January 24, 2019 from 10-11am. You can register here or get more information by emailing hdiatcenter@l.uky.edu.The 4th Thursday ADA Talks: JanuaryRead More…



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Spring Seminar: Universal Design for Learning—Designing Classrooms for All Learners

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“Universal Design for Learning (UDL) suggests that it’s not the students who need to adapt to fit the system, but rather that the system should be designed so that it can be made to fit each student’s learning needs. UDL presents an evidence-based framework that teachers can use to meet the needs of the variety of learners in their classroom.” – Jennifer Pusateri

Join us in person or online for our Spring Seminar series on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00pm ET to learn more about “Universal Design for Learning: Designing Classrooms for All Learners.”

Learn more from experts Jennifer Pusateri, David Beach, Allison Posey, and Jennifer Levine. 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.Spring Seminar: Universal Design for Learning—Designing Classrooms for All LearnersRead More…



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KentuckyWorks holds Community Conversation in Louisville

Published: January 8, 2019

by Amanda Kelley Corbin

Self-advocates, families, and professionals gathered for a community conversation to discuss employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities on Monday, December 4th at Down Syndrome of Louisville. The event was facilitated by KentuckyWorks and had three co-sponsors—Down Syndrome of Louisville, the Kentucky Autism Training Center, and the Center for Accessible Living—the most co-sponsorship of any community conversation thus far.KentuckyWorks holds Community Conversation in LouisvilleRead More…



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“874K Coalition Advocacy Day Preparation” Lunch & Learn on January 15

Published: December 21, 2018

Join us for a Lunch & Learn titled, “874K Coalition Advocacy Day Preparation”

Date & Time: January 15 from 12:00 to 1:00pm EST

Place: UK Coldstream Research Campus in the Human Development Institute Training Room.

You may view online or attend in person. You can register here: Registration

Please feel free to share the flyer with anyone who might be interested.



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HDI Student Planning Still We Rise Banquet to Honor Resiliency of Fellow UK Students

Published: November 20, 2018

Last year, as part of their studies in the Human Development Institute’s (HDI) Universal Design Certificate Program, two undergraduate students, Lauren Brown and Kennedy Guess, wrote and received an Inclusive Excellence Student Program Grant for $9,975. The Inclusive Excellence funds were awarded to the HDI in September to host a Still We Rise banquet that will recognize the strengths and resilience of students who have overcome extreme circumstances. Along with the Human Development Institute, partners on the Still We Rise banquet include the UK Disability Resource Center, Student Support Services, and the Martin Luther King Center.

Nominations are now open for the Still We Rise 2019 award. To nominate a student, submit a brief personal statement from the student, student resume, and a letter of support from UK faculty/staff or from a fellow student. Deadline to nominate is December 15, 2018. All materials can be submitted electronically to Kennedy Guess: kkguess@mac.comHDI Student Planning Still We Rise Banquet to Honor Resiliency of Fellow UK StudentsRead More…