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Human Development Institute

University Center for
Excellence in Disabilities

Lifespan Projects

Brighter Tomorrows: Supporting Families with Accurate Information About Down Syndrome

Brighter Tomorrows offers Web-based information on Down syndrome diagnoses to families and physicians alike. Both the family and the physicians’ versions feature videos of virtual families and their interaction with physicians. In addition to frequently asked questions and answers, the Family version, available in both English and Spanish, offers a set of printable resources and Life Glimpses of individuals with Down syndrome from early childhood to young adulthood. The Physicians’ version provides more technical detail about screening and diagnostic tests, as well as evidence-based practice when delivering a diagnosis of Down syndrome. The Physicians’ version also includes Life Glimpses and printable resources with current research-based references.

Developmental Disabilities Certificate Program

The purpose of this Graduate Certificate is to prepare professionals from a broad range of disciplines to play a leadership role in providing services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families


HDI Evaluation Unit

The HDI Evaluation Unit’s mission is to provide high quality and high utility evaluation services to diverse stakeholder groups and to do so in culturally responsive ways. The Evaluation Unit is committed to collaborating with stakeholders to explore the most efficacious ways in which evaluation results can be used to improve program effectiveness. An additional role of the HDI Evaluation Unit is to make meaningful contributions to evaluation theory, methodology and practice.

Health & Wellness Initiative: Eat Well. Move More. Live Happy!

Healthy lifestyle choices are beneficial to everyone. The goal of this website is to raise awareness of health disparities and provide health education and motivation techniques for individuals to take charge of their health. This website provides information on how to effectively make healthier decisions along with highlights from current statewide health initiatives. We exist in partnership with the Kentucky Division of Developmental Disabilities and the HealthMatters Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Helpful resources include videos, lesson descriptions, healthy games and activity instructions, links, and tips on how to run effective health promotion programming for people with a variety of backgrounds, interests and needs.

Preservice Health Training Project

The Human Development Institute has developed, in collaboration with families, consumers, and medical, nursing, and allied health faculty, a training curriculum on the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and their families that can be infused into existing medicine, nursing, dental, and allied health course work in Kentucky universities and colleges.