• A Semi-Brief Fascinating History of American Sign Language + Resources for Learning

    A Semi-Brief Fascinating History of American Sign Language + Resources for Learning

    There is a vast misconception among hearing Americans that American Sign Language is English on the hands, but in fact, it is a full language with its own unique syntax, grammar, idioms and modes of expression. Let’s take a dive into its fascinating history, and then we’ll explore some resources available to you right now…

  • Communication Initiative for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    Communication Initiative for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    A UK Human Development Institute (HDI) Fund for Excellence award has been given to Jacqui Kearns, PhD, to create a set of unique online modules for speech/language pathologists, case managers, direct support workers, and program administrators, on developing communicative competence for the adults that they serve. Though many gains have been made in communicative competence…

  • Eagle Scout Project Supports Alternative Communication

    Eagle Scout Project Supports Alternative Communication

    Nate Slack, a senior at West Jessamine High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 473 at the Nicholasville United Methodist Church, completed his Eagle Scout project by leading volunteers to print 3-D tactile symbols developed by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – Project Core. Nate used resources provided by the Jessamine County…

  • Latest HDI Fund for Excellence Projects: Winter 2015

    We’re excited to share that in the last quarter, HDI funded the following two Fund for Excellence projects:Dr. Dwight Irvin’s Understanding Language Environments in Community Settings in Families of Children on the Autism Spectrum and Laura Butler’s My Choice Kentucky- Exploring Supported Decision-Making in the Commonwealth. Dr. Irvin’s project will collect data through observation on the…