• DeaFestival 2022 features the Julie Beth Hayden Job Fair

    DeaFestival 2022 features the Julie Beth Hayden Job Fair

    Interpreters from Kentucky’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Branch, in partnership with the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH), hosted the inaugural Julie Beth Hayden Job Fair at DeaFestival 2022 on September 3 at the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College in Danville,…

  • RETAIN Kentucky Goes to the 2022 Kentucky State Fair

    RETAIN Kentucky Goes to the 2022 Kentucky State Fair

    The Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN KY) Team recently participated in the Kentucky State Fair to raise awareness about a Department of Labor funded research study that examines how an early, intensive vocational intervention impacts recovery and the likelihood of remaining employed for people with non-work related injuries, illnesses or impairments. Lynn Robbins, Nurse…

  • Sheppard-Jones receives 2021 APSE Award

    Sheppard-Jones receives 2021 APSE Award

    The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute – HDI congratulates Executive Director, Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, recipient of the Kentucky APSE Willie Byrd Legislative Award 2021. This award is given to a person who has supported & promoted the employment of people with significant disabilities through legislation and/or legislative & policy efforts. Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, PhD,…

  • Addressing Education and Postsecondary Inequities for Kentucky Students with Intellectual Disabilities

    Addressing Education and Postsecondary Inequities for Kentucky Students with Intellectual Disabilities

    On May 20, 2021, the University of Kentucky submitted application to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid to establish a Comprehensive Transition & Postsecondary (CTP) Program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Upon approval, this program – which will be known as UK-SHEP (University of Kentucky Supported Higher Education Partnership) –…

  • Morgan Turner leads presentation at the Dignity of Work International Forum

    Morgan Turner leads presentation at the Dignity of Work International Forum

    HDI Program Education Assistant, Morgan Turner, recently presented at the Dignity of Work International Forum sponsored by the Institute on Community Integration. In his presentation, Morgan’s Musings: My Successful Journey to Inclusive Employment in Higher Education, Morgan shared his experience as a person with a disability in finding, maintaining, and thriving in employment. Morgan was…

  • Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities

    Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities

    The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute – HDI, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation are pleased to announce Delivering on the Promise of Employment First for Students with Significant Disabilities, a four-part webinar series designed to support Kentucky school districts in their efforts to create meaningful work experiences…

  • RETAIN Kentucky Partners With UK to Expand Service Area

    RETAIN Kentucky Partners With UK to Expand Service Area

    When individuals leave the labor force because they become sick or have a non-work-related injury, it can be detrimental for them, their families, employers and the economy. Workers experience adverse effects on their health, family finances and quality of life. Employers lose valuable talent, productivity and incur the expense of recruiting and retraining staff. Research shows that…

  • The Rehabilitation Services Administration Funds Partnership to establish Technical Assistance Center on Quality Employment

    The Rehabilitation Services Administration Funds Partnership to establish Technical Assistance Center on Quality Employment

    In concert with the University of Wisconsin and other committed partners, the University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) is part of the new Technical Assistance Center (TAC) on Quality Employment. Christina Bard, Community Education Director and Dr. Phil Rumrill, Director of Research and Training, will lead HDI’s involvement in this five-year project to…

  • Kentucky Awarded Office of Disability Employment Policy VOICE Technical Assistance Grant

    Kentucky Awarded Office of Disability Employment Policy VOICE Technical Assistance Grant

    Kentucky has been awarded a Visionary Opportunities to Increase Competitive Employment (VOICE) Technical Assistance Grant by the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Kentucky will work with ODEP’s contractor, Econsys, on the grant. Kentucky will use these funds to develop strategies to increase the capacity of the provider community to support…

  • Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers: Expanding Employment Opportunities

    Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers: Expanding Employment Opportunities

    Innovative Supports for Autistic Workers (ISAW) began as a project to educate and support Kentucky Career Centers’ Business Service Teams in their understanding of issues relevant to autism and employment. In 2017, ISAW made its services available to all human resource professionals in the state. Through consultation, face-to-face training sessions, web-based modules, and ongoing services…