• Turner appointed to Kentucky Employment First Council by Governor Beshear

    In 2020, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order to create the Kentucky Employment First Council, which helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment. And now, one of our own will be helping out with that work. Morgan Turner has accepted a position as Vice Chair on that council. “The Kentucky Employment First Council…

  • Turner wins Gold!

    Though everyone working at HDI is a champion of some sort, one of us has the medals to prove it. Morgan Turner, a program education assistant for HDI, won three games at the Kentucky Special Olympics Summer Games, which were held in Richmond from June 2 to 4. In total, Turner played and won three…

  • 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…

  • Latest Fund for Excellence Awards: August 2019

    Latest Fund for Excellence Awards: August 2019

    The Human Development Institute (HDI) established the Fund for Excellence for the development of innovative programs, services or products to address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, for which funding is not currently available. In the July, 2019 funding cycle, HDI awarded three Fund for Excellence projects: Project Title: Creating and…

  • HDI 50th Anniversary Spotlight on Morgan Turner

    HDI 50th Anniversary Spotlight on Morgan Turner

    HDI means a lot to me. When I graduated school in 2014 I didn’t know what I would do with my days, so having a job keeps me involved. I like the people I work with, and I like making my own money.—Morgan Turner, HDI Health and Wellness Education Assistant How did you come to…

  • Project CHEER offers Adaptive Exercise Videos to Improve Health for Everyone!

    Project CHEER offers Adaptive Exercise Videos to Improve Health for Everyone!

    Individuals with disabilities experience many barriers that prevent them from living the healthiest lifestyle possible. Ability to participate in regular physical activity is a common barrier that individuals with disabilities face due to lack of guidance and inaccessible equipment. Inability to engage in regular physical activity puts individuals at a higher risk of developing chronic…

  • Latest Fund for Excellence: Research on Impact of Physical Activity on ADHD Symptoms

    Latest Fund for Excellence: Research on Impact of Physical Activity on ADHD Symptoms

    We’re excited to share that HDI will be devoting a Fund for Excellence grant this spring to research focused on “A School-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Children with and without ADHD Symptomology” led by Megan Jaspersen, Dr. Alicia Fedewa, Dr. Heather Erwin, and Morgan Turner. This grant will include approximately 100 children (5-7 years) across two elementary schools in…

  • Moving Forward with Health and Wellness

    Moving Forward with Health and Wellness

    The HDI Health and Wellness Initiative has been highlighted in a number of spotlights over the past few months, including Stephen Love’s impressive accomplishments through the HealthMatters program at Tri-Generations in Somerset; a collaboration between Health Partners and Fayette County Public School System to teach students about exercise and healthy eating; and an Impact article on community based organization programming to build healthy cultures…