• HDI Collaborates with UC Davis MIND Institute

    HDI Collaborates with UC Davis MIND Institute

    Even dense and difficult information can be written so that everyone can read it.  That’s why the MIND Institute at UC Davis reached out to HDI, to teach them more about plain language.   “They came to us on the recommendation of Association of University Centers on Disability because they recognized they did not have the…

  • Increase Accessibility with Plain Language

    Increase Accessibility with Plain Language

    Opportunities to make life more inclusive are everywhere – even something as simple as the language we use can have huge implications for accessibility. One of the most powerful tools in creating accessible writing is plain language. And thanks to a recent request from the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), HDI was able…

  • New HDI project to use Universal Design to create inclusive student environments

    New HDI project to use Universal Design to create inclusive student environments

    Over the past several years, the mental health of students has declined. According to the CDC, the pandemic saw mental health concerns reach a crisis level. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in youth aged 10–24. Mental health emergency visits increased 31% in youth aged 12–15 from 2019–2020. Anxiety and depression rates in youth…

  • KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Morgan Turner

    KYLEND Trainee Spotlight: Morgan Turner

    Morgan Turner works as a Program Education Assistant at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute. He is a self-advocate with both cognitive and physical disabilities with experience in leadership and peer education.  Turner hosts Morgan’s Musings, a video series dedicated to supporting individuals to become strong leaders and self-advocates using their unique assets and…

  • Universal Design in Action at HDI!

    Universal Design in Action at HDI!

    On September 1, HDI’s Haley Potter presented on universal design in the performing arts at the LexArts Network monthly meeting. These meetings serve as a way to present and discuss new and innovative ideas in the arts industry to professionals in Central Kentucky. Haley was joined by Erin Lum from Lexington Philharmonic as a co-presenter.…

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design Student Spotlight: Victoria Cabral

    Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design Student Spotlight: Victoria Cabral

    By: Amanda Corbin Victoria Cabral is a busy junior with a double major in Spanish and Computer Science who also started coursework in the Undergraduate Certificate in Universal Design (UD) program this semester. She heard about the UD program from alumna Kyra Seevers, who just this fall took a position as a software engineer at…

  • HDI Collaborates on NIH Research Education Program Grant

    HDI Collaborates on NIH Research Education Program Grant

    The UK Human Development Institute in collaboration with the UK College of Engineering and the UK College of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine have received a National Institutes of Health R-25 Research Education Program grant: Team-Based Design of Assistive Technology Devices. This program invites students to apply for an opportunity to complete courses in…

  • HDI to partner with the Adaptive Martial Arts Association

    HDI to partner with the Adaptive Martial Arts Association

    The Kentucky Inclusive Health Collaborative at the UK Human Development Institute is excited to partner with the Adaptive Martial Arts Association (AMAA) to develop training modules for a web-based certificate course for instructors to increase capacity for adaptive martial arts in their academies. These modules will raise awareness about disabilities, promote the use of universal…

  • Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence

    Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence

    Over the next year, the UK Human Development Institute will work with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and several partners as part of a CDC Cooperative Agreement, Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence among People with Disabilities. This project aims to support the work of AUCD in facilitating COVID-19 vaccine conversations among…

  • HDI to pilot Professional Certification in Universal Design

    HDI to pilot Professional Certification in Universal Design

    A University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) Fund for Excellence award has been given to Christina Espinosa Bard and Patti Singleton to offer a professional certification to equip people to use the principles of Universal Design (UD) in the workplace. This will expand HDI’s current undergraduate certificate program available to UK students from…