Kentucky Center

Kentucky Center

The Human Development Institute

The Human Development Institute is Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. We focus our efforts on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community.

The Institute provides a strong foundation for more than 40 research, training and service projects, addressing a wide range of topics and issues in areas such as early childhood, education and alternate assessment, transition across the lifespan, employment, community living, and personnel preparation.

HDI is unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Kentucky and a member institution of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

Contact Us:

(859) 257-1714

Utah Center Activities

HDI Projects

The Human Development Institute hosts a wide variety of projects ranging from public service to research initiatives. We have divided the projects into the particular age ranges of the populations they serve:


ADA Transit Driver Training

Transit Drivers’ A.D.A. and Disability Awareness Training Module 

This module was developed to train public transportation drivers to be aware of the needs of their customers with disabilities, in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The module, developed by a team of self-advocates, transit administrators and drivers, and disability experts, is offered at no cost. The tutorial uses multimedia, is interactive, and allows for the printing of a Certificate of Completion.

Early Childhood Professional Development

Early Childhood Training Resources
Click here for a range of training opportunities for early care and education professionals and family members. This page provides information on training provided on a broad range of early childhood topics for both early childhood professionals and trainers.

CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
CONNECT offers web-based resources and modules on effective practices to help faculty and professional development providers build early childhood practitioners’ abilities to make evidence-based decisions.

Preservice Health Training

The Preservice Health Training modules were developed to train healthcare workers to be responsive to the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Each module is designed to impart substantive knowledge to medical providers regarding developmental disabilities and to familiarize them with interacting with such individuals in a clinical setting. All PHT tutorials are based on multi-media, interactive, virtual patient presentations and are evidence-based. Links to each tutorial are below:

  • Women’s Healthcare: This tutorial presents a physician conducting a reproductive examination on an individual with a cognitive developmental disability.
  • Nurse Practitioners: This tutorial presents two cases that model a nurse practitioner treating an adolescent with Down syndrome and an infant with developmental disabilities.
  • Physician Assistants: This tutorial, similar to the Nurse Practitioner Training, presents two cases that model a physician assistant treating an adolescent with Down syndrome and an infant with developmental delays.
  • Medical Students: This tutorial presents two cases that model physicians treating a young adult with cerebral palsy and a child with autism.
  • Dental Healthcare This tutorial presents two cases that model a dentist treating a 10-year old child who has Down syndrome and an adult patient who has dual sensory impairment (deaf-blindness).

BRIGHTER TOMORROWS: Providing Families With Accurate, Up-To-Date Information About Down Syndrome At The Initial Point Of Diagnosis

Brighter Tomorrows offers interactive, multimedia information on Down syndrome diagnoses to families and physicians alike.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 Family version, available in both English and Spanish, also offers a set of printable resources and Life Glimpses of individuals with Down syndrome from early childhood to young adulthood.

Physicians Version:
Family Version: