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New book by UK administrator Kathy Sheppard-Jones highlights diversity and inclusion for Ky. kids

By Meg Mills Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Executive Director Kathy Sheppard-Jones has turned her personal experiences into a learning opportunity for Kentucky kids. Sheppard-Jones has published “You Can Do So Many Things!” — a book for young children that highlights diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Kathy Sheppard-Jones with her...

Beshear signs executive order to promote integrated employment for people with disabilities

Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an executive order that strengthens Kentucky’s commitment to increase meaningful employment of people with disabilities in the general workforce and support them and their families through the Employment First Council. The executive order assures that competitive and integrated employment in the community is the first and primary option for people with disabilities who...

VOA receives $2.6M federal grant to help pregnant and postpartum women in Southeastern Kentucky

Volunteers of America Mid-States received a $2.6 million federal grant, one of three in the nation, for treatment and recovery services for pregnant and postpartum women and their children in Southeastern Kentucky. VOA says it and the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute will use the money “to serve an estimated 1,250 individuals and their families over a five-year period,”...

Kentucky receives $75,000 grant to loan smart-home technology to individuals with disabilities

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network, within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, will now loan smart-home technology to help individuals with paralysis become more independent. Funded through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Kentucky received $75,000 from the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant for the My New Kentucky Smart Home program...