The Human Development Institute offers services and support to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout Kentucky and the US.
Our program trains students to be future leaders who work in the disability field, and we directly serve people with disabilities and professionals. We promote health and wellness, competitive employment, prenatal and postnatal support, access to adaptive equipment, and so much more for people with disabilities and their families to thrive as vital members of their communities.
Our passion project for 2018 is to make sure people with disabilities have access to adaptive equipment that promotes independence and growth. Our goal is to raise $2000 to offer about 135 hours of training to people with disabilities on how to use the equipment available at HDI’s Assistive Technology Center (HDI CATs). This will help over 100 people with disabilities in 2019 to access and use equipment that will help them achieve their goals.
“My therapist recommended HDI CATS where I can borrow stuff to use like buttons and switches … a quad stick (suck and blow gaming controller), and spoon with gyroscope (self leveling spoon). The center lets you test out an item and see if it’s worth the investment rather than buying it and it not being able to work for you. It’s all positive—I love it. It’s great!”
—Kacee McKee, 19, who has a spinal cord injury and currently attend Maysville Technical and Community College.