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Alianzas presents findings on Latinx Families to Missouri DD Council

On January 17-18, Gerardo Martinez, program director of UMKC IHD's Alianzas, presented results of the Supporting Education and Empowerment to Define Systems change (SEEDS) grant to the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC). Through the grant, Alianzas investigated needs and barriers experienced by Missouri Latinx families that care for members with disabilities. Gerardo met with a series of [...]

ACED Announces New Funding, Expansion

This January, Platte and Clay Counties’ Developmental Disabilities Boards began funding ACED’s first-ever expansion for students who live in Kansas City’s Northland. “ACED Northland” will offer classes on six Saturday mornings each semester at Northwest Missouri University’s Innovation Center in Gladstone, MO. Jackson County classes will continue on the campuses of UMKC, Avila University, and [...]

UMKC Chancellor and Provost Visit IHD

On Thursday, January 10, UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer, and their chiefs of staff met with members of IHD to learn more about the Institute. The visit included a private meeting with IHD Interim Director George Gotto followed by a group meet and greet. The UMKC leaders learned about IHD’s overall mission [...]

UMKC IHD Staff Attend the 2018 AUCD Conference

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs, including the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Six UMKC IHD staff attended the AUCD 2018 Conference, which took place from November 11–14 and was entitled, “We ALL Belong Here! [...]

IHD Hosts Community Conversation on Disabilities and Diversity

A Community Conversation, “Disabilities and Diversity: Challenges and Accomplishments,” was held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development. The concept for this meeting grew out of common interests between Aaron Bishop, Commissioner of the U.S. Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and U.S. Rep. Emanuel [...]

George Gotto Presents on Partnership for Hope Evaluation Project

George Gotto, UMKC Institute for Human Development, described the Partnership for Hope evaluation project. The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) recently held its annual Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference. in Kansas City, MO. Staff from the UMKC Institute for Human Development (IHD) represented their work to enhance the [...]

UMKC IHD represented at the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services Conference

Ben St. John, with Sheli Reynolds, presents at the 2016 NASDDDS Mid-Year Conference The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) convened its annual Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference on June 9 and 10, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. Staff from the UMKC Institute for Human Development (IHD) presented on their work to enhance [...]

Propel offers students a look at college and employment

UMKC Institute for Human Development, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, and Department of Psychology received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education to create a high-quality, inclusive, model program for college students with intellectual disabilities. As part of the Propel Program, there is an introductory course offered to high school students called [...]

Derrick Willis Wins Diversity Award

Derrick Willis of UMKC's Institute for Human Development recently received the Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity in recognition of his employment, education and leadership programs aimed at urban and minority youth with and without disabilities. Willis was presented his award at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities annual meeting. [...]

UMKC Institute for Human Development Welcomes New Alianzas Project Coordinator

Gerardo R. Martinez assumes the duties of Alianzas (Alliances) Project Coordinator. Martinez brings his experience working with the Hispanic/Latino community in various roles at Mattie Rhodes Center, a Kansas City non-profit serving Latino families, the Local Investment Commission of Kansas City (LINC), and with public schools and local non-profits. Gerardo began his career in the business [...]