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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! [...]

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 [...]


The goal of Add-Us-In Kansas City is to create a business-led network focused on increasing the capacity of employers to successfully hire and retain individuals with disabilities. As part of this goal, Add-Us-In equips youth to successfully participate within this continuum through Urban Career Academies, identifies and creates supports needed by employers in their efforts [...]