IHDI’s First Burberry Award Announced

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Christy Howard-Potter

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Tony LoBianco


“Kevin was such a shining star and source of inspiration for all people. We are excited to be able to offer this award as a tribute to Kevin’s accomplishments not only in the classroom, but also in life.”

-- Harold Kleinert, executive director,
Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2004) -- The first Paul Kevin Burberry Award recipients were recently announced by the University of Kentucky’s Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute (IHDI). The $500 awards, which honor a student at UK who pioneered in the field of disabilities and who was a consultant to IHDI, were presented to Christy Howard-Potter and Tony LoBianco.

Due to their outstanding achievements and commitment to the field of disabilities, the selection committee, which included Burberry’s parents, the Rev. Clyde David and Susan Burberry, decided to grant two awards in this the first year of the awards program. There were six nominees.

The award will be given annually to a student who is associated with IHDI in the graduate certificate, research assistantship, practicum student, or other significant IHDI involvement. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to people with disabilities through university and community projects and experiences, demonstrate the leadership qualities exemplified by Burberry’s own life, and demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence.

“Each and every one of the individuals who applied had tremendous credentials,” said Barney Fleming, head of the selection committee. “We really had a hard time making the selection. Every one of the applicants will go on to achieve great things and make contributions to the field [of disabilities] – just like Kevin did,” Fleming added.

“Kevin was such a shining star and source of inspiration for all people,” said Harold Kleinert, IHDI executive director. “We are excited to be able to offer this award as a tribute to Kevin’s accomplishments not only in the classroom, but also in life.”

Christy Howard-Potter recently received her master’s degree in social work. During her four years at IHDI, she was involved in more than nine research, service and product development activities. Her activities included development of a Community Resource Manual for Families and Consumers, which is distributed statewide and in a Spanish version.

She also helped construct the Kentucky High School Peer Tutoring Web site, served as the student representative to IHDI’s Consumer Advisory Council, assisted in the design of the institute’s comprehensive evaluation system, and assisted the IHDI staff in implementing a number of statewide conferences. She also completed requirements for her graduate certificate in developmental disabilities.

Tony LoBianco recently received his master’s degree in public health. He was employed with the Pre-service Health Training Project, where he worked in collaboration with Kevin Burberry, who served as a consultant.

LoBianco was involved in two research projects at the institute over a two-year period. He produced interactive multimedia training for health care professionals so that they can more effectively serve and communicate with people with developmental disabilities. His second research project, “Brighter Tomorrows,” is developing training for medical professionals so that they will be able to more accurately and compassionately communicate a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome to new parents.

The Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky works to improve life opportunities for persons with disabilities and their families through interdisciplinary training, research, technical assistance, community education and information dissemination.

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