2019 KARRN Conference

Wednesday, September 18, 9:00am

Save the Date for our 10th annual KARRN Conference

This year's conference theme is "Resources in the Real World"

Share our Save the Date flyer with your colleagues, patients, caregivers, and others!

The 4th Thursday ADA Talks

Thursday, January 24, 10:00am

HDI and HDI CATS are launching an ADA Training series to be held on the fourth Thursday of each month covering different topics surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This month's presentation is "Accessible Technology & the Workforce: AT as a Reasonable Accomodation."

Register here:

Join by internet or in person at HDI CATS, 2358 Nicholasville Road Suite 180 
Lexington, KY 40503


Ag conference in Lexington!

Wednesday, January 16, 1:45pm

With our Kentucky AgrAbility partner, we are pleased to announce that the 2016 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health Annual Conference will be in Lexington at the Hilton in June.

“Bottom Dollars” Documentary in Lexington

Saturday, January 12, 1:00pm

We shared the Somerset screening of this documentary with you in July, and now this documentary is coming to Lexington. This free screening and panel discussion about “Bottom Dollars”, an original film about employment for all by Rooted in Rights. “Bottom Dollars” is an hour-long documentary that exposes segregated workplaces and low wages often paid to people with disabilities. Through personal stories and expert interviews, the film presents a vision for better alternatives that promote community inclusion, equal opportunity, and fair wages.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
Community Room
300 E Third Street
Lexington KY 40508

For more information, contact Elaine Eisenbaum at or (859) 257-6086.

KARRN 2018 Conference – Save the Date

Friday, August 24, 9:00am

Planning is in progress for our annual conference. Please plan to join us on Friday, August 24 at Perkins Conference Center in Richmond KY, and spread the word by sharing our Save the Date flyer.  
















Berea support group June 25

Monday, June 25, 11:15am

The ABLE (Achieve and Build Lifetime Empowerment) group meets on Monday, June 25 at 11:15 in the Fellowship Hall at Berea Baptist Church (310 Chestnut Street). Parking is convenient and the building is handicapped accessible.

This month will feature Nick Wallace as a guest speaker, and he will present Financial Planning for Special Needs.

The support group is free, volunteer, confidential and lowkey. It is for those with visible and invisible disabilities. Caregivers are welcome. All are encouraged to bring paper and pen and a snack and drink for yourself.

AgrAbility webinar on Thursday, June 23; register by June 21

Thursday, June 23, 2:00pm

"Brain Injury and Beyond"
Thursday, June 23
2:00 p.m. EDT

Topics include:

  • Brain injury basics
  • Understanding mood, memory and behavior after  injury
  • Ongoing symptoms and safety
  • Mobile technologies for individuals with brain injury

Click here for details about this one-hour webinar.

Health Partners group in Boone County

The Health and Wellness Initiative team at UK’s Human Development Institute is excited to announce that we are now offering a FREE Health Partners group in Boone County in Northern Kentucky! Please disseminate this information and flyer (by email, Facebook, social media, newsletters, etc.) to any of your contacts in the area who might be interested in participating in this program or who may be able to disseminate this information to others. As a reminder, this is a free holistic health program for adults aged 16+ with a disability and a health partner of their choice such as a family member, caregiver, or other support person. For more information, watch this video

Location: Boone Co Cooperative Extension Office, 6028 Camp Ernst Rd. Burlington, KY 41005
Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Sept 5 with 6 monthly follow-up meetings after initial programming
Time: 2:00-4:00pm OR 5:30-7:30pm (Choose which group works best)

Deadline to enroll is July 31. Please do not hesitate to contact HDI with questions or send participants their way. Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury Registration

Please note that KCSCI 2017 will be on Friday, October 6. Please join us for a day packed full of topics like travel after a SCI, Wellness, Recreation and Advocacy, just to name a few. We will be providing both breakfast and lunch. Free t-shirts. Vendors with all kinds of products and services. The 2017 Tom Gravitt Advocacy Award.  It should be a great day. If you have a SCI or you are a family member, a person with a disability or advocate. Even if you are just curious.

Register for this FREE conference today.

The detailed agenda and speaker information can be viewed by clicking here.

Along with free registration to the 5th annual KCSCI meeting, we have the distinction of presenting a film viewing session in the afternoon with the producer of “The Rebound,” Mike Esposito, along with one of the star athletes in the film!

For quick info about the film, see this information sheet.

Also, KCSCI has a very active presence on Facebook – to join, search for “Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury.”

 Beth Hunter at NeuroRestorative group

Beth Hunter was invited to present to NeuroRestorative’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Support Group on Wednesday, May 31. The group meets every other month and is open to TBI patients and their caregivers. NeuroRestorative provides rehabilitation, supported living, and numerous other programs in five locations in Kentucky.

NeuroRestorative was instrumental in recruiting participants from across Kentucky for our Patie nt-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) work groups earlier this year, and Dr. Hunter shared with the group some preliminary findings from the work groups. The TBI community expressed a need for access to resources (particularly navigating the waiver system) and improved communication with healthcare providers. The PCORI project will gather two larger groups in half-day meetings in September in Hazard and Lexington with the goal of developing practicable research questions from the topics generated during the project’s work groups and earlier interviews.

KARRN's Mission

A collaborative team that advocates to empower communities impacted by disability. Formed in 2008.