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Advocacy and Support Organizations
Arc of Kentucky (ARC of KY): The Arc of KY promotes the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Kentucky (KY) Protection & Advocacy: Often referred to as KY P & A, this organization protects and advocates for the legal rights of Kentuckians with disabilities through legally-based individual advocacy, systemic advocacy efforts, and education/training.
Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network: Often referred to as KY-SPIN, this organization links families and individuals with disabilities to helpful resources. KY-SPIN also offers monthly webinars to support families in their understanding of specific topics relating to special education.
Kentucky Autism Training Center (KATC): The KATC works to strengthen Kentucky’s systems of support for persons affected by autism by bridging research to practice and by providing training and resources to families and professionals.
Kentucky Advisory Council on Autism (KyACA): The Advisory Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder promotes collaborative efforts and advocates to improve support systems for individuals with autism. Their webpage includes information to support children of all ages and upcoming events and resources.
Grow Your Knowledge
Family and Community Engagement (from the US Department of Education): Provides a framework for families, schools, districts, States, and the broader communities to build capacity for student achievement and school improvement. The website lists relevant guiding documents, checklists, and other valuable resources on activities promoting healthy eating, physical care habits, and academic engagement.
Global Family Research Project: This organization promotes equitable family and community engagement in a learning environment that connects the home, school, and community. Their website includes information and resources for effective family engagement practices and policies, including the
Family Engagement Playbook.
Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools: Engaged communities—with families at the center—are vital to improving student and school outcomes. The KY Collaborative for Families and Schools was created in this crucial work to build and sustain engagement support and resources for Kentucky families, schools, and communities.
Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership: The Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) is a continuum of engagement and leadership development for families, schools, and communities to increase the academic success of Kentucky students and foster the progress of Kentucky’s public schools.
USED Resources for Parents: This webpage includes various topics, including early childhood, special education, paying for college, reading resources, and helping your child learn.
- Advisory Groups: Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education regularly seeks input on education issues from many partners through advisory committees and stakeholder groups. A list of members, Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff contact information, meeting dates, agendas, and minutes of the meetings are posted on each group’s webpage. As well as including parents as members of many advisory councils, many councils also seek input and feedback from the general public.
Disabilities and Special Education
Human Development Institute (HDI): This website has links to informational and advocacy resources, including resources to support families through the Parent Involvement Initiative. One resource is the Parent Involvement Video Series, which covers various topics, including eligibility, evaluation, IEP, tips for parents, and more. Other resources include: (1)
a fact sheet on the IEP, (2) the
Kentucky Parent Guide for Special Education, (3)
Parent Involvement Initiative, and (4)
Preparing for the ARC.
- Section 504 Plans: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is the agency that oversees Section 504. For further information on Section 504 plans, parents may visit the
Office of Civil Rights: Protecting Students with Disabilities webpage or review the
Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.
- Dyslexia: Many parents and families often have concerns when their child is identified as having dyslexia. For information on dyslexia, parents and families may wish to review the
Dyslexia Toolkit. Another helpful resource is
KY-SPIN’S Myth Busters: Specific Learning Disability (SLD).
Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Resources for Parents:
Kentucky Academic Standards: The Kentucky Academic Standards contain the minimum required standards that all Kentucky students should have the opportunity to learn before graduating from Kentucky high schools. The standards address what is to be learned but do not address how learning experiences should be designed or what resources should be used. Parents may also find the
Standards Family Guides and Resources page for more information.
School Report Card (SRC): School and District Report Cards provide information about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement, and much more. Parents and families may also find information on Kentucky's 5-Star Rating System (accountability system) on the SRC page, including short descriptions that explain the assessment and accountability data in the SRC in an easy-to-understand manner.
Alternate Assessment: The Alternate K-PREP serves students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Students having such disabilities may require an alternate means of participation in Kentucky’s statewide assessment to demonstrate achievement. The alternate assessment is designed to meet the needs of the students by allowing a greater depth of adaptations, modifications, and alternative modes of participation for the state assessment.
Additional Alternate Assessment Resources:
Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) and Distance Learning
Transition and Employment
Transition Starters from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR): The CIPR provides Transition related resources designed to connect families, students, and professionals to basic information about transition planning. Resources include articles, guides, and online training.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR): The OVR works with Kentuckians with disabilities to help them achieve suitable employment and independence. OVR’s webpage provides information and resources to support the employment and independence of Kentuckians with disabilities. The webpage also includes information about the
Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center.
Kentucky Works: KYWORKS strives to boost employment opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Kentucky. The group also provides specific information on transition, employment, and post-secondary information, transportation, etc.
Transition for Parents: This KDE webpage provides resource links that parents might find helpful as they assist their child in planning and preparing for life after school.
Open House: If you need to contact someone in your child’s district, you can visit the KDE’s District and School Directory, Open House. Click on your district to find a list of district-level contacts.
The Office of Special Education and Early Learning (OSEEL): If you would like to contact someone from the KDE’s OSEEL, please visit our webpage or call (502)-564-4970.