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Special Education

Parent and Family Toolbox

Published: 4/28/2021 12:43 PM

​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 works to link 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 systems of supports for individuals with autism. Their webpage incudes information to support children of all ages, as well as upcoming events and resources. 

Grow Your Knowledge

Family Engagement:
  • Promoting Equity for Young Multilingual ChildrenThis Focus Bulletin invites early care and education (ECE) educators to promote equity for young multilingual children and their families. 
  • Family and Community Engagement (from the US Department of Education): Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits. The resources on this webpage are provided to structure and build greater support and capacity in schools, homes and communities so ALL students have the chance to succeed.
  • Global Family Research Project: This organization promotes equitable family and community engagement in an 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 to build and sustain engagement support and resources for Kentucky families, schools and communities in this crucial work. 
  • 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 resources on a variety of topics including early childhood, special education, paying for college, reading resources and helping your child learn. 
  • Early Childhood and Preschool: The Early Childhood Resources page includes resources for families and educators of children ages birth to five. Some topics of interest include growth and development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers; understanding and working with children with disabilities; social/emotional growth; parenting skills; school readiness; multiculturalism and diversity; and brain development.
  • 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 on many advisory councils, many of the councils also seek input feedback from the general public.
Disabilities and Special Education
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 are to 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 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
Student Records:
Transition and Employment
  • Transition Overview Document: This resource provides information from the KDE and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) about the important resources that can help a student with a disability achieve their goals of employment and post-secondary education.  
  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR): The OVR works with Kentuckians who have disabilities to help them achieve suitable employment and independence. OVR’s webpage provides a range of 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 and more.
  • 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. 
Mental Health: 
School Safety: 


  • Kentucky Parent Resources Centers: These resource centers are locally-staffed and represent several regional areas and school districts across the state. 
  • 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.  

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