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New book by UK administrator Kathy Sheppard-Jones highlights diversity and inclusion for Ky. kids

By Meg Mills Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Executive Director Kathy Sheppard-Jones has turned her personal experiences into a learning opportunity for Kentucky kids. Sheppard-Jones has published “You Can Do So Many Things!” — a book for young children that highlights diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Kathy Sheppard-Jones with her...

Beshear signs executive order to promote integrated employment for people with disabilities

Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an executive order that strengthens Kentucky’s commitment to increase meaningful employment of people with disabilities in the general workforce and support them and their families through the Employment First Council. The executive order assures that competitive and integrated employment in the community is the first and primary option for people with disabilities who...

Kentucky receives $75,000 grant to loan smart-home technology to individuals with disabilities

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network, within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, will now loan smart-home technology to help individuals with paralysis become more independent. Funded through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Kentucky received $75,000 from the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant for the My New Kentucky Smart Home program...

Allison Ball: STABLE Kentucky is game-changing and life-changing for our citizens with disabilities

During my first year in office, I was approached by a young woman who expressed to me her limited ability to save and invest for her future. This limitation came not from her own lack of discipline or willingness, but rather from government regulation. As a person with a disability receiving government benefits, she could only save $2,000 at a time without jeopardizing government benefits she received...

A STABLE Kentucky: Making saving and financial independence easier for people with disabilities

Two years ago, Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball launched STABLE Kentucky, a savings and investment program for Kentuckians with disabilities at no additional cost to Kentucky taxpayers. Today, nearly 300 Kentuckians have opened a STABLE Kentucky account and the program has a market value of over $1,321,000, an increase of over $790,000 from the market value a year ago. “STABLE Kentucky accounts...

Chris Stevenson: Direct Support Professionals are crucial to caring for those with disabilities

Some people are born natural caregivers; nurturing, patient, and attentive. These qualities cannot be learned but are necessary for important roles in providing support to the most vulnerable members of our communities. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are not only natural caregivers but also have an astounding passion for the people they support. DSPs are trained professionals who work with Kentuckians...

Kentucky Board of Education moves to close achievement gaps through renewed support

The Kentucky Board of Education renewed its commitment to educating ALL students and emphasized closing achievement gaps as one of its top priorities.   “This is not only about compliance but is an ethical imperative about reaching each child,” Kentucky Department of Education Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd told the board. “By focusing on the individual needs of students we will not only reduce...