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Kentucky by Heart: Warmth, comfort and inclusion is ‘percolating’ at Lexington’s McLeod’s Coffee House

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist On a warm December morning at McLeod’s Coffee House, where “no one is excluded,” Brewster McLeod is sure of one thing. Those he terms “VIPs,” his employees, are perkin’ pretty well after six weeks in on his and their dream project. In fact, you might say Brewster is still dancin’ with the ones who brought him to this point of glee, which he likes to...

New mental health resource will help provide tools to KEHP members who have children with special needs

A new, free benefit to support those caring for children with learning, social or behavior challenges, or developmental disabilities comes to state employees in 2019. Rethink, a new mental health resource, allows parents to utilize live teleconsultations with behavior experts, access more than 1300 “how-to” videos, and use printable resources in a variety of topics. “One in six children is diagnosed...

Gena Bigler: Parents of special needs child must plan financially for two generations

Providing a healthy childhood for special needs children often includes providing for therapies, adaptive equipment and medical needs. And that doesn’t even include planning for future needs. Many special needs families must also plan for long-term care and special therapies.   Typically, family financial planning looks forward one generation. Most parents want to help their children get...

Henry Clay High School JROTC students raise holiday spirits for special-needs classmates

JROTC students at Henry Clay High School heard about an in-house need and took the initiative to fill it, raising $1,300 in community donations to benefit a group of classmates. The two-week fundraiser covered a couple of new kitchen appliances as well as holiday gift bags.   Maj. Bill Larkin and SFC Brian Hunt had heard that the special education class had wanted to refurbish the school kitchen...