The Council receives a federal formula grant from the Department of Health and Human Services annually. The monies are used to fund and initiate programs and projects that fulfill the mission of the DD Act for individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve full citizenship and inclusion in the community through advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change.
Some of our programs and initiatives include:
Kentucky Partners in Policymaking
The goal of Kentucky Partners in Policymaking (KPIP) is to accomplish productive partnerships between the people needing and utilizing services and those who form public policy. KPIP was founded on the belief that the most significant and lasting public policy decisions came from the efforts of those most affected by them, working together with public officials and policy experts. KPIP educates participants about present issues and best practices and teaches them about local, state and federal levels legislative processes of policymaking. The program sessions cover and are dedicated to specific topics presented by nationally known experts in their fields. Topics include History of Disabilities & Services, Inclusive Education, Kentucky’s Legislative Process, Social Engagement, Community Organizing, and Systems Change Advocacy.
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The Transportation Initiative is a project of the University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute. The Transportation Initiative seeks to provide comprehensive information and education on transportation options. Training material including video, audio, and print material may be found at the Transportation Initiative website. Topics include ADA Paratransit, NEMT, Hart-Supported Living, Ride Share, Blind Work Expense, K-TAP Kentucky Works Program and etc. View the link below for more information.
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My Choice Kentucky: Supported Decision-Making
Supported decision-making is the use of trusted friends, family member, and professionals to get the help we need to make our own decisions. This help can come in many forms including but not limited to evaluating a situation, weighting pros and cons, exploring options, offering advice based on experience, and/or explaining complicated documents or concepts.
Think for a moment about the decisions you make, every day. Simple and hard choices. Important choices and silly ones. What you want to do, who to see, where to live, work, and go. These choices make us who we are and show us who we want to be. They are the building blocks of the rights every American holds dear: the rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
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Housing Solutions Project
Mattingly Edge is taking on the challenge of identifying current housing issues in Kentucky for people with disabilities and providing a road map for addressing those challenges.
“Through the Housing Solutions Project we will examine the obstacles people with disabilities face in Kentucky when it comes to finding housing that is both affordable and accessible,” said Hope Leet Dittmeier, Executive Director, Mattingly Edge. “During this intensive process we will be figuring out what it will take to incentivize the housing industry to create more affordable and accessible housing. We will also create a working committee of volunteers that includes developers, architects, landlords, realtors, and others within the housing arena.”
The research and work will focus on creating typical housing options for people with disabilities that areintegrated and desirable to the average valued citizen. The prevailing model in Kentucky pairs housing with support services, forcing many disabled Kentuckians to live in congregated and segregated living spaces. Historically, funding has flowed to organizations that own segregated housing rather than to individuals with disabilities themselves. The Housing Solutions Project seeks to provide a variety of solutions to this issue, including home-ownership, multi-family housing, co-housing with non-disabled peers, community land trusts, and tenancy.
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holds the grant for CCDD's self-advocacy initiative. Zoom Group, Inc, 501(c)3, a comprehensive disability services organization headquartered in Louisville, KY, announced the inaugural launch of DiscoverU Kentucky in October 2022.
aims to create systemic change in the Commonwealth that empowers people with disabilities to achieve a sense of belonging, full citizenship, and inclusion in the community.
Often, individuals with disabilities, their families/guardians, and others in their lives face challenges obtaining information regarding resources, access to care, peer groups, etc.
DiscoverU Kentucky’s purpose is to empower, educate and advocate collectively; the efforts are multifaceted, but in its simplest form, DiscoverU Kentucky shall support and encourage community stakeholders to come together, provide links to readily available resources and remove siloed information and assist individuals, families/guardians navigate their disability journey.
DiscoverU Kentucky maintains an online 24/7 presence regardless of an advocate's location, removing geographical location as a barrier to participation. Interested advocates are highly encouraged to register online at DiscoverU Kentucky and to register to attend a regional hybrid meeting.
For more information and to register with DiscoverU Kentucky
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Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN) is a collaborative team that advocates to empower communities impacted by disability. CCDD provided funding to KARRN to improve access to community areas. The first supported cohort was a group of students from Perry County High School. The students worked together to make a local park more accessible. Read about this project in Exceptional Family Magazine on page 10.
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Edge Employment seeks to increase Competitive Integrated Employment for students who have a disability transitioning out of high school by sharing information that demystifies the fear of losing disability benefits. They strive to do this through JCPS high school presentations that show the financial and social benefits of working, the real (limited) impact on disability benefits, and that inspire allies to bring these issues to their own personal and professional spaces. Allies will have the opportunity to serve as Disability Employment Ambassadors alongside Edge Employment, creating new opportunities for inclusive employment.
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Exceptional Family Kentucky
Exceptional Family Kentucky is the only magazine dedicated to disability issues in Kentucky. It is published twice per year and distributed state wide. 20,000 copies are printed in English and 2,000 in Spanish. The resource guide boasts over 450 listings. If you would like more information on the magazine email email@example.com
To read the magazine online: English Version Spanish Version