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Kentucky Checklists for a Bright Future

The Kentucky Checklists for a Bright Future offer a one page checklist of the most important things parents and youth can do to prepare for meaningful employment and financial security at each age. The checklists also include the most important resources you need along the way.

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 18 Plus years-old (Young Adults)

Download the checklist for assistants of 18 plus year-old young adults ...
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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 18 Plus years-old (Assistant)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Parent)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Student)

Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Student)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 11-15 years-old (Student)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 11-15 years-old (Parent)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 6-10 years-old

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 3-5 years-old

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Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center (KyPSO) Data

Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center (KyPSO) Data [link]

KyPSO collects data on students with IEP’s who exited public high schools in Kentucky the previous year. Click on the link below to see the most recent year’s data on employment and education outcomes. You might also use the drop-down menus to look at some of our populations of interest (Autism, Functional Model Disability and Multiple Disabilities, as well as those who exited on the Alternate Diploma).

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Kentucky STABLE Accounts

Kentucky STABLE [link]

These accounts take about 15 minutes to set up and allow you to save for your child’s future or for your own future without losing benefits as a person with a disability.

“A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI. Earnings in your STABLE Account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”

STABLE accounts have some similar features to normal bank accounts, but they are not checking or savings accounts. STABLE Accounts are investment accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts or 401(k) retirement accounts. When you deposit money into your STABLE Account, your money will be invested in different options that you choose. While you can still withdraw and spend your money whenever you need it, STABLE Accounts also allow you to grow your money and to save long-term for disability expenses. A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI. Earnings in your STABLE Account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”

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Other resources about ABLE accounts:

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HDI Transportation Initiative (with modules)

Visit the Transportation Initiative website [link]

The Transportation Initiative is a project of UK’s Human Development Institute and is funded through the support of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Transportation Initiative seeks to provide comprehensive information and education on transportation options.

This initiative also includes modules on different types of transportation options, such as Rideshare and ADA Paratransit.

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Inclusive Higher Education Webinar 1: Getting Comfortable with Disability by Christina Bard and Jason Jones

IHE Webinar: Getting Comfortable with Disability by Christina Bard and Jason Jones [link]

Watch this webinar to learn more about

The HDI Postsecondary Work Team and Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities created this webinar on “Getting Comfortable with Disability” on October 9, 2019 as part of the Kentucky Inclusive Higher Education webinar series.

The webinar explores the attitudinal barriers faced by people with disabilities in all aspects of life. It features real life stories and offers examples for each barrier and discusses etiquette and myths around a variety of disabilities.