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Kentucky Employment First Council and Report

Employment First Kentucky [web link] is a Kentucky initiative launched by the governor on May 15, 2018 to make integrated, competitive employment in the community the first and primary option for persons with disabilities who want to work.

To accomplish the goal, Kentucky has created a 27-member Employment First Council comprised of people with disabilities, family members, employers, state agency representatives, and provider agencies.

Future meetings of the council will be held at 10am on January 9, April 9, an June 11. All meetings will be held in Frankfort, and an online option will be provided.

Read the latest 2019 Employment First Annual Report to get more information about the work currently being done on these initiatives.

For more information, contact Katie Wolf Whaley at kwolf@uky.edu or

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Post Secondary Community Conversation—All Sites Evaluation Report

KentuckyWorks, a project funded by the Administration for Community Living, and the capacity building project, Strengthening the Postsecondary Landscape in Kentucky, funded by Think College, held a statewide community conversation on May 21, 2018. Community conversations are way to identify key issues and connections within the community as well as enable the community to set realistic and attainable goals. The statewide community conversation was held simultaneously in Lexington, Murray, and Morehead, Kentucky via video conference. The conversation was held for self-advocates, families, and professionals to discuss strategies for increasing meaningful post-secondary opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). In round table discussions, participants worked together to come up with ideas to address the issue and to consider how participants might work together to make those ideas happen. The event included a harvesting of best ideas and identification of next steps to improve post-secondary outcomes for students with ID. Participants were given a survey after the event to provide feedback on the community conversation process. This report highlights themes from the round table discussions and the survey findings. The report has four main sections—participant description, feedback on event, harvested best ideas, and specific strategies by region.

View full report. Contact us to get copies of the individual reports for each region.

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State Summit Report

State Summit Report [link]