Birdies for the Bluegrass

As part of the PGA TOUR’s mission to positively impact local charities through its events, the Barbasol Championship created Birdies for the Bluegrass to maximize the tournament’s impact through not only Central Kentucky but for charities throughout the Commonwealth. PGA TOUR events generated more than $180 million for charities in 2017 and has now raised an all-time total of $2.65 billion for charity. The Barbasol Championship is Kentucky’s only PGA TOUR event which will be played on July 16-22, 2018 at Champions at Keene Trace. The tournament, played the same weekend as the British Open, will be broadcast live each day on Golf Channel and one of only 45 regular-season tournaments before the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

If you are interested in attending the Barbasol Championship, considering being a volunteer! There is a small cost ($75) to volunteer, but incredible benefits, including:

· A Nike polo shirt

· A Nike hat

· A round of golf at Keene Trace Golf Club

· A parking pass and tournament credential

· Four grounds passes

· Food & beverage voucher

If you are interested in learning about the volunteer opportunities available, please check out

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Assessment Project FAQ

Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Assessment Project FAQ

In these meetings, DMS indicated that we would be releasing a Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ) and the slide deck from the presentation given at the town halls. Please find both promised documents attached. In addition, DMS and Navigant have recorded the presentation for viewing. You can access this presentation at

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FAQ Link: Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver Assessment Project FAQ

IDEA Equity Regulation Changes

Education – The Arc Submits Comments on Proposed Delay of IDEA Equity Regulations; Disability Advocates are Encouraged to Submit Their Own Comments

The Arc submitted comments today in opposition to the Department of Education’s proposed two-year delay of regulations to address significant racial and ethnic disproportionality in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) identification, placement, and discipline. In 2004, the requirement to collect and report data on significant disproportionality, and take certain action if it is found, was added to the IDEA. However, in the 14 years since the law was changed, few states and school districts have reported any such significant disproportionality. This fact was documented in a 2013 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study showing that most states had set thresholds for identifying disproportionate districts so high that no districts ever exceeded them, and, therefore, none were ever identified or the issues resolved. Following the GAO’s recommendation, the Department of Education issued regulations in 2016 that are set to take effect in July of 2018. These regulations provide a standard methodology for determining significant disproportionality, but permit each state to set its own thresholds so long as they are reasonable. See The Arc’s comments here. Disability advocates are encouraged to submit their own comments. See shorter sample comments here which can be submitted by clicking here. Comments are due by midnight on Monday, May 14.

To help understand what disproportionality is, how it harms students with disabilities who are students of color, and what advocates can do to ensure equity in education for all children, the National Disability Rights Network has made this short video.