CONGRATS to our 2017 Art Contest Winners! This year’s theme was “Everybody Counts!” Here are some of the winners receiving their prize checks by Arc Board Members in their area. Check back as we will add more as we receive them!
Excited about the just released latest edition of Exceptional Family Magazine. Use the link above to view electronically or if you would like copies, please contact John Lynch at Family Kentucky Magazine – 859-223-1765 or you can contact The Arc of Kentucky office at 502-875-5225. Be sure and take a look at the article about The Arc of Kentucky on page 5!
Welcome to Kentucky Transition: quarterly electronic newsletter. We provide information on transition from high school for students with disabilities, professionals, and parents. If you have transition news you would like to share in the newsletter, contact Yayo Radder, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tania Sharp, at email@example.com
The Arc of Kentucky works to create a world where children and adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities. We recognize the fundamental role of families in making choices and decisions for their children. We also hold that individuals, who are adults, have the right to make their own choices concerning where and with whom they will live, and how they will spend their time, regardless of ability.
Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 or the ABLE Act of 2014 – Create accounts to help individuals and families finance disability needs.
The ABLE Act is built on the foundation of the current 529 education savings plans that help families save for college. In the case of ABLE, families now have a tax‐deferred savings vehicle to save for the care of people with disabilities. The National Disability Institute estimates there are 58 million individuals with disabilities in the United States. Many of these individuals will qualify for ABLE accounts.
2015 – SB 179 (The Kentucky ABLE ACT) was signed into law by Kentucky Governor Bevin on April 5, 2016
In December 2016, the Office of Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball began offering State Treasurer ABLE accounts in Kentucky, or STABLE Kentucky accounts. The initiative is a partnership with Ohio’s STABLE Accounts, an initiative launched by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in the summer of 2016.
Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act Division B of Public Law 113-295
The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The law allows eligible individuals with disabilities the ability to establish “ABLE accounts” for qualified beneficiaries that resemble the qualified tuition programs, often called “529 accounts”, that have been established under that section of the tax code since 1996. The new ABLE accounts will allow more individual choice and control over spending on qualified disability expenses and limited investment decisions, while protecting eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security
See this helpful fact sheet compiled by The National Arc.
The Department of Aging and Independent Living in collaboration with the Arc of Kentucky has produced a new resource for family members who are interested in Participant Directed Services. The Supports for Community Living Waiver-Participant Directed Services (PDS) program is based upon the principles of Self-Determination and Person-Centered Planning. A person-centered system acknowledges the role of participants, families, guardians, or representatives in planning for the participant who may need assistance in making informed decisions. The principles and tools of Self-Determination are used to assist participants in the creation of meaningful, culturally appropriate lives within their community in which they can develop relationships, learn, work and earn income, and actively participate in community life.