KY-SPIN, Inc. (Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network) is a statewide 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  The mission of KY-SPIN, Inc. is to link families and individuals with disabilities to valuable resources that will enable them to live productive, fulfilling lives.

KY-SPIN, Inc. has a Board of Directors comprised of parents, consumers and professionals who provide guidance and assistance to the various programs.

KY-SPIN (Special Parent Involvement Network) Parent Center is a statewide project of KY-SPIN, Inc. KY-SPIN Parent Center PTI (Parent Training & Information Project) is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education.  KY-SPIN Parent Center provides training, information and support for children and youth with all types of disabilities (birth through 26 years old), their parents, families, and professionals.


History

Each year, since 1988, KY-SPIN, Inc. (Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network) has provided assistance to over 8,000 individuals in our state whose lives are affected by some type of disability.

KY-SPIN, Inc. (Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network, Inc.) began in 1988, with the receipt of its’ first Parent Training and Information (PTI) grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. That initial grant for three years set in place a statewide center for families of persons of any age with any type of disability. Beginning in 1988 with those funds, and the desire of one parent to help another, the organization has grown by leaps and bounds. KY-SPIN, Inc. has always been staffed by persons with disabilities, parents and/or family members of persons with disabilities.

KY-SPIN, Inc. is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting programs which will enable persons with disabilities and their families to enhance their quality of life. The purpose of this organization is to help ensure that families have the assistance they need in order to effectively help their children with disabilities achieve their dreams in all areas of life. While the initial focus of KY-SPIN, Inc. has been training and information dissemination, we realize that the needs of families with disabilities are diverse and encompass every life domain. Disability within the family has a direct impact on the entire family, including siblings, grandparents, and extended family members, and crosses all life domains. We are dedicated to making life better for those families of persons with disabilities.

Through established family to family networks, training is made available and information is shared regarding best practices with the ultimate goal of fostering cooperative relationships among families and professionals and connecting families to other organizations representing individuals with disabilities. Parents and professionals are offered a variety of workshops of interest to families with children with disabilities. These include Special Education Law, Communication Skills, IEP (Individual Education Programs), Stress Management, Building Self-Esteem, Early Childhood and Transition. Specialized workshops meeting the needs of specific disabilities or other requests from families are also available.


KY-SPIN Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center

KY-SPIN (Special Parent Involvement Network) Parent Center is a statewide project of KY-SPIN, Inc. KY-SPIN Parent Center PTI (Parent Training & Information Project) is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education.  KY-SPIN Parent Center provides training, information and support for children and youth with all types of disabilities (birth through 26 years old), their parents, families, and professionals. The mission of KY-SPIN is to link families and individuals with disabilities to valuable resources that will enable them to live productive, fulfilling lives.

Through a “Families Training Families” model, community workshops are conducted on education laws, rights, listening and communication skills, to promote a better understanding of rights and responsibilities.

KY-SPIN Parent Center provides families with the knowledge, skills, information and support they need to obtain improved services for their children.  Informed Family-Professional education leads to improved Family-Professional partnerships.

Workshops and booths for parents and professionals are on-going throughout Kentucky.  There is no fee for KY-SPIN Parent Center – PTI services.  Resource materials and referral services are also available.  We assist families through one on one consultation stepping through the process of accessing services for their child. SPIN publishes E-News several times a month. If you would like additional information please complete this Contact Form or Subscribe to Our Newsletter.


Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

We embrace the following core values as part of our vision:

  • Respect
  • Education
  • Dignity
  • Empowerment

Goal 1:
KY-SPIN will be the link to connect families and youth to the resources and supports they need in their community.

  • Strategy 1.1
    • Have varied information and resources beyond just education for families and youth.
  • Strategy 1.2
    • KY-SPIN staff has mapped their local communities to better support families and youth.
  • Strategy 1.3
    • Maintain membership on state and local committees/workgroups.

Goal 2:
KY-SPIN will remain the go-to organization for training, information and effective practices for families and youth in their communities.

  • Strategy 2.1
    • Provide current and accurate resources and materials to families and youth.
  • Strategy 2.2
    • Increase awareness of KY-SPIN’s services and resources.
  • Strategy 2.3
    • Enhance and create partnerships to improve & increase resources available for families and youth.
  • Strategy 2.4
    • Provide non-biased and easy to understand information that supports families and youth with disabilities to make informed decisions.
  • Strategy 2.5
    • Have the best trained and knowledgable staff.

Goal 3:
KY-SPIN maintains it’s organizational strength and vitality.

  • Strategy 3.1
    • Establish & maintain sound fiscal policies and internal controls.
  • Strategy 3.2
    • Form a fundraising committee.
  • Strategy 3.3
    • Develop a fundraising plan to diversify the funding base.

We believe that with these you can get SETSupport, Education, Train for success!


Staff


Partnerships

In partnership and agreement with KDE (Kentucky Department of Education), KY-SPIN assists families, schools, and  communities in providing educational information and  training opportunities consistent with the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).

In collaboration with the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN).  KY-SPIN, Inc. has established outreach activities to underserved families throughout  Kentucky.

KY-SPIN is a partner in Project Launch, A project of PACER that is funded by the Rehabilitation Act. Through individual assistance, workshops, resources, and more,  Project Launch helps youth and young adults with disabilities pursue meaningful careers, live as independently as possible, and enjoy inclusion at work and in the community.

KY-SPIN, Inc. is a dedicated partner with many state and local organizations and agencies throughout Kentucky.  This dedication to collaboration is key to successfully assisting individual’s with disabilities, their parents/families, and professionals.

“KY-SPIN, Inc. Unite 2 End Bullying” Program

In partnership with  PACER’s National Bullying  Prevention Center, KY-SPIN, Inc. is working to build our anti-bullying program through Bullying awareness and education for all throughout the state of Kentucky.