KY-SPIN’s Myth Busters: ARC/IEP Team Meeting Frequency

Myth: You can only have 1 ARC/IEP Team Meeting a year

Truth: You can request an Admissions and Release Committee (ARC)/IEP meeting at anytime, but you will at least have one annually to review and update the IEP as needed.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) Regulations Part 300 / D / 300.324 Development, review, and revision of IEP. (b) Review and revision of IEPs. (1) … the IEP Team– (i) Reviews the child’s IEP periodically, but not less than annually, to determine whether the annual goals for the child are being achieved; and

Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR)
707 KAR 1:320. Individual education program. Section 2. ARC Meetings. (6) An LEA shall ensure that the ARC: (a) Reviews each child’s IEP periodically, but no less than annually, to determine whether the annual goals for the child are being achieved;

Spotlight on KY: HDI’s The Parent Involvement Initiative

Human Development Institute’s (HDI)
The Parent Involvement Initiative

The Parent Involvement Initiative is part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs and managed by the University of Kentucky. It is designed to promote stakeholder engagement in Kentucky Department of Education initiatives (e.g. State Performance Plan and State Systemic Improvement Plan).

Check out all their great resources like The Kentucky Parent Guide for Special Education (HDI) & they have a very helpful Parent Involvement Video Series!

Newly Released! OSERS Framework (U.S. Department of Education)

U.S. Department of Education News RElease 9/20/18

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett has released a framework that communicates the way OSERS will focus its work to advance the Secretary of Education’s priorities and continue to make progress toward achieving its mission to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

The framework prioritizes rethinking all aspects of how we better serve infants, toddlers, children, youth, and adults with disabilities. It highlights OSERS’ commitment to support states in their work to raise expectations and improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities; to provide states flexibility to implement their programs within the constructs of the law; and to partner with parents, individuals with disabilities, and diverse stakeholders.

As an example of OSERS’ commitment to rethink anything and everything to ensure that it is in the best position to achieve its mission, Assistant Secretary Collett addressed in a blog the need to rethink special education to prepare each individual for successful careers and a meaningful life.

“This work is too important, the need is too urgent, and the stakes are too high for us to settle for anything less than whatever it takes to deliver on the promises we have made to individuals with disabilities and families in our country,” Collett said. “This will require an unwavering commitment to address any barriers that stand in the way of improving opportunities and outcomes for each person with a disability and to make needed changes at the federal, state, and local levels.”

KY-SPIN’s Resource Man Comic Issue 1

It’s been several years in the making, we are thrilled to release KY-SPIN’s Resource Man Comic Issue 1 for youth!  With input from youth and a youth artist we will be focusing on different topics each issue for youth.  Check out issue 1 Here



NEWS RELEASE Number 18-132 Sept. 5, 2018


(Frankfort, KY) – The Kentucky Board of Education approved school performance levels for 2018 federal and state accountability during a special meeting in Frankfort today.

By law, the state must identify schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) – those in the bottom 5 percent at each level (elementary, middle, and high school) or high schools with a 4-year graduation rate of less than 80 percent – and schools for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) – those with any student group performing as low as CSI schools.

For fall 2018 reporting, schools will be identified based on their performance on three indicators.

Last month, a group of education stakeholders and policymakers evaluated school performance data from the 2017-2018 school year, considered the relative weight ranges for each indicator established by the Kentucky Board of Education, and made a recommendation on the threshold cut scores for each indicator. Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis made a slight modification to that in his recommendation, which the board approved today.  Continue Reading

Spotlight on KY: Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC)

Publicly-funded community services are provided for Kentuckians who have problems with mental health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, or substance abuse, through Kentucky’s 14 regional Boards for Mental Health or Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (Regional MHID Boards). Regional MHID Boards are private, nonprofit organizations established by KRS Chapter 210 which serve residents of a designated multi-county region.

For information about mental health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, or substance abuse services, contact the local office of your Regional MHID Board. Learn More

Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs)
and Adult State-Operated or State-Contracted Psychiatric Hospitals
Alphabetically by County

KY-SPIN’s Myth Busters: Special Education Location

Myth: Special Education is a place

Truth: Special Education is services and supports through Individualized Education Program (IEP) not a place.  Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which calls for IEP for students who qualify, children are to be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) with supports and accommodations brought in for that to work before an alternative placement is explored. Placement is not to be determined based on the category of disability a child qualifies under.

Least Restrictive Environment is explained in IDEA as follows:

. . . To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities . . . are educated with children who are nondisabled; and . . . special classes, separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. [§300.114(a)(2)(i)]

IDEA also requires that the child’s placement:

  • is determined at least annually;
  • is based on the child’s IEP; and
  • is as close as possible to the child’s home. [§300.116(b)]

Click on the graphic from our friends at PEAK Parent Center:

 Helpful Resources:

Kentucky P&A wants to hear from you! 

They are in the process of drafting priorities for 2019!  Please click on link below and provide them with feedback on the work they are doing now and in the future.  Kentucky Protection and Advocacy (P&A) is the designated protection and advocacy system in Kentucky.  P&A, an independent state agency, protects and promotes the rights of Kentuckians with disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing, through information and referral, technical assistance, education and training, and legal advocacy.



KY-SPIN’s Myth Busters: Intelligence Levels and Special Education

Myth: A child is too smart for special education

Truth: There are many ways a child may qualify for special education, in fact children who qualify are among some of the brightest children! For children ages 3-21 there are a variety of categories under Individuals with Disabilities Education improvement Act (IDEA), a federal law, a child may qualify for.  There are a number of ways a disability can educationally effect a child. Examples are social/emotional, health, vision, hearing, academics, etc.

If they qualify there will be an Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed to meet their needs.   An IEP team will meet which includes the parent and student to develop the IEP.  If your child has been diagnosed with a disability or you suspect they have one you can refer them to be evaluated.  Follow the steps in our How to Get An Evaluation for Your Child Through School (ages 3-21) Information Sheet.  A sample letter requesting evaluation can be found on Requesting an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Services (CPIR).

Helpful Resources:

Spotlight on KY: Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN)

The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) provides comprehensive care to children with special health care needs. They treat children who:

  • Are KY residents
  • Are under the age of 21
  • Meet medical eligibility
  • Meet financial eligibility

Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for Kentucky’s children with special health care needs through quality service, leadership, advocacy, education and collaboration.

Their vision is to be the visible leader in supporting the highest quality of life for Kentucky’s children with special health care needs and their families through collaboration and creation of a more accessible community based system of support.

Specialty Medical Care

OCSHCN provides services through a variety of specialty clinics held across the Commonwealth.

  • Asthma (Severe)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Communication Disorders
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Eye
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart
  • Hemophilia
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic
  • Otology
  • Rheumatology
  • Scoliosis

To learn more OCSHCN

COMMISSIONER’S MONDAY MESSAGE: Proposed New High School Graduation Requirements


Proposed New High School Graduation Requirements
The Kentucky Department of Education has been working to revise graduation requirements to provide our graduates with greater flexibility in the courses they take and the opportunity to personalize their course of study, while also ensuring they are prepared with the foundational skills they need after high school. Please look at my video on proposed graduation requirements to learn more.

We will take proposed new requirements to the Kentucky Board of Education for a first reading at its meeting on Thursday (8/2). You can find a written overview of the proposed changes in 704 KAR 3:305 online along with a comparison of the old requirements and the proposed graduation requirements.

To read the whole Monday Message goto:

KY-SPIN’s Myth Busters: Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

Myth: Is that Dyslexia is not recognized as a part of the Specific Learning Disability (SLD) category to qualify for Individualized Education Program (IEP) in Kentucky.

Truth: Dyslexia is specifically listed under the Specific Learning Disability (SLD) definition in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR):

KAR 3:303. (59) “Specific learning disability” or “LD” means a disorder that adversely affects the ability to acquire, comprehend, or apply reading, mathematical, writing, reasoning, listening, or speaking skills to the extent that specially designed instruction is required to benefit from education. The specific learning disability (LD) may include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, developmental aphasia, and perceptual/motor disabilities. The term does not include deficits that are the result of other primary determinant or disabling factors such as vision, hearing, motor Legislative Research Commission PDF Version impairment, mental disability, emotional-behavioral disability, environmental or economic disadvantaged, cultural factors, limited English proficiency, or lack of relevant research-based instruction in the deficit area. (

Kentucky Administrative Regulation regarding SLD eligibility in 707 KAR 1:310. Determination of eligibility (

Kentucky Department of Education (KDE):  Specific Learning Disability Guidance Document. The purpose of this document is to assist schools in conducting appropriate and comprehensive educational evaluations for students suspected of having a specific learning disability (SLD).

KDE: Reference tables used to determine student eligibility under the Specific Learning Disability category. The information is supported by the regulation 707 KAR 1:310 Determination of eligibility. 


Spotlight on KY: Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children (KPFC)

KPFC’s vision is that all families raising youth and children affected by behavioral health challenges will achieve their fullest potential.

KPFC’s mission is to empower families affected by behavioral health challenges to initiate personal and systems change.

In April 1998 the Statewide Partnership of Kentucky for Effective Support (SPOKES-a statewide parent group) and the Kentucky Family Based Services Association (KFBSA-a statewide professional group) merged to become Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children, Inc. This merge allowed KPFC to provide a united voice dedicated to improving services for children in Kentucky with emotional, social, and behavioral challenges. As the name implies, bringing the parents and professionals to the table to truly work in partnership is an important part of KPFC.

KPFC’s united voice works to:

  • effect policy changes at the state level,
  • educate legislators about the needs of children with severe emotional disabilities,
  • improve services so that all children and families will be able to receive appropriate services in their home communities, and
  • give a voice to the youth and families that live with this disability every day.

To learn more about KPFC 

Important Update on Michelle P Waiver Waiting List

Center for Accessible Living – Bowling Green Facebook Post



Important Update on Michelle P Waiver waiting list

The Kentucky State Cabinet for Health and Family Services is currently reviewing all names on the waiting list for the Michelle P. waiver for further review for eligibility. This process will take many months to complete.

It is imperative that the state has your current address and phone numbers so they can contact you to conduct the review.

If the state cannot reach you within 14 days of their attempt to schedule a review your family member will be removed from the waiting list.

Please email the state at to update your records.

To verify your family member is on the Michelle P waiver waiting list call 502-564-1647 option#4 then option#1

COMMISSIONER’S MONDAY MESSAGE: Update on Accountability for 2018-2019 School Year


Commissioner’s Comments

Update on Accountability for 2018-2019 school year
School accountability for the 2018-2019 school year will be based on the content tests given at elementary and middle schools. For high schools, the reading and mathematics subscores on the college admissions examination and scores from the science and writing assessments will be used for accountability.

At high school, end-of-course tests will NOT be administered in spring 2019. Instead, students will take the college admissions examination to assess reading and mathematics and participate in field tests for new Kentucky assessments. A college admissions examination vendor is being secured and an announcement is expected within the next several weeks. At grade 11, a new operational assessment in science will be administered and the on-demand writing test will continue. A social studies assessment will be created once new standards are adopted.

At its upcoming August meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) will conduct its first review of the regulations for reading/writing and mathematics content standards and graduation requirements. These topics will impact state testing and accountability for 2018-2019 school year. Content standards are the basis of the state-required tests and much input has been collected on the revision of the content standards over the past two years. With the passage of Senate Bill 1 (2017, Kentucky General Assembly), a formalized process for standards development was established and implemented. As a result, KBE will begin to review revised standards in August.

The KBE will also consider the department’s proposal for revised high school graduation requirements. At its June 2018 meeting, I made the case to the board that receiving a diploma in Kentucky should require the demonstration essential skills and content knowledge necessary for transition to postsecondary and/or the workforce. The proposed regulation requires that students meet a passing point in reading and foundational mathematics on a new state-required test to be administered in the spring of grade 10.

The expected time for the adoption of new content standards and graduation requirements is spring 2019. If you have questions about the state’s assessment plan for spring 2019, please contact Associate Commissioner Rhonda Sims or Director Jennifer Stafford by email or by phone at 502-564-2256.

To read the whole Monday Message goto:

Save the Date: KY-SPIN Family Fall Festival

KY-SPIN Family Fall Festival

Date: Sun, October 21 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport’s Ballroom; 2735 Crittenden Drive; Louisville, KY 40209


FREE event for children with disabilities, their siblings and parents/caregivers.

FREE games, trick-or-treating and refreshments.

Wear your costumes (no scary, gory or revealing costumes).

Please RSVP to 800-525-7746 or

ponsored By Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport

To make a donation or volunteer for the event please contact
KY-SPIN at the phone number or email address above.

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KDE News Release 18-104 Alternate Assessment Waiver public comment:

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking public comment on a request to extend its waiver on the number of students who can be tested using an alternate assessment on annual statewide Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests.

Kentucky requires all students enrolled in a public K-12 school to be assessed – either with accommodations, without accommodations or with an alternate assessment. The only exception is for a student who receives a medical or extraordinary circumstances nonparticipation waiver.

Kentucky follows the federal participation requirement and, to date, has met or exceeded the 95 percent participation rate as reported in the School Report Card.

Federal regulation states no more than 1 percent of the total number of students participating in a statewide assessment such as K-PREP may take the alternate assessment in each subject area tested. The most recent data from the 2016-2017 school year shows that slightly more than 1 percent of Kentucky’s students took alternate assessments.

According to 34 C.F.R. §200.6(c)(4), “If a State anticipates that it will exceed the cap under paragraph (c)(2) of this section with respect to any subject for which assessments are administered under § 200.2(a)(1) in any school year, the State may request that the Secretary [of Education] waive the cap for the relevant subject, pursuant to section 8401 of the Act, for one year.”

The KDE plans to submit the waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education in the areas of reading, mathematics, writing, language mechanics, social studies, English II, Algebra II, Biology and U.S. History.

The department will continue to gather data on the characteristics of students participating in the alternate assessment to determine whether students who do not have significant cognitive disabilities are participating.

The KDE will continue to monitor alternate assessment data and request justification from districts that exceed

1 percent participation in any subject. The department will address any disproportionality in the percentage of students taking the alternate assessment.

As a result of the 2017-2018 waiver, the KDE, regional special education cooperatives, and school districts have worked rigorously in collaboration to develop and implement guidance and training to ensure only the students with the most significant cognitive disabilities are participating in the alternate assessment. The substantial progress made is cited in the proposed waiver for alternate assessment participation the KDE will submit to the U.S. Department of Education.

The proposed waiver is available on the Kentucky Department of Education website.

Any individual or organization may submit written comments on the proposed waiver under 34 C.F.R. §200.6(c)(4). Written comments will be accepted through August 2.

Send written comments on the proposed waiver to Veronica Sullivan, Assistant Director, Division of Learning Services, Office of Teaching and Learning, Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Boulevard, Fifth Floor, Sower Building, Frankfort, KY 40601. Sullivan also may be reached by telephone at (502) 564-4970, or by fax at (502) 564-4124.


KentuckyWorks Family and Youth Engagement Community Conversation

Join the conversation on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 for youth with intellectual disabilities, families, and professionals to discuss what families and youth need to prepare for the world of work! They need to hear your voices, including parents of younger and older students with disabilities and youth with more significant needs. Help them figure out how to make employment a possibility for everyone!

They want youth with the intellectual disabilities and their families to come talk with them about the resources and support they need to prepare for and find meaningful work, and teachers and professionals to share the valued resources they have found. Please register below to attend KentuckyWorks Family Engagement Community Conversation on Tuesday, July 17 from 10am-12pm at KCTCS: 300 N Main St. Versailles, KY with national expert, Sean Roy, from the YES! Center and Dr. Harold Kleinert from HDI.

Register for the Community Conversation.

Download flyer.

People with disabilities have significant skills and talents to contribute to the world, and this Community Conversation is a wonderful opportunity for youth and family members to identify the barriers to employment, find solutions along with professionals, and learn more about what we can all do to make meaningful employment a reality. As the mom of an 18 year-old with Down syndrome and a member of the KentuckyWorks team, this issue is near to my heart as we look for ways to make sure that youth with intellectual disabilities, the parents of younger and older students, and the professionals in our lives have this vision that everyone has inherent value and the ability to contribute to their communities, and it is our responsibility to work together to unleash that potential. —Stephanie Meredith

From Lexington:

Take Versailles Road to Versailles
Bear right onto US 60 toward Frankfort
Go through two stop lights, then turn left at the KCTCS digital sign.
Follow the road across the railroad tracks and turn right for visitor parking.

From Frankfort:

Take US 60/Versailles Road straight to Versailles (approx. 10 miles)
You will pass the back of Woodford Co. High School and go under a pedestrian bridge.
Turn right at the KCTCS digital sign and flags, just past the pedestrian bridge.
Follow the road across the railroad tracks and turn right for visitor parking.


Hosted by the Office of Autism and the KY Autism Training Center


Parents, caregivers, professionals and self-advocates from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky are invited to attend this two day training event that will begin on Thursday evening with a buffet dinner and resource roundtables with state and local agencies followed by a full day of breakout training sessions and lunch on Friday! Meals are included in the registration fee. ** A limited number of scholarships for lodging will be available for family members traveling more than 60 miles from their home to attend the Summit. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park 965 Lodge Rd Greenup, KY 41144 ──── Resource Roundtables Breakout Sessions:  Communication  Behavior in the Home  Self-Advocacy  IEP Information  Social Skills  Puberty  Emergency Readiness for Families and more! ──── Registration cost: $15 – 1 person $25 – 2 people Questions?? Call (502)852-4631 REGISTER ONLINE:

2018 ASD Parent Summit