KATC: Connect the Dots for ASD

Kentucky Autism Training Center (KATC):

Connect the Dots for ASD will be starting in multiple regions this winter/spring! Call the contact in your region below for more information — these groups are FREE!!!

Department for Medicaid Services: 1915(c) HCBS Waiver Public Comment Begins

The Department for Medicaid Services (the Department) is reminding stakeholders that the formal public comment period for amendments to the Commonwealth’s 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs began Monday, January 7, 2019.

You can view the amended waiver applications and a summary of the updates on the Department’s Division of Community Alternatives website. You will find the documents in the “Additional Information” section of the site. The Department is also hosting a series of webinars this week to highlight the proposed amendments to the waivers. You can find a schedule, along with information on how to submit your public comments, in the public notice that the Department issued in December 2018. 

The formal public comment period will remain open until February 6, 2019, at 11:59PM. The Department looks forward to receiving your feedback. 

KY-SPIN Central KY Region Educational Specialist Position Available

The full-time Central KY Region Educational Specialist ($13 an hour, 40 hours a week) position assists the Director’s in the daily coordination of Parent Training and Information activities.  This position is for someone who lives within the region they will be serving (to view the region: Regional Contact Map).  Must be able to travel statewide and have the transportation to do so.  This position requires flexibility to work late evenings/night and on the weekends to provide services to the families we serve.  This person will foster and maintain positive relationships with other staff, other statewide partners and board members; helping them organize events throughout the state.  The Educational Specialist will work with other organizations in collaborative efforts for workshops, training events, and participation in community involvement events.  We are looking for someone who is a self-starter, outgoing, approachable, strong work ethic, able to present to groups, and has a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. Experience/knowledge of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), IEP’s, IFSP’s, disability rights, disability systems navigation, and inclusion is a plus.   Assist families, professionals and youth with disabilities one-on-one. Must be able to return calls within 24 hours; check and answer emails at a minimum of twice daily Monday through Friday; and complete required paperwork.  You will be responsible for providing 30 workshops and 10 booths for your region in a project year.  Persons with disabilities and parents or family members of children/persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Minimum requirement of Standard High School Diploma or GED.  KY-SPIN, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If interested in this position, send a letter of interest and a current resume to spininc@kyspin.com  by January 22, 2019.

Now accepting Applications for KY-SPIN Youth Council

KY-SPIN Youth Advisory Council is for individuals with disabilities ages 14-26
The KY-SPIN Youth Advisory Council will assist and advise KY-SPIN to address the needs of youth with disabilities for high-quality services that increase their capacity to be effective self-advocates.  

KY-SPIN Youth Advisory Council Application

For more information contact Ian Rosser by phone at (859) 878-0560
or by email at ian@kyspin.com 

Join us for Information meeting:

Youth Council Information meeting 5/30/17 from 5-6 in Lexington, KY For more information contact Ian Rosser by phone at (859) 878-0560 or by email at ian@kyspin.com

KY-SPIN’s Mythbusters

It is a myth that KY-SPIN files complaints on school districts with the KY Department of Education.

KY-SPIN’s role is to help build partnerships with schools and families.  We help educate families on the special education process and dispute resolution.  We help families so that they can help their child.  Even if you are not in agreement with the school it is important to still have a working relationship with them to get an appropriate education for your child. 


Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities

by PACER Reference Points

By now you’ve received your W2 and other tax documents. And, if you are like most taxpayers with and without disabilities, you want to go ahead and get your taxes out of the way, however, you have questions. The IRS’ Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, can help answer many of them. Whether you have questions on your income, itemized deductions, tax credits and incentives, personal support services or your healthcare, the Publication of the Week helps cross the t’s and dot the i’s on your tax return.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your questions answered and get your taxes off of your shoulder. As a reminder: the sooner you file, the faster you get your refund.

Haven’t filed yet? If you earned $60,000 or less in 2014, you can use MyFreeTaxes.com to e-file your federal and state tax return in all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, absolutely free – no catch!