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‘I’m on the Commission to Make a Difference'

HB 144 Commission: Faces of Advocacy

Member Andrew Venetianer: Self-Advocate

I am 32 years old, and I live in Louisville with my Family Home Providers, the Smith family.

I have been diagnosed as having...Read More »


Help Those Who Need a Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out

HB 144 Commission: Faces of Advocacy

Member Lynn Braker: Advocate

As one of the newest members of the HB 144 Commission known as the Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual...Read More »


Hear! Hear! for Commission Clinic

When I was contacted by the Commission for Children with Special Heath Care Needs (CCSHCN) about doing this article, my first thought was, “Seriously, it is the holidays and I don’t have the time to...Read More »


Commission for Children With Special Health Care Needs

Coordinating  Care for Thousands of Kids

When Jackie Richardson interviewed for the Executive Director’s job four years ago for the Commission for Children with Special Health Care...Read More »


DIY Summer Camps

Jessamine County Teacher Runs All Abilities Drama Camp

All Abilities Drama Camp, created for youth and adults with and without disabilities, is in the process of planning for its seventh year in existence...Read More »


Harold Kleinert: Career Reflections

Started my career as a teacher of students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders at a state institution in the fall of 1969.

And the most important work that I have ever done,...Read More »


Project Safe - A Decade of Protecting Kentuckians With Disabilities From Abuse

This is what it was like a little more than a decade ago before the formation of Project SAFE, a statewide network of collaborators who provide services for people with disabilities who...Read More »


Family to Family Trains Parents as Mentors

The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs has a unique program to provide support to parents of children with disabilities.

The Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) is led by parents of...Read More »


Her AIM is True

by Annette Jett

As social beings, we need others to survive and thrive. For many of us, friendships are formed naturally with little effort.

We meet someone and connect through our common interests. After...Read More »


Mano Amiga: Louisville’s La Casita Center Provides Helping Hands For Latino Families & Their Children With Disabilities

by Danielle Komis Palmer

It nearly broke Raquel Covarrubias’s heart when the pediatrician told her the news.
After all, the nurses at the hospital had said her newborn baby Erick was fine.

But here she...Read More »


HB 144 Commission Opportunities

If you want to hear the latest developments in disability-related services or share your ideas for improvement, the HB144 Commission is an ideal place to start.

The HB 144 Commission is formally known as the Kentucky...Read More »


Summer Camp Prescription: Fun!

The first time Kim Whittinghill-Smith dropped off her daughter, Sophie, at The Center for Courageous Kids summer camp, she was convinced that Sophie wouldn’t stay.

Then, 12, Sophie had never been away from...Read More »


ADA: The First 25 Years

The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated its 25th anniversary in the summer of 2015, but the fight for this landmark legislation began long before 1990.

The disabilities rights movement consisted of action as...Read More »


This is the Way She Rolls

By Heidi McKenzie

August 4, 2007 is a date that forever changed my life when I became a T-4 paraplegic at the age of 21.

On a foggy night, driving a little too fast...Read More »


Public Policy Priorities: Council Outlines 2016 Points of Emphasis

Public Policy means the laws, regulations and funding priorities that impact people’s lives.

One of the great things about living in a democracy is that we all have opportunities to impact public policy.

Each year, CCDD promotes...Read More »


Letter From the CCDD

by Chastity Ross, CCDD Chairperson

Hello and welcome to the Exceptional Family Magazine, 2016 edition.

It is an honor to serve as the Chairperson for the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD).

CCDD is made up of people...Read More »


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