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Kentucky Disability Resource Guide

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Employment

KentuckyWorks

Description:
KentuckyWorks is a collaborative effort to support youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities in finding competitive employment.

KY Cabinet for Workforce Development

Description:
Connecting Kentucky to employment, workforce information, education and training. The Kentucky Career Center stands ready to assist Kentuckians with disabilities in achieving suitable employment and independence. Kentucky Career Center offers a comprehensive range of services for people with disabilities. For more info, see Vocational Services.

Pre-Employment Transition Services

Description:
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) prepare youth for transition into adulthood, for college enrollment and/or successful employment. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) states that public school students ages 14-21, are entitled to receive Pre-Employment Transition Services at no personal cost. Pre-ETS include: Job Exploration Counseling, Post-Secondary Counseling, Self-Advocacy Instruction, Work-Based Learning Experiences, and Workplace Readiness Training.
Phone Number:
606-780-2287
Contact Email:

Supported Employment

Description:
What is Supported Employment? Kentucky has over 80 entities that provide supported employment. Some are freestanding agencies that only provide supported employment. Others provide other services in addition to supported employment. When seeking supported employment, you may begin by talking with supported employment providers (KY Supported Employment Provider List). Alternatively, your first step may be contacting the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) where your OVR eligibility will be determined and referrals made to supported employment providers. Regardless, it is important to interview supported employment providers to learn about their ways of approaching employment services. As is true for all types of services, there is a significant range of quality
Phone Number:
(800) 372-7172

Transition

Description:
Transition is the “exit” out of a child’s secondary school to the adult world. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living. One strategy for ensuring a successful transition, is planning. As part of IDEA, schools are required to provide transition planning to help the student identify interests, strengths, preferences and needs. Transition planning also means identifying possible post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and/or community participation. Transition is also developing a coordinated set of activities for a student that will help him or her to achieve those goals.
Phone Number:
(502) 564-4970

Vocational Rehabilitation

Description:
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. The office employs approximately 140 rehabilitation counselors in over 50 offices covering all 120 counties in Kentucky.
Phone Number:
(502) 564-4440
Contact Email: