Family outreach and support is a core part of our work. The Council on Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to providing support to individuals with disabilities and their families and to fostering ongoing friendships and support networks for the families we serve. We provide advocacy training, support, crisis intervention, information referral, guidance and outreach activities to families, to their children and to adults with autism-spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, and the I/DD spectrum.
To learn more, email Mona Wilkerson or call 502.999.3719 (Mona's direct line) or 502.584.1239.
Family Outreach Activities
Our Parent Board, a group of dedicated Council volunteers, works to design and host fun and engaging outreach activities for our families. These events include our annual picnic and a Family Fun Festival in the fall.
Help Now/Crisis Intervention
Help Now is a crisis support/intervention and prevention program for individuals with disabilities and their families. Crisis intervention is available for individuals with disabilities who are in crisis and need immediate assistance beyond that which direct service programs can provide. Services may include intervention and/or assistance with the legal system, medical care, protective services, residential services, guardianship and other services that are needed to stabilize individual circumstances. Crisis prevention provides training in the use of appropriate resources to prevent crisis and plan for the future. Louisville Metro Government funds the Help Now portion of this program.
Hispanic & Immigrant Outreach
We are working to strengthen outreach to underserved members of the community who have children with developmental disabilities and could benefit from our programs and trainings, particularly immigrant and Hispanic families. The Council has received past funding from Brown-Forman in support of this effort.
We provide parents with training and advocacy support to help them acquire the appropriate services for their children enrolled in the public school system. LEAD – the Leadership Education & Advocacy Development training program – provides instruction to parents, educators, service providers and advocates in special education law, the IEP process, communication and advocacy techniques to set the stage for educational success. Learn about LEAD