Educational Support


We want to help individuals and families understand their rights and the range of resources available when a student could benefit from special educational support.  Through partnerships with local schools disctricts and community agencies, we can provide information and guidance to help students get what they need for success.  Common questions we recevie from families are related to:

  • How to obtain assessment and/or evaluation to determine if special education supports are needed.
  • How to request services with the local school district.
  • Understanding the role of Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.).
  • Understanding services available through local school districts.
  • Communication strategies to use during ARC meetings
  • How to access career planning tools while in school. 

We welcome calls from the community when there are questions or advocacy needs for students with developmental disabilites.  Please contact us so we can offer assistance for your unique situation. 

Educational Advocacy is our Heart

Since its founding in 1952, The Council has advocated for quality educational opportunities for our children. A little more than 50 years ago, our local school systems excluded all students with moderate and severe disabilities. Today, by federal and state law, all children have the right to go to school, to receive a quality education, and to be served in the least restricted environment.

The Council understands that this would not have happened without the dedication, hard work and tenacity of parents determined to move school systems forward in a positive and more inclusive direction. As parents, and as an organization, our work is not done. Although many of our children with special needs receive quality educational services, this is not true for all of our children. This is NOT acceptable. All children have the right to develop and learn in the best way possible, so that they may, in turn, share their gifts and strengths with the community. Parents have always made the difference for their children.

Educational advocacy training

L.E.A.D. Training

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. 

IEP Advocacy & You

We will be parterning with KY IEP Advocate for upcoming trainings and resource materials. KY IEP Advocare empowers parents to be the best advocate for their child in the special education process. Services focus on becoming a more meaningful participant in the IEP process while developing an IEP to best meet your child's educational needs. Training series to come in 2021 see schedule here.