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Group by KY IEP Advocate

KY IEP Advocate 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. Website Check out her upcoming training schedule here.

Terri Lykins, RDN, LD

Terri is a registered dietitian who has served as the Clinical Nutrition Manager of two large hospitals, Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center, and Jewish Hospital/Frazier Rehab Center.  She is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.

In 2001, she started her own consulting practice, specializing in working with adults with special needs.  She recently spent eight years under contract with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, developing nationally-recognized Physical and Nutrition Support Services to promote health and well-being for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the State.

She currently provides nutrition services in Louisville through the Lee Specialty Clinic, and in the community through the SCL Waiver.  She also sees clients through her own private practice, Transform, where she helps re-shape eating patterns to support better health and freedom from non-hunger eating.  She is the author of Soul Food:  A Dietitian’s Guide to Nutritional Transformation, and has been a guest speaker at churches and women’s retreats throughout the country.

Her passion is rock climbing, and she is the founder and executive director of All Climbers Inclusive Climbing, a non-profit organization that hosts indoor climbing events for people with special needs. To learn more, go to AllClimbers.org

Frazier Museum

In efforts to offer commnity and educational inclusion for all we have partnered with The Frazier Museum to make this happen. Click here to start your free membership today!

The Frazier is a history museum located in the West Main District of downtown Louisville. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Frazier documents and reinterprets stories from history using artifacts, exhibitions, and live interpretations written and performed daily by a talented staff of teaching artists. With the opening of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Welcome Center and the Spirit of Kentucky® exhibit in 2018, the Frazier became the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Website

Dr. Toetta R. Taul, L.E.A.D. Training Director

A native of Richmond, Ky., Dr. Taul holds a bachelor of arts in social studies education from Kentucky State University as well as graduate degrees from Spalding University, including a Master of Arts in Teaching: Learning and Behavior Disorders, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Taul directs the Council’s Leadership Education & Advocacy Development training program, which helps train and empower parents to advocate and communicate effectively about their children’s educational needs. She also is employed by the Jefferson County Public School system, where she has worked since 2002. Currently, Dr. Taul is the Freshman Academy Principal at Iroquois High School.  She is active in the district as a trainer and facilitator and is a Classroom Management Trainer for the Jefferson County Teacher Association (JCTA). Additionally, Dr. Taul teaches culturally responsive teaching and classroommanagement/leadership for the JCPS Alternative Certification Elementary and Secondary (ACES) Program.

Dr. Taul’s life’s passion has been working with students with disabilities, as well as underprivileged and less-advantaged youth. She has mentored several teachers new to the profession and works with parents to involve them in their student’s academic success.

Smile Project Louisville

Michael Ray, is the founder of Smile Project Louisville, an organization created to affect attitude and behaviors through smiling with strangers. As the oldest of 7, Michael has seen life take many twists and turns. After 20+ years in the tumultuous mortgage industry, the death of a child, the challenges of a non-verbal special needs daughter and divorce, this father of 4 acted on a once dreamt desire of inspiring others through small acts. This leap of faith has since turned into Smile Project Louisville.

Today, you can find Michael’s daily encounters with total strangers on several social media platforms with active followers all over the world. He has been on numerous pod casts, news stories, radio stations and has recently ventured into public speaking.

Michael Ray lives in Louisville, KY and can be reached at smileprojectlouisville@gmail.com or 502-777-6479. Website

Critically Loved

Critically Loved provides education and resources to families of critically and chronically ill children.  One way Critically Loved achieves this goal is by providing Medical Binders at the onset of a child’s diagnosis.  This helps organize the child’s healthcare and provides steps to getting started.

Critically Loved provides comfort and direction by being an online resource to help navigate a difficult road. We partner with pediatric health providers and specialty charities to reach parents who need practical, financial and spiritual support. Website

Lee Speciality Clinic

Whether you know what help you need, or just that you need help, we’re here for you. The Lee Specialty Clinic offers a broad range of medical, dental, psychiatric, and general healthcare services for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Many of our clinicians have dedicated their entire professional careers to caring for people with IDD. Click here to contact us for more details.