Parent and Student Resources

 picture of Father and SonFor Parents:
A redesigned federal Web site that connects the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities to thousands of trusted resources on disability-related issues, programs and services. The site features comprehensive information from 22 federal agencies, as well as educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Topics covered on the site include: benefits; civil rights; community life; education; emergency preparedness; employment; health; housing; technology; and transportation.

Dropout Prevention Resource Guide
The purpose of this guide is to serve as a comprehensive source of effective dropout prevention strategies for educators, parents, and others interested in helping youth in at risk situations stay in school.

Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network (KY-SPIN)
The mission of KY-SPIN, Inc. is to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to effectively advocate for and access needed information, resources and support networks in order to enhance the quality of their lives.

KnowHow2GOKy is a multiyear, multimedia effort designed to encourage more Kentuckians to plan, enroll and succeed in college. This site primarily targets middle and high school students, and their parents, with motivational content to encourage them to get ready for college.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Technical Assistance Alliance for Parents
Parent Centers – Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) – in each state provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with them. This assistance helps parents to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting their children’s educational needs. The Parent Centers work to improve outcomes for children ages birth-26 years with all disabilities (emotional, learning, cognitive, and physical).

picture of student smilingFor Students:

Dude Transition Book (002)
“Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?” – This transition planning book was developed for Tennessee, but has good information for residents of Kentucky and other states too!

Going to College
Learn how to use your strengths, learning style and interests to set goals for college. Learn what to expect in college and what professors will expect from you. Learn tips for good grades, accommodations and using technology. Learn what you can do now to prepare for and apply to college.

Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Login
The new web-enabled Individual Learning Plan (ILP) helps secondary students (grades 6-12) better focus their coursework on individual goals as they prepare for postsecondary studies and careers.

Kentucky Virtual High School – Kentucky Virtual Schools (KVS)
Students from schools throughout Kentucky are taking engaging, rigorous high school courses online through the Kentucky Virtual High School (KVHS), a program of the Kentucky Department of Education. In choosing KVHS, schools are able to provide students with equal access to expanded learning options, flexible scheduling, and an engaging learning environment that differs from the traditional classroom setting.

Kids as Self-Advocates (KASA)
Kids as Self Advocates (KASA) is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. KASA believes young people with disabilities will have control over their own lives and futures. We help this happen by teaching youth about their rights, giving peer support and training, and changing the systems that affect our lives to include us.

KnowHow2GOKy is a multiyear, multimedia effort designed to encourage more Kentuckians to plan, enroll and succeed in college. This site primarily targets middle and high school students, and their parents, with motivational content to encourage them to get ready for college.

Mapping Your Future
Mapping Your Future is your free resource for career, college, financial aid, and money management information. Our goal is to help individuals achieve life-long success by empowering students, families, and schools with free, web-based information and services.

Taking Control of Your Finances (KHEAA)
From the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Taking Control of Your Finances is a series of streaming video sessions designed to enhance your money management skills. Each streaming video session runs between 15 and 20 minutes. The sessions are easy to understand and feature audio, video, slides and worksheets. You can even complete quizzes at the end of each video to see how well you know the information.

The 411 on Disabilitiy Disclosure
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.

The workbook does not tell a young person what to do. Rather, it helps them make informed decisions about disclosing their disability, decisions that will affect their educational, employment, and social lives.

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education
For students with disabilities, a big factor in their successful transition from high school to postsecondary education is accurate knowledge about their civil rights. The purpose of this guide is to provide answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment.

Youth Hood
A dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school; whether it be college, technical school, community living, etc.