Webinar – Tips to Interact Effectively with Law Enforcement – February 7 at 2:00pm

Don’t miss this great upcoming Webinar sponsored by The Arc of the United States!

Tips to Interact Effectively with Law Enforcement
Tuesday, February 7 at 2:00 pm EST

Speakers Leigh Ann Davis and Jessica Oppenheim will explore skills needed to engage effectively with law enforcement officers, the criminal justice system, and other authority figures as a witness, victim, or offender. This webinar will provide practical tips for people with I/DD, families, and professionals on how to support people with I/DD to advocate for themselves and engage with authority figures effectively.

Register for this session by clicking here

Updated Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Final Rules – Open for Public Comment until January 19, 2017

Updated Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Final Rules

The Commonwealth of Kentucky updated its Statewide Transition Plan (STP), which outlines our process for implementing the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rules.  Kentucky received initial approval on its STP in June, 2016, and updated the STP based on additional feedback and comments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

These updates include further defining our heightened scrutiny and assessment processes.  The public notice of the updated STP was published in newspapers and on the DMS web page on December 20, 2016.  The STP is open for public comment until January 19, 2017 and is published on the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS)’ webpage: http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/

NAA’s Big Red Safety Boxes for Autism Families

The National Autism Association’s Big Red Safety Box® is a free-of-charge safety toolkit for autism families in need of wandering-prevention tools.
Please review ALL of the information below before submitting your application.
To apply for an NAA Big Red Safety Box®, you must: 
  • Be the primary caregiver of an individual with an autism diagnosis.
  • Be 18 years or older and a resident of the U.S.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions stated in the application.
  • Be a first-time recipient. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply.
  • Apply only once. Multiple requests will not be processed, limit one box per family.
  • Allow up to 3 weeks for NAA to process your application and ship your Big Red Safety Box.
NAA’s Big Red Safety Box® includes:
  • Educational materials and tools, including NAA’s Be REDy Booklet
  • Two (2) GE Door/Window Alarms including batteries
  • One (1) RoadID Personalized, Engraved Shoe ID Tag
  • Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows
  • Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows
  • One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
  • One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Please note: 
  • If you have more than one child with autism and need additional ID’s, wristbands, etc., they can be purchased separately in our Big Red Safety Shop.
  • NAA’s Be REDy Booklet can be downloaded for free.
  • NAA’s Big Red Safety Boxes® have a retail value of $53.00.  To help NAA continue this program, we ask you to please consider Paying it Forward by making an optional donation when requesting your NAA Big Red Safety Box®.
  • NAA’s Big Red Safety Box® grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to all qualifying applicants while supplies last. You are not required to make a donation to receive one.
  • You will receive instructions in the box to submit a custom personalization order for your shoe tag at roadid.com. Your tag will be quickly engraved with your emergency information and mailed to you at no charge.
Regardless of any tools caregivers may have in place, if a loved one’s medical condition interferes with their ability to recognize danger or stay safe, it is critical that caregivers maintain close supervision and security in all settings. For more information, visit our AWAARE site.

Click here to apply

And now a word from our sponsors …

The Arc of Central Kentucky would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors for their support:

Supporting Sponsors

Barrowman Case Management
G & J Pepsi
Homeplace Support Services
Kohl’s Lexington East
Performance Food Service – Somerset

Gold Sponsors

Artjock Graphics
Employment Solutions
Jim Chesser
Love & Grace Yoga Studio

Silver Sponsors

Chris’s Canine Cookies – Chris Riddell
Julian Clark
No Boundaries Case Management
Verbal Behavioral Consulting
Wee Can Autism & Behavioral Consultation

Bronze Sponsors

A Brighter Choice
Bundy & Associates
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission


Dine for a Cause!

Join us for a night of delicious food, entertainment, music, silent auction,  cash bar & more at the historic Lyric Theatre & Cultural Center!


The Details:

Event:  Shedding the Mask on Disabilities
Date:    Friday, December 16, 2016
Time:    6:00pm – 10:00pm
Place:   The historic Lyric Theatre & Cultural Center, 300 E. Third Street, Lexington, KY
Dress:   Business Casual
$25 – General Admission
$20 – Individuals with disabilities and their families (use the code “mask”)
          Tickets include admission, dinner and a T-shirt

Tickets may be purchased online at
or by calling 859-280-2218