The Arc of Kentucky is committed to all people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, as well as families, and works to develop public policy which will assist them in realizing their goals of learning, living, working, and playing in the community. The Arc's mission is advocating for the human rights and full inclusion and participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence community policy. In line with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values, The Arc of Kentucky has a five year Strategic Plan in place with identified goals, objectives, activities and timelines that determine the direction and progress of the organization.
The goals set out in the Strategic Plan include: Advocacy, Education and Outreach, Collaboration and Partnership, Membership, and Revenue. The Strategic planning, goals and objectives are reviewed at quarterly board of directors meeting and at the best practices annual conference to assess the organizations progress. Additional periodic planning sessions are help with the governing body for an orientation of new board members, mentoring, review of procedural policies, etc. New pilot projects are developed during these sessions, i.e. a statewide sibling network, self-advocacy council, a curriculum to reach aging caregivers of individuals with disabilities, and a self-determination/leadership program.
Additionally, the qualitative and quantitative indicators for the organization's progress are measured through participation in outreach of various training evens, regional trainings, conferences, meetings, gatherings, etc. to reach individuals with disabilities, caregivers, families, friends, etc. Through the annual statewide conference, members are contacted throughout the state to assess the needs of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their quality of life. Surveys are developed to assure the most up-to-date best practices information and topics are provided.
The Arc's Annual Statewide Conference is a best practices conference held in collaboration with Kentucky TASH, Kentucky Department of Education, Simpson County and Jefferson County Parent Resource Centers and Kentucky Self Advocates for Freedom. Through the overarching themes each year of Education, Community Living, Inclusive Communities, Self-Advocacy, Employment, Federal and State Funded Programs, the conference serves as a platform to individuals with disabilities, family members, friends, the elderly, service providers, community leaders, advocacy organizations, education professionals, policymakers, etc. to network, share ideas and exciting information within the disabilities arena. Participants are recruited through mailings, newsletters, website, e-mails, webinars, etc.
The Arc of Kentucky’s progress is measured by its supports and services offered and provided. It is an ongoing process. Supports and services offered include information and referral services, independent advocacy to address education, employment, health care and other concerns. Other initiatives include self-advocacy, a sibling network and family support. The Arc’s various training events and programs assist in reaching goals and objectives of the organization. The Arc’s programs include the Advocates in Action Self-Determination/Leadership Program which is a statewide innovative self-determination leadership academy designed to train individuals with disabilities; family members, siblings of individuals with disabilities; or professionals working with these individuals. The program empowers individuals and families to advocate for themselves and others. The Future is Now is a program to reach aging caregivers of individuals with disabilities and others to plan for their future and make decisions and create plans for the future of their family member in terms of residential, social, financial and legal decisions and planning. The Arc of Kentucky is a partner of the Project SAFE Kentucky program that works to end domestic violence against individuals with disabilities. The Arc is involved in the Transition from School Interagency Council, Employment First initiative and ongoing efforts to assist students and families during the period of transition from school to community life. Most of these initiatives are ongoing. Some barriers that exist are identifying ways to best reach caregivers, employments goals, and the sustainability of these programs in the future.
The Executive Director has been serving in this position for eleven years and is the overall manager of the organization and grant projects. Prior to assuming this position she was employed by the Arc as the Associate Director/Program Director for the organization and was involved in several programs and grant initiatives through the Arc.
Patty Dempsey is from Frankfort and is the family member of a person with an intellectual disability. She attended Franklin County High School and Kentucky State University majoring in Public Administration. Her involvement and membership in national and stat organizations include The Arc of Kentucky, The Arc of Central Kentucky, the Arc of the United States, AIDD, The Arc of the U.S. Executives, the Association of Providers of Supported Employment, The Commission for Persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (Governor appointment), the Center for Self-Determination, Kentucky TASH, Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children, and United Partners of Kentucky.
Prior Executive Directors include Chris Brown from Hazard, KY who served in that position for three years and Cecilia Arbuckle from Nashville, TN who served for three years also.
Advocates In Action is an innovative self determination leadership academy designed to train individuals with disabilities; family members, siblings of family members with disabilities; or professionals working with people with disabilities.
Advocates In Action provides state-of the-art knowledge about issues relating to developmental disabilities and builds the competencies necessary for Advocates in Action participants to become advocates who can effectively influence public policy.
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