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KET Parenting and Child Care Your Child with Special Needs
a KET panel discussion; aired September 2004

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Your Child with Special Needs:
From High School to Community

The transition from high school to the “real world” is a major step in everyone’s life, but it can be especially difficult for students who need extra support to be successful. What are some of the government programs available to support people with disabilities so they can live and work in the community? What is transition planning, and why is it important?

Representatives from the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, a Special Education Cooperative, the University Center on Disability at the University of Kentucky, and the parent of a child with special needs answer these questions and many other topics in this one-hour discussion on what it means for students with disabilities to make the transition from school to the community—a change in service delivery systems from entitlement (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to eligibility (Medicaid or another social service agency). Documentary segments show adults with disabilities at a variety of jobs, working independently and with job coaches, and in a variety of living and recreational settings to show some of the options available.

photo of teenagers in the kitchen Program Topics

  • transition planning during high school
  • person-centered planning and self-determination
  • independent and supported living programs
  • post-secondary education opportunities
  • recreation and leisure opportunities after high school
  • vocational support and other employment opportunities


  • Marie Allison, parent

  • Kathy Eversole
    Upper Cumberland Special Education Cooperative
    22 Saddlebrook Garden Homes
    London, KY 40744

  • Beth Harrison
    Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute
    University of Kentucky
    221 Mineral Industries Building
    Lexington, KY 40506-0051
    (859) 257-4408

  • Karen Lawrence, CRC
    Program Administrator
    Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
    209 St. Clair
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    (502) 564-4440 or (800) 372-7172
    Fax: (502) 564-1268

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