ARC OF KENTUCKY INC

FRANKFORT, KY   |  www.arcofky.org

Mission

The Arc of Kentucky advocates for the rights and full 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.

Ruling year info

1962

Principal Officer

Sherri Brothers

Main address

706 E MAIN ST. STE A

FRANKFORT, KY 40601

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EIN

61-0593311

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Advocates in Action

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.

Population(s) Served

The Future is Now of Kentucky Project is a program designed to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in making future plans for residential, financial and legal future plans for their later years. The purpose of The Future is Now is to engage families and their relative with a disability to jointly make plans for the future by preparing a Letter of Intent at regional training sessions that will identify the dreams and plans for the future of the individual with a disability.

Population(s) Served

This council is made up of self advocates that work as an Advisory Council to The Arc of Kentucky Board of Directors.  The mission of this group is to promote full inclusion of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in all aspects of everyday life. 

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Arc of Kentucky advocates for the rights and full 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; provide resources; inspire communities and influence community policy.  The Arc of Kentucky wants all citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in and be included in all phases of community life and to make choices about and take control over their own lives to as large extent as possible including where and with whom they will live and work in the community.

This is accomplished primarily by our organization's ability to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through advocacy (the process of presenting their needs to local, state and national governmental and organizational bodies), education (informing such persons and their families of the programs and processes that they can use, and by raising awareness of the general population of the needs and abilities of such persons so that they will be accepted as individuals by the general public), and providing resource information.
 
This is also accomplished by by initiating and supporting local, state and national prevention efforts to reduce the incidence and limit the consequences of intellectual and developmental disabilities through research, advocacy, education and family support, by providing leadership, pursuing quality and justice, and developing human and financial resources to reach the above goals.

As a statewide organization with 14 local affiliate community chapters,  The Arc of Kentucky is striving to reach out to all citizens who would benefit from our experience and help.  Our long standing relationships with the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, Protection and Advocacy, the Commonwealth Council on Disabilities, and the Kentucky Department for Behaviorial Health, ensures that our organization will continue to benefit all citizens of the state.

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.

Financials

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ARC OF KENTUCKY INC

Board of directors
as of 8/30/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James Cheely

Board President

Term: 2014 - 2016


Board co-chair

Nancy Prather

President-Elect

Term: 2014 - 2016

James Cheely

Past-President

Nancy Prather

President

Bob Gray

Treasurer

Sherri Brothers

Secretary

Greg Brown

President-Elect

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No