Resources for School Age Children

UK Human Development Institute: Information for families and individuals with disabilities.


Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) :  is a group of citizens, appointed by the governor to serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. The remaining members are representatives of each major state agency that serves people with developmental disabilities in Kentucky.CCDD membership also includes representatives from the state’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the state’s Protection and Advocacy system.

Kentucky Autism Training Center: Part of theUniversity of Louisville’s Autism Center  

IDEA Partnership: The IDEA Partnership is pleased to announce the release of its new Collection on Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Collection contains tools such as Needs of the Field, Glossary of Terms, two Power Point presentations with Presenter’s Guides, and a resource list.

Parent Handbook For IDEA [PDF]: Information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Autism_Spectrum_Disorder_Parents_Medication_Guide [PDF] Developed by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry this guide provides information related to assessment, medication and non-medication treatment strategies and medication studies related to ASD.

Medical Definition of Autism vs. Educational Eligibility: Medical Diagnosis versus Educational Diagnosis

School Kit: This toolkit is not intended to be a curriculum for special education for students on the autism spectrum, but rather a support for the general education and administrative school staff who interact with students with autism in various capacities. However, it is envisioned that this tool kit will provide valuable information and resources that can be employed by special education and administrative staff in their efforts to plan for and support students in general education environments and involvement in the school community as a whole.

Chart of NAC and NPDC Evidence Based/ Established Practices: EBPs in ASD

A Guide for Transition to Adulthood by the Organization for Autism Research [PDF]: This new Guide, Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood, is designed to give parents, teachers, and other education professionals an introduction to the transition to adulthood process. Each of these topics contained herein could merit an entire volume of its own; therefore, this Guide is intended to serve as a starting point for parents and educators as they seek to learn more.

An Educator’s Guide by the Organization for Autism Research: To address these issues, we have developed this new guidebook, Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator’s Guide. It is designed to give teachers and other education professionals an introduction to autism, its characteristics, and some of the methods employed in the teaching of students with autism. Each of these topics could merit an entire volume of its own; therefore, this guide is intended to serve as a starting point for parents and educators as they seek to learn more.

Kentucky Department of Education: The Kentucky Department of Education is responsible for providing support and direction for all public schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Their website includes information on all aspects of public education programs, including those that impact and help to direct special education programs.

Kentucky Department of Education Educational Cooperative Networks: Kentucky has a host of educational cooperatives that provide assistance and expertise for the benefit of their member school districts. The cooperatives provide comprehensive educational services and programs that support the member districts and their schools in their school improvement efforts. Member districts also work through the cooperatives to maximize their purchasing power, thereby improving their fiscal efficiency. A listing of contact information for both general education and special education cooperatives are provided. (Search: special education cooperatives)

Kentucky Department of Education’s Parent Resource Library: The Parent Resource Library provides parents of exceptional children information and links to available resources across the Commonwealth.

National  Autism Center: The National Autism Center is May Institute’s Center for the Promotion of Evidence-based Practice. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating evidence-based information about the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive and reliable resources for families, practitioners, and communities.

National Professional Development Center on ASD: Since 2007, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices.

Autism Internet Modules: AIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development for anyone who supports, instructs, works with, or lives with someone with autism. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. AIM modules are available at no cost. If you would like to receive credit for your time on AIM, certificate and credit options are available for a fee.

Autism Certification Center -ASD Strategies in ActionASD Strategies in Action gives families and service providers tools to ensure they are equipped to effectively care for, support, educate, employ, or work with individuals on the autism spectrum from early childhood to young adulthood.

KY SPIN: KY-SPIN, Inc. (Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network) is a statewide 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  The mission of KY-SPIN, Inc. is to link families and individuals with disabilities to valuable resources that will enable them to live productive, fulfilling lives.

For Information on Support Groups please see Kentucky Autism Training Center

Download the full support list ASD Related Support Groups [PDF] (updated April 2020).