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Coalition for the Rights of Parents with Disabilities

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The Center for Accessible Living is proud to host the webpage of the Kentucky Coalition for the Rights of Parents with Disabilities (CRPD).

CRPD

Mission Statement

The Coalition for the Rights of Parents with Disabilities advocates for legislation and state services that remove all discrimination and barriers to individuals with disabilities exercising their full rights to be parents, regardless of the nature of their disabilities.

CRPD Member Organizations

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Brain Injury Association of Kentucky

(BIAK)

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Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky

(HDI)

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Center for Accessible Living

(CAL)

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Independence Place of Kentucky

(IPKY)

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Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

(CCDD)

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Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network

(KY-SPIN)

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Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana

(EFKY)

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Mental Health America of Kentucky

CRPD Individual Members

  • David Allgood

  • Katie Bentley

  • Megan Coleman

  • Jeff Edwards

  • Donna Fox

  • Gerry Gordon-Brown

  • Diane Gutierrez

  • Mary Haas

  • Keith Hosey

  • Annette Jett

  • Carrissa Johnson

  • Jennifer Johnson

  • Jason Jones

  • Maria Kemplin

  • Ashlely Layne

  • Rhonda Logsdon

  • Nicole Maher

  • Dave Matheis

  • Deb McGrath

  • Amanda Mobley​

  • Kellie Scott

  • Marcie Timmerman

  • Lauren Vassil

  • Greg Willett

Resources

On May 11, 2017, South Carolina passed legislation protecting the parental rights of persons with disabilities.  The “Persons with Disabilities Right to Parent Act” codified best practices for ensuring the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities. CRPD hopes to use the the South Carolina as a model for similar legislation in Kentucky.

ABLE South Carolina, a Center for Independent Living, was instrumental in getting the legislation passed in that state.  More information about their efforts can be found here.  As part of implementing the South Carolina law, ABLE developed training for employees of the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS).

A group in Ohio is currently working with legislators in that state to pass a law to protect the parental rights of persons with disabilities. 

The Center, housed at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University, is a research and advocacy project designed to support parents with disabilities.

Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children is a 2012 Report of the National Council on Disability.

“A Celebration of Family: Stories of Parents with Disabilities”

In July of 2021, the Advocado Press and the Center for Accessible Living published “A Celebration of Family: Stories of Parents with Disabilities.” The book contains the stories
of thirty families in which one or both parents have disabilities: physical, mental, sensory, and/or intellectual.

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