State and Federal Legislation and Parents with Disabilities

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
10:00 – 11:00 am, Eastern time

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Host: University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI)

Description: This webinar will address the impact of state and federal law on parents with disabilities as well as existing discrimination and bias those parents face. It will also feature ideas for legislation in Kentucky that would end any legal discrimination. Four parent contributors to the book, “A Celebration of Family: Stories of Parents with Disabilities,” will be among the presenters: Dr. Kara Ayers (UCCEDD), Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones (UK HDI), Carrissa Johnson (CAL-Murray) and Jason Jones (HDI), who will moderate (UK-HDI) the webinar. All four are not only parents, but professionals in the field of disability who, in addition to their own personal experiences, can speak to the subject matter of laws and discrimination in terms of other parents they have worked with. Jason Jones wrote the introduction to the book and will briefly talk about the history of discrimination against parents with disabilities in America. Dr. Ayers recently spearheaded a successful legislative effort in Ohio which she will discuss. Stacy Coontz, staff attorney for P&A, will present her analysis of current Kentucky law and Justin Jeter from the Commonwealth Council for Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will talk about prospective Kentucky legislation.