Selections from Side by Side 2014

Bowling Green, Kentucky – April 7, 2014 – Selections from Side by Side is an exhibit of artwork created by K-12 students with disabilities and professional artists in communities from across Kentucky, now on exhibit at the Cave City Tourism and Convention Center, 502 Mammoth Cave Street in Cave City, Kentucky. The exhibition is free and open to the public during Convention Center hours or operation from April 1 – June 30, 2014.

Side by Side is a statewide program of VSA Kentucky funded in part by WHAS Crusade for Children. The program offers students with disabilities a series of art classes and the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professional artist from their own community.  Together they create collaborative artworks that are then displayed in a public exhibition at a gallery or museum.

Currently there are Side by Side programs in Bowling Green, Edgewood, Murray, Lexington, Louisville, Prestonsburg and Somerset.  Many thanks to the regional organizations whose partnerships with VSA Kentucky make the Side by Side program possible.


Autism and Safety Webinar Series

by Heidi Cooley-Cook (taken from University of Louisville Website).  Heidi Cooley-Cook is a Family Field Training Coordinator for the KY Autism Training Center where she provides direct training and technical assistance to families.

“The National Autism Association reports that roughly 48% of individuals with ASD will attempt to elope from a safe environment. They go a step further and note that this is 4 times higher than their siblings who did not have autism. Along with eloping, wandering, drowning, fire safety, inability to communicate needs to First Responder and teaching fire safety are very common concern for parents, care givers and others who care for individuals with autism.

The Kentucky Autism Training Center has developed a series of webinars to address these concerns.  The first webinar was conducted on March 19, 2014 and focused on Autism and Safety in the Home.  Various rooms of a home were featured and products and tips were shared that may aid in making that environment a safer environment.  A review of evidence based practices that may be used for teaching fire safety was also reviewed.  This webinar can be found on the KATC’s YouTube channel.

In the second webinar (April 16, 2014), participants will learn tips to help prevent Wandering.  The importance of engaging neighbors, first responders, and other members of the community will also be discussed.

KATC will partner with a fire fighter to gain insight for the third and final webinar Autism and First Responders (May 21, 2014).  This webinar will provide an overview of autism and how the characteristics of the disorder may impact emergency situations.  In addition, participants will learn simple strategies to engage an individual they encounter that may have autism.  Building on the second webinar, the importance of building community relationships will be discussed.

When parents, caregivers, first responders, and others in the community collaborate individuals with autism can best be supported and kept safe.  IF you are unable to join for the live webinar, these will be available on the KATC’s YouTube channel.  Subscribe to the YouTube channel and you will be notified with new webinars are added.”


2014 KY Gives Day- April 9th

On April 9, Kentuckians have the chance to come together to support organizations that improve the quality of life for so many individuals and families across the Commonwealth.
KY Gives Day is the statewide giving day where Kentuckians will get online at and make donations to support hundreds of nonprofits like ours that serve the community in so many different ways. 
We are reaching out to you to help us increase awareness of the continuing community need and raise funds for The Arc of Kentucky. Please encourage your family, friends and colleagues to show support by making a donation online at on April 9. 
Mark your calendar for April 9 – let’s make it a great day for Kentucky and for each other.
Thank you!

World Autism Awareness Day


“April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness Month. Last year, 7 continents, 101 countries, 1,300 cities, 8,400 landmarks and buildings, and even the International Space Station were a part of the movement to “Light It Up Blue” for autism awareness. The following video clip, narrated by a little boy whose brother has autism, talks about where this movement is going and where it’s been. You’ll also hear from Suzanne and Bob Wright, the co-founders of Autism Speaks, and Liz Feld, the president of the company.

Autism affects 70 million people around the world. Odds are, you know someone with autism. Show them and their families that they are not alone.”

Light It Up Blue 2013 Video


2014 VSA Kentucky Young Soloist: Gabrielle Barker

The 2014 VSA Kentucky Young Soloist is Gabrielle Barker! “Every year, VSA recognizes outstanding young musicians, ages 14-25 with disabilities, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career in music. These emerging musicians receive a $500 educational scholarship for professional development, mentoring sessions with professional musicians and performance opportunities.” Click the link below to read more!


2014 Run/Walk Events for Autism Awareness!

Hello Everyone!  It’s that time of year again- as you know, April is National Autism Awareness Month.  We encourage you to check out these area-wide events that you can participate in to help raise awareness for Autism!  For further information on any of these events, you can visit the website link below each date, or call us at 270-843-5300.


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Event: Transition & the KAP College Program



We encourage you to check out this event hosted by the Kelly Autism Program at Western Kentucky University!  “Transition & the KAP College Program” will be held on Saturday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at the Alive Center in Bowling Green.  Presenter Marty Boman, Ed.D. will speak about planning for adulthood and continuing education needs for your child.


Congratulations to two of our Positive Behavior Support Specialists for passing their exam to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts!  Congrats to Tom Rockrohr and Dr. Carrie Pritchard…. Your hard work has paid off!