Supporting the Rights of Kentuckians with Disabilities 

PADD Board



Protection & Advocacy (P&A) is a federally mandated, state agency, whose mission is to protect and promote the rights of individuals who have been discriminated against due to a disability. Federal law requires P&A to have a Advisory Board that advises P&A on policies and priorities to be carried out in protecting and advocating the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. The Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) board is comprised of individuals with a developmental disability, as well as, family members of individuals with a developmental disabilty. Membership consists of not more than seventeen (17) citizen members appointed by the Division Director, Marsha Hockensmith, for three year terms. Meetings are held quarterly in November, February, May and August. Attendance at these meetings is required. There is funding available for members travels, lodging, and care attendants.

Additional responsibilities of an Advisory Board member are:
Attend and participate in quarterly meetings
Serve on various committees
Respond to proposed legislation
Assist with outreach activities performed by agency
Be focused on issues facing all individuals with disabilities
Keep agency informed of barriers facing individuals with disabilities
Follow Robert's Rules of Ordeer

Currently the PADD Board is seeking out applications for potential members of the Advisory Board. We are looking for individuals living across the state of Kentucky, in particular in the Eastern and Western Regions of the state. If you are interested in applying to become a member of the PADD Advisory Board, complete the
application form and fax it to P&A Jeff Edwards at 502-564-0848. If you have questions regarding membership or the application process, you may contact Jeff at 502-564-2967.


 

The PADD Board Belief Statement

The Protection and Advocacy for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board believes that all Kentuckians have the right to live, learn, work, worship, and socialize in the home and community of their choosing. We believe that all Kentuckians have the right to live a life of dignity and equality, and to experience true inclusion in the community. We believe that Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities have these same rights. We believe that having to attend schools, programs or places of worship chosen by others, or being forced to live in institutions by guardians or parents or other family members is no choice at all. We believe that Kentucky has a responsibility to commit to a true system of community support. Without these supports, people are forced to live in institutions at a higher costs, without privileges, and with the increased likelihood of abuse and neglect. We believe that Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities should engage in meaningful work and be paid a competitive wage. We believe that Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities can have their needs for mental health services met in the community, and that long term institutional placement is unnecessary. We believe that the system must be responsive to and respectful of the needs, wants and desires of Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We believe that all Kentuckians with developmental and intellectual disabilities can be successful with the appropriate natural, community and professional supports.



Second Annual Clean-up Event held at Frankfort State Hospital and School Cemetery
The Frankfort State Hospital and School, located on the current site of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services building, was opened on August 16, 1860. Thousands of Kentuckians from all across the Commonwealth lived there. The remains of many of the individuals who died at Frankfort State Hospital and School were buried in graves marked "unknown" in the cemetery located at the intersection of Glenn’s Creek Road and Cold Harbor Drive in Frankfort, Kentucky. The remains of many of the individuals who died at Frankfort State Hospital and School were buried in graves marked "unknown".

To pay respects and to remember these forgotten individuals and their place in Kentucky history, Kentucky Protection and Advocacy, members of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Advisory Board, along with Kentucky Self-Advocates for Freedom, Inc. (KYSAFF), held the second annual clean-up of the cemetery on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Members of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Council on Developmental Disabilities, along with other advocates, family members, and volunteers totaling more than fifty, honored those buried in the cemetery of the Frankfort State Hospital and School by placing American flags on every grave in the cemetery. Following the clean-up, a short memorial ceremony was held at which an individual, who previously lived at the Frankfort State Hospital and School, along with other advocates, shared a few words.

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