The DRC partners with a wide variety of external partners that support individuals with disabilities. Many of their services are low/no cost and are available to UK students regardless of their resident status or income.
Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. The office employs approximately 140 rehabilitation counselors in over 50 offices covering all 120 counties in Kentucky. See the directory to contact the office nearest you or call (800) 372-7172 (V/TTY) for more information. http://ovr.ky.gov/.
Kentucky Office for the Blind
Our mission at the Office for the Blind is to "provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities". We serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals to obtain and maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society. Our goal is to provide a myriad of resources and quality services which are geared to enhance the lives of Kentuckians with disabilities. http://blind.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
Kentucky Assistive Technology Network
The KATS Network serves as the Assistive Technology Act Program for the State of Kentucky. Our mission is to make assistive technology (AT) information, devices and services easily obtainable for people of any age and/or disability, their families, employers and employment service providers, educators, healthcare and social service providers. http://www.katsnet.org/.
Independence Place, Inc., is a non-profit, consumer driven, non-residential Center for Independent Living, serving people with disabilities of all ages. The mission of Independence Place, Inc., is to assist people with disabilities to achieve their potential for community inclusion through improving access and equal opportunity. http://www.independenceplaceky.org/.
Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC) offers low interest loans for qualified applicants with disabilities who need assistive technology. http://katlc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
Lexington/Fayette County Commission for Citizens with Disabilities
To promote the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities within the Lexington-Fayette Urban County community, and to advise the Mayor and the Urban County Council on issues that impact persons with disabilities. http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=1400.
Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The KCDHH acts as an advocate for deaf and hard of hearing persons on legislative issues as well as a consultant to the governor, General Assembly and various state and local governmental agencies concerning policies and programs that pertain to people with hearing loss. KCDHH provides information, referral and advocacy services, and an interpreter referral service for state agencies. http://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/index.html.
Lexington United Way
United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. http://www.lexareauw.org/.
Wheels of Lexington
Lextran’s ADA Paratransit Service, operated in cooperation with the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross and ADA Ride, is a door-to-door public transportation system for disabled citizens of the Lexington-Fayette County area. The service is designed to meet the needs of those who are prevented from using a Lextran fixed-route by providing economical and accessible transportation. http://lextran.com/riding-lextran/wheels.
Voter registration information and forms are available for persons with disabilities in the Disability Resource Center‚ Multidisciplinary Science Building, Suite 407. All printed forms and information are available in alternative text formats. Individuals with disabilities may receive assistance with completion of forms upon request.
Voter Registration is also available online for the Commonwealth of Kentucky at www.elect.ky.gov/register.htm; and National voter registration information can be found at http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx.